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  • Streamers power Italy's scripted investment
    Italian audiovisual producers’ association the APA's annual report on the country's output shows streamers could equal linear TV's investment in scripted originals within two years.
  • Sky gives kids a voice on climate change
    Lucy Murphy, Sky Kids’ director of content, talks about highlighting the climate crisis on children’s TV through the channel’s doc COP26: In Your Hands and how she hopes it will make a difference.
  • Fox rethinks formats with new shows, $100m fund
    Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment and specials of Fox Entertainment, discusses the company’s new competition format Alter Ego and its US$100m fund to help uncover international formats.
  • Making hay while the sun shone on Cannes
    There was plenty to talk about in Cannes this week, as Mipcom returned as a physical event for the first time since 2019. The C21 team was there and heard from delegates and exhibitors about the state of the market.
  • Formats industry shows Cannes do attitude
    This year's joyful in-person Mipcom mirrored the formats industry's current emphasis on positivity. But is it a mistake to assume audiences are only looking for feelgood shows?
  • Glance takes a close look at kids' content trends
    Content and audience insights firm Glance was at MipJunior yesterday to present research showing the latest trends in children’s programming and revealed that live events, entertainment and animation top kids’ content wishlists.
  • Shantay, you stay: drag sashays into the mainstream
    The runaway success of RuPaul's Drag Race is propelling a wave of drag-themed shows on to the international market. But are they sick'ning or just crusty?
  • Blue Engine revs up as SVoD gathers pace in MENA
    Industry veterans Ziad Kebbi and Hani Ghorayeb of Dubai-based production start-up Blue Engine Studios tell C21 about the changing MENA market and how their new company fits in.
  • 21 kids' shows to catch in Cannes
    C21 selects 21 new shows for buyers to consider at next week’s MipJunior in Cannes, featuring monsters, robots and lots of adventure.
  • Why Dutch FilmWorks is tackling new genres
    Netherlands-based producer and distributor Dutch FilmWorks International is branching out into factual and kids’ content ahead of Mipcom.
  • Back in the room: shows to watch out for at Mipcom
    Drag formats, eco-friendly travel series and stories of social justice are among the big programming trends as Mipcom returns as a physical event.
  • Know your rights: understanding the value of IP
    Even for veteran production and distribution players, the question of how best to monetise content rights in today’s marketplace is vastly complex. Execs at C21’s Content Canada event discussed knowing when to sign on the dotted line and when to walk away from the negotiating table.
  • Lux Vide's Bernabei on making history
    Lux Vide CEO Luca Bernabei discusses what the Italian production company has in its pipeline and how its history-focused slate reflects audiences' desire for escapism.
  • Linear channels evicted from Mouse House
    Disney’s decision to close many of its channels around the world may have come as a shock, but was perhaps not a surprise. Animation producers who pitched at Cartoon Forum in Toulouse last week discuss what it means for the industry.
  • Leopard returns to the attic for HGTV reboot
    Lindsay Schwartz, chief creative officer at Leopard USA, and James Burstall, CEO of Leopard's parent Argonon, discuss the reboot of classic format Cash in the Attic for Discovery-owned US cablenet HGTV.
  • True crime event CrimeCon crosses the pond
    Dan Korn at A+E Networks and Koulla Anastasi from Woodcut Media discuss their involvement in CrimeCon, the true crime conference coming to the UK for the first time this weekend.
  • Conjuring up the Disney magic
    Rick Clodfelter told C21’s Content Canada event about his new role as lead for content acquisitions and partnerships at Disney Branded Television and the type of programming he is looking for.
  • Alibi enters into a life of crime drama
    UKTV-owned pay channel Alibi is investigating a new era for crime drama as it strives to stand out in a crowded UK marketplace.
  • UK faces short-term pain but long-term gain
    A host of new buyers will drive growth for UK producers in the medium to long term but is creating more immediate problems of labour shortages and cost inflation, according to a panel of production experts at RTS Cambridge.
  • Let's get physical
    Cartoon's general director Annick Maes tells Nico Franks why it's so crucial for the industry that Cartoon Forum returns as a physical event this week.

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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.