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The C21Pro 2018 Global Drama Trends Report


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International TV drama continues to go from strength to strength with no sign of ‘peak TV’ on the horizon and audiences’ appetite for bigger, bolder projects only growing.

The C21Pro 2018 Global Drama Trends Report takes an in-depth look at the latest trends shaping the industry, the countries making the most exciting contributions to the genre and the continued impact of global SVoD.

The study also explores how, in an increasingly competitive environment, development strategies are shifting, new finance models are emerging and distributors are having to reposition themselves.

Produced in association with C21 sister title Drama Quarterly, the Global Drama Trends Report examines these issues and others top of mind for those at the forefront of the international TV business this year and beyond.

The 21 chapters will be published here over the coming weeks along with exclusive video of panels held during C21's latest International Drama Summit.
The C21Pro 2018 Global Drama Trends Report
Report date: January 2018

Report price: £299.00

Report editor: Jonathan Webdale

Report chapters:

Disruption stations
With the rise of SVoD and changes in the way scripted TV is ordered, financed, packaged and distributed, the industry must embrace disruption.
Drama's five-year plan
Drama execs including Andy Harries, Michael Ellenberg and Katie O'Connell Marsh on the challenges and opportunities facing scripted.
Model requirements
Ways of getting dramas off the ground are now as varied as the shows themselves, say execs from Lionsgate, Playground, BBC Studios and Kudos.
Looking up down under
Australian talent is in rich supply but the lure of Hollywood can prove a problem for the domestic drama industry.
Romper revisited
Romper Stomper creator Geoffrey Wright gives the inside line on the TV drama series inspired by his classic movie about Australian far right activism.
Growing Spain
Broadcasters and producers alike agree Spanish drama is now as good as any in Europe, but who should profit most from this improving quality?
French renaissance
France is making a mark in international coproductions, but success abroad remains elusive for its home-grown dramas.
Mastering the Medici
The creative forces behind Medici: Masters of Florence – The Magnificent offer an in-depth look at the genesis and production of the Rai Renaissance drama.
Beyond Berlin
2017 looks like a defining year for the German drama industry, whose global ambitions stretch well beyond the likes of Babylon Berlin and Deutschland 83.
Alienation effect
The team behind TNT psychological thriller The Alienist, based on the book by Caleb Carr, detail the process of bringing the project to screen.
Authorial presence
Execs from Keshet, Buccaneer, Playmaker and Red discuss the growing role of the writer in their TV drama development processes.
Tale of two cities
Star David Morrissey and writer Tony Grisoni give the inside story on the BBC’s adaptation of China Miéville’s Kafkaesque mystery The City & The City.
Mining the slate
Leading producers from The Ink Factory, Sony Pictures Television and Scripted World discuss their scripted strategies and the projects they have in development.
Watt's happening
Wattpad Studios' Aron Levitz explains how the self-publishing platform aims to change the TV drama development process.
Page turners
Leading lights from the world of publishing discuss the latest trends in book-to-screen adaptation and development.
Development heaven
Bosses at Eleventh Hour Films, Ten10 Films, Entertainment One and Bavaria Fiction discuss how they get the most out of their development slates.
Neo noir
C21 highlights three Nordic dramas expected to make a splash on the international market this year and hears from the people behind them.
Helinistic era
Sofia Helin, iconic star of The Bridge, discusses the impact of the seminal Nordic noir drama, her next projects and tackling sexism in television.
Noirish scenarios
Scandi pubcasters are striving to go beyond Nordic Noir and focusing on innovation as they fight for their place in the new digital world order.
YouTube steps up
Jon Wax at YouTube Originals spells out his ambitions for developing longform drama for subscription service YouTube Red.
Northern exposure
Executives from Canada’s three biggest broadcasters discuss the state of domestic drama and how the market is becoming ever more international.
Canuck collaboration
Producers, coproducers and financiers discuss how the creative community can work with partners in Canada on international drama.
Canadian crunch
Canada remains a hotbed of international drama production, but local indies fear being squeezed by SVoD and dwindling support from networks.
Notes on brotherhood
Writers and showrunners Harry and Jack Williams on how they crafted hit shows from The Missing, through Fleabag to Liar and Rellik.
Wiring Electric Dreams
The driving forces behind Channel 4’s Philip K Dick anthology series Electric Dreams explain how the project was delivered.
Boxing clever
Channel 4's Beth Willis explains how the UK pubcaster is adapting to a world in which SVoD behemoths are both partners and rivals.
Connecting cable
US cable networks are coming under increasing pressure from OTT and are adapting their development strategies accordingly.
Virtually scripted
Virtual reality offers scope for entirely new forms of storytelling, putting the viewer at the heart of the narrative.
Hard Sun rises
Luther creator Neil Cross shares the story of new BBC1 drama Hard Sun, along with stars Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn.
Route review
With more international drama outlets than ever before, producers face tough decisions about how they use distributors, if at all. And the latter are adapting.
Family business
The inside story of BBC-AMC copro McMafia, created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins and based on Misha Glenny's book of the same name.
Wenger weighs in
As big-budget BBC thriller McMafia makes waves, drama chief Piers Wenger explains why the days of SVoD copros aren’t over.
Netflix streams ahead
With US$8bn to spend on content but stiff competition looming, Netflix is set for an intriguing 2018, admits originals chief Elizabeth Bradley.
Short gets bigger
Mobile video has exploded due to smartphones, telco investment, social media and new SVoD firms, prompting a resurgence in shortform drama.
Distributed systems
As the drama bubble continues to grow, the cost of picking up, developing and selling series is becoming ever greater for traditional TV distributors.
Next-gen scripting
AwesomenessTV, Defy Media and Gunpowder & Sky discuss how they are capitalising on young people's passion for mobile viewing.
Working windows
SVoD is revolutionising the industry and while viewers have more choice than ever before, the industry is being forced to rethink the way it does business.
Drama nation
The small screen has become the big player as the TV business takes over from movies, throwing up both challenges and opportunities.