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From coproduction and co-finance to the latest development news from Hollywood to Bollywood, C21Drama keeps you up to date with what’s happening in scripted entertainment worldwide. C21’s Drama Weekly carries further coverage of this sector.

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Ed Waller
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The Walt Disney Company is planning to spend around US$33bn on content over the next year across originals, licensed content and sports rights, marking an US$8bn increase from the previous year.
UK commercial broadcaster ITV has greenlit a three-part drama series from writer Russell T Davies, with Helen Bonham Carter starring and Nicola Shindler’s Quay Street Productions producing.
RX France, formerly known as Reed Midem, has confirmed details for the next edition of MipTV, with the previously separate MipFormats and MipDoc now rolled into one main event.
Welsh pubcaster S4C has commissioned new content to expand its online service Hansh as part of its strategy to offer longer content over the next few years.
A London- and Dublin-based prodco has launched with investment from a private asset management firm that usually operates in Latin America and Cyprus-based prodco Sampsonic Media.
Netflix has greenlit a Norwegian-language Christmas series directed by Per-Olav Sørensen (Home for Christmas, Quicksand, Nobel).
Swedish commercial broadcaster TV4 and streaming service C More have commissioned a local version of Norwegian romantic drama Heartbeats.
Nordic Entertainment Group has commissioned Norwegian mystery drama Fenris as its latest original series for its Viaplay streaming service.
Shows from Israel, France, Thailand, China, Norway, New Zealand and the UK were among the winners at the International Emmy Awards last night.
US Hispanic streamer Pantaya has signed a multi-year overall deal with Mexican actress Maite Perroni, which will see her star in and coproduce original series and films for the company.
Beta Nordic Studios, part of German producer-distributor Beta Film, is continuing its expansion after picking up a majority share in Swedish prodco Unlimited Stories.
Netflix is set to acquire the Canada-headquartered visual effects outfit Scanline VFX, which has offices in Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles, London, Munich, Stuttgart and Seoul.
US cablenet HBO has ordered The Idol, a music-focused drama series co-created by award-winning artist Abel ‘The Weeknd’ Tesfaye, his producing partner Reza Fahim and Euphoria creator Sam Levinson.
Scott Mills has been upped to CEO at ViacomCBS-owned network BET in the US.
AMC Networks’ chief financial officer Christina Spade is adding the role of chief operating officer to her remit.
NBCUniversal-owned US streaming service Peacock and UK broadcaster Channel 4 have renewed musical drama We Are Lady Parts for a second season.
Blink Studios, the recently launched company led by former Entertainment One TV head John Morayniss, has revealed its first executive appointments, with Carolyn Newman joining as executive VP, global scripted, and Virginia Rankin as in-house executive producer.
A young-adult science fiction television series from Blue Ice Pictures set to air in the US on Syfy is being targeted at the international market by LA-based STX Television.
Global streamer Netflix has ordered a second season of video game-based animated event series Arcane.
US SVoD service Discovery+ and Discovery-owned network Travel Channel have renewed Eli Roth Presents: A Ghost Ruined My Life and horror anthology series The Haunted Museum for second seasons.
UKTV has commissioned a two-hour comedy special from ITV Studios-owned Big Talk set six weeks after aliens have invaded and conquered Earth.
The TV and film arms of Jason Blum’s LA-based production company Blumhouse are planning to join forces to create shared horror IP.
BBC Studios-backed South African prodco Rapid Blue has appointed experienced TV exec Mmabatho Kau as its new head of scripted.
An international consortium of indies has formed a creative and development alliance called The Creatives and agreed a three-year partnership with Fremantle.
South African network M-Net, AMC-owned streamer Acorn TV, Cape Town prodco Both Worlds Pictures and German distributor Global Screen have partnered on new drama series Recipes for Love and Murder.
C21’s upcoming Content London event will see the third edition of the Comedy for Change Finger Awards, honouring comedic projects with a social impact.
Jakob Mejlhede Andersen is stepping down as chief content officer at MBC Group-owned Middle Eastern streamer Shahid after a year and a half in the role.
US streaming service AMC+ has acquired spaghetti western drama series That Dirty Black Bag from Canada's Bron Studios and Mediawan-owned Palomar.
Canadian network Hollywood Suite has become the exclusive home for Italian crime series Gomorrah in English Canada.
Amazon Prime Video has commissioned a thriller series toplined by two-time Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz.
Talent from hit series ITV's Vera, Netflix's Lupin and Channel 4's We Are Lady Parts are among those who will be recognised at the Rose d'Or Awards on November 29.
Public services broadcasters should not be given “special treatment” when it comes to prominence in EPGs, smart TVs and pay TV services, according to former BBC producer Salma Shah.
Lionsgate-owned US cablenet Starz has appointed Sony executive Kathryn Busby as president of original programming.
Palma Pictures, the Spain-based film, TV and advertising production services company, has appointed Moore Kingston Smith Corporate Finance to seek fresh investment from the market to support an expansion programme.
UK content commissioned by streamers could portray a one-sided and stereotypical view of the country’s culture, according to the former director general of pubcaster the BBC Mark Thompson.
All3Media-owned UK digital content prodco Little Dot Studios has appointed Sky executive Zara Gregory to the newly created role of director of operations.
David P Davis, executive producer of HBO and BBC drama Industry, is launching a new UK scripted label with ITV Studios called 5 Acts Productions.
Serbian indie Adrenalin is launching the second season of Balkan crime thriller series Besa to the international market next week.
GB News' former chairman and presenter Andrew Neil has launched a scathing attack on the founders and board of the fledgling free-to-air UK news channel, describing them as a “UKIP tribute band.”
Animation producers' associations around Europe are pushing for animation to be included in streamers' local content quotas as part of the EU's revamped Audiovisual Media Services Directive.
UK free-to-air nostalgia channel That’s TV Gold has invested in comedy as it undergoes its annual Christmas rebrand today.
Canadian public broadcaster CBC is expanding its sustainability drive with the introduction of new rules that will require its original productions to measure their carbon footprint.
Endemol Shine North America is exploring the idea of creating scripted programming based on the life of restaurateur, chef and MasterChef judge Aarón Sánchez.
Former Netflix executive Bryan Noon has been tapped as Walt Disney Television’s president of entertainment.
Dog Rose Dirt, the crime thriller novel from author Jen Williams, has been picked up for TV adaptation by the UK arm of Narcos producer Gaumont.
Disney-owned Hulu has acquired the exclusive US rights to Sky UK's paramedic comedy Bloods, which recently began filming its second season in London.
Blue Ant Media-owned Beach House Pictures has strengthened its scripted business by taking a majority stake in fellow Singapore-based production outfit Momo Film.
Spanish producer Mediapro Studio has appointed Carolina Bilbao as its VP of content and business development for the US as it looks to produce more in the market.
Eleven, the UK production company behind hit Netflix comedy-drama Sex Education, has hired Alexandra Blue as its development producer.
Lionsgate-owned streamer StarzPlay has greenlit a revival of the cult sitcom Party Down, with a six-part new season set to begin production next year.
ProSiebenSat.1 Group-owned Red Arrow Studios has sold its US film distribution business Gravitas Ventures to Anthem Sports & Entertainment for US$73m.
Buccaneer Media, the London-based production company behind crime drama Marcella, has set up a new business in Scotland with actor Dougray Scott.
French drama producer Federation Entertainment is looking to expand its US footprint with the launch an LA-based management and production company.
Netflix has launched a new website that will provide weekly lists of the most popular titles on its service, both globally and on a territory-by-territory basis.
Quebec-based prodco and distributor Attraction has hired former Incendo executive Ian Whitehead to spearhead a push into the English-language scripted market.
DCD Media is set to sell its assets to financer, producer and distributor 108 Media after its main shareholder said it was unwilling to keep funding the UK indie.
Quebec distributor HG Distribution is targeting the Latin American market, after refocusing the remit of business development manager Andrea Staerke.
UK pubcaster the BBC has acquired Superman & Lois, a superhero drama from writer, producer and director Greg Berlanti.
Television industry veteran David Frank, founder of RDF Media and former CEO of Zodiak Media Group, has died aged 63.
Warner Bros Television Group has inked an exclusive multi-year deal with Lena Waithe and her US production company Hillman Grad Productions.
Mediapro Studio has appointed Eugeni Sallent, its former country manager for Colombia and Italy, as head of its operation in Latin America.
MGM-owned premium US cablenet Epix has acquired Second World War drama SAS: Rogue Heroes, adapted by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Taboo, A Christmas Carol).
Comcast-owned Sky and NBCUniversal have begun the rollout of content from the latter's US streaming service Peacock across Sky territories, beginning with a soft launch in the UK and Ireland.
Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) in the US have voted narrowly in favour of ratifying a new three-year contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), averting a nationwide strike.
BritBox in North America, Channel 4 in the UK and HBO in Latin America are among the buyers to have acquired Reyka, Fremantle's first South African drama.
Former HBO Europe CEO Linda Jensen has resurfaced as global head of investments at London-based producer and coproduction specialist Envision Entertainment.
The Walt Disney Company has unveiled a host of new content heading for Disney+, including its first scripted original title from Spain.
Dutch on-demand content services provider ODMedia has opened an office in Sydney, its first in Australia, headed by industry veteran Jason Behan.
A+E Networks-owned US cablenet Lifetime has greenlit a sequel to original movie The Bad Seed, which has been co-written by its teenage star, Mckenna Grace.
US-based global streaming service Disney+ has picked up Niccolò Ammaniti’s dystopian drama Anna in a multi-territory deal.
Banijay-owned Endemol Shine Boomdog is partnering with US streaming platform Pantaya and LA-based Cholawood Productions on a Spanish-language adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina.
Fatal Attraction, the 1987 psychological thriller starring Michael Douglas, Glenn Close and Anne Archer, is being adapted for TV at ViacomCBS-owned streamer Paramount+.
MGM’s international distribution and acquisitions arm has picked up global distribution rights to Nordic Entertainment Group’s supernatural psychological thriller The Box.
Amazon Studios has boarded the previously announced drama series Riches from London-based prodco Greenacre Films and UK commercial broadcaster ITV.
The Walt Disney Company has vowed to step up its investment in local and regional content for Disney+ after the streamer experienced its slowest growth period yet.
ViacomCBS-owned SVoD platform Paramount+ has ordered a fact-based drama from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King about a teenage girl who discovers her father is a notorious serial killer.
ViacomCBS’s global content division ViacomCBS International Studios has inked a first-look deal with 11:11 Films and TV, the production company led by Manolo and Juancho Cardona.
South-east Europe producer and distributor United Media has appointed Tatjana Pavlović as director of original content sales and coproduction.
Trioscope Studios, the US hybrid animation specialist behind series including Netflix’s The Liberator, has hired veteran animation exec John Evershed as chief strategy officer and Taylor Church as VP of production.