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  • Gender agenda
    Gary Pope, director of UK- and South Africa-based consultancy Kids Industries, argues that the idea of pink toys for girls and blue toys for boys may soon be a thing of the past.
  • Formats à la France
    Samuel Kissous, founder of Paris indie prodco Pernel Media, tells Clive Whittingham about France’s thirst for formats, its growing exports and taking risks.
  • Legendary status
    LA SCREENINGS: Feature film outfit Legendary Entertainment has attracted US$250m investment from Softbank for its push into TV and had its first outing at the LA Screenings this week, writes Clive Whittingham.
  • Health conscious
    Health and wellbeing television has seen rapid growth recently. Andrew Dickens finds out where the surge is coming from.
  • Gloob thinks global
    Locally produced programmes remain key to the growth of Globosat children’s network Gloob, but it also harbours international ambitions. Richard Middleton reports.
  • All the way to the bank
    Comedy has always been a tough genre to sell internationally, but distributors are finding new ways to crack this nut. Andrew Dickens reports.
  • Upfronts 2015 Playlist: comedy
    Eighteen new comedies were picked up by the US broadcast networks at the Upfronts this week and C21's latest Hot Properties Playlist has them all.
  • Moving up in the world
    Shrinking budgets, consolidation and the rise of new players are all prompting Canadian factual firms to step up their international ambitions.
  • Upfronts 2015 Playlist: drama
    Drama was name of the game again at the US network Upfronts in New York this week, with C21's latest Hot Properties Playlist gathering together all 25 new shows.
  • Coming to Éire
    As the Irish animation industry attracts increasing interest from around the world, what are the implications for local producers?
  • Opening the floodgates
    ITV Studios invested in US digital content specialist Believe Entertainment Group last year. Its co-founders believe the next cycle of media innovation is already upon us.
  • Independents’ day
    Independent distributors on how they aim to take advantage of new business opportunities across the Americas when they gather for the LA Screenings.
  • 2015 Bafta winners
    Bafta handed out its prestigious annual awards in London this week and C21's latest Hot Properties Playlist gathers together the winners.
  • Reality check
    Factual producers are ditching artifice for authenticity and replacing construction with causes. Richard Middleton finds out if anyone is watching the results.
  • Right to buy
    Is the notoriously hardline rights ownership situation in US unscripted softening, and what tactics can prodcos employ to hold on to their shows?
  • Pilot study
    With the LA Screenings looming, programming insider Marc Berman offers his expert take on the US broadcast networks’ upcoming schedules.
  • Mixing it up
    Challenged by new arrivals, France’s DTT channels are at a crossroads as they revisit their format plans. Marie-Agnès Bruneau reports.
  • Casting the net
    The flexibility of the web is providing as many opportunities as challenges for Ketnet, the children’s channel of Flemish pubcaster VRT. Nico Franks reports.
  • Finding the funny bone
    US broadcast network The CW has been looking across the pond for its unscripted comedy and mulling international coproductions. Kevin Downey reports.
  • New lease of life
    Over-the-top services may be placing more emphasis on documentaries, but what is demand like among their users? Andrew Dickens reports.
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  • 2015 Bafta winners Bafta handed out its prestigious annual awards in London this week and C21's latest Hot Properties Playlist gathers together the winners.
  • 15 eye-catching new shows C21's latest Hot Properties Playlist comprises 15 new titles that hit the airwaves last month, from Spike TV's ratings-busting Lip Sync Battle to UK comedy genius Peter Kay's latest vehicle.
  • Point of difference Jana Bennett, former head of TLC and a 30-year BBC veteran, tells Clive Whittingham how she believes her rebranded channel has cut through in a crowded marketplace.
  • English translation A growing number of European broadcasters outside the UK are producing major drama series in English. Is the move paying off?
  • Beta judgment German producer/distributor Beta Film is hoping to capitalise on the TV industry’s love of Nordic remakes by partnering with Norwegian kids’ pubcaster NRK Super. Nico Franks reports.
  • Russian roulette Russia’s once profitable TV industry has undergone huge regulatory changes and suffered a plunging currency. Richard Middleton considers what’s next.
  • Work hard, play hard NBC’s unscripted supremo Paul Telegdy outlines the state of the US reality business and what his development priorities are for next season.
  • VoD hits the high street It seems everyone in retail now has a VoD service. But how long will they last and what’s the potential for distributors and producers? Richard Middleton reports.
  • Craig’s list Phil Craig talks about his plans for Discovery Networks International, a new era of blue-chip factual programming and his open-door policy towards producers.
  • New faces in factual Four US channels are rethinking their requirements in the factual and unscripted space. Clive Whittingham reports on their strategies and wish lists.