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  • Nerd finds Love
    A more authentic style, and relaxed rights position, could make FYI's forthcoming unscripted series Find My First Love an interesting test case for US factual production. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • Sony bags Liberty's Dutch film nets
    Sony Pictures Television Networks has completed the acquisition of the Film1 group of movie channels in the Netherlands from US cable giant Liberty Global.
  • Command economy
    Dilshan Swaris, media director at planning and buying agency Carat, argues that social media has revived appointment-to-view television and ushered in a new era of ‘television-on-command.’
  • Yorke leaves All3’s Company
    The MD of All3Media-owned production outfit Company Pictures is stepping down after nearly two and a half years in the role.
  • ITV takeover 'likely within 18 months'
    UK broadcaster ITV is likely to be taken over by a major US firm in the next 12 to 18 months, according to a leading media analyst.
  • Sky's Sullivan moves to Fox
    Outgoing Sky Deutschland CEO Brian Sullivan is leaving the German broadcaster to take up a senior position at 21st Century Fox, according to reports.
  • Loesch joins GBI board
    Margaret Loesch, former head of US kids' network The Hub, has joined the board of directors at US children's content firm Genius Brands International.
  • Brown Bag teams with Scholastic
    Irish animation studio Brown Bag Films and publishing house Scholastic UK have partnered to develop publishing and animated content for children.
  • TV3 signs up Sky Vision
    Irish broadcaster TV3 has formed a distribution partnership with Sky Vision that will see the firm represent more than 200 hours of its programming.
  • Avalon, Hat Trick blast ‘brazen’ BBC
    The MDs of UK production duo Avalon and Hat Trick have blasted BBC executives for "brazenly" closing down BBC3 before its future has been decided by the UK pubcaster's governing body.
  • Boomerang swoops on slapstick toon
    Turner Broadcasting has acquired an animated slapstick comedy series from Asia for its recently relaunched Boomerang channel in Europe.
  • HBO ramps up Vice partnership
    US cablenet HBO will start airing a daily news programme from Vice Media, with the edgy news brand also gaining a channel on the broadcaster's forthcoming streaming service.
  • Antenna leaves prodco without MD
    The future of the in-house production arm at Greece’s Antenna Group has been thrown into doubt after the broadcaster parted company with the prodco’s MD less than a year after its launch.
  • TV4 installs on-demand manager
    Swedish broadcaster TV4 has appointed a channel manager for its on-demand service TV4 Play.
  • Zodiak veteran opens prodco
    The former CEO of Zodiak Media-owned production company Télé Images has launched his own independent outfit, based in Paris and specialising in animation and drama.
  • Neame talks up Downton spin-off
    Downton Abbey’s executive producer Gareth Neame has hinted at a possible spin-off or movie extension to the drama, after it was revealed yesterday that the series is set to end.
  • Iran net wild for nature content
    An Iranian broadcaster has acquired a package of wildlife programming from UK producer and distributor Power, which has also secured sales in Thailand, China and Europe.
  • NBC orders Coach follow-up
    US network NBC has taken a follow-up to classic US comedy Coach straight to series, ordering 13 episodes.
  • NBC explores Island with Bear Grylls
    US network NBC has ordered a local version of hit UK reality adventure series The Island, fronted by Bear Grylls.
  • Candidates for France TV top job named
    Several top executives have revealed they are in the running for the job of president at public broadcaster France Télévisions.
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  • Battling in Brazil Globo’s director of acquisitions Paulo Mendes tells Richard Middleton how the Brazilian media giant is adapting to a changing economic climate.
  • 13 new titles to catch C21's latest Hot Properties Playlist takes a look at the top titles that were new on air around the world last month and are continuing to generate buzz.
  • A new golden age The internet may have left traditional business models in tatters, but it has also ushered in a new era of creativity, says Fred Seibert, founder of US toon house Frederator Studios.
  • The generation game Nico Franks explores how traditional producers and broadcasters can keep up with 'plurals'.
  • Crisis management A year on from a “creative crisis” being declared in unscripted television, Clive Whittingham asks FermantleMedia’s Thom Beers whether the genre is continuing to suffer and, if so, what the solution is.
  • A digital direction Dave Morgan, CEO of ad tech firm Simulmedia, argues that when it comes to advertising, TV execs can learn from their digital cousins.
  • Caught in the web Talk of the arrival of the long-awaited YouTube Kids app has been on everyone's lips at this year's Kidscreen Summit, but concerns remain over child safety online. Nico Franks reports.
  • Eleven shows to catch in Rio The Rio Content Market gets underway today and C21 will be there, uncovering the latest news and shows you need to know about. Richard Middleton reports.
  • Let battle commence The spate of over-the-top initiatives announced recently by traditional TV channels could mark the start of a new era for television, writes John Hazelton.
  • Talking the talk Unscripted programming in first-run syndication is a big theme in the US TV business this year. Fox Television Stations’ Stephen Brown shares his thoughts about the genre.