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  • 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.
  • Science experiment
    The new era of kids' live-action is set to be dominated by sci-fi, which brings with it both opportunities and challenges.
  • Speaking up
    Are voice-activated devices about to make the EPG redundant? Helen Dugdale explores whether they could revolutionise how we find content on screen.
  • Mersey money
    The Liverpool Film Office is looking to attract TV productions to the UK city with a new fund. C21 hears from fund advisor Chris Moll.
  • Moomin on up
    Ahead of Moominvalley's debut in the UK on Sky this week, C21Kids reveals why the Finnish animation is more than a simple reboot of a classic piece of IP.
  • Pod almighty
    The rise in popularity of podcasting apparently knows no bounds. But how do you get your own work to stand out in a crowded marketplace?
  • Viacom vs vertical
    Viacom’s David Lynn told MipTV the firm is adopting a different approach from its rivals, using digital to deepen relations with third parties rather than reining in content rights.
  • Cannes we fix it?
    MIPTV: Changes are afoot at MipTV, where members of the kids' content industry came this week to do deals, pick up awards and mingle with David Walliams.
  • Turn of the tide
    MIPTV: Arch disruptor Netflix is again the subject of much debate among drama execs in Cannes, but this time in relation to the competition it is set to face.
  • The pace of change
    MIPDOC: The themes at this year's MipDoc were new buyers with money to spend and traditional players modifying their approach to suit a fast-changing industry.
  • What's the catch?
    MIPFORMATS: Whatever you call it, there's no doubt you'll be familiar with the game on which Banijay Rights' latest entertainment format is based.
  • Natural partners
    US factual giant Discovery and UK pubcaster the BBC this week rekindled a partnership that lapsed in 2013 in a bid to tackle modern-day challenges.
  • Premiere league
    C21 unearths an eclectic group of 21 properties making their debuts at MipTV, ranging from the life of Jesus to an epic trek down an historic trade route.
  • Ad interest
    Buying, launching and working with AVoD platforms is all the rage. But can the business model emerge out of SVoD’s shadow?
  • MarVista in motion
    Are viewers becoming overwhelmed by the sheer volume of drama out there? Fernando Szew at MarVista Entertainment discusses series saturation and working with Netflix.
  • Pick of the pack
    Nico Franks chooses 21 kids’ shows worth keeping an eye out for at MipTV, including primetime drama, serialised animation and Netflix originals.
  • Colour vision
    Netflix was out in force at Series Mania in France this week, touting plans for more originals in Europe, including ones aimed at kids and families.
  • Under siege
    Chaos, crime and paranoia abound in Baghdad Central. Stars Waleed Zuaiter and Corey Stoll and executive producer Kate Harwood reveal all.
  • Baby blues
    Star Ewen Leslie, director Glendyn Ivin and exec producer Claire Mundell discuss making emotionally complex miniseries The Cry, which screens today at Series Mania in Lille.

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