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  • Franks give lift-off to Rocket Rights
    Former RDF and Zodiak Rights execs David and Matthew Frank have launched a London-based distributor called Rocket Rights.
  • Pause for thought
    BEYOND COVID: C21 editor-in-chief David Jenkinson kicks off a series of articles highlighting the imperatives for 2021 and beyond by looking at the environmental crisis.
  • Surviving and thriving
    Continuing C21's focus on the year ahead, we hear from leading unscripted producers and distributors about their strategies for 2021.
  • Indielab seeks applicants for 2021 scheme
    Indielab, the accelerator scheme for UK-based independent producers, has called for applications for its 2021 programme.
  • Turkey’s Exxen takes K-dramas
    Fledgling Turkish SVoD platform Exxen has acquired more than 150 hours of South Korean drama series from Scandinavian distributor Eccho Rights to fill its K-drama strand.
  • Son Heung-Min doc launches on Amazon
    Global streamer Amazon Prime Video has launched a documentary about South Korean football star Son Heung-Min, who plays for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.
  • Abacus puts Best Dog India on leash
    London-based distributor Abacus Media Rights has secured international rights to documentary Best Dog India, narrated by actor Kate Beckinsale.
  • Banijay adds domestic abuse formats
    European production giant Banijay has acquired a pair of formats that focus on domestic abuse.
  • GoQuest picks up pair of Serbian dramas
    India-based distributor GoQuest Media has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to two drama series from Serbian telecoms and cable TV operator Telekom Srbija.
  • Sky, StudioCanal agree movie pact
    Sky and French production and distribution firm StudioCanal have inked a deal to bring the latter’s blockbuster movies to the European pay TV operator’s services.
  • Avalon alum straps on Jetpack sales role
    UK-based kids and family distributor Jetpack Distribution has appointed Avalon Entertainment's Toby Jones to the newly created role of sales executive for Central and Eastern Europe, Benelux and the Middle East and Africa.
  • Viu prepares for The Outbreak
    Asian streaming service Viu has picked up a French-language medical drama that unwittingly foreshadowed the Covid-19 pandemic for its Middle East feeds.
  • MENA pay TV revenues to keep falling
    Pay TV revenues for the 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have fallen over the past five years and will continue to decline for the next five, according to UK-based Digital TV Research.
  • Netflix adapts Ibram X Kendi books
    Global streamer Netflix is to adapt three books from author and anti-racist scholar Dr Ibram X Kendi, with director and producer Roger Ross Williams (Life Animated) attached to two of the projects.
  • HBO Europe probes Swedish murder case
    Premium channel HBO Europe has commissioned a six-part true crime documentary about a notorious murder in a small Swedish village.
  • Endemol Shine reveals Master plan
    The Indian arm of prodco Endemol Shine Group, along with local outfits Cine1 Studios and 7 Screens, have acquired the rights to adapt action thriller film Master.
  • Tune in to C21FM today from 10am
    Today we hear from Dan Cohen of ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group about how the firm navigated its merger and is positioning itself for 2021, while James Burstall of Argonon looks at the human aspects of running a company amidst a pandemic.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race shuns Sydney for NZ
    An Australasian version of RuPaul's Drag Race is in the works, having shifted production from Australia to New Zealand due to the pandemic.
  • Discovery's Quainton hears Audible call
    Amazon-owned audiobook specialist Audible has hired lifestyle veteran Jennifer Quainton, the former VP of programming and development for Food Network and Cooking Channel.
  • Nickelodeon UK hires Cloth Cat exec
    Nickelodeon in the UK has appointed the head of development at Wales' Cloth Cat Animation as manager of animation production and development.

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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • 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.