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  • Return to Real World
    Facebook and MTV revealed they are joining forces to revive a classic reality format, a sure sign new digital players can’t get enough of traditional TV.
  • Testing the watershed
    Apple’s increasing scripted push and a myriad of direct-to-consumer streamer launches mean Mipcom 2019 could be a very different beast.
  • Time to rewind
    21ON21 YEARS: C21 is celebrating its 21st birthday and to mark the occasion, we’ve rewound to 1997 to pick out a few trends, deals and shows from the period.
  • Getting noticed
    Streamers may be bringing bigger budgets to kids' TV, but discoverability and promotion issues are preventing breakout hits, C21 heard at MipJunior.
  • Look back in candor
    21ON21 YEARS: As C21 marks its 21st birthday, founder David Jenkinson tells our story and considers how the content business has evolved over the period.
  • Watching brief
    Richard Middleton looks at the shows launching at Mipcom and picks a selection worth a closer look, from an HG Wells story to a Facebook format.
  • To be a Fly On The Wall
    Fly on the Wall Entertainment, the indie behind Big Brother US, is set to take advantage of the trend for live factual, formats and events after Will Smith's bungee stunt last month.
  • Cannes goods
    Nico Franks selects 21 shows worth seeing at MipJunior, including reboots of some familiar faces and a host of new IP.
  • Tried and trusted
    The creatives behind Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York and ABC’s Shark Tank discussed how to keep a format fresh at the Tribeca TV Festival.
  • Celtic calling
    S4C’s local dramas have resonated globally and the Welsh-language broadcaster is now looking to capitalise on this success.
  • Yours Trulli
    A unique location inspired by an Italian village combined with international partnerships has sent culinary-themed preschool series Trulli Tales on a global journey.
  • Lessons in longevity
    With a focus on long-running broadcast dramas marking major milestones and anniversaries, the Tribeca TV Festival zigged where other fests have zagged.
  • Inner City
    Stephen Johnstone at Mediapro talks about gaining access to Manchester City for Amazon’s All Or Nothing obs doc series.
  • Lessening linear
    Canadian children's content giant DHX is shifting away from traditional linear TV shows to focus instead on content for YouTube and streamers.
  • Syndicated success
    Cleve Keller and Dave Noll, the New York-based duo behind Chopped, discuss their new show for syndication, trends in the genre and the impact of streamers on formats.
  • Northerly direction
    Karin Stjärne of Endemol Shine Nordics discusses adapting the company’s formats in a unique and increasingly digitally focused TV market.
  • Matters of Forum
    Producers who pitched at Cartoon Forum last week discuss the many changes they see sweeping the children's TV industry.
  • Iron curtain call
    Directors Werner Herzog and André Singer on the story behind Meeting Gorbachev, their upcoming doc about the last leader of the Soviet Union.
  • Scaling Sky
    Zai Bennett, Sky’s director of programmes in the UK, on how the pay TV company is focusing on scale, ambition and competing with streamers to retain viewers.
  • Recovery mode
    The 2014 conflict with Russia stopped Ukraine’s television boom in its tracks. Four years on, how is the industry’s recovery going?

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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.