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  • Out of the shadows
    The Kingstoon animation festival highlighted the experiences of black women working in the industry, the work being done – and what still needs to be done.
  • Canada can do
    Canada’s scripted business may be enjoying its moment in the sun but how long until Canuck formats win similar attention internationally?
  • Making the team
    C21’s Content Business Trends Report looks at how local coproduction has been boosted by global streamers.
  • History in the making
    Big-budget docudramas blending fact and fiction are in vogue, but is there still room, budgets and audience demand for the classic history documentary?
  • UK in demand
    C21’s Content Business Trends Report reveals how demand for UK content is rising as streamers launch, shutdowns hit US supply and Hollywood studios favour their own services.
  • Share and share alike
    Covid-19 and the streaming boom have led many buyers and sellers to think beyond exclusivity and embrace shared programming.
  • The rise of local SVoDs
    In part two of C21’s Content Business Trends Report we look at how the streaming market has changed, with global players now facing competition from a plethora of local services.
  • Family planning
    Content for the whole family has been in demand during the pandemic and this looks set to continue. But will Disney+ blow everyone else out the water?
  • Coming on stream
    The first edition of C21’s quarterly Content Business Trends Report launches this week, with a new instalment each day looking at the biggest industry trends our team has identified.
  • Through the storm
    ViacomCBS International Studios Distribution's Laura Burrell talks live industry events, regional SVoD services and trends in pandemic-friendly formats.
  • On the plus side
    With a vast library and an ambitious originals strategy, Discovery+ is the latest big player to enter the streaming wars. Can it do for unscripted what Netflix did for drama?
  • Decade for adapting
    As prodco and distributor RMVistar marks its 10th anniversary, founder Rose-Marie Vega reflects on how it has adapted to a fast-changing industry.
  • Embracing inclusivity
    Diversity and inclusion dominated discussions at Digital MipTV. C21 reports from the Kids’ Progamming Briefs session.
  • The golden age
    Anette Rømer, recipient of this year’s Gold Award at the International Format Awards, reflects on how the business has changed during her career and where it’s heading next.
  • Baptism of fire
    Gédéon and Jules Naudet discuss their doc Notre Dame: Our Lady of Paris on the anniversary of the fire, plus the impact of streamers on the genre.
  • Life after SVoD
    The pandemic is providing an unlikely afterlife on linear TV and AVoD services for high-end dramas that have already debuted on global SVoDs as originals.
  • Mercury on the rise
    Canadian studio Mercury Filmworks’ long-awaited push into original IP is bearing fruit, with Heath Kenny at the helm as chief content officer.
  • Pandemic picks
    Programming about the experience of black, trans and Aboriginal communities are among the highlights of the shows on offer at this year’s Digital MipTV.
  • Welcome to Docsville
    Lawrence Elman of factual outfit Docsville discusses pandemic doc 2020: The Story of Us and the double impact of Covid-19 and streamers on doc funding.
  • So in vogue
    The UK is not alone in enjoying an affaire du coeur with French TV drama as non-English-language fare grows in popularity thanks to the rise of SVoD viewing.

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  • The non-fiction Netflix? Discovery is finally entering the global streaming market. Can Discovery+ succeed in such a crowded space?
  • Cabins fever ITV Studios’ Mike Beale and Liz Gaskell and Michael Mannes of 12 Yard Productions discuss adapting Dutch format Let Love Rule in the UK.
  • Ooh Roger Palmer Little Dot Studios co-founder Andy Taylor died of cancer last month. His friend and former business partner, Jason George, pays tribute to this pioneer of the UK digital media scene.
  • What Brexit means As well as another nationwide lockdown, the new year has ushered in the Brexit era. Jeremy Roberts of media law firm Sheridans outlines its expected impact.
  • Starting afresh Caitlin McGivern and Sarah Lazarides at media law firm Harbottle & Lewis offer their takeaways from the UK’s scheme aimed at restarting production under Covid-19.
  • End of the Kew Former TCB Media Rights CEO Paul Heaney looks back at the collapse of Kew Media and talks about this new venture, BossaNova Media.
  • A Frantic year Jamie Brown of Frantic Films discusses taking his prodco independent again and coming up with a new season of Baroness Von Sketch Show.
  • Latest developments UK drama indie Synchronicity Films’ Deanne Cunningham reveals how development has been impacted by the pandemic.
  • Back to the future Research by AVoD business WildBrain Spark shows how lockdown accelerated the trend for family co-viewing on ad-supported platforms.
  • An epic opportunity A lack of US drama production caused by Covid-19 means European producers can take on their transatlantic rivals with content of similar scale.