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  • World in motion
    Noah Media’s football content has put the UK indie on the radar of fans worldwide, and it now hopes to capitalise through a unique distribution model.
  • Preschool’s top scorer
    Bob the Builder creator Keith Chapman talks about his knack for preschool hits, the untapped potential of streaming and why his sights are set on China.
  • Gender reassignment
    Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, founder of Israeli production company ADD Content Agency, explains the appeal of and rising demand for gender-flipping TV formats.
  • Unscripted unbowed
    A look at four factual prodcos that are among the many indies achieving success despite tough times in the unscripted business.
  • Revival meeting
    The issue of rebooting classic TV formats came under the spotlight during a Royal Television Society panel featuring leading UK executives.
  • The first casualty
    Michael Epstein’s Iraq War doc House Two claims to expose brutal truths about the US defence establishment. So why do broadcasters seem reluctant to show it?
  • Gently does it
    Sid Gentle Films co-founder Sally Woodward Gentle discusses risk-taking, talent development and producing for the US market.
  • Chain reaction
    Blockchain technology can be as confusing as it could be revolutionary, but its applications are beginning to be seen in TV.
  • C21 turns 21
    As C21 Media celebrates its 21st birthday, David Jenkinson, editor-in-chief and managing director, reflects on how the company began and how much the industry has changed.
  • Copro futures
    New coproduction opportunities were in demand at Sunny Side of the Doc to satisfy the need for bigger budgets and more ambitious projects.
  • Favourite Sun
    Thirteen Days Away From the Sun creators Elena Soárez and Luciano Moura on IP inspiration, global demand for local drama and the future of the telenovela.
  • VR needs talent
    The BBC this week ordered a property makeover show with VR at its core. Head of VR content commissioning Zillah Watson asks whether VR is more about writing than tech.
  • Access success
    Has scheduling really been killed off by the streamers, delayed viewing and fragmented audiences? The importance placed on access prime at Natpe Budapest suggests not.
  • Web of opportunity
    Competition for space on the BBC’s children’s channels may be fierce, but opportunities are opening up online for new ideas.
  • Titans of industry
    Top NBC execs at Banff World Media Festival discussed how the search for a companion for American Ninja Warrior led to the creation of Dwayne Johnson’s Titan Games.
  • Collado’s digital life
    Littlstar co-founder and chief content officer Matthew Collado discusses all things digital, from the future of virtual reality to his favourite shows to binge-watch.
  • Feeling social
    As Skam gets remade by Facebook and Finland’s pubcaster prepares more Instagram-only series, is social media the future of teen drama?
  • CEE looks local
    Local production and original development were the buzzwords at NEM in Croatia this week as pay channels in the CEE region face competition from global OTT platforms.
  • Back to TV's roots
    UK broadcasters at Sheffield Doc/Fest were in bullish mood but also modifying their approaches in the face of growing competition.
  • Gathering storm
    There was only one thing on the minds of French producers at MIFA this week: the future of children's channel France 4.
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  • Fear and funding With broadcaster cash becoming harder to secure and budgets fluctuating wildly, Canada’s non-fiction producers are increasingly looking to factual funds to get their projects made.
  • Playing Ball Bunim/Murray Productions is behind one of Facebook’s most popular original series. Julie Pizzi reveals the genesis of Ball in the Family.
  • Vertical thinking Marc Berman offers his take on the new crop of pilots heading into the Upfronts, and finds that this year it’s all about ownership, reboots and female-helmed dramas.
  • 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.