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  • Broadcasters lead the fight against global SVoDs in Europe
    Mark Moeder, CEO of Denver-based data firm Symphony MediaAI, looks at how Europe’s streaming business could be about to change radically amid growing competition and a cost-of-living crisis.
  • Up close and personal with an intimacy coordinator
    Australian actor Vanessa Coffey believes starting out as a lawyer has given her the best tools to become one of the industry’s leading intimacy coordinators.
  • Exerting influencers to reach young viewers
    Tiffany Weltman, director of digital marketing at Paris-based Cottonwood Media, discusses how producer-influencer partnerships could be the next big thing in the marketing of series aimed at younger audiences.
  • 1+1 on making a format out of an international crisis
    Ukraine was traditionally one of Europe’s most prolific adapters of international formats prior to Russia’s invasion in February. But commercial broadcaster 1+1 is already eyeing a return to normality and is even offering a format derived from the conflict for export.
  • Feeling Blu about Denmark's production industry
    Anne Brostrøm, CEO of Fremantle-owned Scandi production company Blu, expresses her concern about challenges in the Danish production industry hampering her format firm’s expansion into other genres.
  • Buendía Estudios’ Spanish ambitions
    Spanish production company Buendía Estudios is growing its slate of programming, partly thanks to a deal agreed with Universal International Studios.
  • Bringing My Daughter's Killer to justice, and to the screen
    James Rogan, creative director at UK prodco Rogan Productions, discusses Netflix’s latest true crime/stranger-than-fiction feature doc My Daughter’s Killer, about Frenchman André Bamberski’s whatever-it-takes battle to bring the man who killed his daughter, Kalinka, to justice.
  • On a Rola after MGM TV’s acquisition by Amazon
    MGM’s Rola Bauer talks post-acquisition opportunities with Amazon, building its international TV slate and forging new, sometimes controversial partnerships to unearth untold stories.
  • NBCU's Ana Langenberg on making a Big Show in France
    BBC One’s Saturday night entertainment hit Michael McIntyre’s Big Show is a format synonymous with its host, so how do you go about adapting it for French pubcaster France 2? Ana Langenberg, senior VP of format distribution and production at NBCUniversal explains.
  • Running after The Real Mo Farah
    Last week Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah made global headlines by revealing he was illegally trafficked to the UK as a child and has since been living under a false identity. Bernadette McDaid of Red Bull Studios and director Leo Burley discuss bringing the revelations to the screen in BBC doc The Real Mo Farah.
  • New Metric takes new direction as it eyes first M&A moves
    Letterkenny prodco New Metric Media’s three-year plan involves expanding via mergers and acquisitions on the back of recent comedy success.
  • Netflix goes to the Poles for series and subscriptions
    Polish production is booming as Netflix zeroes in on the country in search of new subscribers and series with international appeal, allowing local producers to branch out.
  • Netflix talks $17bn content spend, AVoD and ‘end of linear'
    On the heels of its first subscriber losses in more than a decade, all eyes were on Netflix on Tuesday as the company reported its second-quarter results.
  • Unscripted emerges from Den of Thieves
    Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager of Den of Thieves, the US prodco known for live events including the MTV Video Music Awards and People’s Choice Awards, talk about their move into unscripted series with Judge Steve Harvey and Atlas of the Heart.
  • What next for Plimsoll after ITVS buyout?
    Grant Mansfield of Plimsoll Productions discusses the UK natural history specialist’s early years, its recent acquisition by ITV Studios and where he hopes the move will take his firm.
  • Time Netflix took a long, hard look in the mirror?
    A surprise drop in Netflix subscribers in recent months and a U-turn on introducing advertising have raised deeper questions about the streaming giant’s future, with the firm facing intense scrutiny over its upcoming second-quarter earnings report.
  • SVoDs feel the cost-of-living squeeze
    With the price of food, energy and fuel soaring globally and consumers tightening their purse strings as a result, subscription video-on-demand streaming services are feeling the pinch while ad-supported alternatives are gaining traction.
  • Taking up The Challenge: Bunim/Murray format still blazing a trail
    After a quarter of a century on the air, pioneering reality competition franchise The Challenge continues to break new ground, moving to broadcast TV for the first time and launching its first international format adaptations.
  • What next for UK kids funding after YACF?
    The Children’s Media Conference discussed the options available to the UK kids’ industry as it faces up to the closure of the Young Audiences Content Fund, including enhanced tax breaks and creating a bigger, better version of the YACF.
  • Plenty to CEE at Natpe Budapest
    Natpe Budapest International returned for the first time since 2019 last week, with plenty of new faces and companies, highlighting the vibrancy of the Central and Eastern Europe market.

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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.