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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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Kazakhstan media company JKS Entertainment has teamed with a local production company on a mystery drama for young adults set in an elite private school.
LA-based production, distribution and post-production company Electric Entertainment has closed a US$100m financing deal with Bank of America.
Fox Entertainment’s AVoD service Tubi is launching in five Latin American countries this month: Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama.
Warner Bros Television Group has signed an overall deal with Abbott Elementary creator, executive producer and star Quinta Brunson.
US tech giant Apple is moving forwards with a new series from Peter Craig and Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott that stars Emmy- and Tony-Award nominee Brian Tyree Henry.
Subscriber numbers to Disney’s streaming platforms have overtaken Netflix’s for the first time as Disney+ prepares to raise prices and launch an AVoD tier later this year.
Keshet Studios, the US production arm of Israel's Keshet International, has acquired the rights to develop Katelyn Monroe Howes’ debut novel, The Awoken, for TV.
AMC Networks’ streaming platform Sundance Now in the US has commissioned two original drama series for 2023.
Germany's entertainment and media industry bounced back strongly last year following a severe slump in sales in 2020 caused by Covid-19, according to a study.
German broadcaster and media group ProSiebenSat.1 Group is lowering its revenue forecast for the year ahead in view of the burdens on consumer spending.
The international version of BritBox has unveiled its slate of UK shows coming to the US and Canada later in 2022 as it triples its investment in programming.
France’s Canal+ and African streamer Showmax are coproducing an action-drama series set in South Africa called Spinners.
Fledgling New York-based producer and distributor Strong Studios has optioned the rights to Monte Burke's biographical novel about the life of corporate executive, author and American football coach Joe Moglia.
Lionsgate-owned US cablenet Starz is developing Book of Marlon, a comedy in which actor Marlon Wayans plays a fictionalised version of himself.
LA-based streaming technology company Cinedigm Corp has named Tommy Lee in the newly created position of senior VP of international business development.
Newly launched multi-genre prodco The North Road Company in LA has appointed Darian Singer as chief financial officer.
US tech giant Apple has commissioned a dual-language dramedy based on Sandra Barneda’s best-selling novel Land of Women for its Apple TV+ streaming service.
Warner Bros Discovery has continued to shape its post-merger global structure by naming its senior management team in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
BBC Studios-owned UKTV is looking to stock up on titles for its streaming service UKTV Play to supplement the programming from its TV channels Dave, Gold, W, Drama, Alibi, Eden and Yesterday.
MBC Group in Saudi Arabia’s streaming platform Shahid has commissioned Rise of the Witches, billed as the biggest TV series to ever be made in the country.
Austrian pubcaster ORF has boarded forthcoming drama series Rise of the Raven as coproducer.
Canada's independent producers have called on the country's minister of Canadian heritage to reject the recent renewal of pubcaster CBC's broadcast licence.
UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned a drama series about the life of actor Cary Grant, with Jason Isaacs cast in the lead role and BritBox on board as an international coproduction partner.
David Strong has stepped down as CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission amid a conflict-of-interest review about his involvement in a publicly funded TV project.
UKTV-owned crime drama channel Alibi and US broadcaster Masterpiece have co-commissioned a second season of detective series Annika.
Newen Connect, the distribution arm of TF1 Group’s Newen Studios, is partnering with Andy Serkis’s Imaginarium Productions on a period drama series about the life of Madame Tussauds founder Marie Tussaud.
NBCUniversal-owned streamer Peacock has taken a coming-of-age thriller about a group of 1980s high school misfits straight to series.
Ingvild Daae, CEO of Norwegian prodco Monster, is warning of a challenging future facing Nordic drama despite healthy profit growth from recent productions and revenue from Netflix.
Global streamer Amazon Prime Video has launched a local version of its service in Nigeria, with two Nigerian originals forming part of the content line-up.
Warner Bros Discovery has detailed its plans to merge its streamers HBO Max and Discovery+ into one service, which will launch under a new name next year.
UK pubcaster the BBC has appointed a barrister as an independent reviewer to fully examine what was known at the BBC about concerns regarding DJ Tim Westwood’s conduct during his time with the corporation.
SVoD service Paramount+ has acquired a slate of scripted programming from Lionsgate, NBCUniversal Global Distribution and Sony Pictures Television for its feed in the UK and Ireland.
Indian film-making duo Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK have agreed a multi-year creative partnership with Netflix.
Disney-owned streamer Hulu has commissioned two drama series for its originals slate: Devil in the White City, starring Keanu Reeves, and The Other Black Girl.
European broadcast group RTL’s second quarter revenues declined and it has lowered its outlook expectations amidst concerns about a declining ad market.
UK producers association Pact has invited streamers and broadcasters to a summit to discuss the ramifications of the rejection of its latest deal by broadcasting union Bectu.
Patricia Schlesinger, director of Germany’s public service broadcast group Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, has resigned from her post as chairwoman of public broadcaster ARD amidst a slew of accusations of wrongdoing.
New Zealand production company Great Southern Television has bought back all shares in the company formerly held by Australia's Seven West Media, C21 can reveal.
US Hispanic broadcaster HITN is looking for drama series based on historical events or works of literature as it branches out into the scripted space and is also eyeing up shortform content to fill schedule gaps.
Netflix has extended its creative partnership with the entertainment arm of Dark Horse Comics that gives it a first look at the producer's film and TV slate.
Amazon is launching Freevee, its ad-funded free streaming service, into the German market.
BBC Three in the UK has commissioned a coming-of-age comedy drama created by Daniel Lawrence Taylor (Timewasters) and produced by All3Media-owned Studio Lambert.
Indian prodco Abundantia Entertainment is making a local version of in Israeli teen drama series The Hood.
London-based animation and VFX studio Cinesite, which has offices in Montreal and Vancouver, has acquired a majority stake in French-Canadian animation and motion-capture studio Squeeze.
London-based VFX and animation studio DNEG has promoted Chas Jarrett to creative director.
Swedish pubcaster SVT is underway with production of its new scripted series, Staying Together, in Ystad, southern Sweden.
Disney-owned US cablenet FX has ordered a limited drama series written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and starring Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), exclusively for streaming service Hulu.
Netflix has signed a multi-project partnership with South African filmmaker Mandlakayise Walter Dube and ordered a South African supernatural drama series called The Brave Ones.
BBC Studios has appointed Gunpowder & Sky exec Janet Brown and promoted Tara Maitra to bolster its team in the US.
Paramount-owned UK terrestrial Channel 5 has added to its expanding scripted slate by commissioning a murder-mystery series produced by Clapperboard in association with Endeavor Content.
Sky Studios, the European pay TV broadcaster’s original programming arm, has appointed Tobias Rosen as VP of Sky Studios Deutschland.
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises has appointed Sandra Smester as exec VP of programming and content development.
Australian agency Screen Queensland has hired Mark Melrose as manager of studios operations, to lead Screen Queensland Studios’ expansion from the state’s capital to its far north.
Scandi-based streaming service Viaplay has commissioned an adaptation of Camilla Läckberg’s The Beach Hotel as its latest scripted original.
The immediate future of UK drama production has been cast into fresh doubt after members of broadcasting union Bectu voted “overwhelmingly” to reject the latest working conditions agreement put forward by producers association Pact.
Amazon’s Prime Video has announced its first local originals in South-East Asia – a format called Comedy Island that will be adapted for audiences in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.
Production has wrapped on a cinematic horror short and associated documentary from writer and director Otto Baxter for European pay TV broadcaster Sky.
HBO Max has cancelled its original comedy series Gordita Chronicles after one season as it makes a temporary retreat from live-action kids' and family programming.
US-based studio Paramount Global has promoted Pamela Kaufman to the newly created position of CEO of international markets, global consumer products and experiences.
Ben McOwen Wilson, YouTube’s MD in the UK and Ireland, is leaving the video platform after more than 11 years to take up another role with parent company Google.
A recent report published by the BBC has found it commissioned over £1.4bn (US$1.7bn) of original TV content from the UK production sector in 2021/22.
Social purpose broadcaster Together TV has appointed Lisa Opie, former MD of UK production at BBC Studios, as its new chair.
Netflix has renewed its content deal with Brutus Pink, the animation production company behind its series Big Mouth and Human Resources, for another three years.
Israeli production outfit Faraway Road Productions has hired former Armoza Formats and Keshet Studios execs as it expands its senior team following its acquisition by Candle Media at the turn of the year.
Rival US streamers HBO Max and Hulu will share co-exclusive streaming rights to all seasons of ABC workplace comedy Abbott Elementary, which hails from Warner Bros Television and 20th Television.
NBCU-owned streamer Peacock saw its paid subscriber numbers remain flat at around 13 million in the second quarter of this year.
American actress Krysten Ritter, star of Marvel’s Jessica Jones, will executive produce and lead the cast of Boat Rocker’s new Orphan Black series for AMC Networks.
UK commercial broadcaster ITV is set to make a "significant content investment" in its forthcoming streamer ITVX after its media and entertainment division performed better than expected in the first half of 2022.
Abu Dhabi-based media development agency Twofour54 has appointed Mark Whitehead as its new CEO.
Australian funding body Screen Queensland’s CEO Kylie Munnich will leave the organisation at the end of her three-year term this October.
Entertainment One has hired former Universal International Studios development exec Christopher Kennedy as it looks to expand its London-based scripted team.
European production giant Banijay Group is to significantly bolster its German presence by acquiring Sony Pictures Film und Fernseh Produktions (Sony Pictures Television Germany) from Sony Pictures Television.
Comcast/Paramount joint-venture streamer SkyShowtime has added former HBO Max and Disney executives to its leadership team.
Joker and Ten Percent prodco Bron Studios has partnered with Florida-based experiential entertainment outfit Falcon’s Beyond to jointly develop and produce content based on the latter’s theme park IP.
The French Competition Authority has issued its report on the proposed merger between M6 Group and TF1 Group, concluding that the deal raises a number of significant competition concerns, particularly around advertising.
New York-based production company Process Media has acquired the rights to develop David Giffels' memoir into a half-hour episodic comedy series.
NBCU-owned streamer Peacock has handed a straight-to-series order to Those About to Die, a gladiatorial epic helmed by German filmmaker Roland Emmerich.
LA-based Starlings Television is developing a scripted series set during the birth of the jazz age, with US artist Usher signing on as an executive producer.
HBO in the US has ordered The Palace, a limited drama directed and executive produced by UK filmmaker Stephen Frears.
UK pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a docudrama that reconstructs the Rebekah Vardy v Coleen Rooney court case.

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