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  • Int'l sales chief Endemaño exits Disney
    The senior VP of media distribution at Walt Disney International has left after 14 years at the media conglomerate as part of its ongoing global restructure, C21 has learned.
  • ERR, TVP pick up Scorpion TV factual
    Estonian pubcaster ERR and TVP in Poland have picked up factual programming packages from UK-based distributor Scorpion TV.
  • Little Gem hires and promotes
    UK independent production company Little Gem has appointed a new head of production and promoted from within to name a head of development.
  • ABC orders Roseanne spin-off
    US network ABC has ordered a series spun off from cancelled sitcom Roseanne featuring most of the original cast, minus Roseanne Barr.
  • Hungary serves up MasterChef Jr
    TV2 in Hungary has commissioned a local version of popular cooking competition format MasterChef Junior from Endemol Shine Group to air this autumn.
  • Cartoon Forum to focus on Finland
    Finland has been chosen as the country to go under the spotlight at the annual Cartoon Forum event in September, where 86 projects are set to be pitched.
  • NTV raises Keshet's False Flag
    Russian network NTV is to adapt Keshet International’s Israeli spy drama False Flag (Kfulim) in the first deal between the two companies.
  • Apple, Canal+ to make Calls
    Apple has ordered a 10-episode English-language adaptation of a French shortform drama for its forthcoming video platform.
  • ProSieben picks All Against 1
    German broadcaster ProSieben has ordered a local version of All Against 1, the Banijay Group format that was at the centre of a legal dispute over format theft claims.
  • Spartacus scribe DeKnight rises at Netflix
    Global streaming giant Netflix has continued its recruitment of major TV writing talent by signing a multi-year deal with Spartacus writer Steven S DeKnight.
  • eOne, Cedar Park sign first-look deal
    Transatlantic producer and distributor Entertainment One (eOne) has agreed a two-year first-look deal with David Ayer and Chris Long’s new production company, Cedar Park Entertainment.
  • MTV raids the vaults with new studio
    Viacom-owned MTV is launching a production unit to focus on developing reboots of classic properties such as Daria for SVoD services and broadcasters.
  • BBC's Mallorca order marks Cosmopolitan first
    UK pubcaster the BBC has ordered a 10-part daytime crime drama from former BBC exec Ben Donald's Cosmopolitan Pictures.
  • Smith & Co hires USA exec for development
    Tinopolis-owned US reality producer A Smith & Co has expanded its development team by hiring former USA Network executive Sara Cohen.
  • LL Cool J lives up to name on MSNBC
    US news network MSNBC has partnered with hip-hop star and actor LL Cool J for a three-part documentary series exploring what it means to be cool.
  • Instagram launches longform video
    Facebook-owned social media service Instagram has launched a new video service that allows creators to upload longform shows.
  • Blue Ant adds DRG exec for sales
    The distribution arm of Canada’s Blue Ant Media has appointed a DRG sales executive to a senior sales role as part of the expansion of its UK operations.
  • Z Living makes appointment with Doctors
    US lifestyle network Z Living has picked up a syndicated daily talkshow offering health and wellness advice.
  • Oz nets blast SBS over commercial content
    Australia’s commercial free-to-air networks have called on the government to impose greater regulatory oversight on pubcasters SBS and the ABC.
  • Bunim/Murray takes First Years
    Banijay-owned US production outfit Bunim/Murray has optioned the local rights to a scripted reality series about the first year at secondary/high school from France’s Newen Distribution.
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  • Fear and funding With broadcaster cash becoming harder to secure and budgets fluctuating wildly, Canada’s non-fiction producers are increasingly looking to factual funds to get their projects made.
  • Playing Ball Bunim/Murray Productions is behind one of Facebook’s most popular original series. Julie Pizzi reveals the genesis of Ball in the Family.
  • Vertical thinking Marc Berman offers his take on the new crop of pilots heading into the Upfronts, and finds that this year it’s all about ownership, reboots and female-helmed dramas.
  • Pointing the way Next-generation studio Indigenous Media has joined up with Scandal star Kerry Washington to launch a drama on Facebook Watch.
  • Middle ground Turkish imports plus a lack of local commissioners have made the Middle East a tough place for scripted producers. But there are reasons for optimism.
  • Baring FAANGs As Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google step up their efforts to reach children, should the industry be welcoming, wary or worried?
  • Out of this world Live event shows and rights negotiations with streamers were high on the factual agenda at a soggy MipTV and MipDoc in Cannes.
  • Facing up to Facebook As Facebook steps up its efforts to attract viewers, the industry remains torn on whether mass migration to mobile will sound the death knell for traditional TV.
  • Alive and kicking MIPTV: Live-action scripted programming was top of the agenda for children's buyers in Cannes this week as the genre enjoys a shot in the arm thanks to SVoD. Nico Franks reports.
  • Rights still reign MIPTV: The continuing surge in the quantity and quality of drama didn't stop rights being the talk of the town at MipTV.