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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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ABC in Australia has appointed two executive producers working across scripted, factual and animation at its kids' department and is set to premiere a documentary fronted by Claudia Karvan.
European producer and distributor Off the Fence has launched UK prodco Dash Pictures’ Harry Potter-themed factual series Fantastic Friends into the global distribution market.
Australian pubcaster SBS has sealed a deal with UK indie distributor Cineflix Rights for more than 20 hours of factual content from its blue-chip history and documentary slate.
Documentary streaming company MagellanTV has launched a free ad-supported streaming TV channel dedicated to true crime on The Roku Channel in Canada.
UK commercial broadcaster ITV is among those reportedly considering a takeover of its commercially funded pubcaster rival Channel 4 as the government looks to be pushing ahead with its plans to privatise the broadcaster.
UK distributor Abacus Media Rights has appointed former Fremantle executive Diane Tripp as sales agent for North America.
London-based indie Nevision plans to make more factual entertainment and "leisure-type" content in the wake of the pandemic as it looks to diversify its non-scripted slate.
The number of IPTV subscribers around the world will exceed the number of global cable TV subscribers by 2026, according to UK analysis firm Digital TV Research.
Corus Studios, the production and distribution division of Canadian broadcast group Corus Entertainment, has secured several deals with US streamer Hulu, including a pre-sale of its gold-hunting series Deadman’s Curse.
Minderoo Foundation in Australia has launched a production and finance company with an initial A$10m to invest in screen projects that inspire change.
US premium cablenet HBO's sports arm has picked up a documentary feature chronicling the Bishop Sycamore High School football scandal from Succession’s Adam McKay.
A feature documentary about a world-first expedition to Antarctica is currently in development as the adventure travel company behind it looks for people to join the voyage.
Italian pubcaster Rai and French pay TV operator Canal+ have picked up factual content from ORF Enterprises, the sales arm of Austrian pubcaster ORF, in deals agreed at last week's Mipcom conference.
Netflix employees were among those who took part in an in-person rally and a virtual walkout on Wednesday as part of the backlash against the streamer's recently released Dave Chappelle special, The Closer, which critics say contains transphobic and homophobic material.
Discovery-owned US cablenet Investigation Discovery has commissioned 26 hours of true crime content from UK factual prodco Arrow Media.
Former Barcroft Studios executive Alex Morris has resurfaced as director of LADstudios, a UK-based outfit from youth-focused social media publisher LADbible Group.
Wurl, a US streaming technology company specialising in FAST channels, is aiming to create a “superhighway for FAST channels” with the launch of its Global FAST Pass.
Sister, the production venture from Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider and Jane Featherstone, is set to work with the fledgling studio arm of North London venue KOKO as part of its investment in the theatre’s restoration.
European production house Asacha Media Group has hired former All3Media International exec Maria Ishak as head of international content and coproductions.
Netflix reported 4.4 million subscriber additions in the third quarter, climbing to almost 214 million global subs in total, as its revenue grew 16% year-on-year to US$7.5bn.
All3Media-owned prodco Lion Television US has elevated longtime executives Allison Corn and Stan Hsue to co-presidents and promoted several other key executives.
Canal+ in France and HBO Europe in CEE are among the international platforms to have picked up a feature documentary about the storming of the US capitol.
UK pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a daytime show from Daisybeck Studios and Motion Content Group that goes behind the scenes of the retail reselling sector.
Discovery has signed an exclusive multi-year deal with chef Ina Garten that will expand beyond her Barefoot Contessa cooking show franchise for the Food Network.
France- and LA-based producer Gaumont and Armando Bó’s About Entertainment have signed a deal to develop series and feature films across multiple genres and languages.
Reddit is dipping its toe into the original content space with a comedy competition series produced by Bunim/Murray Productions and Kreativ Inc.
Broadcasters around the world have come on board a follow-up to the hit Framing Britney Spears documentary distributed by Red Arrow Studios International.
Eric Evangelista, founder of US indie Hot Snakes Media, has joined forces with wildlife expert Forrest Galante to launch a new factual production company.
Factual SVoD service Discovery+ has partnered with pop singer Kesha to make a supernatural series with the working title of Conjuring Kesha.
Co-founder and CEO of David Smyth is departing the fledgling UK-based AVoD service after less than a year.