October 18, 2018

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***Global Agency***

MIPCOM Wraps in Cannes

Sunny skies returned to Cannes today as MIPCOM wrapped with some 13,800 participants and a record number of 4,800 companies from 110 countries in attendance.

***Nippon TV***

Agapy Kapouranis Upped at Lionsgate as Peter Iacono Departs

TVUSA Lionsgate has promoted Agapy Kapouranis to president of international television and digital distribution, succeeding company veteran Peter Iacono, who has decided to leave the studio to become CEO of TravelCadabra.


Fremantle & Fuji Pact for New Format Little Presenter

TVFORMATS Fremantle has entered into a partnership with Fuji Television to represent Little Presenter, a comedic entertainment format that shows the world through the eyes of children.


Gigantosaurus Tops List of Most-Screened Programs at MIPJunior

TVKIDS Cyber Group Studios' Gigantosaurus was the most-screened series from the MIPJunior 2018 library, followed by Rainbow's 44 Cats.


Toby Haynes On Board Amazon’s Utopia

TVDRAMA Toby Haynes (Doctor Who, Sherlock) is set to direct Amazon Prime Video's upcoming drama Utopia, based on the British series of the same name.


Inter Medya Takes On TIMS&B’s Bitter Lands

TVDRAMA TIMS&B Productions has appointed Inter Medya as international sales partner for the drama Bitter Lands.

***Crown Media***

ZDF Enterprises Notches Up Deals Across Factual, Drama, Kids

TVEUROPE ZDF Enterprises' raft of MIPCOM deals includes placing nearly 100 hours of drama with Finnish broadcaster YLE and factual sales to Viasat World, among others.


Love Nature Working On Gangs of Lemur Island

TVREAL Love Nature, a joint venture with Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks, is prepping the new series Gangs of Lemur Island with Bristol-based production company True to Nature.


Austrian Drama Delivers for ORF-Enterprise

ORF-Enterprise notched up a number of new deals at MIPCOM, where it introduced the latest season of the Austrian drama Fast Forward.

***Inter Medya***

Tia Mowry, Loretta Devine to Star in Netflix’s Family Reunion

Netflix has ordered a new multigenerational live-action comedy series, Family Reunion, created by Meg DeLoatch (Fuller House).

***Like It Or Love It***

KiKA to Co-Produce New Smurfs TV Show

TVKIDS KiKA has teamed up with Peyo Productions to co-produce The Smurfs, a new animated television series featuring the iconic blue characters.

***Cyber Group***

Eat Well & Shop Well for Less? Returning to BBC One

TVEUROPE BBC One has ordered more episodes of Eat Well for Less? and Shop Well for Less?, including a holiday special, from Banijay's RDF TV West.


Disney Gears Up for New Season of Doc McStuffins

TVKIDS The fifth installment of Disney Junior's Doc McStuffins is slated to begin airing later this month, with a holiday special due to debut in December.


Laws of the Lizard Among Smithsonian’s Wildlife Lineup

TVREAL Smithsonian Channel has revealed its new lineup of nature and wildlife programming for late 2018 and early 2019, including Laws of the Lizard.

***World Screen - DISCOP Johannesburg***

Ben Aldridge & More Join the Cast of Pennyworth

TVDRAMA Ben Aldridge has signed on to co-star in the upcoming EPIX drama Pennyworth, with Ryan Fletcher and Hainsley Lloyd Bennett also joining the cast as series regulars.


Sesame Street Puppeteer Caroll Spinney to Retire

TVKIDS Caroll Spinney, an Emmy-winning puppeteer on Sesame Street since the show debuted in 1969, is stepping down from the roles of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.

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New From WorldScreenings


Nippon TV – Way Too Kawaii!

***Video***(Drama, 10x30 min.) An elite editor finds himself unwillingly transferred to a teen fashion magazine where cuteness (kawaii) reigns supreme.
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Rabbit Films – Don’t You Know Who I Am?

***Video***(Game show, 12x60 min.) A celebrity-based quiz show where eight contestants compete for serious money by guessing the guest celebrity’s life numbers such as their IQ level.
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The Story Lab – Game of Clones

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TVF International – Will a Robot Steal My Job?

***Video***(1x53 min.) As artificial intelligence develops at breakneck speed, Anne-Marie Tomchak, science journalist and U.K. editor of Mashable, asks the question: Are any of our jobs safe?
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Terra Mater Factual Studios – Beasts in the City

***Video***(Nature, 1x50 min.) You thought they were far away in the wild, but they’re here—urban invaders.
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