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  • Facebook looks for friends in Cannes
    MIPCOM: Facebook has rolled into Cannes with a host of executives searching for projects following the recent launch of its Watch platform.
  • All3’s Rellik racks up sales
    MIPCOM: HBO Asia has signed a pan-territory deal for All3Media serial killer drama Rellik amid a host of pickups of the show around the world.
  • ProSieben, Discovery start German streamer
    MIPCOM: German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 and global factual giant Discovery Communications have partnered to launch a streaming service in Germany.
  • Weinstein Co takes on funds, eyes sale
    The Weinstein Company has taken on private equity investment from Colony Capital and is in talks regarding a sale of its assets to the firm in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal.
  • WME, IMG teams form Endeavor Content
    MIPCOM: The film, scripted TV finance and sales arms of US firms WME and IMG are being merged into one content group by parent Endeavour.
  • Netflix taps second Universal exec
    MIPCOM: Netflix has appointed a former VP of drama development at Universal Television to work across its programme acquisitions.
  • SVT adapts Little Old Lady
    MIPCOM: Swedish pubcaster SVT has greenlit a feel-good drama from US-based distributor Dynamic Television and Swedish prodco Nexito.
  • Canal+ unpacks FremantleMedia's Picnic
    MIPCOM: French pay TV network Canal+ has picked up a pair of English-language dramas from FremantleMedia International to air in 2018.
  • BBC4 goes Below the Surface
    MIPCOM: BBC4 in the UK has picked up Scandinavian drama series Below the Surface from distributor StudioCanal.
  • IM Global, Newen link up for unscripted push
    MIPCOM: US producer IM Global Television has entered into a joint venture with TF1 Group-owned Newen to develop original unscripted content for multiple platforms worldwide.
  • Pablo Escobar’s son launches prodco
    MIPCOM: The son of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar has launched his own production company and is here in Cannes shopping shows about his late father.
  • Movistar+ commits long-term to drama
    MIPCOM: The €70m (US$75m) drama initiative launched by Movistar+ is the beginning of a long-term push into the genre, according to the Spanish pay TV firm's head of fiction.
  • Vox to recount Warner Bros' True Story
    MIPCOM: Vox in Germany has picked up Warner Bros International Television Productions' new format True Story With….
  • Swedish trio launch Bigster prodco
    MIPCOM: The head of Swedish prodco Mountain Dog and the former channel director of Discovery Networks Sweden have launched a production company.
  • Insight adds catalogue to Amazon Channels
    MIPCOM: Ultra-high-definition broadcaster Insight TV has announced a distribution deal with Amazon as part of the new Amazon Channels service.
  • E-Vision bags BBCWW content
    MIPCOM: Middle Eastern pay broadcaster E-Vision has struck its first exclusive content deal with BBC Worldwide for its SVoD service.
  • WDR takes Maus and more to Asia, America
    MIPCOM: Children’s broadcasters in South Korea, Latin America and China have acquired a raft of shows from German distributor WDR Media Group.
  • Inaugural Canneseries schedule revealed
    MIPCOM: Details have emerged of the forthcoming international TV festival Canneseries, which is set to debut next April alongside MipTV in France.
  • ZDF zones in on Movistar+ drama
    MIPCOM: Germany’s ZDF has become the latest broadcaster to pick up rights to Spanish drama La Zona, which is being produced for pay TV outfit Movistar+.
  • Rai moves into Scream Street
    MIPCOM: Italian pubcaster Rai has picked up animated series Scream Street in a deal with Italian producer and distributor Atlantyca Entertainment.
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