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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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CONTENT LA: International coproductions are pivoting away from being driven by financial incentives to being more creative-led, according to a panel of North American producers.
CONTENT LA: HBO Max is not in the market for pitches for shows based around big pieces of IP or historical dramas and is instead looking to independents for contemporary stories.
CONTENT LA: Netflix is seeking more romantic dramas and relationship-focused soaps as it pledges to keep spending big on original series despite its subscription downturn.
CONTENT LA: Lionsgate-owned US cablenet Starz is searching for more original programming by and for Latin American and Asian audiences as it hunts for another franchise to take over from Outlander.
CONTENT LA: Executives at ad-supported streaming services Tubi, Roku and Globi have welcomed Netflix and Disney+ adding AVoD tiers, saying ads make for a more compelling viewing experience.
CONTENT LA: Canada-based Blink49 Studios and ITV Studios-backed UK production company Mammoth Screen are partnering on a mystery comic thriller called 12 Days.
CONTENT LA: Universal International Studios and CJ ENM’s Studio Dragon are teaming up with The Ink Factory and Pachinko creator Soo Hugh to adapt a critically acclaimed South Korean novel from author Un Su Kim.
Lionsgate-owned US cablenet Starz is developing an as-yet-untitled romantic drama series from Ava DuVernay and actors Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff.
UK culture secretary Nadine Dorries has revealed she shares her Netflix account with her mother and “other people in different parts of the country” while attempting to explain why the global SVoD has a stronger business model than commercially funded pubcaster Channel 4.
Amazon’s Prime Video unveiled four new UK originals in the drama, true crime and documentary spaces at an event in London yesterday, taking its investment in British content over £1bn (US$1.2bn) since 2018.
US broadcast network The CW has revealed its fall primetime schedule, including a totally new look to Tuesday nights.
NBCUniversal’s Spanish-language US broadcaster Telemundo has agreed a coproduction deal with Turkish production and distribution company Inter Medya.
LA SCREENINGS: The budgets for high-end US television shows have reached an unsustainable level and there will need to be an adjustment if the content sector wants to continue its current output, according to Roy Ashton, partner at US talent firm Gersh Agency.
Paramount-owned international production studio VIS has agreed an exclusive deal with Paco Cabezas, the Spanish showrunner and director whose credits include Penny Dreadful, Umbrella Academy and The Alienist.
UK pay TV operator Sky has appointed Noel Tovey as managing director of its new film and TV studio, Sky Studios Elstree.
Disney+ has commissioned a series based on Marvel Studios’ superheroine character Echo starring Hawkeye actor Alaqua Cox.
Laurine Garaude, former television division director at Mipcom and MipTV organiser RX France, has resurfaced at entertainment industry researcher Parrot Analytics.
Paramount Global-owned AVoD platform Pluto TV has revealed its content line-up, including original series, live sports and 70 locally curated FAST channels, as it launches across Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
Disney+ Hotstar in India has acquired two Serbian dramas and an Estonian spy thriller from India-based distributor GoQuest Media.
LA-based Genius Brands International has signed a 20-year deal to license the name and likeness of comic creator Stan Lee to Marvel Studios.
US broadcast network CBS has unveiled its primetime fall schedule with new commissions anchoring Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings.
Brothers Jandino and Kenneth Asporaat of Dutch production house Het Huis van Asporaat and producer Maarten Swart of Kaap Holland have joined forces to launch new outfit Huntu Productions.
Lionsgate-owned global streaming service Starzplay has boarded Ouija, the latest drama from Thomas Bourguignon (Baron Noir) and Jörg Winger (Deutschland 83/86/89).
Fremantle prodco Fiction Valley has struck a three-year deal with screenwriter and director Pieter Bart Korthuis, who created the Amsterdam-based label’s Netflix drama Dirty Lines.
Disney-owned US broadcast network ABC has unveiled its fall schedule, with Hilary Swank-fronted drama Alaska airing on Tuesday nights and its spin-off from The Rookie slotting in on Thursdays.
European pay TV operator Sky has unveiled its largest ever slate of new programming for 2022, featuring a Bonnie & Clyde-inspired comedy starring comedians Katherine Ryan and Romesh Ranganathan.
Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford will star in Paramount+’s Yellowstone prequel working titled 1932, which launches on the service this December.
Netflix has laid off around 150 staff, most of them based in the US, as it continues to take cost-cutting measures across its business.
Montreal-based producer and distributor KOTV has hired CBC & Radio-Canada Distribution executive Mia Desroches as its VP of international distribution.
Kay Mellor, the writer and director behind successful British dramas, has died suddenly at the age of 71.
Warner bros Discovery-owned streaming service HBO Max has added to its Spanish-language slate with a new six-part drama from Boomerang TV.
London-based production, distribution and consulting company New Media Vision has picked up international rights to Hello (Again) created by Kim's Convenience and Marvel star Simu Liu and Nathalie Younglai.
Tomorrow Studios, the US-based partnership between producer Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios (ITVS), has agreed a first-look deal with London-based prodco Big Light Productions founded by writer and producer Frank Spotnitz.
Warren Buffet's investment vehicle Berkshire Hathaway has acquired a stake in Paramount Global worth US$2.6bn.
European production and distribution outfit Fremantle is partnering with Wattpad Webtoon Studios, the entertainment division of story-sharing platforms Wattpad and Webtoon, to develop a slate of European projects.
US network Fox has revealed its programming slate for the 2022/23 TV season, including a newly announced competition series from Studio Ramsay Global and Fox Entertainment and a missing-persons drama from executive producers Jamie Foxx and John Eisendrath.
Commercially funded UK pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned Truelove, a six-episode drama from Clerkenwell Films, the team behind Bafta-winning C4 and Netflix coproduction The End of the F***ing World.
NBC today became the first US broadcast network to show its fall schedule hand, with drama series Quantum Leap getting a primetime slot on Mondays and freshman comedy Lopez vs Lopez added to Friday nights.
US-based studio group Paramount Global has promoted two streaming-focused execs as it ramps up its international expansion plans for Paramount+ and Pluto TV.
ABC in the US has given series orders to a Hilary Swank-led drama, a spin-off from The Rookie and a comedy with Gina Rodriguez, while renewing 10 scripted and unscripted series for its 2022/23 season.
Disney+ in Portugal and NPO in the Netherlands are among the international broadcasters and streamers to have picked up FLX’s Swedish finance drama Blinded (Fartblinda).
Global SVoD subscriptions are set to soar by 485 million to reach 1.69 billion between 2021 and 2027, according to UK firm Digital TV Research.
Globo in Brazil and Paramount+ in the UK are among the international buyers to have picked up television movies from London-based distributor Cineflix Rights.
Johannes Larcher, head of HBO Max International, and Luis Duran, general manager for the streamer in Latin America, are among the latest top execs to be culled following the merger between Discovery and WarnerMedia.
Upgrade Productions, the new Los Angeles-based production company that develops and produces premium local language productions for a global audience, is partnering with Japanese producer Shochiku on new series A True Novel.
Amazon's Prime Video is working on a French adaptation of an Israeli drama series about male sex workers with Mediawan Group-owned Oberkampf Productions and Story Nation Productions.
US broadcaster NBC has cancelled heist drama The Endgame after one season, as well as comedy Kenan, fronted by Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson, and Ted Danson-starring drama Mr Mayor after two seasons.
US network The CW has axed a raft of shows including Dynasty, Charmed and Legacies and commissioned three new titles in a significant shakeup to its 2022/23 broadcast schedule.
Fremantle’s scripted division in LA has inked a development deal with producer Sarah Condon’s US prodco Fair Harbor Productions and is working on a pair of projects, including a remake of acclaimed UK series No Offence.
CBS is taking a trio of new dramas to series, while cancelling four other shows including Magnum PI and B Positive.
UK-based BlackBox Multimedia and EO Media in Latin America have optioned the book La Historia de Dinamic for a high-end Spanish drama series about the origins of the video game industry.
Banijay Asia is producing an Indian adaptation of Canadian psychological thriller Vertige, which is distributed internationally by ITV Studios-backed Armoza Formats.
NBCUniversal-owned streamer Peacock has given a straight-to-series order to a "groundbreaking" show that director and executive producer Jason Woliner (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm) has been shooting for over a decade.
BBC Studios in India and local streaming platform ZEE5 have entered a partnership, with a Hindi adaptation of BBC drama Press becoming the first project to emerge from the deal.
NBCUniversal-owned cablenet E! has expanded into the romantic comedy genre by greenlighting six original scripted movies alongside a host of unscripted shows for 2023.
US Hispanic SVoD service ViX+ has struck a strategic alliance with Spain’s The Mediapro Studio as the TelevisaUnivision-owned platform continues to expand its content pipeline ahead of its launch later this year.
Veteran children’s TV exec Tom Ascheim, TNT, TBS and truTV general manager Brett Weitz and UK and Ireland chief Polly Cochrane have become the latest high-profile departures following the merger of Discovery and WarnerMedia.
Disney’s streaming platform Disney+ added 7.9 million subscribers in the second quarter to reach roughly 137.7 million globally, beating analyst estimates and indicating that it is not yet experiencing the same subscriber acquisition challenges as rival Netflix.
The BBC has revealed plans to invest an additional £10m (US$12.3m) in “high impact” British comedy programming over the next two years and to double the number of half-hour pilots it produces.
Publicly traded US media company Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is expanding its AVoD business with the acquisition of ad-supported streamer and movie rental service Redbox Entertainment.
The Ukraine Content Club, an initiative designed to promote collaboration between the Ukrainian content business and the international market, has launched today and is calling for partners.
UK commercial broadcaster ITV experienced growth in total revenue of 17% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2022, thanks to revenue increases at its ITV Studios and Media & Entertainment divisions.
London-based financer, producer and distributor 108 Media has acquired a majority stake in Asia-Pacific prodco Revolution Media.
UK commercially funded pubcaster Channel 4 has signed a content and commercial partnership with YouTube as it presses ahead with plans to become a digital-first broadcaster for young audiences.
UK production accelerator programme Indielab has chosen 15 independent production companies to participate in its 2022 initiative.
Banijay is set to go public in a deal that values the European production and distribution giant, as well as founder Stéphane Courbit’s online sports gambling group Betclic, at US$7.5bn.
Netflix is looking to accelerate its timeline for launching an ad-supported tier and could roll out lower-priced plans before the end of the year, according to a report from the New York Times.
US Hispanic media company TelevisaUnivision is continuing to bolster its executive ranks with the appointment of Mike Angus as executive VP of US distribution.
Jeffrey Schlesinger, the former Warner Bros distribution executive who departed the company in 2021 after 37 years, has launched a strategic advisory company called Former Bros Media.
Canada’s independent production sector is increasing its attempts to convince the federal government to pass new legislation that will bring global streaming players under domestic regulation.
European production and distribution group Fremantle has acquired a majority stake in UK and Ireland film and drama production company Element Pictures, the firm behind the BBC’s adaptations of Sally Rooney’s Normal People and Conversations with Friends.
US prodco Wheelhouse Entertainment has teamed up with documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger to adapt podcast Dead & Gone into a scripted TV series.
US cablenet Oxygen has commissioned five new series including Black Widow Murders and a true crime show about Ted Bundy's psychologist.
TV4 Sweden and TV2 Norway are among the international broadcasters to have acquired Irish mystery thriller Harry Wild, which stars James Bond actor Jane Seymour.
Australian funding agency Screen Australia is adding Andrea Ulbrick, a former commissioning editor at ABC's factual unit, to its content department, shortly after hiring producer Kristen Hodges.
Wattpad CEO Allen Lau is stepping down after 15 years to take up a new executive advisor role at Korean digital comics platform Webtoon.
US network CBS has handed two-season renewals to a trio of series from its FBI franchise.
Spanish-language media giant TelevisaUnivision is set to acquire streaming service Pantaya from Hemisphere Media Group.
ITV was among the big winners at the British Academy Television Awards on a night when talent came out in support of publicly owned Channel 4.
AVoD revenues from series and features will soar to US$70bn in 2027, more than doubling from US$33bn in 2021, according to UK firm Digital TV Research.