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  • UK broadcasters back unscripted fund
    A group of UK broadcasters, including the BBC and Channel 4, have unveiled a fund aimed at covering crew shortages and skill gaps and diversifying production crew and talent in unscripted TV.
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    US studio Lionsgate has appointed Craig Piligian to the newly created role of president of non-fiction TV as part of a renewed deal with the reality veteran.
  • Tune in to the C21FM Weekly Review Show
    In the C21FM Weekly Review Show, which this week runs from 10am today to 10am on Monday April 19, we play highlights from a great week on the station. Tune in for a mix of music, news and interviews that put the global content business in perspective.
  • Netflix unveils Spanish drama, reality
    Global streaming giant Netflix has unveiled its latest slate of original dramas and unscripted series in Spain, including a local remake of a Turkish drama blocked in its homeland.
  • Atlantic Nomad lands TV, film financing deal
    Jamie Carmichael and Simon Mirren’s LA- and London-based prodco Atlantic Nomad has closed a TV and film slate financing deal with Finnish venture capital fund manager IPR.VC.
  • BT Sport, Insight score second Ultimate Goal
    UK sportscaster BT Sport has renewed its partnership with Netherlands-based broadcaster Insight TV to coproduce a second season of reality football competition format Ultimate Goal.
  • Banijay Germany starts brand, talent arm
    European production giant Banijay has launched a German label for artist management, live entertainment, marketing and digital content.
  • Disney+ unveils first UK scripted originals
    The Walt Disney Company in EMEA has unveiled a slate of UK original scripted titles for streaming service Disney+, including projects from Sally Wainwright, Faith Penhale and Sally Woodward Gentle.
  • WarnerMedia ups preschool, girls focus
    MIPTV: WarnerMedia Kids & Family is branching out into the preschool arena and increasing its focus on female-skewing programming.
  • BBCS adds to top factual leadership
    BBC Studios Productions factual chief Tom McDonald has finalised his leadership team by appointing a director of production and a director of commercial and business development.
  • Gerhartz upped to lead Red Arrow sales
    Tim Gerhartz has been promoted to president and MD of Red Arrow Studios International, the distribution arm of Red Arrow Studios, replacing Joel Denton.
  • Disney seeks 'optimistic' family content
    MIPTV: The Walt Disney Company in Europe, the Middle East and Africa is looking for “optimistic” content that families can watch together and repeatable comedies, according to its VP of animation for the region.
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    Canadian producer and distributor Portfolio Entertainment has promoted Chelsea Reichert to distribution manager as it looks to expand into premium scripted content.
  • Sky D, RTP call in Paris Police 1900
    MIPTV: Sky Deutschland, Radio Canada and RTP in Portugal are among the international broadcasters to have picked up French period crime drama Paris Police 1900.
  • ITVS, Polter to set up premium scripted label
    UK-based ITV Studios has poached Moritz Polter from Bavaria Fiction to launch a premium, international scripted label in Germany.
  • More4 explores World’s Greatest Wrecks
    Commercially funded UK pubcaster Channel 4 has acquired 10-part documentary series World’s Greatest Wrecks for its More4 channel.
  • Jane Seymour goes Wild for Acorn TV
    AMC-owned streaming services Acorn TV has ordered an Irish mystery thriller starring former James Bond actor Jane Seymour.
  • Vice TV pins down wrestler doc
    NEWS BRIEF: Youth-skewing US cablenet Vice TV has acquired a documentary about Iranian professional wrestler Khosrow Vaziri from LA-based distributor Principal Media, which holds the global rights.
  • Fridge Wars declared across Europe
    Mediawan-owned Aito Media in Finland, France’s WeMake, Poland’s Rochstar and Endemol Shine Germany have picked up the remake rights to Canadian format Fridge Wars.
  • Amazon signs Manchester Utd's Pogba
    Amazon Studios has signed an overall deal with Manchester United’s French international midfielder Paul Pogba and has greenlit a documentary series about the footballer’s life.

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  • Cabins fever ITV Studios’ Mike Beale and Liz Gaskell and Michael Mannes of 12 Yard Productions discuss adapting Dutch format Let Love Rule in the UK.
  • Ooh Roger Palmer Little Dot Studios co-founder Andy Taylor died of cancer last month. His friend and former business partner, Jason George, pays tribute to this pioneer of the UK digital media scene.
  • What Brexit means As well as another nationwide lockdown, the new year has ushered in the Brexit era. Jeremy Roberts of media law firm Sheridans outlines its expected impact.
  • Starting afresh Caitlin McGivern and Sarah Lazarides at media law firm Harbottle & Lewis offer their takeaways from the UK’s scheme aimed at restarting production under Covid-19.
  • End of the Kew Former TCB Media Rights CEO Paul Heaney looks back at the collapse of Kew Media and talks about this new venture, BossaNova Media.
  • A Frantic year Jamie Brown of Frantic Films discusses taking his prodco independent again and coming up with a new season of Baroness Von Sketch Show.
  • Latest developments UK drama indie Synchronicity Films’ Deanne Cunningham reveals how development has been impacted by the pandemic.
  • Back to the future Research by AVoD business WildBrain Spark shows how lockdown accelerated the trend for family co-viewing on ad-supported platforms.
  • An epic opportunity A lack of US drama production caused by Covid-19 means European producers can take on their transatlantic rivals with content of similar scale.