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Your complete round-up of all the news from Content London 2023

A packed-out Content London welcomes attendees

C21’s Content London, the world’s leading development marketplace and conference, returned for its 11th edition this week, with delegates and speakers from around the world attending for three days of networking and insights into the global content business.

To help you catch up on the trends that emerged and the announcements made at the Kings Place conference centre and St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, here are the links to C21’s comprehensive coverage:

Banijay’s Bassetti confirms global sports drive as All3Media speculation swirls

Netflix’s Beckham series sparks editorial integrity debate among commissioners

Riegg says expanding into shiny-floor and gameshows is ‘big priority’ for Netflix

Sony Pictures TV’s Ahuja warns of streamer contraction, unveils Guardian partnership

Amazon Prime Video UK team discuss future of The Grand Tour and Clarkson’s Farm

ITV Studios sees AI ‘through the lens of opportunity,’ says MD Julian Bellamy

Paramount-owned Pluto TV’s Olivier Jollet takes aim at ‘fake’ FAST channels

UK buyers say they’ll make ‘more drama not less’ despite market downturn

AI set to invent previously unimagined TV formats, claim leading tech players

Prime Video orders real-life Footballers Wives doc, Raw TV true crime series

SkyShowtime looking for unscripted, copro opportunities, reveals Kai Finke

BBC Studios looking to revive singing talent show format, says Matt Forde

Sports documentary makers debate working with talent and editorial control

Unsustainable streamer investment will boost licensing – distributors

Sci-fi, fantasy ‘deprioritised’ as buyers shift to crime, drama, factual says Ampere

End of the F***ing World director Entwistle boards Caryn Mandabach drama

Red Planet develops first book in Sarah Pinborough’s Dog-Faced Gods trilogy

History, ABC, Love Nature reveal wishlists, look for true crime, paranormal and more

Innovative coproduction models can hold key to combatting difficult economy

Britbox International reaches 3.4m subs, acquires crime drama Blue Lights

La Mesías creators demand fewer algorithms, more respect for audiences

Rescuing Neighbours exceeds Amazon FreeVee’s expectations in the UK

Hallmark’s Hamilton Daly eyes int’l series coproductions and limited series

Sweden’s TV4 takes The Challenge, Spain’s Atresmedia plays The Piano

HBO seals C21 International Drama Awards double at Content London

FAST won’t replace US cable model, says A+E’s head of global FAST, Mark Garner

Studios ‘halfway’ to figuring out right business model for D2C shift – Dolan

Jordan North asks What’s Really in Your Vape? in BBC doc from Northern Child

Newen, Federation reveal 40% of HIP, The Bureau int’l revenue from formats sales

MGM+ adapts MGM IP as post-strike production set to resume as normal in 2024

Audible shouts about opportunities for TV prodcos to make audio shift

UIS has already sold several shows in lively post-strike market, says Springborn

Irish prodco Animo scoops Global Entertainment Formats Pitch with The Ultimate Hustle

Strikes may be over but fewer opportunities lie ahead, leading writers claim

Coproduction remains front and centre for public broadcasters RTÉ, ABC Oz and CBC

BBC, Oz streamer Stan, Acorn TV uncover more Hidden Assets from DCD Rights

Money-driven copros will never work, European fiction commissioners agree

Blue Ant targets FAST pre-buys to help channels stand out amongst library fare

Gambling on new talent essential to refresh embattled industry, say scripted execs

Aussie streamer Stan looking for int’l copro partners, reveals Cailah Scobie

Drama is not dead’ but is facing a crisis, claims Furevold-Boland at Norway’s NRK

SkyShowtime unveils originals slate for 2024, including Nordic thriller Veronika

Sky Studios looks for prestige drama, authored comedy, IP-driven tentpole series

Pitch battle as drama projects come under spotlight

‘Unsanctioned’ Hollywood spin-offs, demand for originality sparked by generative AI

BBCS’s Mike Gunton explores new ways to tackle natural history downturn

Federation Studios takes distribution rights to Italian YA drama We Are Legend

ITVX, Cosmote, Movies Best HD pre-buy Leonard Cohen drama So Long, Marianne

New Sex & the City reality dating format demonstrates scripted to unscripted trend

Digital consultant Taylor-Watt urges Content London delegates to experiment with AI

WNET Group seek copro partners for project on deaf activist Marlee Matlin

Execs split on prospects for emerging talent, witness period dramas fall out of favour

Linear commissioning model declared dead as strikes alter drama economics

European pubcasters partnership New8 reveals first eight drama projects

TVNZ, Maori TV get behind indigenous young adult supernatural series I Am Maui

Branded content execs issue warning over Barbie’s apparent recipe for success

David Stefanou reveals Hallmark’s new unscripted arm needs feel-good formats

Brendan Byrne’s Cyprus Avenue joins forces with Halal Daddy scribe McDermottroe

BBC, CBS Studios team for period drama led by James Norton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Unscripted producers face ‘seismic moment of change,’ says ITVS’s Beale

Netflix EMEA acquisitions head dismisses idea streamer wants to own everything

Warner Bros Discovery UK & Ireland commissions five shows for Discovery+, linear nets

Cristian Liarte leaves post as Rakuten TV’s head of original content

Netflix Nordic appoints HBO Nordic’s Christopher Haug as head of series

Netflix alum Jonny Taylor named creative director at The Tinder Swindler prodco Raw

BBC Studios’ UKTV appoints former ITV exec Helen Perry as head of drama

Hallmark moves into unscripted with McCarthy-produced, Chabert-led show

Sky Studios Germany execs join Construction Film after scripted strategy rethink

Backstreet Boys’ AJ named a partner at Canuck prodco Beauty World Search

Banijay launches branded entertainment division led by Carlotta Rossi Spencer

Belgian unscripted formats continue their winning streak at Rose d’Or Awards

Germany’s ZDFneo, Belgium’s VRT board Dutch comedy This Is Gonna Be Great

Efforts to update ageing UK/Canada coproduction treaty in ‘advanced state’

Altitude Television works on Penance adaptation with Eliza Clark, Juno Dawson

New Metric buys back Letterkenny sales rights, strikes Euro deals with Netflix


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