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C21FM: Turn On, Tune In, Chill Out: C21FM is the content community’s radio station, streaming a mix of music, news and interviews 24/7 that put the global business in perspective. Tune in at 10am BST every day for a new block of programming, which is repeated throughout the day. On Fridays we repeat all of the interviews and music we’ve played during the week, and this block runs across the weekend. Pop out the player on the left and stream the station from your desktop. You can find us on iPhone and Android through the app stores. Please connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Our hashtag is #C21FM. You can also get in touch by emailing [email protected].



Today we hear from Nucleus Media Rights execs Bruno Zarka, Alan Rudoff and Isabelle Pechou about the fledgling London-based studio’s first projects and plans for global growth, while Keshet Tresor Fiction director of programming Christina Christ talks about the company’s ambitions in the booming German drama market.



This week we heard from Emma Hindley, creative director of UK prodco Blakeway Productions about how traditional history programming is changing to gain wider appeal, and from Channel 5 commissioning editor Lucy Willis about how the genre has changed for buyers, plus the trends she predicts for it in future. We also heard from Starlings Television president Chris Philip about adapting Korean drama around the globe and continuing with production during the pandemic, while Martin Persson, executive producer at Anagram Sweden, talks about the success of innovative SVT police drama The Thin Blue Line. We heard from Docsville co-founder Lawrence Elman about the challenges of the company’s new Covid-19-focused film 2020: The Story of Us; and Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee on the Northern Ireland-based sitcom’s success around the world.



12 April-15 April, 2021
This week we heard from C21 editorial director Ed Waller, news editor Clive Whittingham and Drama Quarterly editor Michael Pickard about the latest trends and issues shaping the international TV marketplace as the virtual MipTV 2021 gets underway online.

We also hear from ViacomCBS International Studios Distribution head of formats Laura Burrell about her expectations of this year’s virtual MipTV, plus a number of new deals hot off the press, while Blue Ant International senior VP of coproductions and sales Ludo Dufour discusses how local and global streamers are changing the landscape for programme sales.

We also hear from ViacomCBS International Studios Distribution head of formats Laura Burrell about her expectations of this year’s virtual MipTV, plus a number of new deals hot off the press, while Blue Ant International senior VP of coproductions and sales Ludo Dufour discusses how local and global streamers are changing the landscape for programme sales.

We heard from Keshet International’s Kelly Wright and Passion Distribution’s Tom Burton about the rise of local SVoD services and the alternatives they present to programme sellers and producers as global players proliferate.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes A+E Networks president of programming Rob Sharenow about navigating the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and the opportunities he sees for the US cabler in 2021, plus Big Light Productions CEO Frank Spotnitz and Lux Vide CEO Luca Bernabei about their new Aidan Turner-starring drama about Leonardo da Vinci.


6 April-9 April, 2021
This week on C21FM we heard from comedian Alex Horne, creator of hit UK entertainment format Taskmaster, about how it become an international success story and endured lockdown, and from TVNZ director of content Cate Slater about her efforts to raise the profile of Kiwi output on the global stage.

We also heard from Fremantle India MD Aradhana Bola about how the company has navigated the pandemic and the way the market is opening up to overseas players, and Nanni Erben and Gunnar Juncken, joint-CEOs at Banijay Germany scripted label MadeFor, discuss their first 12 months in operation.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes a chat with Ringside Studios creative director Gub Neal and executive producer Patrick Irwin about establishing the Newen-backed drama label over the past 12 months, and from Banijay Iberia CEO Pilar Blasco about the firm’s recent restructure and the peninsula’s current Covid-19 production protocols.


29 March-1 April, 2021
This week on C21FM we heard from Rollem Productions founder Kay Mellor about the return of her BBC drama The Syndicate and the need for levity in TV right now, while BBC Studios’ director of current drama Caroline Levy reveals how the organisation is championing diversity with returning series The Break.

We also heard from Annie Murray, manager of local content at Sky TV in New Zealand, and Philip Smith, CEO of Auckland-based Great Southern Television, who are both looking for international partners to tap into a new multimillion-dollar fund to support the production of Kiwi stories with audience appeal both at home and away.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes a chat with Wipeout executive producer Matt Kunitz about reviving the classic physical gameshow for US cablenet TBS at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, and from Stephen Dunleavy, founder and MD of UK natural history producer Humble Bee Films, about Life in Colour with David Attenborough.


22 March-25 March, 2021
This week on C21FM we heard from TV4 director of acquisitions, formats and development Cathrine Wiernik about the Swedish broadcaster’s first year under Covid-19 and its growing focus on AVoD, and from Media Ranch CEO Sophie Ferron about the changing formats landscape and the firm’s latest incubator initiative.

We also heard from Dynamic Television founder Dan March about the LA-based producer and distributor’s efforts to reach a “broad niche” with sci-fi programming, and from Pulse Films founder Thomas Benski on pushing into non-English-language content.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes a chat with Discovery group VP for EMEA and international content Myriam Lopez-Otazu about the launch of Discovery+, and from CuriosityStream’s Devin Emery and Bakori Davis about how they are responding to increased competition in the factual streaming space.

Rounding out the week’s interviews are former Carnival Film & Television exec Jessica Pope about her new role at Swedish production company Mopar Studios and from Alankrita Shrivastava, writer and director of Netflix Indian drama Bombay Begums.


15 March-14 March, 2021
This week on C21FM we heard from Ringside Studios’ Gub Neal and Patrick Irwin, ACF Investment Bank’s Thomas Dey, Helion Partners’ Tom Manwaring and Bad Wolf’s Jane Tranter about the value of UK programming on the global stage and whether Brexit has changed this in any way.

We also heard from Chloe Barraclough, an interactive producer at Aardman, about working remotely from New Zealand for the iconic UK animation studio, and Matt Barthow, head of programming at Discovery-owned Kiwi broadcaster Three, about his current content needs.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes a chat with TV2 director of international acquisitions Nina Lorgen Flemmen about the changing value of UK and US programming to the Norwegian broadcaster, and from David Schalko and John Lueftner, showrunner and exec producer respectively of Me & the Others, Sky’s first original drama to return to production amid Covid-19.

Rounding out the week’s interviews are RTÉ director of coproductions and acquisitions Dermot Horan about the Irish broadcaster’s first year under Covid-19 and its challenges and opportunities, and from Royal Television Society CEO Theresa Wise about the effects of the pandemic on UK production, the role of TV during lockdowns and tackling inclusion.


8 March-11 March, 2021
This week we heard from Quay Street Productions founder Nicola Shindler, Brontë and Snowed-In Productions head of drama Ruth Kenley-Letts, Black Camel Pictures founder Arabella Page Croft and Hartswood Films producer Sue Vertue as we celebrate International Women’s Day in association with All3Media International.

We also heard from BossaNova Media CEO Paul Heaney, Orange Smarty CEO Karen Young and Drive co-MD Ben Barrett about what the unscripted distribution business will look like in the future and whether the ‘golden age of factual’ has materialised.

Fremantle CEO of international Jens Richter spoke about why the current TV sales boom is less about Covid-19 production shutdowns and more about the growth of streaming, and from Blue Ant Media VP of programming Craig Junner about the shows he’s looking for at the London Screenings. We heard from Entertainment One president of international distribution Stuart Baxter and Keshet International chief operating officer and president of distribution Keren Shahar about the changing global TV sales landscape in the wake of last year’s seismic events.

Lastly we heard from ITV Studios exec VPs Julie Meldal-Johnsen, Greg Johnson and Augustus Dulgaro about the company’s response to Covid-19 and how it has affected their roll-out of new content.


1 March-5 March, 2021
This week we heard from C21’s Ed Waller, Clive Whittingham and Michael Pickard about the trends and issues front of mind for buyers and sellers at this year’s London Screenings, the place of UK programming on the global stage and some of the shows to watch out for at the 2021 virtual event.

We also heard from Beyond Rights CEO Kate Llewellyn-Jones, Distribution360 senior VP of rights Diane Rankin and NENT Studios UK CEO Richard Halliwell about how the distribution landscape is changing and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in 2021.

We heard from UK indie trade body Pact’s CEO John McVay about how the country’s content continues to make waves worldwide despite Covid-19 and Brexit, and Cineflix Media rights CEO Chris Bonney about how the distribution landscape is changing and the challenges and opportunities in 2021.

Rounding out the week’s interviews are Lindsey Clay, CEO of UK commercial TV marketing body Thinkbox about how local lockdowns have impacted broadcasting and why free-to-air channels will endure, and Banijay Rights CEO Cathy Payne reveals how the pandemic has impacted the company and TV distribution in general.


22 February-25 February, 2021
This week on C21FM we heard from BBC Studios drama chiefs Martin Rakusen and Caroline Stone about their latest shows completed amid the pandemic, as the company’s annual Showcase gets underway, and from Keshet Studios president Peter Traugott about working with Universal Television and how the US studios’ move to direct-to-consumer is changing the business.

We also heard from Chloe Rickard, partner, chief operating officer and executive producer at Jungle Entertainment in Australia, and Heath Kenny, chief content officer at Mercury Filmworks in Canada, about how they are both ploughing ahead with busy production slates and creating original IP that travels the world.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes a chat with BBC Studios’ global senior VP of format sales Andre Renaud and Vice Studios’ head of distribution Bea Hegedus about how the unscripted business has navigated the pandemic and the shows they have coming up in 2021.

Rounding out the week’s interviews are Sarah Edwards, senior VP of international creative development at Sony Pictures Television, who talks about the company’s virtual formats showcase, and Nick Curwin, co-founder of UK indies Firefly and The Garden, who discusses his investment and advisory vehicle Matisse.


15 February-18 February, 2021
This week on C21FM we heard from Rikke Ennis and Helene Aurø from Copenhagen-based Reinvent Studios about the company’s multi-million-euro investment in Nordic content and the first drama shot in the Faroe Islands, while Filmpixs co-founders Henrik Friis and Benn Wiebe discuss their new short film-focused SVoD service.

We also heard from Jane Tranter, co-founder of Bad Wolf, the transatlantic prodco behind award-winning series including His Dark Materials and A Discovery of Witches, about how the seismic events of 2020 affected her own firm and the media and entertainment business as a whole, and how she sees the sector shaping up in 2021.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes a chat with Gavin Hay of Content Kings about his new UK indie and how it aims to shake up unscripted, and with Emmanuèle Pétry-Sirvin of French animation house Dandelooo about the dynamics of dealing with local versus global streaming services.

Rounding out the week’s interviews are Tom Manwaring, partner at UK media and acquisitions specialist Helion Partners, about his latest transactions and investor confidence in the TV business, and Bailey Mackey, CEO of New Zealand-based Pango Productions, who reveals the challenges the industry there faces convincing US streamers to commission local shows.


8 February-11 February, 2021
This week on C21FM we heard from Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, about the growth of the US distribution company’s streaming channels and why lean-back AVoD is the future, and from Gonzalo Sagardia, CEO of Onza, about the opening of the Spanish prodco’s new Miami base.

We also heard from TVNZ alumnus Andrew Shaw and Screentime New Zealand CEO Philly de Lacey about the country’s booming audiovisual industry, which is fast becoming the go-to location to get new shows made, from The Lord of the Rings to RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes a chat with Christina Jennings, chairman and CEO of Shaftesbury, about AMC Networks’ recent investment in the Canadian drama producer, and with Richard Farmbrough, founder and former CEO of UK indie Reef Television, on the launch of his new streaming aggregation service, Must TV.

Rounding out the week’s interviews are Andrew Sheldon, founder and creative director of Sky-backed indie True North, about the challenges facing the UK production sector and Gerrit Kemming, MD of Germany’s Quintus Studios, about the company’s evolving AVoD strategy.


1 February-4 February, 2021
This week on C21FM we heard from Jason Maza, CEO of Unstoppable Film & TV, about his partnership with actor Noel Clarke and the All3Media-backed company’s new drama The Drowning for the UK’s Channel 5.

We also heard from Nancy Glass, CEO of US indie Glass Entertainment, about her new CNN documentary series on Abraham Lincoln.

S4C drama commissioner Gwenllian Gravelle spoke about the Welsh public broadcaster’s plans for 2021 and its growing focus on international partnerships, while Alan Sim, drama commissioner at Elisa Viihde Viaplay, gave details of the Finnish streamer’s expanding ambitions, including a move into scripted remakes.

We heard from DreamWorks Animation chief creative officer for TV Peter Gal, WarnerMedia Enterprise global access programmes executive director Deanna Cadette and The Black Academy co-founders Shamier Anderson and Stephan James.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes a chat with Mukpuddy Animation co-founders Alex Leighton and Ryan Cooper about being back at their desks in New Zealand with the pandemic under control, and from Harry Sinclair, director and writer of Kiri & Lou, about his journey from cult musician to working in children’s TV.


25 January-28 January, 2021
This week on C21FM we heard from Dean Devlin, chairman and CEO of Electric Entertainment, on why he believes Amazon’s IMDb TV will win the AVoD streaming wars and his fears for the future of theatrical releases, while Jack Davison, exec VP of analyst firm 3Vision, revealed how the events of last year could shape the industry in 2021 and beyond.

We also spoke to Rialto Channel CEO Roger Wyllie about life after lockdown for the New Zealand-based broadcaster and why he’s going on an international acquisitions spree, and from former Marvel, Disney and A+E exec Raj Kalra about relocating from the US to South Korea.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes a chat with Red Production Company founder Nicola Shindler about her new Quay Street Productions venture with ITV Studios and with Globo’s head of international business, Raphael Corrêa Netto, about the Brazilian broadcaster’s partnership plans for 2021.

Rounding out the week’s interviews are former Discovery execs Lauren DeVillier and Paul Pastor who discuss their new Michael Eisner-backed streaming aggregation service Struum, and Oliver & Ohlbaum Associates chairman Mark Oliver reveals his predictions for 2021 and beyond.


18 January-21 January, 2021
This week on C21FM we heard from Dan Cohen, president of ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, about how the firm navigated its merger and Covid-19 last year and is positioning itself for 2021, while James Burstall, CEO of Argonon, looked at the human aspects of running a company amidst a pandemic.

We also spoke to The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire scribe Terence Winter, plus exec producer Sherry Marsh and Legendary Global TV chief Chris Albrecht, about their upcoming Japan-set mob drama Tokyo Underworld, and from the team behind new Australian youth drama Eden. Every Cloud co-founders Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger, exec producer Bryan Elsley, writer Vanessa Gazy and Louise Pedersen, CEO of distributor All3Media International, spoke to Michael Pickard about the series.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes former Sundance Channel and MGM Networks president Bruce Tuchman about the launch of independent streamer Rialto International and his predictions for 2021, and from Ryan Chanatry, general manager of Topic, about the SVoD service’s first year in operation.

Rounding out the week’s interviews are showrunner Anna Fricke talking about The CW’s new take on Chuck Norris 90s action-crime drama Walker, Texas Ranger, and exec producer Gina Carter and director Michael Samuels about Viaplay and Channel 4 psychological thriller Close to Me, filmed in the eye of the Covid-19 storm.


11 January-14 January, 2021
This week on C21FM we heard from Lorenzo Mieli, CEO of Fremantle-owned scripted specialist The Apartment, about the rise of Italian drama and Craig Engler, general manager of AMC Networks-owned SVoD service Shudder, discussed the increasing popularity of horror.

We also spoke to Kids Industries co-founder Gary Pope, who suggested why some brands are more popular than others on YouTube and offered his predictions for the year ahead, and VOD Clickstream founder Stephen Follows provided unique Netflix data insights.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes Lupus Films joint MD Camilla Deakin, Trioscope Studios CEO LC Crowley and Submarine co-founder Femke Wolting on how adult animation has evolved to be an increasingly popular medium for sophisticated storytelling, pushing boundaries and powering on through the pandemic.

Rounding out the week’s interviews are Rolla Karam, interim chief content officer at OSN, speaking about the Middle Eastern pay TV operator’s move into originals and changing relations with US studios, while Maria Feldman, co-creator of No Man’s Land, and Fremantle president of drama Christian Vesper discussed the Hulu/Arte coproduction.


4 January-7 January, 2021
This week on C21FM we heard from C21 editorial director Ed Waller, news editor Clive Whittingham, senior reporter Karolina Kaminska and Drama Quarterly editor Michael Pickard about the trends they see shaping the international TV business in 2021.

We also spoke to Benjamin Cavell, showrunner and executive producer of a new adaptation of Stephen King’s apocalyptic novel The Stand for US streamer CBS All Access, and television scribe Lisa Holdsworth, chair of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes BBC Children’s boss Cheryl Taylor, ViacomCBS International Studios kids’ chief Nina Hahn, Hopster co-CEO Miki Chojnacka and Secret Story Draw campaign manager Jon Mason about the increasingly important role of diversity and inclusion in the children’s TV business.

Rounding out the week’s interviews are Paper Plane Productions founder Alon Aranya, about his latest series for Apple TV+ and Showtime and why Covid has created opportunities for international drama, and from Michael Clemente, co-founder of new multimedia climate change outfit Global Environment Media.


7 December-11 December, 2020
This week we heard from Dan McDermott, president of original programming at AMC Networks Entertainment Group and co-president of AMC Studios, and Shiny Penny Productions’ founder Stacey Sher about how they have dealt with 2020 and their agendas for the year ahead. We also heard from Australian pubcaster ABC’s Jennifer Collins, CBC’s Jennifer Dettman, History’s Eli Lehrer and Discovery’s Victoria Noble about how the global unscripted business was changed by the events of 2020 and about their commissioning strategies beyond. We heard from international football superstar David Beckham about his new documentary series telling the definitive story of the English Premier League and from Paul Heaney, founder of TCB Rights, about the collapse of Kew Media Group and his new company BossaNova Media. We heard from ITV Studios’ Lisa Perrin, Shaftesbury’s Christina Jennings, Endeavor Content’s Prentiss Fraser, Lux Vide’s Luca Bernabei and Fremantle’s Christian Vesper about the lessons learned from this year and how these will inform international production models in 2021 and beyond.


30 November-3 December, 2020
This week we heard from Starz’s president and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch and president of original programming Christina Davis about how the US premium cablenet has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic and is transitioning to VoD, with inclusivity at the heart of its boardroom and the stories it tells on-screen. We also hear from Red Production CEO Sarah Doole, Impact X Capital Partners CEO Eric Collins, Rideback TV Incubator executive director Elsie Choi and Unstoppable Film and TV CEO Jason Maza, who talk to ITV group director of diversity and inclusion Ade Rawcliffe about authenticity in TV. We heard from Nordic Entertainment Group chief content officer Filippa Wallestam, OUTtv CEO Brad Danks, Quebecor Content VP of acquisitions and international distribution Christine Maestracci and WaterBear Network founder Ellen Windemuth about how local and niche VoD services are holding their ground against the FAANGs. Lastly, we heard from UK drama chiefs Piers Wenger from the BBC, ITV’s Polly Hill and Channel 4’s Caroline Hollick about how they have coped with the challenges presented by 2020 and their development and commissioning strategies for 2021.


23 November-26 November, 2020
This week we heard from HBO and HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys about his programming strategy for the US premium cablenet and its streamer into 2021, and writer Russell T Davies and Red Production Company founder Nicola Shindler discuss new drama It’s a Sin for the UK’s Channel 4 and HBO Max. We also heard from Sky Studios chief content officer Jane Millichip about how the firm has navigated 2020, continued to invest in original series and its strategy for the coming year, while the team behind new Sky Deutschland haunted house drama Hausen explain how it harks back to classic German cinematic horror. We heard from TV drama executives Elly Vervloet at Flemish pubcaster VRT, Brigitte Dithard of Germany’s SWR, Suzanne Kunzeler from Dutch network NPO and Belgian producer Helen Perquy about the European Broadcasting Union’s Drama Initiative and its first project – a series about a virus outbreak conceived before the Covid-19 pandemic. We also heard from showrunner Sheri Elwood, Yellow Bird producer Georgie Mathew, producer Charlotte Surtees and Film London and British Film Commission CEO Adrian Wootton about producing in a post-pandemic world.


16 November-19 November, 2020
This week we heard from Julie Meldal-Johnsen and Kate Barnes, exec VP and senior VP respectively of global content at ITV Studios, about how the company has navigated 2020, its latest crop of dramas completed this year and what’s coming up in the next 12 months. We heard from screenwriter Russell Lewis and exec producer Andrew O’Connor about new ITV drama Grace, an adaptation of Peter James’ award-winning contemporary detective novels starring John Simm.


9 November-12 November, 2020
We heard from Trioscope Studios chief executive LC Crowley and chief creative officer Grzegorz Jonkajtys about Netflix Second World War adult animated drama The Liberator and from Rob Slater, head of production at UK indie Meridian Line Films, about making docs in China. We also heard from UK broadcaster and author Simon Mayo about the adaptation of his book series Itch for ABC in Australia and intimacy coordinator Vanessa Coffey on how sex scenes are being filmed during the pandemic. We heard from independent media consultant Brad Adgate about how the pandemic has impacted the US TV ad market and accelerated the shift to streaming, and Sony Pictures Television Networks’ Balazs Szabo reveals how the firm’s Central European channels have dealt with the crisis.


2 November-5 November, 2020

We heard from independent media consultant David Smyth, former senior VP and MD at Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, and from Marc Berman, creator and editor-in-chief of Programming Insider, about how the pandemic has impacted the US studio system and current fall season. We also heard from John Cassy, founder and CEO of Factory 42, about the company’s recent push into children’s content while rlaxx TV co-founders Ronny Lutzi and Dirk Wittenborg discuss their newly launched AVoD service. We heard from director Deeyah Khan about her documentaries looking at abortion in America and the impact of Donald Trump’s presidency on Muslims, and In My Skin creator Kayleigh Llewellyn and director Lucy Forbes discuss the Welsh coming-of-age drama. We also hear from Sister co-founder Jane Featherstone about how she’s planning for a different future and from Belinda Campbell, joint MD at Red Planet Pictures, who considers the long-term future of traditional broadcasters in the face of increased competition from streamers.


26 October-28 October, 2020

This week on C21FM we heard from Absinthe Film Entertainment’s Richard Curson Smith and Jeremy Campbell plus writer Matthew Broughton about Sky comedy-drama Orson Welles in Norwich, while Getty Images senior EMEA sales director Paul Davis explains how documentary producers are making use of the company’s video archive during lockdown.

We also spoke to UK frontline doctor and filmmaker Nidhi Gupta about attending the recent MIA Market in Rome. In addition, we heard from James Reatchlous, creator of new kids’ series Master Moley, and Dominic Gardiner, CEO of Jetpack Distribution, which struck a deal with WarnerMedia in 100 territories for the show.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes Jeff Most and Tom Welling, co-creator and star of new action drama Professionals, backed by Germany’s Leonine and Nordic streamer Viaplay, and Magnify Media CEO Andrea Jackson, speaking about the recent sale of her distribution business to Plimsoll Productions.


19 October-22 October, 2020

This week on C21FM we heard from actor Jimmy Akingbola, host of UK comedy panel gameshow Sorry I Didn’t Know, and creators Minnie and Fraser Ayres about their bold ITV format focused on black history, showcasing comedians who rarely feature in such programmes.

We also spoke to Kris Thykier, founder of Archery Pictures and exec producer of Sky Atlantic drama Riviera, about the challenges of bringing back multi-territory shoots and Ananey CEO Orly Atlas Katz about ViacomCBS’s acquisition of the Israeli pay TV group.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes showrunner Adi Hasak speaking about his new single-location drama, which is partly a response to the spiralling production costs he says are crippling the industry, and Wildflame head of international Llinos Griffin-Williams about building an overseas copro strategy in a pandemic.

Rounding out this week’s C21FM interviews we hear from former Bristow Global Media CEO Julie Bristow about her new investment vehicle focused on female stories and storytellers and from Warehouse 51 Productions/West One International founder Carl Hall, who considers how the pandemic has shaken up the distribution business.


12 October-15 October, 2020

This week on C21FM, we heard from C21 editorial director Ed Waller, senior reporter and kids editor Nico Franks and Drama Quarterly editor Michael Pickard, who reflected on Mipcom as it got underway – not in its usual glamorous Cannes setting but online for the first time in its 35-year history.

We also spoke to Nicola Söderlund, managing parter of Eccho Rights; Entertainment One’s family brands president Olivier Dumont and executive VP of content sales Monica Candiani; and Lineup Industries co-founders Ed Louwerse and Julian Curtis about their businesses’ current focus and what the lack of physical markets means for them.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes Fremantle director of global entertainment Rob Clark speaking about adapting gameshows to Covid-19 restrictions and dealing with the absence of Mipcom; Sex & the City creator Darren Star on his new series Emily in Paris; and Israeli comedian and writer Reshef Levi talks dramedy Nehama.

Rounding out this week’s C21FM interviews we return to C21’s Waller, Franks and news editor Clive Whittingham, who consider the main talking points from Mipcom Online+ as the virtual equivalent of Europe’s biggest TV market drew to a close.


5 October-8 October, 2020

This week on C21FM, we heard from Waleed Zuaiter, star of Channel 4 drama Baghdad Central, about launching his own production company, FlipNarrative, in a bid to tackle diversity in film and television; and Susin Nielsen, creator and showrunner of Family Law, about resuming production on the Canadian legal drama and how it draws on her own experiences.

We also spoke to Anouk Mertens, MD of NEO Studios, about Amazon documentary series Take Us Home: Leeds United and the future of watching live sports at home; and Laura-May Coope, co-founder at Social Life, which is used by all the major streamers to drive interest around their shows and recently won an Emmy for its work on the Netflix cult hit Big Mouth.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes Sheri Elwood, creator and showrunner of new Canadian family drama Feudal, talking about shooting in Nova Scotia under Covid-19 restrictions, and Lion Television US CEO Tony Tackaberry on new Smithsonian civil rights documentary Walk Against Fear.

Rounding out this week’s C21FM interviews are Jesse Cleverly, creative director and co-founder of Wildseed Studios, revealing how he is identifying and nurturing new talent, and John Giwa-Amu, who runs production and gaming company Good Gate Media and prodco Red and Black, about the film he made in lockdown and what he has learned during the pandemic.

All of this, together with a mix of music to keep you sane. Thanks for listening.


28 September-1 October, 2020

This week on C21FM, we heard from Bell Media president of content and programming Mike Cosentino about how the Canadian broadcaster and its studio have adapted to the pandemic and how CTV drama Transplant found success in the US; and Claire Mundell, founder and creative director at Glasgow-based Synchronicity Films, about building on the success of hit miniseries The Cry to establish a base in Australia.

We also spoke to Luke Hyams, head of YouTube Originals for EMEA, and Kate Shepherd, MD of Warner Music Entertainment, about their new documentary on the UK grime scene; and Darren Nartey, senior programme acquisitions executive at ITV, discussed the projects that caught his eye at Cartoon Forum, plus the shows he’s looking to buy for CITV.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes Silverback Films co-founder Keith Scholey on his latest David Attenborough project for Netflix and the significance of Covid-19 for natural history programming; and 8Hours Television co-founders Jonny Slow and Adeline Ramage Rooney on their US adaptation of Belgian format Emergency Call for ABC.

Rounding out this week’s C21FM interviews are award-winning writer/producer Frank Spotnitz and Dana Goldberg, chief creative officer at one of the biggest film and TV production houses in the world, Skydance Media.


21 September-24 September, 2020

This week on C21FM, we heard from Danna Stern, MD of Israel’s Yes Studios, about the challenge of getting back into production without insurance; Greenacre Films co-founders Nadine Marsh-Edwards and Amanda Jenks on their recent series of race-themed shorts for ITV; and Gene George about establishing TV movie distributor Tesera Entertainment.

We also spoke to CEO Guy Gadney, fresh from producing an immersive gaming experience for Sky based on its crime drama Bulletproof, and Shaun Keeble, head of audience development at Banijay, about how apps like TikTok have become key to the longevity of the Mr Bean brand, which turns 30 this year.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes TF1 Group head of content development Julien Degroote speaking about the French broadcaster’s unscripted entertainment strategy and ambitious new zombie-themed adventure gameshow District Z; and Llyr Morus, producer of Welsh drama Keeping Faith, about the practical aspects of completing the third and final season of the show.


14 September-18 September, 2020

This week on C21FM, we heard from Iain Morris, co-creator of hit UK comedy The Inbetweeners, about his latest show and the challenges of trying to pen one-liners amid a pandemic; and Danny Fenton, CEO of Zig Zag Productions, who discusses the UK indie’s new female football talent format, plus his fears for the future of the TV business in the wake of Covid-19.

We also spoke to Cartoon Forum pitchers Grainne McGuinness, creative director at Paper Owl Films in the UK; Lindsey Adams, founder of Daily Madness Productions in Ireland; and Rene Holder, animation producer at Trinidad- and Estonia-based Farr Creative, about keeping production going in a crisis and whether the pandemic could boost efforts to make the industry more representative, or prevent new talent from getting noticed.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes Geoffrey Sax talking about filming new BBC drama Us across Europe before Covid-19 struck, exec producer Tim Key and Red Planet Pictures joint MD Alex Jones on getting back to work on Death In Paradise, and director Chloë Thomas about psychological drama The Deceived.

Rounding out this week’s C21FM interviews are Ade Rawcliffe and Miranda Wayland, who are charged with ensuring diversity and inclusion at the ITV and the BBC respectively, speaking about how they aim to help make both organisations more diverse and inclusive.

All of this, together with a mix of music to keep you sane. Thanks for listening.


7 September-11 September, 2020

In the C21FM Weekly Review Show, which runs between 10am on Friday September 11 and 10am on Monday September 14, we play highlights from a great week on the station. Tune in for a mix of music, news and interviews that put the global content business in perspective.

This week on C21FM, we heard from ITV Studios MD of distribution Ruth Berry about the company’s inaugural Fall Festival, why it decided to pull out of Mipcom and how the business has shifted over the last six months; and Jane Hudson, executive producer of Emmerdale, the first UK soap to go back into production following the coronavirus lockdown, on how it happened and the series’ recent Bafta win.

We also spoke to Filippa Wallestam at Nordic Entertainment Group about how the media company has kept its pipeline of originals flowing during the pandemic and the kind of new content it is looking for; and Thomas Dey of ACF Investment Bank, who advised the creators of Black Mirror on their landmark deal with Netflix and believes more M&A activity involving streamers is ahead.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes Joerg Winger, co-creator of the Deutschland 83 trilogy, talking about the series’ conclusion and setting up his own production label within Fremantle during the coronavirus crisis; and Russell Dodgson, creative director of TV at Framestore, about the Bafta-winning visual effects behind His Dark Materials and why the use of VFX in television is only set to grow as a result of the pandemic.

Rounding out this week’s C21FM interviews are two leading content executives speaking about how they are using their experience of the pandemic to employ new strategies: Jens Richter, Fremantle’s CEO of international, and Rob Wade, president of alternative and specials at Fox Entertainment in the US.


1 September-5 September, 2020

This week we heard from writer and showrunner Simon Mirren and The Handmaid’s Tale director Kari Skogland, both of whom believe all of the changes this year has thrown at us will alter the business for good.

We also spoke to stunt co-ordinator Jon Heaney about becoming the world’s first Covid-19 on-set safety expert through his experience in keeping director Kurt Wimmer’s Children of the Corn on track in Australia. Ellen Windemuth, founder and co-CEO of Dutch factual producer-distributor Off the Fence, discusses how the company has adapted to the crisis and is now gearing up for the launch of conservation-focused VoD platform WaterBear Network.

We also heard from UK frontline doctor and filmmaker Nidhi Gupta</strong, who has been inspired to crowdfund a documentary on pandemics called Start.Stop.Repeat, following her harrowing experiences of Covid-19; and Wa’qaar A Mirza, CEO of Safi Ideas and creator of the preschool show Zayn & Zayna, who believes children’s TV is failing to feature realistic representations of diversity on screen.


20 July-24 July, 2020

This week we heard from James Burstall, CEO of Argonon Group; Liz Layton, exec producer at the company’s New York-based produco Leopard USA; and Tom Porter, director of programmes at its UK outfit BriteSpark Films, about continuing to produce and win commissions during the pandemic; plus Cricko Akander, exec producer of Strix Sweden format The Farm and Adam Barth, commercial director of distributor NENT Studios UK, discuss making the reality show under Covid-19 restrictions. we heard from Vanessa Shapiro, CEO of Nicely Entertainment; Ruth Fielding, joint-MD of Lupus Films; and Michael Rose, joint MD of Magic Light Pictures, all discussing why holiday programming remains a fixture of the calendar and why, for those that offer up Christmas-themed movies and specials, it’s business more or less as usual right now. We also heard from Adeel Amini, freelance producer and founder of The TV Mindset, a new industry initiative that aims to provide professional and peer support for freelancers; Max Alexander, CEO of Secret Cinema, the entertainment company that specialises in immersive film and television events; and Jonathan Jones, MD of production studio Ember, which has just delivered a natural history show with a unique twist to Netflix. We also heard from Mira Nair, director of BBC1’s adaptation of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy about making her TV debut and finishing the series as the coronavirus pandemic hit; Good Gate Media head of production John Giwa-Amu discussed the company’s new interactive romantic comedy, filmed during lockdown; and Asif Sheikh, CEO of Kenya-based A24 Media, talked about the launch of the firm’s new factual-focused streaming service Yebo.


13 July-17 July, 2020

We heard from Krishnendu Majumdar, co-founder of UK independent producer Me+You Productions and the recently appointed Bafta chairman, about this year’s Bafta Television Awards, taking place online for the first time tomorrow as a result of the pandemic; and Jane Root, founder and CEO of transatlantic factual specialist Nutopia, about new HBO Max series A World of Calm, based on the popular relaxation app, and continuing production on other high-profile shows despite international travel restrictions. This week we also heard from Lucia Puenzo, showrunner of Amazon’s first Chilean original drama La Jauría, and Christian Vesper, executive VP and creative director of global drama at Fremantle, which coproduced the series; Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle, co-creators of Sherman’s Showcase talk about their music-themed sketch show’s move to AMC; and Aron Levitz, head of Wattpad Studios, discusses the trends the Canada-based digital storytelling platform has observed during the pandemic. This week we heard from Elly Vervloet, international drama executive at VRT in Belgium, about her work with the European Broadcasting Union on The Drama Initiative; Helen Perquy, co-founder at Jonnydepony, which was developing a drama set after a pandemic before Covid-19 hit; and Simon Crawford Collins, MD of Slim Film + Television, on returning to production in New Zealand in September. We heard from Helion Partners M&A advisor Tom Manwaring about the deal he recently brokered that saw Sony acquire UK indie Eleven, the firm behind hit Netflix series Sex Education; Kevin Levy, exec VP of programme planning, scheduling and acquisitions at The CW, details the US net’s pandemic response; and Patrick Wimp, creator of web series Brothers from the Suburbs, discusses Hollywood’s reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement.


6 July-10 July, 2020

This week we heard from Natalija Gorščak, director of TV at RTV in Slovenia, about how the country is restarting production; Catherine Alvaresse, director of documentaries at France Télévisions, about its renewed focus on documentary; and Fiorenza Cella, president of Free Dolphin Entertainment, about the rise and rise of the TV movie. Fiona Francombe, director of The Bottle Yard Studios, home to dramas including Poldark and The Trial of Christine Keeler, spoke about the steps the UK facility is taking to reopen, while Pernel Media president Samuel Kissous discussed the challenges of making France Télévisions’ historical re-enactment docuseries The Real War of Thrones under social distancing restrictions. We heard from TV2’s Mette Kühnell Petersen about how the Danish pubcaster has adapted to the absence of live sports and has increased emphasis on documentaries, while historian Bettany Hughes and SandStone Global’s Ruth Sessions talked about completing their latest series for the UK’s Channel 5 during lockdown. We also heard from Nisha Parti, co-author of an open letter by a group of women of colour working in the UK TV industry inspired by a similar effort in the US to tackle institutional racism, and Bunmi Akintonwa, head of Little Black Book Co and founding member of DiversifyTV, about the lessons the business can learn from the Black Lives Matter movement.

29 June-3 July, 2020

In the C21FM Weekly Review Show, which runs between 10am on Friday July 3 and 10am on Monday July 6, we play highlights from a great week on the station. Tune in for a mix of music, news and interviews that put the global content business in perspective.

This week on C21FM, we heard from Critical Content president Jennifer Daly about how the pandemic has given rise to innovation in A-lister-led non-scripted shows shot from home and PBS VP of programming and development Bill Gardner on the coronavirus crisis, the Black Lives Matter movement and the forthcoming US election.

We also talked to Wheelhouse Entertainment CEO Brent Montgomery about how the unscripted business is facing its own reality check as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement, while StarzPlay exec VP of international digital networks Superna Kalle discussed how the streamer has been affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes this week’s interviews with France Télévisions head of factual, international copros and acquisitions Caroline Béhar on the challenges and opportunities opening up for documentaries at the pubcaster as a result of the lockdown and Children’s Media Conference editorial director Greg Childs about this year’s virtual event.

Rounding out this week’s C21FM interviews are Jon Thoday, co-executive chairman of Avalon; Chris Knight, president and CEO of Gusto Worldwide Media; and Katie Neff, senior VP of development at High Noon Entertainment.

All of this, together with a mix of music to keep you sane. Thanks for listening.


22 June-26 June, 2020

On C21FM this week we heard from SVT’s Axel Arno about the ups and downs of online festivals as the digital version of Sunnyside of the Doc took place this week, and from the Eurovision Song Contest’s new exec supervisor, Martin Österdahl, about how he plans to future-proof the event, which was cancelled this year for the first time in its history due to the coronavirus pandemic.

We also talked to Arte France’s Mark Edwards about how the broadcaster is navigating life without physical industry events and about forthcoming projects on the pandemic, Donald Trump and Boris Johnson. Plus we heard from director Claire McCarthy and Fremantle’s Christian Vesper on why new BBC series The Luminaries is the perfect escapist drama for viewers tiring of lockdown.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes this week’s interviews with UKTV CEO Marcus Arthur about his first year atop the BBC Studios-owned broadcaster, the impact of Covid-19 and the recent decision to remove an episode of Fawlty Towers from its streaming service. In addition, Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich reveals how the Australian state is returning to production and the opportunities for overseas companies.

Rounding out this week’s C21FM interviews are Jorge Franzini, director of content and development at US-based factual streamer CuriosityStream; DC Cassidy, founder of Diamond Entertainment, which claims to be the first black-led animation company in Hollywood; and Berna Levin, creative director at Yellow Bird UK.

All of this, together with a mix of music to keep you sane. Thanks for listening.


15 June-19 June, 2020

On C21FM this week, we heard from UKTV CEO Marcus Arthur about his first year atop the BBC Studios-owned broadcaster, the impact of Covid-19 and recent decision to remove an episode of Fawlty Towers from its streaming service, plus Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich on how the Australian state is returning to production and the opportunities for overseas companies.Arte France’s Mark Edwards revealed how the broadcaster is navigating life without physical industry events and discussed forthcoming projects on the Covid-19 pandemic, Donald Trump and Boris Johnson; plus director Claire McCarthy and Fremantle’s Christian Vesper explained why new BBC drama The Luminaries is the perfect escapist drama for viewers tiring of lockdown.

We also heard from SVT’s Axel Arno about the ups and downs of online festivals as the digital version of Sunnyside of the Doc gets underway, and the Eurovision Song Contest’s new executive supervisor, Martin Österdahl, about how he plans to future-proof the event, which was cancelled this year for the first time in its history due to the coronavirus pandemic.


8 June-12 June, 2020

On C21FM this week we heard from Roughcut TV’s Ash Atalla how Covid-19 has affected comedy development and why Netflix and the BBC were right to remove Little Britain; Channel 5’s Emma Westcott on the UK broadcaster’s response to the pandemic and a new lockdown series; and Kartoon Channel’s Caroline Tyre on how the situation brought forward the launch of the new children’s network.We also talked to Scorpion TV CEO and Diversify TV founding member David Cornwall, Woodcut Media creative director Derren Lawford and Three Tables Productions co-founder David Chikwe, who discussed racial representation within the TV industry and what needs to be done to improve the situation.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes this week’s interviews with Kevin Loader and Simon Bowles from the team behind the BBC’s new version of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, commissioned and filmed under lockdown; and the creators of Belgian lockdown sports format The Container Cup, shot inside a shipping container.

Rounding out this week’s C21FM interviews are Canadian Media Producers Association president and CEO Reynolds Mastin, who discussed how the Canuck content business is getting back to work, and British Film Commission CEO Adrian Wootton, who considered how the UK will follow suit.

All of this, together with a mix of music to keep you sane. Thanks for listening.


1 June-5 June, 2020

On C21FM this week we heard from Rob Swartz at Reelz about how the US cablenet is working through the pandemic; Enders Analysis’ Gill Hind on the impact of a tanking ad market and return of live sport; and Josephine Bornebusch about how she put together Swedish fast-turnaround lockdown drama Orca.

We also heard from Bavaria Fiction’s Moritz Polter about resuming production in Germany and the Czech Republic; Keshet International’s Kelly Wright about how the company’s unscripted formats are back in action in Israel; and Bento Box Entertainment’s Scott Greenberg about how animation has survived the pandemic.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes this week’s interviews with Part2 Pictures’ David Shadrack Smith, looking at how his new Hulu show can contribute to the diversity debate and also the New York indie’s response to Covid-19. Meanwhile, Pixcom’s Nicola Merola and Ginette Viens discussed the lifting of restrictions in Quebec and 7A Media’s Cesar Diaz spoke about the pandemic’s impact on Latino telenovelas.

Rounding out this week’s C21FM interviews are Kasia Jablonska of Endemol Shine Group; Cineflix Rights’ Chris Bonney and James Durie; and Emily and Tom Dalton, the married duo behind fledgling Yorkshire, UK doc and drama prodco Factual Fiction – all of whom have been responding to the Covid-19 impact with a raft of creative strategies.

All of this, together with a mix of music to keep you sane. Thanks for listening.


26 May-29 May, 2020

On C21FM this week we heard from Lagardère Studios Distribution’s Emmanuelle Bouilhaguet about how she’s getting new titles in front of buyers during the pandemic; CPL Productions’ Danielle Lux and Murray Boland on getting new formats away; and 1+1’s Olga Slysarenko and Volodymyr Zavаduik about how they kept the Ukrainian version of The Voice on air amid lockdown.

We also heard from Banijay Rights’ Caroline Torrance on how the distributor has weathered the pandemic with series from less affected territories; Guy Bisson of Ampere Analysis spoke of a US$160bn hit to the entertainment biz; and Gary R Benz outlined LA-based GRB Studios’ plans to resume production.

The C21FM Weekly Review Show also includes this week’s interviews with NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises’ Peter Blacker about how the US Hispanic network is adapting to the pandemic and contributing to new streamer Peacock; former Gaumont exec Vanessa Shapiro on launching Nicely Entertainment during a pandemic; and Anke Greifeneder of Germany’s TNT discusses a darkly comic drama commissioned under lockdown to support the local creative industries.

Rounding out this week’s C21FM interviews are Dave Clarke, exec VP of content at NENT Studios UK, about the recently rebranded distributor’s post-lockdown plans; S4C’s Elen Rhys and Boom Cymru series producer Catrin Honeybill, about their fast-turnaround special Lockdown Wedding; and Eli Lehrer, exec VP and head of programming at History, who spoke about the impact of lockdown on the A+E Networks-owned US cablenet and what he is looking to commission as restrictions ease.

All of this, together with a mix of music to keep you sane. Thanks for listening.


18 May-22 May, 2020

On C21FM this week we heard from Tomorrow Studios CEO Marty Adelstein about his new drama Snowpiercer and how his company has been impacted by Covid-19; Goldfinch CEO Kirsty Bell about the financier’s fund for UK prodcos; and Arrow Media’s Tom Brisley on how the firm shifted strategy to cope with lockdown.

We also heard from Alkemy X’s Andy Singer about how the New York prodco completed its latest TLC show as the pandemic hit and the broader impact on the US; Zinc Media’s Greg Sanderson discussed the group’s emergence from UK lockdown; and MultiStory Media’s Simone Haywood and Ana de Moraes on their new Netflix series, plus corona-proof programmes.

This week also included interviews with Insight TV’s Rian Bester, who discusses the 4K broadcaster’s focus on acquisitions; Waddell Media’s Jannine Waddell, who explains how the firm finished a wildlife series under lockdown; and Never Ending Story’s Anne Roder-Botbol, who reveals how the prodco kept a gameshow on air.


11 May-15 May, 2020

On C21FM this week we heard from Stellify Media’s joint MDs Kieran Doherty and Matthew Worthy about their new lockdown-friendly format Snoop Dogs; Harbottle & Lewis partner Colin Howes assessing investor confidence; and Federation Entertainment’s Monica Levy about having to put coproductions on hold.

We also heard from Sagafilm Nordic CEO Kjartan Thor Thordarson about how Icelandic production is resuming and the country is opening up to overseas producers; Michael Carrington, director of entertainment at ABC in Australia, on the pubcaster’s efforts to help sustain the local production sector; and Painless Productions president Jim Casey on why quick-turnaround lockdown content will be short-lived.

This week also includes interviews with BBC Children’s content boss Cheryl Taylor and head of discovery Stu Rowson about their kids’ programming strategy during lockdown; media lawyer Sarah Lazarides on restarting UK production; and Hit + Run founder Rob Shaftel, on what the US indie is doing to ensure it is best placed to return to production.

Rounding out the C21FM interviews are Craig Jenest, co-founder of Five Films, discussing a raft of new shows to replace live sport production; Frank Sinton, COO of Tinopolis USA and president of A Smith & Co Dox, shares his experience of getting The Titan Games finished for NBC under lockdown; and JJ Johnson explains how he is keeping Sinking Ship Entertainment afloat amid the crisis.

All of this together with a mix of music to keep you sane. Thanks for listening.


4 May-8 May, 2020

On C21FM this week we heard from Virgin Media Television Ireland director of content Bill Malone about the group’s three-phase strategy for getting through the Covid-19 crisis and managing its programme supply chain, including external drama commissions and output deal with ITV Studios.

In addition, Caterina Vacchi, head of production and distribution at Italian kids’ prodco Atlantyca Films, described how the firm raced to finish an animated programme as lockdown spread and the challenges it now faces in finding partners for its first live-action show currently in development.

Trioscope Studios’ Brandon Barr revealed a ground-breaking technique for live-action shows that producers might employ if the production hiatus is prolonged; Cream Productions’ CEO David Brady talked about where factual and unscripted production goes from here; and multi-Emmy-winning host, writer and producer Nancy Glass, CEO of Glass Entertainment, suggested how changes brought about by Corona Virus may be permanent.

We heard from Amanda Rees, director of programmes at S4C, about how the pandemic has impacted her schedule and what she’s commissioning; from STV Productions’ David Mortimer about how the pandemic prompted his quickest commission to date; and from Danish producer Anni Faurbye Fernandez about launching her new company, Nevis Productions, in the current crisis.

Katja Hofem, German streaming platform Joyn’s MD, revealed how the pandemic is reshaping its approach to acquisitions and commissions; Banijay’s Carlotta Rossi Spencer discussed the need for escapist development; and Media Ranch CEO Sophie Ferron gave details of her new quick-turnaround formats.


27 April-1 May, 2020

On C21FM this week we heard from writer Peter Bowker and director Fergus O’Brien about the impact the pandemic has had on new seasons of World on Fire and Gentleman Jack; Vox Pictures co-founder, producer and director Pip Broughton about her new fast-turnaround drama Lifelines; and Telidja Klaï of Belgian children’s brand Ketnet about managing lockdown.

With his new fast-turnaround drama Isolation Stories making its debut on ITV this week, writer Jeff Pope explained how the project came about and how every trick in the lockdown book was used to get it made. Znak & Co founder Natalka Znak discussed how the transatlantic entertainment and factual formats specialist is working to find solutions to shows that have been hit by social distancing restrictions. And Jupiter Entertainment president Patrick Reardon voices his hope that the coronavirus pandemic could trigger a rebound in unscripted television.

Back Roads Entertainment founder Colby Gaines and Intuitive Content senior VP Patrick Weiland, discussed getting back to work as the states of Texas and Minnesota open up. C21’s Canadian bureau chief Adam Benzine spoke with Hot Docs’ executive director Brett Hendrie, who has, like many events organisers, been forced to reimagine the documentary festival and move most of it online.


20 April-24 April, 2020

On C21FM this week Robin Hilton, partner at media law firm Sheridans, discusses the considerable number of legal issues to be resolved before TV production and M&A activity can resume amid the Covid-19 crisis. Adam Cunningham, chief global strategist at Allied Global Marketing, shares his view that while there has been a 20% rise in users of streamers around the world during lockdown, the real task will be retaining them beyond free trial periods. He also talks about other challenges facing the streaming community and who will be the sector’s winners and losers. And Tony Havelka, CEO of Canada-based kids’ streaming platform Ameba TV, considers how to window free and paid content on the service.

Pubcaster Rai is responsible for up to 80% of Italy’s annual original drama output. Director of fiction Eleonora Andreatta tells Gün Akyuz how Rai has dealt with severe restrictions placed on production during the pandemic. Revised development and discussions are now underway with prodcos to develop the kinds of stories audiences will be seeking more than ever – stories of hope plus an emphasis on coming-of-age storytelling to help a generation of teens and younger adults understand the crisis. Ita O’Brien is changing the UK television industry with her work as an intimacy coordinator and her intimacy guidelines are shaping how sex scenes should be filmed. She discusses her role on shows including Sex Education, Gentleman Jack and Normal People with Drama Quarterly editor Michael Pickard, revealing how she is taking her work around the world. Avi Armoza is one of the most successful format creators in the world. So it’s no surprise that in the current crisis he already has a solution allowing producers and broadcasters to create high-octane shiny-floor shows using a new CGI technology that could cut the production budget in half. C21FM caught up with him to find out more about it, and how it is being used on his brand new format Beat The Grid.

Among other shows on his new slate, Jonathan Ford has a documentary called Superbug, a BBC/HBO copro that may just put fears about coronavirus in the shade. He is also taking out Liberty City, a project for Channel 4 in the UK about an FBI sting related to 9/11. With the 20th anniversary of the attacks coming in 2021, this is just one of the shows he hopes will cement a reputation quickly for Abacus Media Rights. He tells us about unravelling from Kew Media and the experience of launching a new company in lockdown. Banijay Group head of content Lucas Green has overseen a raft of programming designed to fill schedules in the current crisis, from Luke Alone At Home in Germany to comedy show Denmark Stands Together. The company is also producing The Free European Song Contest in Germany, on the same day Eurovision would have taken place. But he is also planning longer term for a time when audiences will crave a return to high-production-value shows that take the outside back again and working on high-end drama for when lockdown eases. C21FM caught up with him to find out more.

Ari Mark, co-founder of US indie Ample, is steering clear of lockdown-friendly programming, preferring to look ahead to what will follow. Creatively, he doesn’t find the opportunity compelling and, commercially, feels it will be over too soon. He does, however, have Nine Months With Courtney Cox set to debut on Facebook and a raft of other shows straining at the leash. He speaks to us about the challenges abroad and how he is meeting them. Christian Rank, head of drama at pubcaster DR, explains which scripted series are being hit by the lockdown and how event shows may be used to fill potential schedule gaps. The channel has had great success, however, with Denmark Sings, which is bringing the country together in difficult times. Meanwhile, Rank is anxious about being able to start production on DR’s 24-part annual Christmas drama, which is a cornerstone of the year-end schedule on the channel.

Karin Heijink, VP of channels and products at Viasat World, is pleased the pay TV broadcaster has extended its reach due to the lockdown, and is changing her acquisition and scheduling plans. The acquisitions-led channels business is managing to run with little disruption at the moment but she believes a rise in viewers will not make up for the dramatic fall in advertiser revenues. She says the big winners in the portfolio have been the movie channels and is inspired by how many producers have been using archives to create compelling new series in what was once a genre frowned on by the business. Concerns about freelancers, and how they’re better protected by the industry in the future, are front of mind for Lion TV CEO Tony Tackaberry, who operates out of the US. He says he’s pitching more than two months ago because there is increased appetite for fresh ideas. But his biggest issue is forecasting, and while he hopes that some shooting will begin again in June, is expecting to review this on a monthly basis.


13 April-17 April, 2020

On C21FM this week we found out how ITV Studios plans to roll out Nippon TV’s Red Carpet Survival to the international market from Mike Beale and Tom Miyauchi; how producers are dealing with disruption to earnout deals as the pandemic takes revenue out of 2020 from Wiggin’s Michael Brader; and how the AVOD (advertiser supported video on demand market) is booming from Watch 4’s Chris Sharp.
We heard from kids entertainment and educational start-ups Azoomee and Hopster, which have both seen a surge in usage under coronavirus lockdown, with the former’s Estelle Lloyd ramping up acquisitions of social emotional learning content and Hopster’s Miki Chojnacka seeking arts and crafts shows. And TV2 Denmark director of programmes Lotte Lindegaard told us the business has been coping with the pandemic, since one of its employees was the first case in the country. And Jonathan Webdale spoke to Patrick Walker, founder of Uptime a next-generation learning app that feeds curious minds with curated videos from the world’s leading experts.

Charlotte Reid, head of lifestyle and entertainment commissioning at Discovery UK & Ireland discussed keeping a calm head in the crisis, and what new shows she’s commissioning; Stephen Stewart, MD of Northern Ireland prodco Green Inc, about how he’s managed to keep production going, with social distanced production on his ongoing Crime Call series for RTÉ; and Steve Langdon, director of partnerships at Parrot Analytics, shared the findings of his new report into the most popular genres since Covid-19 lockdown in the US and Europe last week.

Writer/producer Jed Mercurio discussed Bloodlands, the first drama to come out of his HTM Television joint venture with Hat Trick Productions; Nathalie Biancolli, director of acquisitions and international fiction at France Télévisions, talked about her new 1pm movie slot; STV head of broadcast Bobby Hain searched for a Zoom TV format; Amanda Groom, MD of The Bridge, suggests Asia could kick-start production’s recovery; and LADbible head of original programming Ben Powell-Jones takes us inside his fast-turnaround series Corona Diaries.
We heard from UK producer Claire Mundell, whose Syncronicity Films is responsible for, among others, the award-winning The Cry. The Scotland-based company is currently focusing on development and hoping that when the lockdown ends it will have used the time creatively to create a new slate of programming. Laura Marshall, CEO of Icon Films, discussed the challenges of putting all her factual productions on hold. PBS chief programming executive and general manager for general audience programming Perry Simon shared his strategy to rethink his schedule and work with more international partners.

ACF Investment Bank president and CEO Thomas Dey offered his perspective on how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting M&A and finance in the independent production sector, while ShortsTV CEO Carter Pilcher gave his take on the launch of Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s Quibi. Formats veteran Phil Gurin told us how he’s using the crisis to nurture a new kind of creativity while Dermot Horan, director of coproductions and acquisitions at Ireland’s RTÉ, and Stephen Mowbray, head of international at SVT in Sweden, explained how these public broadcasters are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, adapting their schedules and the gaps that they’re looking to fill.

We got up close and personal with former Facebook head of partnerships in EMEA and Uptime founder Patrick Walker, who shared his experience of contracting and recovering from Covid-19. Propagate’s Ben Silverman discussed the challenge of redefining global production in the current crisis, while also sharing the music his family is listening to in the first of our Lockdown Playlist segments. ITV Studios’ Ruth Berry gave us her perspective on how finished tape distribution is providing channels around the world with programming alternatives as new production is paused and Drive’s Lilla Hurst outlined the challenge programmers are facing as the business adjusts to a new normal.

We also had the first in a regular series of global updates with Adam Benzine’s Letter From Canada, which assessed the impact on cornonavirus on the country’s television business. We were also delighted to present The Soundtrack Jukebox, an hour’s joyous trip into fabulous film music, TV music hosted by Jonny Trunk, one of the world’s leading soundtrack collectors.



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