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Issue # 128
26 October 2018
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Canal+ launches first original creation all nighter

CANAL + subscribers had the privilege of discovering season 4 of the Bureau des Légendes in preview on a special "binge" night. The event took place on the night of 19 October in the Gaumont Marignan Theater of the Champs Elysees in the presence of the team of the series.

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ITV commissions six-part drama, A Confession, starring Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton

ITV commissions six-part drama, A Confession, written by award-winning screenwriter, Jeff Pope, starring Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton and produced by ITV Studios. The series tells the story of how Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, played by Martin Freeman, deliberately breached police procedure and protocol to catch a killer, a decision that ultimately cost him his career and reputation.

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Mediaset’s Iris channel celebrates 1978 with the series of films “Annuntio Vobis”

Iris, Mediaset's free thematic channel focused on quality films, launches the series of films “Annuntio Vobis” to celebrate 1978 - the so called year of the three Popes. 10 dedicated films will be aired this week in prime time and in the evening to look back to the events of that crucial year in which three different Popes were appointed. Each film will be introduced and commented by a journalist and by a contemporary history academic.

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NENT Group launches Viaplay TV in Finland

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) has today launched Viaplay TV for customers in Finland. Viaplay TV enables subscribers to watch more than 15 TV channels through Viaplay. NENT Group already offers its own free TV channels on Viaplay in Norway and Sweden.

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RTL Group: Global Gathering

From 10-13 October 2018 Enex held their annual General Assembly with an array of figures from within the media industry in Vilnius, Lithuania for the 3-day event hosted by LNK TV Group. On the agenda, was a diverse line up of topics ranging from the so-called ‘new cold war’ to fake news to new technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR).

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Viacom: MTV Studios and Facebook watch join forces to reimagine MTV’s The Real World

MTV Studios, a unit of Viacom’s MTV, announced a partnership with Facebook Watch to reimagine the groundbreaking series MTV’s The Real World for three all new seasons debuting Spring 2019.

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UPCOMING EU POLICY EVENTS IN OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 2018

  • 22-25/10/18 EP Plenary Session, Strasbourg
  • 25/10/18 Trilogue on copyright, Brussels
  • 26/10/18 Council Working Party on telecoms, Brussels
  • 5/11/18 EP IMCO Committee meeting, Brussels
  • 8/11/18 EP CULT Committee, Brussels
  • 9/11/18 Council Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth, Brussels
  • 12-15/11/18 EP Plenary Session, Strasbourg
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