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Bringing you the latest development news, together with comment and analysis of the shows, companies and broadcasters developing the formats sector worldwide. C21Formats is the leading formats resource in the international business.

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Ed Waller
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US-based social media giant Facebook has greenlit a new original talk series hosted by singer, actress and activist Becky G.
Amazon in Japan has commissioned a local version of Australian comedy format No Activity, marking its first adaptation in Asia.
Former Barcroft Studios executive Alex Morris has resurfaced as director of LADstudios, a UK-based outfit from youth-focused social media publisher LADbible Group.
Discovery+ and Discovery-owned US cablenet OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network have commissioned a new soul food cooking competition series that celebrate black chefs and black culinary traditions.
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.
A cooking-focused gameshow format from Japan has been picked up for local production in Brazil via a deal involving Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Global Agency, Endemol Shine Brazil and Globo.
ViacomCBS has unveiled a flurry of local originals for Network 10 and streaming service Paramount+ in Australia to screen in 2022, including a trio of Endemol Shine Australia shows.
LA-based producer-distributor Propagate International has hired former ITV Studios exec Isabelle Azoulay as executive VP and head of formats.
US-based SVoD service Discovery+ has acquired the North American streaming rights to new UK crafting format Handmade: Good With Wood.
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.
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.
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.
Keshet International-owned German prodco Tresor has signed a first-look deal with MGM Television’s global formats division for unscripted formats in Germany.
Canadian network Société Radio-Canada, part of national pubcaster CBC, has secured rights for UK format What Would Your Kid Do? from UK distributor ITV Studios.
The SpringHill Company, the US media and content company led by CEO Maverick Carter and chairman LeBron James, has sold a minority stake to a group of investors led by private investment firm RedBird Capital Partners.
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MIPCOM: New production and distribution company 4Mat Factory launched to the international market here in Cannes last night, with a content deal in place with US-based hip-hop entrepreneur Damon Dash.
ViacomCBS-owned SVoD platform Paramount+ has greenlit its entertainment format The Challenge: All Stars for a second season beginning on November 11.
BBC Studios, the UK pubcaster's commercial production and distribution arm, has appointed interim CEO Tom Fussell to the role on a permanent basis.
Belgian broadcaster RTL-TVI has launched its own version of UK culinary format Snackmasters, produced by local indie Lecter Media.
MIPCOM: French media firm Mediawan has acquired worldwide distribution rights to music-focused Canadian scripted series For the Record, in addition to picking up the format rights for Europe and Latin America.
Talpa Network, John de Mol's Netherlands-based production and distribution business, has poached Maarten Meijs from ITV Studios to be its new CEO.
MIPCOM: French commercial network TF1 has ordered a local version of singing competition format Blind Duets in a deal sealed at Mipcom.
MIPCOM: Abu Dhabi Media has ordered local versions of two unscripted formats created by Israeli boutique production company Studio Glam.
MIPCOM: Swedish public broadcaster SVT has commissioned a new dating reality format for deaf singletons from Banijay Factory, a Nordic arm of European production giant Banijay.
MIPCOM: Quebec-based distributor Media Ranch has agreed deals with companies including US duo The CW and Wheelhouse Entertainment for shows from its format incubator initiative Horsepower.
MIPCOM: Talpa-owned Dutch broadcaster SBS6 has recommissioned formats Hunting Season and Dream Duets for second seasons.
MIPCOM: SBS6 in the Netherlands, TF1 in France and TV2 in Denmark are among a host of networks to have picked up decluttering format Sort Your Life Out after its pilot on BBC One in the UK.