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  • Arabs got formats
    Khulud Abu Homos, CEO of Arab Format Lab, outlines the state of the format market in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region ahead of her participation in Discop Dubai this week.
  • ZDF, SVT prep spy thriller
    Germany’s ZDF and Swedish public broadcaster SVT have teamed up on a new six-part spy thriller coproduced by Sweden’s Anagram and German copro Network Movie.
  • Fusion serves up Food Exposed
    US cablenet Fusion has commissioned a new food-themed documentary series fronted by journalist Nelufar Hedayat.
  • Turner re-hires Duffield
    Turner has appointed the former VP of distribution and sales at FremantleMedia's children's arm as regional syndication director for the UK and Northern Europe.
  • Unnatural history
    Are natural history commissioners and producers showing the world as they want it to be rather than how it really is?
  • Cineflix makes Middle Eastern sales
    Israeli channel Yes is among several Middle Eastern networks to have picked up factual shows from independent UK distributor Cineflix Rights.
  • Sky puts Twenty Twenty, MCG behind wheel
    Sky in the UK has commissioned a driving competition series from Warner Bros-owned prodco Twenty Twenty.
  • TLC puts on Second Chance Dresses
    Discovery-owned lifestyle network TLC in the UK has ordered its latest wedding-themed show,with former Love Island contestant Olivia Buckland as host.
  • Bavaria puts faith in Franckenstein
    Bavaria Film in Germany has extended CEO Christian Franckenstein’s contract by seven years.
  • ZDFneo joins The Nightshift
    German network ZDFneo has boarded an adaptation of an Icelandic comedy series set in a 24-hour petrol station.
  • Gateley exit sparks Lifetime reshuffle
    The executive VP and head of programming at A+E Networks-owned US cablenet Lifetime is stepping down, with her duties being added to the role of sister network FYI’s programming chief.
  • Sky Italia boards Gaddafi drama
    Sky Italia has boarded a new series based on the life and influence of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
  • eOne adds CAA exec for strategy
    Global producer and distributor Entertainment One has named a former agent and exec at Creative Artists Agency as chief strategy officer.
  • Telemundo hires Univision alum
    NBCUniversal-owned US Hispanic cablenet Telemundo has brought in a former executive at rival Univision to lead its primetime reality programming and specials.
  • BBC1 trusts Red with S2 of medical drama
    BBC1 in the UK has renewed its Red Production Company-produced thriller Trust Me for a second season.
  • Burton rejoins Twofour Rights
    The distribution arm of ITV-owned UK production outfit Twofour has bolstered its sales team by re-hiring one of its former execs from TV research consultancy K7 Media.
  • Hollywood Game Night returns to Greece
    Celebrity-led gameshow format Hollywood Game Night is returning to Greek TV this month with a new local version on a different network.
  • Stan achieves record subs growth
    Three-year-old Australian SVoD service Stan is approaching break-even point after a big spike in subscribers.
  • Aggregate and conquer
    Jeff Weber of SVoD content provider Zone TV outlines his vision for the future of television and remains upbeat about pay TV.
  • eOne unwraps comedy thriller Run
    Transatlantic producer and distributor Entertainment One has revealed the details of a new drama from Killing Eve writer Vicky Jones.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • 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.
  • Putting on Make Up Facebook Watch debuted live relationship show Make Up or Break Up in September and has already ordered more episodes from B17's Thumb Candy.