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NEWS

CONTENT LA: Netflix is seeking more romantic dramas and relationship-focused soaps as it pledges to keep spending big on original series despite its subscription downturn.
CONTENT LA: Lionsgate-owned US cablenet Starz is searching for more original programming by and for Latin American and Asian audiences as it hunts for another franchise to take over from Outlander.
CONTENT LA: Executives at ad-supported streaming services Tubi, Roku and Globi have welcomed Netflix and Disney+ adding AVoD tiers, saying ads make for a more compelling viewing experience.
CONTENT LA: Canada-based Blink49 Studios and ITV Studios-backed UK production company Mammoth Screen are partnering on a mystery comic thriller called 12 Days.
CONTENT LA: International coproductions are pivoting away from being driven by financial incentives to being more creative-led, according to a panel of North American producers.
CONTENT LA: HBO Max is not in the market for pitches for shows based around big pieces of IP or historical dramas and is instead looking to independents for contemporary stories.
CONTENT LA: Universal International Studios and CJ ENM’s Studio Dragon are teaming up with The Ink Factory and Pachinko creator Soo Hugh to adapt a critically acclaimed South Korean novel from author Un Su Kim.
UK culture secretary Nadine Dorries has revealed she shares her Netflix account with her mother and “other people in different parts of the country” while attempting to explain why the global SVoD has a stronger business model than commercially funded pubcaster Channel 4.
LA SCREENINGS: Ad-supported streamer Roku is on the hunt for more Spanish-language content for its viewers in the US while it continues its original programming push.
LA SCREENINGS: The budgets for high-end US television shows have reached an unsustainable level and there will need to be an adjustment if the content sector wants to continue its current output, according to Roy Ashton, partner at US talent firm Gersh Agency.
Amazon’s Prime Video unveiled four new UK originals in the drama, true crime and documentary spaces at an event in London yesterday, taking its investment in British content over £1bn (US$1.2bn) since 2018.
In the C21FM Weekly Review Show, which runs from 10am today to 10am on Monday May 23, we play highlights from a great week on the station. Tune in for a mix of music, news and interviews that put the global content business in perspective.
Warner Bros Discovery has appointed former BritBox executive Lucinda Ranicar as country lead for Ireland.
Former RDF executive Peter Usher has joined UK indie Big Little Fish to expand its factual entertainment output and lead on talent-fronted projects
UK regulator Ofcom has granted a request by pubcaster the BBC to reduce the original production quota set out in its operating licence for children’s channel CBBC.
London- and Sydney-based factual producer and distributor Parade Media has promoted sales assistant Joyce Yi to sales executive.
Lionsgate-owned US cablenet Starz is developing an as-yet-untitled romantic drama series from Ava DuVernay and actors Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff.
NBCUniversal’s Spanish-language US broadcaster Telemundo has agreed a coproduction deal with Turkish production and distribution company Inter Medya.
US broadcast network The CW has revealed its fall primetime schedule, including a totally new look to Tuesday nights.
Paramount-owned international production studio VIS has agreed an exclusive deal with Paco Cabezas, the Spanish showrunner and director whose credits include Penny Dreadful, Umbrella Academy and The Alienist.