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  • Culture vulture
    Rob Sharenow, boss of US cablenets A&E and Lifetime, believes the creative crisis in unscripted is over, but warns that ‘mass-culture moments’ are lacking.
  • Biting into Snap
    In FutureMedia’s latest look at how traditional media companies are engaging with Snapchat, Discovery's Paul Guyardo discusses the factual giant’s plans.
  • Korea's progression
    LA SCREENINGS: With the LA Screenings well underway, Ed Waller looks at new shows based on imported IP and asks whether South Korea’s time has come.
  • Start-up routines
    Funding a VoD start-up in the children’s space is no easy feat but a variety of routes to growth are emerging.
  • Same old story?
    UPFRONTS: Marc Berman casts his eye over the US Upfronts and finds that, despite the networks' emphasis on change, there's a familiar feel to much of the new content.
  • Knowing the score
    Sport docs are growing in popularity, but as stars look to build their brands, what makes a good subject and what are the pitfalls?
  • Planet Snap
    In the second case study exploring how traditional media is using Snapchat, Jackie Lee-Joe explains why BBCWW tapped the platform for the launch of Planet Earth II.
  • Pilot lite
    US scripted shows might be more numerous than ever but US networks have slashed their pilot orders. So what are the implications for international players?
  • Reframing the documentary
    Torin Douglas discovers how Amazon and Netflix are changing factual television.
  • TV biz honours O'Sullivan
    Friends and colleagues from across the industry pay tribute to Guy O’Sullivan, following the Proper Television founder’s sudden death last month.
  • Choppy waters
    Producers, financiers and broadcasters grappled with digital monetisation and political uncertainty at Cartoon Business in Belfast this week.
  • Snap judgement
    Shares in Snap plunged yesterday after the release of inaugural financial results and traditional media partnerships have become increasingly important to its long-term success.
  • Creative conflicts
    The ongoing fight between Brazil’s TV and OTT sectors is delivering some great new dramas as both compete for audiences.
  • Critical thinking
    Critical Content is aiming to bring reality TV budgets to premium drama while capitalising on digital players’ interest in non-scripted.
  • Supporting superheroes
    Marc Berman concludes his look at the US networks’ schedules and pilots with superhero-heavy The CW. Would it benefit from looking beyond the genre?
  • Saved by sports
    Marc Berman continues his analysis of the US broadcast networks’ schedules and pilots with Fox, urging it to reduce its reliance on sports content.
  • Root causes
    Nutopia's Jane Root considers threats to public service broadcasting, Netflix’s impact on unscripted and making history exciting.
  • Risk versus reward
    ABC needs to be more daring if it is to improve on last season, says Marc Berman, continuing his look at the US networks’ upcoming schedules and pilots.
  • Seeding Apple
    Propagate Content's Ben Silverman on Apple's upcoming first move into original content with his company's series Planet of the Apps.
  • Relationship building
    NBC needs to figure out how to build on the success of relationship show This is Us, says Marc Berman as he continues his study of the US networks’ schedules and pilots.
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  • Relationship building NBC needs to figure out how to build on the success of relationship show This is Us, says Marc Berman as he continues his study of the US networks’ schedules and pilots.
  • Pilots brought down Marc Berman gives his take on the reduced crop of pilots for the US networks and suggests how they should shape their schedules.
  • Troll hunting How can children’s TV help prevent the creation of internet trolls, and what is being done to make social media safe for kids?
  • Hot picks for Forum As Hot Docs Forum kicks off this week in Toronto, C21 highlights five in-development docs that should catch the eyes of international buyers.
  • No joke Comedy is renowned for being an uneasy traveller but US-based NorthSouth Productions has found a recipe that works, and now it’s heading to the UK.
  • New kid on the block Unscripted TV wizard Phil Gurin outlines to Ed Waller his plans for taking IM Global Television into the unscripted and alternative programming genres.
  • Economies of scale Netflix's Cindy Holland dicusses the streamer's plans for 30 original unscripted commissions this year and what they will mean for the industry.
  • Saul in the mind Matthias Puschmann of Vast Media looks at the third-season launch of AMC’s Better Call Saul as part of a series of articles tracking digital marketing innovation.
  • Red devil? Netflix’s quest for world domination may be throwing up plenty of opportunities for the global drama business, but it’s also giving it plenty of headaches.
  • The Afghan Murdoch Saad Mohseni, Afghanistan’s first media mogul, tells Raymond Snoddy how he built his empire.