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  • ATF: what's driving the Asian content boom
    Yeow Hui Leng, group project director for the Asia TV Forum & Market, spoke to C21 from the Singapore event to give her take on the boom in demand for content from Asia.
  • Bad Wolf hungry for another epic trilogy
    Transatlantic prodco Bad Wolf is aiming to build on the success of His Dark Materials and A Discovery of Witches by adapting another literary trilogy.
  • Kelly Webb-Lamb on steering Mothership
    Kelly Webb-Lamb reveals her ambitions for her new company Mothership Productions and her thoughts about government plans to privatise UK public broadcaster Channel 4.
  • Toon trends: the arrival of the metaverse
    C21 heard from European producers about the impact of the metaverse on animation and what it means for the future of the industry. Here's what they had to say.
  • Lesson from Content London: never waste a crisis
    At a time when unscripted is becoming trendy again thanks to the economic storm clouds gathering over drama, C21 looks at the key talking points from the inaugural Formats & Factual strand at this week's Content London.
  • Pitch perfect: 10 new drama projects at Content London
    CONTENT LONDON: A run-down of the 10 drama projects seeking finance and other partners that were selected out of more than 90 submissions from 33 countries to take part in the C21 International Drama Series Pitch this week.
  • Yellow helps Ukraine find its voice in Finland
    Finland’s Yellow Film & TV is leading a drive for international producers to do more to help their counterparts in the previously burgeoning Ukrainian industry.
  • Top unscripted trends to watch for at Content London
    To mark the launch of the Formats & Factual sessions at this week’s Content London, C21 picks out five key trends in unscripted programming that will set the agenda at C21’s event.
  • Toon trends: the big challenges ahead for animation
    C21 spoke to producers in Europe to discuss the biggest issues facing the animation sector, including competition, talent shortages and restricted budgets.
  • Halcyon days for high-end scripted
    Matt Loze of Halcyon Studios discusses what the next three years will look like in high-end scripted against the backdrop of a US presidential election and maturing AVoD market.
  • A picture of Spanish animation
    The Spanish animation industry is gaining prominence thanks to an increase in production and attractive tax incentives. But what does the future hold for the business?
  • IDTV takes format creation into The Unknown
    Marc Pos of All3Media-backed Dutch prodco IDTV discusses psychological social experiment series The Unknown and his philosophy for creating formats that both entertain and intellectually stimulate audiences.
  • Yeti set to leave its footprint on true crime
    Welsh indie Yeti Television is aiming to avoid the sensationalist tropes of ‘horror porn’ in true crime as it grows its slate of series and one-offs following a move into the genre.
  • Helium sets out to elevate scripted
    Mark Fennessy, the former co-CEO of Endemol Shine Australia, discusses his Sydney-based prodco’s pipeline of new shows, many of which have music at their core.
  • Cashing in on your catalogue
    FAST channels are providing new opportunities to rights owners with libraries of programming they are unable to exploit on TVoD or SVoD, says Dutch content services provider ODMedia Group.
  • Kids' TV sets out to master the metaverse
    The children’s TV sector is evolving constantly due to changing viewing habits and advancements in technology. But what impact will the latest of these innovations, the metaverse, have on the business?
  • Setting a fashion for inspirational TV
    Backstreet Boy AJ McLean talks about his role as host of The Fashion Hero: A New Kind of Beautiful and why the series is more than just a fashion show.
  • TIMS&B's Savcı and Sağyaşar on Turkish trends
    C21 talks industry trends with Turkish producers Timur Savcı and Burak Sağyaşar, chairman and CEO respectively of TIMS&B Productions, the Istanbul-based prodco behind hit dramas such as Bitter Lands and Magnificent Century.
  • Spanish firms explore the Americas
    Spanish companies such as Animal Federation, The Mediapro Studio and Onza are zeroing in on the Americas to capitalise on a gold rush around Spanish-language content.
  • Channel 5's Milkshake! marks quarter century
    Channel 5’s preschool strand Milkshake! turns 25 this year. Louise Bucknole, general manager for kids and family at parent company Paramount UK & Ireland, explains why the programming block is still relevant in the digital age.

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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • All bets are off Discovery Nordics' Axel Eriksson is in the market for a broader range of formats than ever, thanks to demand from the group's streaming service Discovery+.
  • Spain's gains The boom in non-English-language content has seen foreign investment in Spain soar as international players look to reach Spanish speakers worldwide.
  • New kids on the block While HBO Max's launch in key parts of EMEA may be a way off, WarnerMedia is already changing the kind of kids's content it is looking for in the region.
  • Brought into Play SVT's Markus Sterky discusses the Swedish pubcaster’s strategy to commission for VoD service SVT Play first, plus tackling TV’s diversity problem.
  • Room for remakes? Viewers are becoming increasingly accepting of foreign-language content – but where does this leave scripted formats?
  • Affirming Africa The Annecy International Animation Film Festival, held as a hybrid in-person and online event, put African animation in the spotlight.
  • Wiernik's way Cathrine Wiernik of TV4 discusses the Swedish network’s post-Covid strategy, online-first commissioning plans and shopping list.
  • Great escapism In our second report from Sheffield Doc/Fest, Alisa Pomeroy of C4 and C5’s Guy Davies outline their wishlists for factual programming.
  • The bear awakens Business is booming for Russian producers, with Netflix ordering a lavish local drama and scripted players looking to move beyond Moscow noir.
  • Doc/Fest priorities Clare Sillery of the BBC and Jo Clinton-Davis at ITV reveal what they are looking for from producers and distributors in the first of a series of reports from Sheffield Doc/Fest.