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NEWS & FEATURES

  • Summit scales new heights
    Hundreds of delegates flooded to C21's International Drama Summit, part of the second Content London conference held at Bafta this week.
  • On the way to the forum
    Four key buyers heading for the IDFA Forum give Clive Whittingham their tips for pitching success and reveal the sort of docs they’ll be looking for in Amsterdam.
  • A singular audience
    C21Kids Content Summit keynote speaker Sharalyn Orr, executive director at US research firm Frank N Magid Associates, explains the characteristics of the plurals, the generation born since 1997.
  • Gavin, Sabin to leave Discovery
    Discovery Channel’s Dolores Gavin is leaving her post as exec VP of development and production for the US East Coast, along with chief operating officer Edward Sabin.
  • Red Arrow shutters Sultan Sushi
    Dutch-Belgian prodco Sultan Sushi is being shut down by its parent company Red Arrow Entertainment and has passed production of its current series to a local firm.
  • Zodiak strikes Stirling pact
    Zodiak Rights has signed a first-look deal with Stirling Television, which builds on its distribution agreement for the Northern Ireland producer’s dancing series Jigs & Wigs.
  • Tuvalu acquires Column Film
    Netherlands-based indie Tuvalu Media is growing its scripted ambitions after acquiring the production outfit behind drama 2/11 Het spel van de Wolf, which aired on NPO.
  • Format Fund hires Israeli veteran
    Israeli format financing group TV Format Fund has appointed a local industry veteran as manager of unscripted content.
  • ActiveTV shuffles creative heads
    Singapore- and Melbourne-based indie ActiveTV has appointed a new creative director after the incumbent left the Asian arm of the company.
  • Cirkus travels to Norway
    Cirkus, the UK-based video-on-demand company offering ‘Best of British’ content, has launched on Norwegian pay TV platform GET.
  • ITV’s Thorogood joins Ricochet
    Warner Bros-owned UK production outfit Ricochet has poached a factual commissioning editor from commercial broadcaster ITV to be its creative director.
  • Turkish drama boom 'will stabilise'
    CONTENT LONDON: Leading figures in the Turkish market have said the country’s drama growth will “stabilise” by 2016, but have offered solutions to keep its global reach sustainable.
  • Showtime adapts 'Irish Sopranos'
    US premium cablenet Showtime is developing its own version of a gangster drama that has been labelled the Irish Sopranos, from the producer behind The Tudors.
  • BBC2 elopes with Woman in Red
    BBC2 has ordered a period drama from Wall to Wall Media based on the true story of an 18th century scandal, with Natalie Dormer set to star.
  • Brown Bag opens UK studio
    Ireland’s Brown Bag Films is opening a 2D animation studio in Manchester this month, providing a boost to the UK industry and creating 40 jobs.
  • Grantchester set for second season
    ITV's 1950s period drama Grantchester is set for a second season, according to the US broadcaster that picked up the show.
  • Downton exec: US dominance eroding
    CONTENT LONDON: Gareth Neame, the exec producer behind Golden Globe-winning drama Downton Abbey, believes the emergence of strong UK and European drama has reduced US market dominance.
  • BBC kids boss criticises content
    Outgoing director of BBC Children’s Joe Godwin has criticised some of his department’s recent output and advocated quality over quantity, while forecasting a digital future for his successor.
  • Int'l drama lights up C21 awards
    CONTENT LONDON: The strength of international drama production shone brightly at the inaugural C21 International Drama Awards in London last night.
  • YLE’s head of drama steps down
    CONTENT LONDON: YLE’s head of drama Tuire Lindström has left after four years in the role to take on a wider operational role at the Finnish pubcaster.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Missing the hits Drama was king last week in Cannes as factual players looked for ways to grow that didn’t include innovative break-out hits. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • Spoilt for choice Last week in Cannes was dominated by talk about subscription VoD and online strategies as new and old media continued their dance along the Croisette, writes Andrew Dickens.
  • Sizing up scripted Drama has been hot for the past few years but at this week's Mipcom it was positively scorching, despite the torrential downpours that drenched some delegates.
  • In short order The popularity of shortform content on mobile and the web wasn't lost on industry executives at MipJunior and Mipcom this week. But what are channels and producers doing to capitalise on the trend? Nico Franks reports.
  • Mipcom: Stay healthy Kristi Sanders, CEO and founder of holistic health blog The Glow Life, tells Mipcom delegates what they need to know to stay healthy this week.
  • Ahead of the game Gameshows have undergone a resurgence in France recently, with DTT channels entering the genre and France 2 developing new programming. Marie-Agnés Bruneau reports.
  • A crafty purchase Minecraft, one of the most popular kids' properties around, won't be on TV anytime soon, despite video being an integral part of its success. Nico Franks reports from BLE in London.
  • Keeping the wolf from the door Todd Lituchy, CEO of London indie New Media Vision, tells Clive Whittingham about the distributor's move into production and its first factual project.
  • Future hits and myths Ancient mythology, murder mystery, black humour, political suspense and period spectacle all get a look-in as Ed Waller picks out the new shows most likely to cause a stir at Mipcom – and finds drama is by far the dominant genre.
  • Scare tactics International buyers could be in for a shock at Mipcom next week if the producers of a new BBC drama have their way. Nico Franks reports.
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