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Global Drama Trends Report 2017


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The boom in high-end TV drama shows no sign of abating, despite all the talk the industry is heading for what some have called 'peak TV.’

 If anything, the scale and ambition of projects is getting bigger by the day, fuelled in part by the blockbuster budgets of Netflix and Amazon but also the need for anyone involved in this fiercely competitive market to stand out from the crowd.

While the result means a feast for audiences, the financial structures behind some of these shows are becoming ever more complex, as broadcast fees remain largely static and the impetus for producers to bring more to the table rises.

Luckily, there are plenty of new players entering the market, offering new sources of financial support, while established players are being increasingly innovative and flexible in the way they approach projects.

The C21Pro 2017 Global Drama Trends Report, produced in association with C21 sister title Drama Quarterly, explores some of these issues and others top of mind for those at the forefront of the international TV business this year and beyond.

The 21 chapters in this report will be published here over the coming weeks.

Report chapters:

Independent thought
Sonar Entertainment’s David Ellender gives his take on the growth of the international coproduction.
Funding Babylon
Deutschland 83 stirred up international interest in German drama and now the model used to fund Babylon Berlin could help capitalise on the trend.
Human touch
A fledgling drama copro strategy is helping the UK’s Channel 4 achieve international hits. The commissioners behind the drive reveal how it works.
Starting over
Jane Featherstone, Jane Tranter and Liza Marshall on why operating as a nimble start-up is advantageous in the ongoing drama boom.
Dealing with the devil
Netflix and Amazon’s quest for world domination may be throwing up plenty of opportunities for the global drama business, but it's also raising issues over rights.
Starz aligning
Starz will benefit from the extra financial clout of new owner Lionsgate and the growing international copro market, says boss Carmi Zlotnik
Agent of change
The rise of SVoD and the subsequent drama boom have changed the role of the talent agent, says UTA’s Dan Erlij.
Federal reserves
Federation Entertainment, the firm behind Netflix’s first original French series, adopts a flexible approach to investing in high-end drama.
Raising their game
Execs from the distribution arms of eOne, ITV Studios and All3Media on how their strategies are evolving amid the shifting economics of high-end drama.
Access all areas
Former BBC director of TV Danny Cohen's re-emergence at a new global TV and film fund sums up the shift in power within drama financing.
Making FX special
FX’s Eric Schrier says the US network is embracing coproductions to get its scripted series off the ground.
Drama studies
Mark Oliver, founder of media and entertainment consultancy Oliver & Ohlbaum, offers his take on the perennial ‘peak drama’ question.
Hardly hard up
As the drama boom goes on, new finance sources are emerging. Jonathan Webdale introduces the C21Pro Global Drama Trends Report.