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  • Lucre Libra
    Despite wrestling with consumer confidence and antitrust scrutiny, Facebook is getting into cryptocurrency – and the move will have implications for media companies.
  • Right on the money
    UK broadcasters including ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 reveal what they hope the government’s fledgling Young Audiences Content Fund will achieve.
  • Who's afraid of Netflix?
    Discussions on the industry panels at Sheffield Doc/Fest were once again dominated by those who weren’t there rather than those who were.
  • The Annecy scene
    The future of France 4, Disney+ exclusives and Amazon's exit from children's originals were among the main talking points in Annecy this year.
  • Quibi plays long game
    Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s shortform video venture Quibi is gearing up for launch, signing big-name talent to its roster daily.
  • Perfect transition
    Spanish actor Leticia Dolera discusses her move behind the camera for forthcoming Movistar+ drama Perfect Life, her first show as director and star.
  • Fresh produce
    MasterChef showrunner Natalka Znak reveals how she's keeping Fox's 10-season show fresh and about learning to cook tarte Tatin from Gordon Ramsey.
  • Jupiter rising
    Stephen Land of Jupiter Entertainment reveals the tricks of true crime, the challenges facing US cable and the effect of streamers on factual.
  • France on the march
    French drama producers have made record exports since streamers came to town. What’s next for the scripted side of France’s content business.
  • Mind the tween gap
    In his final exclusive column, David Kleeman of kids' media research firm Dubit explores the rise of co-viewing and age-inappropriate content.
  • Universal appeal
    NBCUniversal International Formats is riding a wave of interest in gameshows whilst juggling deals with buyers old and new.
  • Steering Tricycle
    Sara Curran has put together innovative deals for TV, co-founded a production entity and has now launched a ‘talent management collective.’ C21 found out how it works.
  • Cream comes true
    David Brady, founder and CEO of Toronto's Cream Productions, discusses the company’s VR play, winning competitive races for IP and following the factual industry shift into premium.
  • Boom time for UK VoD
    The BBC is aiming to boost the position of its iPlayer service in a UK market where Netflix is leading and further overseas SVoD players are poised for entry.
  • Million Dollar question
    Although its start to life on CBS has been difficult, hopes of international success remain high for Million Dollar Mile in the buzzy physical competition format genre.
  • Tweaks and hacks
    David Kleeman of kids' media research firm Dubit explores tricks of the trade to build and retain audiences.
  • Factual eruption
    Factual content makes up half of France’s content exports and it’s a trend that looks set to grow, driven partly by local demand.
  • Streamers take the heat
    While US broadcast pilot season is in full swing, plenty of the noise coming out of C21’s Content LA continued to focus on the disruptive impact of the SVoD giants.
  • Notes on streamers
    Is the ‘hands off’ reputation of US streamers justified? Nico Franks reports from C21's Content LA and hears from execs and creatives about the impact this can have on the final product.
  • Emerging mirth
    Execs behind Canadian comedy hits such as Letterkenny and Corner Gas suggest the Great White North now produces more than just moose jokes.
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  • Raising The Voice Co-chairmen of NBC George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy discuss how formats like The Voice mean broadcast is still relevant in an age of hype around streamers.
  • Social butterfly NATPE: Nickelodeon's senior VP of social and digital video unpacked the network's social media strategy at Natpe in Miami this week.
  • Powering cable NATPE: Almost a year after taking control of combined Discovery and Scripps channels in the US, Kathleen Finch was at Natpe outlining her strategy.
  • YouTube retunes YouTube is reining in its exploits in the subscription space and refocusing on ad-supported video, says head of original content Susanne Daniels.
  • On the front line Tom Brisley of Arrow Media reveals the background to his first feature documentary with The War on Democracy director Chris Martin.
  • What's 2b in 2019 Fabienne Fourquet of Spanish-language digital content firm 2btube shares her predictions for the year ahead in media and entertainment.
  • 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.