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  • 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.
  • Something to talk about
    David Kleeman at kids' media research firm Dubit explores what gets kids talking about new content, in the second of his exclusive articles.
  • A new Part2 play
    US indie Part2 Pictures' founder David Shadrack Smith reveals how the company is branching out into podcasts as it marks its 10th anniversary.
  • Snakes and ladders
    In the first of four exclusive articles, David Kleeman of kids’ media research firm Dubit explores how children discover content in a connected world.
  • Hands on Hulu
    With Disney taking full control of Hulu, both the Mouse House and Comcast are lining up their ducks for the next phase of the streaming wars.
  • Just the job
    Following the debut of The Employables on US cablenet A&E, producer Optomen discusses adapting the UK format for an American audience.
  • Shifting forums
    The Hot Docs Forum soldiered on last week in Toronto. But without support from the SVoD giants, the wolf is at the door for a struggling business model.
  • Indian summer
    South Korean scripted series are nothing new but could one of the world's most populous countries offer further potential?
  • Looks good on paper
    With packaging, sizzle reels and extensive development now the norm in unscripted, it's a surprise to find there is still a place for paper formats.
  • Access all ages
    CBC’s Catherine Tait reveals how she is overseeing a determined campaign by the Canadian pubcaster to reach all of the country's young people.
  • Hulu steals the show
    The Digital Content NewFronts in New York, which got under way this week, are increasingly blurring with the traditional TV Upfronts.
  • The gain in Spain
    The arrival of Netflix’s new drama hub in Spain underlines the country’s scripted surge, as its shows again make global headlines.
  • One-stop shop
    Discovery International has created a unit to develop, order, coproduce and distribute kids’ animated and live-action content.
  • Making ends meet
    There’s arguably never been a better time for non-fiction films, with more buyers spending more on docs than ever. So why can’t documentarians turn filmmaking into a career?
  • Irish eyes
    ShinAwiL Productions is known for Irish adaptations of some of the UK’s biggest formats but is eyeing expansion as it marks 20 years in business.
  • Turkey retains flavour
    Drama exports from Turkey topped US$350m last year. But could domestic market changes and political turbulence disrupt this success story?
  • Venture Catalyst
    Sundance Institute's Caroline Libresco reflects on the challenges doc producers face in balancing equity- and grant-based financial models.

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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.
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  • 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.