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  • Tales from the crypt
    Producers have realised that archive is about more than merely footage of Hitler and has a place in exciting, contemporary projects.
  • London calling
    A year of political shocks was front of mind for the world’s leading drama commissioners and showrunners at C21 Media’s Content London event.
  • Virtual gets real
    Content might be king in TV but you'd be forgiven for thinking that in the land of virtual reality, technology has usurped the throne.
  • Progressive programming
    CONTENT LONDON: Top children's shows must speak to their audience in an authentic way on different platforms, C21Kids Content Futures heard this week.
  • All in the game
    Gameshows can be lucrative but the genre is tough to get right, and it’s even harder to launch a new brand. So how is the game changing?
  • Not just noir
    Think of Swedish programming and usually dark serialised drama comes to mind, but SVT’s sales arm is looking to boost its factual profile.
  • Window dressing
    There’s a growing trend for linear channels to window shows with SVoD services, but is the business model here to stay? Andrew Dickens reports.
  • Roller coaster ride
    How will Israel’s reputation as a hotbed for innovative TV formats be affected by the local industry’s transformative year ahead? Nico Franks reports.
  • Pole position
    Rapid growth in DTT and pay TV has made Poland a red-hot territory for distributors and international channel operators. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • Driving ambition
    As Jeremy Clarkson and co gear up for the launch of Amazon's The Grand Tour, Lisa Campbell looks at the streamer's content strategy.
  • Enter the auteur
    WME's partner Chris Rice and IMG’s head of entertainment sales Gary Marenzi offer their insights into the premium TV drama packaging market.
  • Bowing to demand
    Phil Birchenall of TV analyst K7 Media gives his take on the boom in SVoD services aimed at children and the impact they are having on programming.
  • A whole new ball game
    TV Asahi's Takashi Hirajo on how the country’s TV landscape is changing and how the Japanese broadcaster is adapting.
  • Back to the future
    Scripted content such as Hatfields & McCoys made a big splash on factual networks a few years ago, but where is the genre heading next?
  • Out with the old
    Former Sony and Discovery Networks Europe exec Rupert Burnham argues the days of TV ratings companies and their methodologies could soon be numbered.
  • Drama out of a crisis
    Local production is booming in Ukraine as networks look closer to home to fill the gap left by the Russian content ban. Victor Mirsky of Film.UA gives the full story.
  • Riding the new wave
    This year has seen an explosion in SVoD services aimed at kids. Nico Franks and Gün Akyuz examine the cream of the crop.
  • Think local, act digital
    Johannes Jensen of Banijay Zodiak Nordic on why a local strategy, nurturing new shows and creative co-operation are key to the group.
  • Land of the rising doc
    NHK Enterprises’ Ken-ichi Imamura, advisor to next week’s Tokyo Docs event, reveals the strategies used to get Japanese factual content travelling.
  • Seeds of growth
    With a new studio in its ranks and the release of its latest "micro-buster" this week, UK-based IP incubator Wildseed discusses breaking new talent online.
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  • Broader thinking Sayumi Horie of NHK talks about the Japanese pubcaster’s coproduction strategy and new opportunities for international producers.
  • Funking things up Vast Media's Henner Herwig Jürgens examines new youth network Funk, as part of a monthly series from the Berlin consultancy tracking digital marketing innovations in partnership with C21’s FutureMedia.
  • Showrunner diaries The Vampire Diaries showrunner Julie Plec tells Clive Whittingham about keeping a drama going for years, the impact of Netflix on the creative process and the social media minefield.
  • Laughing matters It’s easy to talk about the heyday of classic British TV comedies being long past, but is the genre really in a slump?
  • Direction of travel After several years of chasing each other’s commissioning strategies, the big factual cablenets are moving in very different programming directions.
  • YouTube ups the game Virtual reality was the hot topic at Mipcom this year and while Google is among the leading proponents, YouTube’s Susanne Daniels had a different focus.
  • Back to the future MIPCOM: Despite all the headlines about new global digital platforms, the buzz in Cannes seemed to be about local programming and old media.
  • Cannes we fix it? MipJunior saw the children's entertainment industry emerge from a turbulent summer with a newfound sense of social responsibility.
  • Setting up Camp A JV between Blue Ant Media, Smithsonian Channel and Plimsoll Productions is changing the way blue-chip wildlife series are made.
  • On the up As the TV industry prepares for MipJunior this weekend, recent research suggests that reports about the death of linear TV may be greatly exaggerated.