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The Program Guide's global edition highlights recent programming announcements from various networks and online video platforms around the world.


* Deutsche Telekom AG secured the broadcast TV rights to the UEFA European Football Championship 2024, Broadband TV News reported. The deal comprises the exclusive TV rights for all 51 matches.

* Australian broadcaster Seven West Media Ltd. unveiled its content-driven growth strategy for 2020, which include launching shows including "Mega Mini Golf," "Big Brother," "Australia's Got Talent: The Champions," "Plate of Origin," "Pooch Perfect" and "Between Two Worlds."

* "Big Bang Theory" star Johnny Galecki is teaming up with writer and executive producer Anthony Del Broccolo to develop a multi-camera comedy about esports at NBC (US) called "The Squad," Variety reported. The show follows a group of friends who find companionship and common ground in their mutual love of competitive esports.

* Discovery Inc.'s Eurosport secured a number of exclusive multiyear deals for rights to air ATP Tour events in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. The agreements will begin in 2020 in Romania and Hungary, and in 2021 in Czech Republic and Slovakia. Eurosport will also provide year-round ATP Tour coverage in Belgium as part of its extended rights deal in France.

* Fox Corp. will remake the South Korean police TV drama "Live" for the U.S. audience, The Dong-a Ilbo reported. Studio Dragon Corp., the production company behind the original series, will take part in the remake as co-producer.

* Greek free-to-air channel Skai and Russian free-to-air network MIR secured rights to create local adaptations of the BBC Studios Ltd. format "The Weakest Link," TBI Vision reported. Skai made a 100-episode order for an autumn premiere, while the Russian version, "Slaboye Zveno," will air in February 2020.

* Denmark's TV2 acquired the rights to DreamHack AB's content, such as certain ESL sports offerings covering 2020-2023. The package includes ESL's CS:GO tournament circuit and ESL Pro Tour.

* Viacom Inc.'s MTV (UK) will air a two-episode documentary with a working title "Timberland Presents Nature Needs Heroes With Loyle Carner" under a partnership with global lifestyle brand Timberland, TBI Vision reported. The documentary is expected to be aired later this year.

* ITV PLC unit ITV Studios Ltd. and Atresmedia Studios teamed up to co-develop a new game show called "Trust Me I'm A Six-Year-old." ITV Studios label Possessed collaborated with the Atresmedia Corporación de Medios de Comunicación SA unit for the creation of the new format.

* Canal+ International and Mediawan SA are partnering to create a joint venture that will produce original and exclusive content in French for audiences in the 25 African countries where CANAL+ Group operates. The venture's first project is a daily drama serial.


* WarnerMedia LLC's HBO Max ordered four "Adventure Time" specials, reviving the hit show just over a year after its series finale aired on Cartoon Network (US). "Adventure Time: Distant Lands" will premiere exclusively on HBO Max, with the first two specials set to debut on the forthcoming streamer in 2020.

* In more HBO Max news, the service struck a licensing agreement with Studio Ghibli to add the Japanese animation house's titles to its platform, with HBO Max to become the exclusive U.S. streaming home to the entire Studio Ghibli film library, Advanced Television reported.

* Walt Disney Co.'s upcoming streaming service, Disney+, is working on a sequel of the 1993 fantasy comedy "Hocus Pocus," Variety reported. The service has hired the writer and co-producer of "Workaholics," Jen D'Angelo, for the sequel.

* In other Disney+ news, the platform ordered a second season of "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series," The Hollywood Reporter reported. The series follows a group of students as they put on a stage production of the "High School Musical" movie.

* Inc.'s Prime Video commissioned German comedian Markus Stoll for his own TV series. "Der Beischläfer" will debut in spring 2020, TBI Vision reported.

* Netflix Inc. is adding content from eight Indian comedians to expand its comedy slate, Television Post reported. The streaming giant will bring comedy acts from Indian entertainers Vir Das, Kenny Sebastian, Amit Tandon, Kanan Gill, Kaneez Surka, Prashasti Singh, Niveditha Prakasham and Supriya Joshi to its platform over the next few months.

* Korean romantic comedy series "Crash Landing on You" will launch globally on Netflix later this year. The show is a love story between a South Korean heiress and a North Korean military officer.

* Bloomberg Inc. unveiled a slate of digital originals, focused on space, transportation, science and health, for its streaming service Bloomberg TV+, TBI Vision reported. The shows, which include "Giant Leap," "Moon Shot," "Accelerate," "Prognosis" and "Storylines," will also be available on, YouTube LLC and on Bloomberg's social channels.

* BeIN Media Group LLC commissioned its first Turkish original series, "The Choice," Digital TV Europe reported. The 13-episode show will premiere later this year on beIN's over-the-top service BeIN Connect that operates in Turkey alongside the main pay TV offering of Digitürk.

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