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  • Pinch point
    At Natpe this week the age-old battle between US cablenets and factual producers over rights and fees stepped up a notch.
  • America’s new reality
    With former reality star Donald Trump being sworn in as America’s 45th president today, top US execs weigh in on what the new era could mean for the country's television.
  • A different beat
    US Hispanic broadcaster Telemundo has reduced its reliance on telenovelas and is embracing grittier dramas inspired by music and politics.
  • New at Natpe
    C21 picks a half-a-dozen new programmes that have already created a buzz and are being launched to buyers at Natpe in Miami this week.
  • Talking Japanimation
    Japan’s animation industry is renowned, but complex funding models, cultural sensitivities and buyer misunderstandings could be limiting global reach.
  • Upside of downloads
    Global media investor and advisor Bruce Tuchman examines what Netflix’s downloading strategy means for the media industry value chain.
  • Changing stations
    With time in first-run seemingly frozen and the value of off-net content plummeting, some US station groups are moving beyond local TV.
  • Charting SVoD's rise
    With SVoD set to rocket in 2017, Digital TV Research founder Simon Murray digs into the numbers and explores how Netflix and Amazon will shape up against one another.
  • Love rivals
    Competition between Latin American and Turkish distributors in Africa is heating up as both look to capitalise on the popularity of telenovelas.
  • Down Mexico way
    Once a closed shop due to vertical integration, Mexico has opened up to indie production and formats are leading the charge.
  • Back from the brink
    TV movies have been dying off for years but are streaming services providing a new source of demand? Andrew Dickens assesses where the trend is heading.
  • Balancing act
    With greater attention being drawn to gender bias in children’s programming, what exactly is being done to bring about change?
  • Reality goes OTT
    Drama producers have benefitted from streamers’ scripted demands, but a move by OTT players into unscripted formats could give reality its own shot in the arm.
  • Harsh reality
    Virtual reality is being tipped as the next big thing. But where’s the content coming from and who’s going to be footing the bill?
  • Running the show
    Showrunners have become a powerful force in US drama but new pressures are changing their role. Andrew Dickens reports.
  • Wild horizons
    Israeli producer Guy Hameiri says global format hits are driving local competition and pushing the ambitions of prodcos.
  • Hitting the right pitch
    As the 2016 factual television circuit draws to a close, four European doc buyers reveal their programming needs for the coming year.
  • Running the risk
    Premium drama and risk go hand in hand but the rewards can be handsome. Sonar Entertainment’s Tom Lesinski reveals how it can be done.
  • Ahead of the game
    What are TV companies doing to tap into relatively new but already hugely popular activities like Minecraft and eSports?
  • Digital growing pains
    The renewal of Sweden’s unscripted content business is gathering pace as local producers and broadcasters adapt to the digital era.
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  • 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.
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  • Direction of travel After several years of chasing each other’s commissioning strategies, the big factual cablenets are moving in very different programming directions.
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  • 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.
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