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  • 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

  • TLC orders UK version of Say Yes To The Dress


    US indie Half Yard Productions is to remake its hit series Say Yes To The Dress for TLC in the UK just months after producing a similar show for Channel 4.

  • Federation seeks UK co-pros


    French super-indie Federation Entertainment is aiming to ramp up its UK co-productions and is in talks with indies including Doctor Foster producer Drama Republic.

  • Wall to Wall preps UK version of smash US talent show Video


    Wall to Wall has begun pitching a UK version of NBC’s kids talent format Little Big Shots after it became the biggest non-scripted show in the US in over four years.

  • David Ellender leaves Slingshot Global Media


    David Ellender has left Slingshot Global Media, the international drama firm that he established in 2014, according to reports.

  • ITV America hires non-scripted chief


    ITV America has appointed former Turner and Mark Burnett executive David Eilenberg to run ITV Entertainment.

  • Vice expands across Eastern Europe


    Vice is expanding across Eastern Europe with the launch of country-specific online services and production hubs in seven territories.

  • Plimsoll eyes global formats


    Plimsoll Productions is to make a major international formats push after acquiring a stake in former DRG executive Andrea Jackson’s distribution firm Magnify Media.

  • Peter Bowker plots WW2 epic


    Peter Bowker is eyeing up a multi-lingual World War II drama as his next BBC project – and plans to go deeper into society’s attitudes toward autism in a second series of The A Word.

  • Wall to Wall, Icon and Blast! score Nat Geo series


    Wall to Wall, Icon Films and Blast! Films are among the British indies to have scored major commissions with US network Nat Geo.

  • Plimsoll invests in UK distributor


    The Story of Cats indie Plimsoll Productions has acquired a stake in UK distribution firm Magnify Media.

  • Sky acquires E4's Nashville


    Sky Living has poached country music soap Nashville, which previously aired on E4.

  • Plimsoll wins jumbo natural history order Video


    Plimsoll Productions, the indie set up by former RDF boss Grant Mansfield, has won a major commission to produce 50 hours of wildlife and natural history content from Zambia.

  • French indie secures access to Innocence Network


    French indie Pernel Media is producing a four-part true crime series after securing access to human rights organisation The Innocence Network.

  • Red Production opens US indie with author Harlan Coben


    Happy Valley producer Red Production Company is to make its first major move into the US by launching an indie with bestselling American author Harlan Coben.

  • Scripps would consider C4 takeover


    UKTV’s co-owner Scripps has admitted that it would run the rule over Channel 4 if the public service broadcaster was to be put up for sale by the government.

  • British Film Commission partners with Broadcast on rebranded Location UK


    The British Film Commission (BFC) has partnered with Broadcast’s parent company Media Business Insight (MBI) to deliver its rebranded guide to the UK’s talent, facilities and locations available to the film and television industries.

  • Red Arrow promotes James Baker


    Red Arrow Entertainment Group, which owns indies including CPL Productions and Nerd, has promoted James Baker to president.

  • Canadians on hunt for UK co-pros


    Canadian producers are looking to ramp up the number of non-scripted co-productions they develop with British indies.

  • Sharon Horgan indie strikes Sky Vision deal


    Merman, the indie co-founded by Catastrophe’s Sharon Horgan, has struck a development deal with Sky Vision that will give the distributor international rights to a number of scripted projects.

  • Discovery talks tough on pay-TV


    Discovery has hinted that it may offer exclusive content or channels to UK pay-TV platforms, given the intense competition between the likes of Sky, Virgin Media and BT.

  • Roots to world premiere at MIPTV


    A+E Studios’ adaptation of Roots is to receive its world premiere at MIPTV in Cannes on April 4.

  • Banijay and Zodiak complete mega-merger


    Banijay Group and Zodiak Media have completed a mega-merger eight months after Broadcast revealed their plans.

  • IMG ramps up distribution plans


    IMG, the UK’s largest independent production company, is expanding its international distribution activities with the hire of former MGM chief Gary Marenzi.

  • Love It or List It heads across Europe


    Love It Or List It, the Channel 4 property series fronted by Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp, is to be remade around the world after Beyond Distribution struck a series of format deals.

  • Ricky Kelehar joins Optomen USA


    Optomen USA has bolstered its development team after recruiting former BBC America non-scripted chief Ricky Kelehar.

  • Discovery hit by currency fluctuations


    Discovery Communications’ international business was hit by foreign currency fluctuations over the last twelve months.

  • Paul Lee to exit US network ABC


    Paul Lee, the British boss of ABC, is leaving the Disney-owned broadcaster after six years.

  • Sexy Beasts shipped to Russia


    Lion Television’s unorthodox dating show Sexy Beasts has been snapped up by Russia’s CTC Network.

  • Berlin bolsters TV presence


    The Berlin Film Festival ramped up its television offering this week with a raft of feature film-makers and high-end scripted producers in town to promote drama projects.

  • Znak & Jones develops Dating Naked


    Sky-backed indie Znak & Jones is developing a British version of controversial social experiment Dating Naked after striking a deal with Ben Silverman’s Electus.