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  • Amazon acquires Steven Soderbergh drama


    Amazon has acquired the UK rights to Steven Soderbergh’s high-end escort drama The Girlfriend Experience.

  • Fox acquires TV remake of Wolf Creek


    Fox has acquired the TV adaptation of Australian horror film Wolf Creek.

  • The Jump set for first global remake


    The Jump is to be remade in Slovenia after Twofour struck a deal with local broadcaster Planet TV, marking the show’s first international format deal.

  • Pact: Brexit vote is "disappointing"


    UK producer body Pact has called the country’s decision to leave the UK “disappointing” but has reassured producers that there is no “immediate cause for concern”.

  • Industry set for huge changes following Brexit vote


    The British television industry is set for huge changes after the country voted to leave the European Union.

  • 360 Production lands US orders


    Northern Irish indie 360 Production has won two major commissions in the US.

  • Vice accelerates global expansion


    Vice has struck a tranche of global deals that will see it roll out its linear TV channel to 51 territories.

  • Brit brands blaze trail in CEE


    British wildlife documentaries, formats and action dramas are starting to make waves across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) – a market that has been reasonably challenging for UK titles in the recent past.

  • Distributors turn east for volume deals


    British producers and distributors are continuing to strike major programming deals across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), despite a number of economic and political challenges.

  • UK indies face rethink as China deals formats blow


    British producers looking to crack the Chinese market will have to change their approach after the country’s regulator imposed stringent rules on adapting international formats.

  • Heavyweight TV and film figures back Remain vote


    Heavyweight figures in the TV and film business, including Lord Puttnam and Working Title boss Tim Bevan, have come together to support Britain remaining in the European Union.

  • Penny Dreadful to end after series three


    Penny Dreadful creator John Logan has called time on the Sky and Showtime supernatural drama after three series.

  • Studio Canal acquires Paddington Bear brand


    Studio Canal is set to develop an animated Paddington Bear television series after acquiring the rights to the iconic children’s character in a multi-million-pound deal.

  • China cracks down on foreign format imports


    China is set to crack down on local adaptations of international formats - a move that could significantly impact British firms looking to make inroads into the country.

  • Argonon boss: Brexit would be ‘tragedy’


    Argonon has become the first major UK production group to come out in favour of Britain remaining in the European Union. 

  • Octonauts producer wins Netflix order


    Netflix has ordered a children’s animation series from Silvergate Media, the creators of CBeebies’ Octonauts.

  • Arrow blasts off with US SVoD NASA doc


    Live From Space indie Arrow Media is heading back into the stratosphere with the NASA Juno Mission after securing its first SVoD commission.

  • Versailles indie heads to UK


    Newen, the French super-indie behind BBC2 period drama Versailles, is set to expand into the UK after it was acquired by commercial broadcaster TF1 earlier this year.

  • Manchester indie scores US doc deal


    US cable network Smithsonian and German public broadcaster ZDF have boarded a big-budget drama documentary from Manchester-based indie Urban Canyons.

  • Potato prepares bumper Reelz autopsy run


    ITV Studios indie Potato has landed a bumper order of Autopsy: The Last Hours Of… for US cable and satellite network Reelz.

  • Zig Zag strikes deal for Korean AI series


    Zig Zag is to explore the future of artificial intelligence after striking a deal with South Korean broadcaster MBC.

  • British shows to shine at Cartoon Forum


    The British animation tax credit is continuing to fuel a cartoon boom with nearly a quarter of the animated projects launching at this year’s international TV event Cartoon Forum hailing from UK and Irish indies.

  • US nets TLC and ID acquire Piers Morgan doc


    US cable group Discovery has acquired Plum Pictures’ two-part doc series Killer Women with Piers Morgan.

  • Netflix replaces BBC America on The Last Kingdom


    Netflix has replaced BBC America as the US co-producer of BBC2 drama The Last Kingdom.

  • CBS steps up SVoD ambitions


    US network CBS is set to launch four big-budget scripted originals a year on its own subscription video-on-demand platform as part of an “ambitious” production push.

  • Discovery eyes C4 in UK push


    Discovery will be in the queue of potential suitors for a privatised Channel 4, as the US broadcasting giant looks to build its presence in the UK.

  • Alibi lands Fox medical drama


    UKTV’s crime channel Alibi has acquired Fox Television’s medical drama Rosewood, starring Nurse Jackie’s Morris Chestnut.

  • ITV US partners with Toddlers & Tiaras producer


    ITV America has joined forces with Toddlers & Tiaras producer Helga Eike to set up a production company in the US.

  • Zaslav: C4 remit barrier to Discovery bid


    Discovery Communications chief executive David Zaslav has acknowledged he would run the rule over Channel 4 and ITV - but indicated that there are barriers to both deals.

  • Lionsgate backs first British TV show


    Lionsgate International UK has made its first investment in a British TV show - jumping on board Damned, Channel 4’s social services sitcom.

  • In brief: DLT drama & RTS Scotland Awards


    DTL is developing a UK version of hit Argentinian drama Perfidia, while the RTS Scotland Awards winners have been unveiled.

  • LA Screenings: Corden tipped for CBS sitcom


    James Corden’s popularity in the US shows no sign of slowing down with the host of The Late Late Show tipped to join CBS sitcom The Great Indoors.

  • LA Screenings: Orange is the New Black primed for TV launch Video


    Netflix prison drama Orange Is The New Black is primed to launch on TV channels around the world as the show’s linear holdback expires in December.

  • Reboots dominate the LA Screenings


    The LA Screenings transported British buyers back in time this week, with a raft of dramas and programmes based on movies and TV series dating as far back as the 1980s.

  • IMG ramps up global sales with Dirk Gently


    IMG is continuing its move into international distribution after acquiring the global rights to BBC America drama Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.

  • Virgin Media returns to LA Screenings


    Virgin Media is on the hunt for US serialised dramas and single camera comedies as it attends the LA Screenings for the first time in a number of years.

  • CBS shops Carpool Karaoke format Video


    James Corden’s viral hit Carpool Karaoke is set to be remade around the world after CBS Studios International started shopping it to international broadcasters.

  • Viacom boss sues owner


    The row over Viacom took another twist on Monday, as chief executive Philippe Dauman launched legal action against the company’s owner Sumner Redstone and his representatives.

  • Viacom at centre of ugly row in US


    Channel 5 owner Viacom is at the centre of an ugly row between chief executive Philippe Dauman and representatives of the company’s proprietor, Sumner Redstone.

  • Amazon & Netflix in line for EU levies Video


    Global digital streaming services including Netflix and Amazon could be hit with multi-million pound charges to fund European TV shows under new regulation.

  • Fox debuts Outcast on Facebook Live Video


    Fox is to debut horror thriller Outcast on Facebook Live – making it the first broadcaster in the UK to launch a show on the platform ahead of its linear TX.

  • LA Screenings fact file


    Broadcast looks at the make-up of this year’s US event and highlights the hottest shows

  • LA Screenings 2016: the buyers guide


    Broadcast has compiled a network-by-network guide to the US dramas and comedies which have been commissioned ahead of the LA Screenings.

  • Amazon acquires AMC thriller Preacher Video


    Amazon has acquired the UK rights to high-profile AMC drama Preacher – its latest first-run US acquisition.

  • BBC3 buys first online-only drama Video


    BBC3 has made its first international acquisition since it became an online-only channel – swooping for apocalyptic Australian drama Cleverman.

  • ITV ups stake in Nordic VoD service


    ITV has upped its investment in the Nordic VoD service Cirkus, which offers a raft of British content to international audiences.

  • In brief: Fremantle Media hire; C5 doc; TCB deals


    Fremantle has bolstered its global drama division, while C5 doc Inside Buckingham Palace has been sold into the US and Warner Bros has closed a raft of Little Big Shots format deals.

  • Amazon to co-produce BBC3's Fleabag


    US online streaming service Amazon has boarded forthcoming BBC3 comedy Fleabag.

  • BBC Worldwide sales strategy ‘should be reviewed’


    The way that BBC Worldwide sells shows around the world should be reassessed under the BBC’s new charter arrangements, according to the white paper.

  • Vice boss to deliver MacTaggart lecture


    Vice co-founder and chief executive Shane Smith is to deliver the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at this year’s Edinburgh International Television Festival.

  • Discovery cuts costs to focus on digital growth


    Discovery Communications is hoping that a major cost-cutting drive will save it up to £83m over the next 18 months as it refocuses on growing its digital services.

  • Disney plans closer collaboration at ABC


    Disney chief executive Bob Iger has urged his ABC network and production division to work more closely together as the Hollywood studios’ drive for vertical integration gathers pace.

  • BBC4 buys French crime drama


    BBC4 has acquired French drama The Disappearance (Disparue) after striking a deal with Zodiak Rights.

  • Netflix orders first competition format


    Netflix has ordered its first competition format - a strongman series starring and produced by Sylvester Stallone.

  • Redundancies loom at Discovery


    Discovery Networks International (DNI) could be asked to make redundancies in the UK and around the world after the global factual broadcaster revealed a major cost cutting plan.

  • Studio Lambert lands Hollywood trophy wife


    Studio Lambert has landed an eight-part series for US cable network E! following a number of Hollywood trophy wives.

  • A+E plans UK first-look push


    A+E Networks is planning a major push on first-look deals with UK producers as it aims to establish its international distribution business globally.

  • Buccaneer’s global ambition


    Marcella indie sets sights on creating English-language projects with world’s best writers

  • Blink gears up for US push with high-end factual


    Blink Films will push into bluechip factual after setting up shop in the US and hiring Brad Kohlenstein, senior vice-president of development at Discovery’s Science Channel.

  • Pulse Films strikes A+E Networks deal


    Pulse Films and its East Entertainment label have struck an international distribution deal with A+E Networks.

  • Sheffield Doc/Fest unveils MeetMarket projects


    Windfall Films’ documentary about Victoria Deryshire’s battle with cancer will be among the films pitching to secure funding at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

  • Amazon UK acquires Hulu comedy


    Amazon has acquired the UK rights to Casual, an original comedy produced for US streaming rival Hulu.

  • 60 Days In set for UK remake Video


    Hit US prison experiment 60 Days In is set for a British remake after Pulse Films optioned the format rights.

  • Netflix boards BBC's Watership Down


    Netflix has boarded BBC1’s remake of classic children’s novel Watership Down.

  • MTV US commissions clutch of Brits


    Barcroft Media and Done + Dusted have picked up major MTV US commissions, while the broadcaster is remaking ITV2’s The Almost Impossible Gameshow.

  • Revealed: UK’s top US shows Video


    Superheroes and supernatural sleuths continue to be popular subjects for US network dramas acquired by British broadcasters.

  • Bea Hegedus opens London consultancy


    Former Fox TV Studios exec Bea Hegedus has launched a London-based consultancy to broker international format deals and offer programme support for fledgling OTT services.

  • ABC signs landmark deal with Lumsden


    Former BBC and Sky comedy chief Lucy Lumsden has set up an indie and closed a landmark first-look deal with Hollywood studio ABC Studios.

  • BBC's Money for Nothing heads to US


    Scottish indie Friel Kean Films is developing its BBC daytime format Money For Nothing for America.

  • Netflix to boost in-house production arm


    Netflix is to expand its in-house production division to compete with the likes of Amazon and HBO.

  • Sky and Sony strike European movie deal


    Sky has struck a European movie deal with Sony Pictures Television – its first pan-regional agreement since the creation of Sky Europe.

  • BBC facing 'cash raid' from DCMS


    The BBC faces an anxious wait for the white paper on charter renewal amid conflicting reports over the weekend about government plans to raid the corporation’s finances.

  • BBCW buys stake in Jonathan Strange indie


    BBC Worldwide has bought a stake in the parent company of talent agency Curtis Brown and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell producer Cuba Pictures.

  • eOne denies ITV takeover bid


    The Walking Dead distributor Entertainment One (eOne) has poured cold water on claims that it is an ITV takeover target.

  • Vivendi battles Sky in Europe


    French media conglomerate Vivendi will go head to head with Sky in the battle for sub scribers across Europe after acquiring a major stake in Italian group Mediaset.

  • ITVSGE strikes first-look deal with WMR


    ITV Studios Global Entertainment has struck a first-look deal with Animal Black Ops indie World Media Rights.

  • Alison Sharman to return to the UK


    Former ITV exec Alison Sharman is returning to the UK after three years at Australian public broadcaster SBS.

  • Mip TV 2016: Broadcast party


    Broadcast helped Mip TV get underway with an opening party in partnership with Audio Network, Pact and TRX. Click for the best photos.

  • Mip TV: Netflix, BBC, Hulu deals


    Netflix enters Versailles; BBC1 drama Capitol inks deals; Roots world premiere; Walter Presents buys Spanish drama for UK; Hulu reads The Book Of Negroes; Olivier Megaton doc gets sales deal.

  • OTT players take Mip by storm


    Online video services including Netflix and Amazon ramped up the amount of content they acquire at Mip TV with a number of high-profile deals.

  • Mike Darnell lifts lid on Little Big Shots


    US television chief Mike Darnell has lifted the lid on Little Big Shots, the hit Warner Bros format that has been acquired by ITV, and argued that producers are finally beginning to harness the power of viral internet talent.

  • Content sells World's Secret Agent to US


    US subscription VoD service Acorn TV has picked up the rights to World Productions’ forthcoming BBC1 drama The Secret Agent.

  • eOne exec joins Lionsgate


    eOne senior vice president Charlotte Thorp has joined Lionsgate UK as senior vice president and head of European television sales.

  • FMI taps into Asian SVoD revolution


    Fremantle Media International (FMI) has claimed viewing habits in Asia have “completely changed” after sealing SVoD deals for more than 1,000 hours across the continent.

  • Mip TV: the major deals


    All the latest deals done on the Croisette from Mip TV 2016

  • All3 sells Irish series to Amazon & BBC


    The BBC and Amazon have acquired Irish soap Red Rock after striking a deal with All3Media International.

  • StudioCanal invests in Atlantis indie


    StudioCanal has invested in Urban Myth Films, the producer responsible for BBC1 drama Atlantis, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s production firm Sunny March TV.

  • ESG opens Tel Aviv scripted studio


    Endemol Shine Group has jumped on the boom in Israeli drama to open a scripted studio in Tel Aviv.

  • World Media Rights lands Reelz film format


    US cable network Reelz has ordered a six-part series about the real stories that inspired major Hollywood movies from World Media Rights.

  • Storage Hunters star fronts Discovery format


    Storage Hunters star Jesse McClure is to front a Zig Zag-produced antiques series for Discovery’s free-to-air channel.

  • Discovery’s Dee Forbes to lead RTÉ


    Discovery’s European boss Dee Forbes has been appointed as director general of Irish public broadcaster RTÉ.

  • Netflix picks up ITV’s Marcella Video


    Netflix has acquired the global rights to ITV crime drama Marcella.

  • UKTV and PBS team for treasure series


    UKTV and US public broadcaster PBS have teamed up with Carl Hall’s indie Warehouse 51 to dig for treasure.

  • US indie Megalomedia hires UK development boss


    US production company Megalomedia has hired the series producer of Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic as its head of development as it looks to grow its UK ouput.

  • Creators to supersize Lip Sync Battle


    The creators of Lip Sync Battle plan to add new elements to the celebrity karaoke format and introduce a kids’ version in a bid to create a long-running brand like Saturday Night Live or Top Of The Pops.

  • Drama indies out to conquer US


    UK drama producers are looking to tighten their grip on scripted opportunities in the US following an explosion in demand for the genre from cable operators and digital giants.

  • Marjorie Kaplan sets out DNI vision


    Discovery Networks International (DNI) is looking to supersize its local commissions into global formats and is hunting for ideas that have the sensibility of independent feature docs.

  • ITV reveals US masterplan


    UK formats spearhead entertainment and comedy push as ITV America seeks next Hell’s Kitchen

  • Shine's Hunted reaches China


    Channel 4’s off-grid format Hunted is to be remade in China after Endemol Shine struck a deal with local broadcaster Shenzhen Satellite Television.

  • BBC Worldwide backs South Africa's Bake Off producer Video


    BBC Worldwide has made further advances into Africa after investing in Rapid Blue, the Johannesburg-headquartered producer responsible for formats including Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor.

  • RDF scoops Nat Geo People's first commission


    RDF Television has scored a ten-part commission for fledgling international network Nat Geo People.

  • Mip TV beefs up security in wake of attacks


    Mip TV organiser Reed Midem is promising maximum security for the TV and digital content market, unfolding April 4-7 in Cannes, as Europe remains on high alert following terror attacks in Brussels this week