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  • Pointing the way
    Next-generation studio Indigenous Media has joined up with Scandal star Kerry Washington to launch a drama on Facebook Watch.
  • Middle ground
    Turkish imports plus a lack of local commissioners have made the Middle East a tough place for scripted producers. But there are reasons for optimism.
  • Baring FAANGs
    As Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google step up their efforts to reach children, should the industry be welcoming, wary or worried?
  • Out of this world
    Live event shows and rights negotiations with streamers were high on the factual agenda at a soggy MipTV and MipDoc in Cannes.
  • Facing up to Facebook
    As Facebook steps up its efforts to attract viewers, the industry remains torn on whether mass migration to mobile will sound the death knell for traditional TV.
  • Alive and kicking
    MIPTV: Live-action scripted programming was top of the agenda for children's buyers in Cannes this week as the genre enjoys a shot in the arm thanks to SVoD. Nico Franks reports.
  • Rights still reign
    MIPTV: The continuing surge in the quantity and quality of drama didn't stop rights being the talk of the town at MipTV.
  • Ones to watch
    Richard Middleton trawls through the new releases at MipTV and picks out shows worth screening, ranging from a look at the life of Adolf Hitler to a Ricky Gervais gameshow.
  • Ground-breaking Beeb
    BBC drama chief Piers Wenger discusses risk taking, live viewing, agenda setting and copros. Richard Middleton reports.
  • True to formats
    UK format exporters have faced considerable competition in recent years, but new buyers and production companies suggest a secure future. Ryan Watson reports.
  • Show stoppers
    Nico Franks picks out 21 shows worth keeping an eye out for in Cannes during next week's MipTV, featuring a bionic guinea pig, aspiring spies and a mystery-solving granny.
  • Simon's top cat
    One of YouTube's first break-out animated hits and now in its 10th year, Simon's Cat is gearing up to make the move to longform.
  • Solving true crime
    Anthony Hemingway, director of Unsolved, USA Network's true crime drama about the murder of rappers The Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac, discusses the genre.
  • Blossoming Belgium
    Format development is cooling down in the Netherlands but hotting up across the border in Belgium, the duo behind Lineup Industries tell Ryan Watson.
  • Imagina branches out
    Imagina US, the Americas division of European production firm Imagina Group, has begun a push into children's content to fill gaps it has identified in the market. Nico Franks reports.
  • Partners in crime
    Red Marble Media's Kevin Fitzpatrick and Stephen Dost talks about ripping up the rulebook in the trendy but usually heavily formatted true crime genre.
  • Talking Turkey
    Ozge Bulut Marasli of Kanal D and its production companies on the popularity of Turkish drama and her company's global expansion plans.
  • Power to the format
    Topics such as people power, AI and the reinvention of reality to take on drama led the debate about unscripted at INTV in Jerusalem.
  • Planning Alibi
    Heidi Schorn at Canadian indie Alibi Entertainment, talks about her move from eOne, international expansion and the evolving domestic picture.
  • Cable connections
    Three US cable execs reveal their development strategies in the face of the OTT onslaught and the kinds of show they’re looking for.
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  • Show stoppers Nico Franks picks out 21 shows worth keeping an eye out for in Cannes during next week's MipTV, featuring a bionic guinea pig, aspiring spies and a mystery-solving granny.
  • Staging a revolt Roma Khanna of hip-hop network Revolt TV on the future of the linear channel and her commissioning and international expansion ambitions.
  • Cranking up JAAK Vaughn McKenzie of JAAK explains how his UK start-up has its sights set on transforming the music and media industries through blockchain technology.
  • Stern's outlook Lionsgate Television's Sandra Stern outlines the group’s evolving global copro ambitions and why the industry needs to remove glass ceilings.
  • Funding furore A tweak to the way independent production funds are distributed in Canada is threatening to disrupt an entire industry.
  • Turning Turner around Turner Entertainment's Kevin Reilly will keynote at the Innovative TV event in Israel next week. Here he outlines how he turned TNT and TBS around.
  • Technical proficiency The head of Israeli media company Keshet International on how it became one of the industry’s fastest growing players and his plans for Latin America.
  • Promising the Earth How did National Geographic bring together a blue-chip documentary series with controversial feature film director Darren Aronofsky?
  • Cattleya drive On the back of its recent acquisition by the UK’s ITV Studios, Italian producer Cattleya aims to take its international ambitions to the next level.
  • Pride and place As a growing number of children’s series introduce LGBTQ characters, what challenges do they face airing in parts of the world hostile to change?