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C21Factual is the non-fiction section on which pulls together all our coverage of the genre in one dedicated area. C21’s Factual Weekly carries further coverage of this sector.

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Clive Whittingham
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Warner Bros Discovery has confirmed it is cutting back on commissioning HBO Max originals in Europe, with some territories ceasing production entirely.
Paris-based production and distribution giant Banijay Group plans to invest around US$31.3m in new IP before the end of the year to feed its catalogue and productions, according to a new filing related to its public listing as part of FL Entertainment.
Disabled-led content production company Rockerdale Studios has appointed Alex Martin as its first head of development.
German pubcaster ARD is looking to international partnerships to bridge the funding gap in production standards that young audiences have come to expect.
RTL Deutschland is pooling its expertise in license and merchandising marketing by merging its previously separate units.
New York-based A+E Networks has struck a multi-faceted creative partnership with celebrity baker and TV personality Buddy Valastro.
European production group Fremantle and Jamie Oliver are launching a FAST channel dedicated to the celebrity chef on Amazon’s Freevee service today.
US factual network HGTV has commissioned the home renovation series Renovation Wild, its first series based in Africa.
US-based studio Anonymous Content is partnering European media giant Fremantle and New York-based Spinning Nancy on a feature-length documentary set in the world of American beauty pageants.
Sky Deutschland has lined up a number of international scripted and unscripted series from in-house and third-party suppliers, all of which have been confirmed at its Up Next presentation in Munich.
NATPE BUDAPEST: Endeavor Content is in Central and Eastern Europe looking to plug a gap in the market opened up by US studios keeping content for their own streaming services, according to executive director Fabio Etienne-Tinchant.
Boat Rocker-backed Canadian prodco Insight Productions has promoted Alex Kitz to senior VP, business and legal affairs.
DOC/FEST: The BBC has unveiled a slate of documentary commissions, including a look inside Alcoholics Anonymous, on the final day of Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Sky Deutschland and Channel 4 in the UK are on board a three-part docuseries focusing on the OneCoin cryptocurrency scam.
Newly launched popular factual and documentaries prodco Rex has hired former Plimsoll Productions executive Chris Reindorp as it eyes a push into returnable formats.
European production and distribution group Banijay has moved quickly to appoint a new CEO for its subsidiary Endemol Shine India.
US broadcast network NBC has handed an eight-episode commission to prehistoric event series Surviving Earth.
DOC/FEST: UK commercial broadcaster ITV will become a bigger buyer in the factual and unscripted space as it looks to stock its new streaming proposition, ITVX, which is due to launch later this year.
DOC/FEST: The UK-based commissioning arm of US streamer Paramount+ is keen to find its own version of the ‘stranger than fiction’ limited series doc trend that has proved so successful for rival services.
LA-based Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has closed its acquisition of rival talent agency ICM Partners, the companies announced today.
NATPE BUDAPEST: Media Group Ukraine is developing a trio of drama projects based on the incredible stories of courage that have emerged since Russia's invasion began earlier this year, including one about a bomb-sniffing dog.
LA-based streaming tech company Cinedigm Corp has launched a free ad-supported streaming TV channel dedicated to fans of Elvis Presley.
RTL (Germany) and AMC Networks (Spain) are among the buyers of UK true crime series Surviving a Serial Killer, after deals with distributor Woodcut International.
DOC/FEST: BBC Studios-owned multichannel broadcaster UKTV is using the recent free-to-air switch of its W channel to broaden out the kind of programmes it is looking to commission and has been giving advice to producers interested in pitching.
DOC/FEST: National Geographic Channel International is prioritising character-led specialist factual content as it attempts to move away from “homework” and towards “thrillers,” according to the US factual specialist’s commissioning editors at Sheffield Doc/Fest this week.
NATPE BUDAPEST: Broadcasters across Central and Eastern Europe have licensed factual programming from UK-based independent distributor TVF International.
Channel 4 in the UK has commissioned a documentary series about Kevin Spacey from Roast Beef Productions in association with All3Media International.
Paramount-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has ordered a three-part archaeological series fronted by historian and TV presenter Dan Snow and produced by Little Dot Studios' History Hit.
DOC/FEST: UK television historian David Olusoga is here in Sheffield this week to launch StoryTrails, an immersive storytelling project that uses virtual and augmented reality to tell the history of towns and cities around the country.
Chinese streamers and broadcasters have acquired a string of shows from London-based distributor Beyond Rights ahead of Mip China.