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  • Gramafilm adds former BBC Studios trio
    London-based branded content specialist prodco Gramafilm has bolstered its creative team by hiring a trio of execs who previously worked together at BBC Studios and Monkey Kingdom.
  • Quebec execs hail 'local global' content
    CONTENT QUEBEC: Locally produced content is becoming more important on the international stage, according to panellists at C21’s virtual Content Quebec event.
  • BBC Studios hires 8Hours founder
    BBC Studios has hired Adeline Ramage Rooney, the founder of LA-based indie 8Hours Television, as factual entertainment and events creative director at its Scotland base.
  • Temple to leave ITV Studios' Garden
    Magnus Temple, CEO and co-founder of ITV Studios-owned The Garden, is set to leave the UK production company behind 24 Hours in A&E after more than a decade.
  • Atlantic, Trademark enter The War Rooms
    Jamie Carmichael and Simon Mirren’s London- and LA-based prodco Atlantic Nomad has teamed up with David Parfitt’s Trademark Films in London to coproduce a drama series about the women who lived and worked in Winston Churchill’s War Rooms.
  • Sky Studios thriller Rising into view
    European pay TV broadcaster Sky has ordered supernatural crime thriller The Rising, to be executive produced by The Fall’s Julian Stevens.
  • CCTV, Discovery acquire War Factories
    Broadcasters including CCTV in China and Discovery in Benelux have picked up the second season of documentary series War Factories.
  • A&E goes Under Oath with court series
    US cablenet A&E has commissioned a crime series that goes inside courtrooms and follows the trials of defendants who have chosen to act as their own defence on the witness stand.
  • Mercury Filmworks steps into features
    Canadian animation studio Mercury Filmworks has linked with Amber Ripley's Goodbye Productions to coproduce its first animated feature film.
  • Food Fight breaks out in Sweden, Poland
    Swedish pubcaster SVT and Polish broadcaster Polsat have ordered local versions of Endemol Shine Australia’s global culinary format Family Food Fight.
  • Sky, DR pick up Salazar doping doc
    Sky in the UK, DR in Denmark and Canal+ in Poland are among the international broadcasters to have picked up a documentary about athletics coach Alberto Salazar, who was found guilty of doping.
  • Tune in to C21FM today from 10am
    Québécois actor, director and screenwriter Xavier Dolan tells C21's Content Quebec about his move from film into TV, how he balances his various roles, his influences and inspirations, and what’s in store with his new series.
  • Constantin Film makes Wright choice
    Constantin Film, the German production company behind the Resident Evil movie franchise, has appointed Richard S Wright as its senior VP of physical production in LA.
  • OTF takes end-of-life doc Laura's Choice
    European factual producer and distributor Off the Fence has picked up worldwide rights excluding Australasia to a feature documentary following a feisty 90-year-old woman as she decides to end her life on her terms.
  • Discovery digs up more Gold Hunters
    Discovery in the UK and Australia has ordered a further two seasons of observational documentary Aussie Gold Hunters, the broadcaster’s highest-rating local show down under.
  • ITV2 returns to The Cabins
    ITV2 in the UK has recommissioned dating format The Cabins, based on Dutch format Let Love Rule, for a second season.
  • Omens adds BBC alum to production team
    Singapore-based animator Omens Studios has hired a former CBeebies producer as a consultant executive producer at its UK office.
  • SBS6 sorts out BBC format adaptation
    Talpa-owned Dutch network SBS6 has ordered a local version of lifestyle format Sort Your Life Out, which was first commissioned by UK pubcaster the BBC.
  • 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.
  • Sky, Left Bank look up The Fear Index
    European pay TV broadcaster Sky and The Crown producer Left Bank Pictures are working on an adaptation of Robert Harris’s best-selling novel The Fear Index.

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  • 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.