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  • Bakish sets $1bn Paramount target
    Viacom’s president and CEO Bob Bakish aims to grow the group’s traditional linear television business by turning Paramount Television into a US$1bn company by 2020 and leveraging international subsidiaries like Channel 5.
  • Netflix gets Bodyguard
    RTS: SVoD firm Netflix is to stream hit BBC drama Bodyguard around the world after agreeing a deal with distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
  • Cloudco recruits, opens London office
    Cloudco Entertainment, the US kids' prodco formerly known as American Greetings Entertainment, is growing its senior executive and sales teams and opening an office in London.
  • Be entertains celebrity children
    Be Entertainment, the distribution arm of Belgian broadcaster Medialaan, has bolstered its catalogue with a format that gives the offspring of celebrities a taste of the real world.
  • RDF makes Welsh investment
    Banijay-owned RDF Television is investing in UK prodco Wales&Co and collaborating with the firm on factual entertainment and documentary projects.
  • Quintus puts global nets behind bars
    Discovery, A+E Networks and RTL Group are among the international broadcast groups to have picked up the second season of Behind Bars: World’s Toughest Prisons from Quintus Media.
  • History Forges ahead with Steele
    A+E Networks UK has commissioned a multi-part series fronted by YouTube star Alec Steele, who has been forging traditional weaponry since he was 11 years old.
  • Northerly direction
    Karin Stjärne of Endemol Shine Nordics discusses adapting the company’s formats in a unique and increasingly digitally focused TV market.
  • Boelhouwer leaves Endemol Shine
    Endemol Shine Group has reshuffled the senior management of its Netherlands business, with co-CEO Iris Boelhouwer stepping down from the firm.
  • Media Ranch explores divorce, crime
    Canadian producer and distributor Media Ranch has announced details of a trio of original formats it will launch at Mipcom next month.
  • Cineflix attracted by An Ordinary Woman
    UK-based distributor Cineflix Rights has acquired the worldwide rights to a Russian drama about a florist with a dark secret.
  • Red Arrow appoints COO
    ProSiebenSat.1 Media-owned Red Arrow Studios has promoted its president James Baker to the newly created role of chief operating officer.
  • Small World bags twins format in Kiev
    KIEV MEDIA WEEK: The winner of the fourth edition of format pitching competition Small World Big Ideas was revealed here in Kiev yesterday.
  • MBC taps Antenna's Smith for studio role
    Middle Eastern broadcaster MBC Group has launched a studio arm to be headed by former Cineflix Studios MD and NBCUniversal president Peter Smith.
  • Jetpack fires up with Daisy & Ollie, Pip Ahoy!
    Jetpack Distribution in the UK has acquired the international rights to two preschool shows produced by UK-based CHF Media Group.
  • NENT Norway names new CEO
    Recently formed Nordic Entertainment Group has appointed a new CEO at its Norwegian arm, as former incumbent Morten Aass takes on another role in the group.
  • Flame stocks up for Mipcom
    Australia’s Flame Distribution has launched an autumn slate featuring 400 hours of content spanning factual, lifestyle, reality and documentary ahead of next month’s Mipcom.
  • Beyond to launch kids' arm with live-action trio
    UK- and Australia-based Beyond Distribution is launching a children’s division, aiming to capitalise on the success of the Netflix Original series Beat Bugs.
  • Gigglebug hires for digital expansion
    The Finnish animation studio behind preschool hit Gigglebug has hired a pair of executives to drive its expansion into digital.
  • Endemol Shine, Black Sheep link in France
    Endemol Shine France has struck a co-development and coproduction deal with Paris-based producer Black Sheep Films.

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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • 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.