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  • BBCWW grows stake in Clerkenwell
    UK-based BBC Worldwide has extended its stake in The End of the F***king World producer Clerkenwell Films.
  • C4 ventures further into Crystal Maze
    UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4 has ordered a new season of its rebooted gameshow The Crystal Maze from Fizz, part of RDF Television.
  • Rogers, Vice axe Canuck joint venture
    Canadian broadcast group Rogers Media and youth-skewing Vice Media are terminating their joint venture, a move that could see the Viceland linear channel cease broadcasting in the country.
  • Reality retained
    Sharon Vuong, CBS Entertainment’s senior VP of alternative programming, considers how to keep enduring reality franchises fresh.
  • Sky Vision’s Britannia goes global
    International broadcasters and SVoD operators including HBO, Starz Play and iFlix have picked up new Sky original drama Britannia from the European satcaster’s distribution arm Sky Vision.
  • Series Mania opens Writers Campus
    French drama festival Series Mania has launched a week-long intensive writing workshop for 20 emerging TV drama writers throughout Europe.
  • Netflix extends doc series originals
    Streaming giant Netflix has expanded its original documentary series line-up with four shows exploring food, true crime and pop culture.
  • Arcade Cloud takes to Amazon's Twitch
    Omnia Media, the digital producer owned by Canadian factual TV firm Blue Ant Media, has launched its gaming entertainment channel on Amazon-owned streaming platform Twitch.
  • Fremantle's Parkinson swims to Merman
    Merman, the UK production company founded and run by Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford, has appointed an executive from FremantleMedia UK as its head of production.
  • Keshet, Woodcut carve out deal extension
    Keshet International and UK-based producer Woodcut Media have renewed their first-look distribution and development deal for another 12 months.
  • Banff to honour NBCUniversal
    Canada’s Banff World Media Festival will honour NBCUniversal (NBCU) with its Company of Distinction title at this year’s event in June.
  • ARD Degeto nets Red Bull drama
    A German network has acquired the rights to the first scripted series produced by Red Bull Media House-owned Austrian broadcaster ServusTV.
  • Lat Am adopts Inter Medya's Daughters
    Broadcasters in Puerto Rico, Colombia and the US have picked up shows from Turkish distributor Inter Medya.
  • Turner, Warner Bros launch SVoD service
    International broadcast group Turner and Warner Bros Digital Networks have launched a multi-territory movie streaming service.
  • Harris departs Screen Australia
    Richard Harris has stepped down as head of business and audience at federal funding agency Screen Australia after nearly three years in the post.
  • M4E acquires Mia & Me
    German rights management firm M4E has acquired 100% of the rights to international children's property Mia & Me.
  • eOne puts on more PJ Masks
    Canadian producer and distributor Entertainment One has begun production on a third season of its preschool animation series PJ Masks.
  • Medialaan goes travelling with Talpa
    A broadcaster in Belgium has commissioned a local version of a Talpa format in which travel-shy senior citizens explore the world.
  • Opportunity knocks
    Factual executives at Natpe in Miami this week were cautiously optimistic about new opportunities in the industry, despite the squeeze on US cable.
  • Lion TV promotes Silverman to VP
    All3Media-owned UK prodco Lion Television has promoted Jennifer Silverman to VP of production.
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