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  • Courting controversy
    YouTube had a few fires to put out at the Children's Global Media Summit last week, while Facebook's first product for kids set tongues wagging.
  • Comcast bows out of Fox assets race
    Disney is in the driving seat to take over assets owned by 21st Century Fox after Comcast confirmed it is bowing out of the race.
  • 5USA visits Chicago again
    Viacom-owned 5USA in the UK has picked up the rights to another Chicago series from NBCUniversal International Distribution.
  • ITV crowns Victoria with third season
    UK commercial broadcaster ITV has renewed period royal drama Victoria for a third season.
  • TNT's Will to win space on Virgin TV
    Pay TV operator Virgin Media has acquired exclusive UK rights to period drama Will from US cable network TNT.
  • ARD commissions family comedy
    German broadcaster ARD has ordered a family comedy series about a runaway daughter and her parents.
  • BBC orders gameshow, charts iPlayer
    The BBC in the UK has ordered a new Saturday night gameshow and revealed the most popular programme of the year on its on-demand service iPlayer.
  • Breakthrough hears Manson's Final Words
    Toronto-based producer and distributor Breakthrough Entertainment has bought the worldwide distribution rights to a documentary about notorious criminal Charles Manson, who died last month.
  • Netflix goes Greek with local service
    Global streamer Netflix has launched a localised version of its service in Greece.
  • TBS calls in Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    Turner-owned US network TBS has picked up rights to the first five seasons of police comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
  • Euston's Hard Sun rises at SVT
    Swedish pubcaster SVT has picked up the pre-apocalyptic drama Hard Sun from FremantleMedia International for broadcast early next year.
  • Boomerang lands on Amazon
    Turner-owned kids' channel Boomerang has agreed a deal with Amazon to offer its streaming service on Amazon Channels.
  • Little Boy Blue makes ITV Choice
    ITV Choice, the UK broadcaster’s entertainment network for Asia, the Middle East and Africa, has picked up Liverpool-set true crime series Little Boy Blue.
  • NOW unveils second UK music channel
    Compilation album specialist NOW Music is launching a second TV channel in the UK and Ireland, this time focusing on music from the 1990s.
  • Netflix nabs Oscar, Sundance docs
    Netflix has picked up four documentary shorts to broadcast globally in 2018, two of which are heading to the Sundance Film Festival next month and one of which was recently shortlisted for an Academy Award.
  • DCI, Nordic World agree CBC pact
    US-based distributor Digital Content International and Scandinavian partner Nordic World have agreed their first coproduction and distribution deal as a joint entity.
  • Hello Halo names children's boss
    UK indie Hello Halo has appointed a former BBC exec as its new head of children’s and has received its first commission from UK children’s channel CBeebies.
  • Maximus takes Polsat, Al Jazeera to school
    Polish broadcaster Polsat is among the channels to have picked up documentaries produced by Maximus Films from German distributor Quintus Media.
  • Drive revs up int’l factual sales
    US cablenet Smithsonian Channel and Australian pubcaster SBS are among the broadcasters to have acquired factual programming from UK production-funding and distribution outfit Drive.
  • HBO set to tell more Big Little Lies
    US premium cablenet HBO has confirmed its order for a second season of hit series Big Little Lies, starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.
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  • Promising debut Clive Whittingham reports from the unscripted track of Content London on the state of the indie nation and programming in a ‘post truth’ age.
  • Short change Broadcasters will reap the benefits if they take a chance on shortform drama investment, according to key industry figures at Content London.
  • Lord of the rights One consequence of rising drama budgets is risk-aversity, according to speakers at C21’s Content London.
  • Renaissance studies Key figures in the global formats business found plenty to be positive about when looking to the future of unscripted at Content London, including the arrival of SVoD and OTT platforms.
  • Social gathering Harnessing social media, YouTube controversy and Brexit uncertainty dominated discussions at C21’s Kids Content Futures in London.
  • Shopping around pt1 In the first article in a two-part report, two factual buyers tell Clive Whittingham about the style of programming their channels are looking for.
  • Cracking stacking As viewing continues to shift online, broadcasters are demanding more exclusivity and flexibility when they license US programming. But are they getting it?
  • Moving in-house With more and more independent producers launching sales arms, where does this leave medium-sized distributors, and can the market sustain them all?
  • Forward motion Motion Content Group’s Richard Foster wants to be in the middle of the premium content business, and it’s clear to see why.
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