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Format Awards 2021


  • Sticking to the script pt4
    Simon Vyvyan of TVA continues looking at scripted deal-making, this week focusing on managing the possibility a script doesn’t get produced.
  • Commercial breakdown
    BEYOND 2020: TV advertising took a hit thanks to Covid-19, but Lindsey Clay at Thinkbox believes broadcast marketing still has a healthy future.
  • Taken to task
    Environmentalist Dr Jane Goodall is calling on the kids' TV industry to rethink its approach to toys and step up production of edutainment.
  • Keeping it simple
    Canadian buyers, producers and distributors discussed the appeal of simple formats and the key to exporting at Prime Time Online.
  • Lincoln through Glass
    Nancy Glass reflects on the challenge of staging large-scale re-enactments under Covid-19 for docuseries Lincoln: Divided We Stand.
  • Sticking to the script pt3
    Simon Vyvyan of consultancy TVA continues his look at scripted deal-making by outlining negotiable terms such as script fees and advances.
  • Making dreams work
    DreamWorks Animation’s Peter Gal told last week’s Prime Time Online conference about producing for Peacock and stepping up off-screen diversity efforts.
  • Argonon on course
    James Burstall of Argonon discusses keeping the UK production group’s show on the road and the human side of being a boss during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Opportunity from chaos
    BEYOND 2020: Dean Devlin of Electric Entertainment argues the TV industry's turmoil offers opportunities for nimble indies.
  • Crossing the streams
    Gerrit Kemming outlines Quintus Studios' strategy to align its production and distribution arms via online channels and social media.
  • Sticking to the script pt2
    Simon Vyvyan of consultancy TVA continues his look at scripted deal-making with non-negotiable terms and standard terms in script agreements.
  • Choppy waters ahead
    BEYOND 2020: Analyst Mark Oliver says 2021 might be better than last year but it still presents the TV and film industries with unique challenges.
  • Lust and lace
    Netflix reinvented period drama with its hit series Bridgerton, the first fruit of its tie-up with Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland.
  • Borde presses ON
    French group Mediawan has brought in veteran French kids and family exec Julien Borde to build a slate of new shows at its subsidiary ON Kids & Family.
  • Cohen's calculations
    BEYOND 2020: ViacomCBS Global Distribution’s Dan Cohen looks at how a restructuring, lockdown and new ideas about cop shows will impact the business.
  • Passion's play
    Agnes Mbye at London-based Passion Distribution talks format trends for the year ahead as weeks of online London Screenings events approach.
  • Buyers plot 2021 path
    Factual buyers from companies including HBO Max and YouTube discuss their plans around commissioning, diversity and production protocols.
  • Window of opportunity
    BEYOND 2020: You can either focus on the negative impact of lockdown or you can identify the opportunities, argues 3Vision’s Jack Davison.
  • Sticking to the script pt1
    TVA's Simon Vyvyan continues his exploration of deal-making in the scripted space with a look at script agreements.
  • Globo alliances
    Brazilian broadcaster Globo is eyeing international expansion of everything from programme sales to its streaming service, and believes collaboration key.

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