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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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Free-to-air network Fox Turkey has commissioned a local version of the BBC’s drama Happy Valley from creator Sally Wainwright.
US tech giant Apple has made a series order for a new original live-action series from Legendary’s Monsterverse franchise.
South Korean entertainment company CJ ENM has unveiled its lineup of drama series and music entertainment shows for 2022.
US firm Hearst has announced two promotions within its senior team for its newly launched production and distribution arm Hearst Media Production Group.
Blueprint Television, the sister company to Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin’s Blueprint Pictures, has hired former Mammoth Screen exec Karen Thrussell as head of television.
Disney+ has ordered The Crossover, a basketball drama based on the bestselling novel of the same name by author and poet Kwame Alexander.The Disney Branded Television series is produced by 20th Television, with production set to begin next month.
Netflix gained 8.3 million subscribers in Q4 of 2021 to reach a total of 221.8 million globally, but narrowly missing its target of 8.5m while warning of slower growth ahead sent its shares tumbling.
UK commercial broadcaster ITV has promoted entertainment commissioner Louise Major to commissioning editor, replacing Lily Wilson during her maternity leave, and hired former UKTV exec Natalie Rose.
PBS has struck a partnership with non-profit filmmaking organisation Firelight Media that will see the US pubcaster commit US$3.6m to support mid-career non-fiction filmmakers.
New York-based studio and streaming network FilmRise has hired former Showtime exec Gabriel Gazoul as director of film acquisitions and acquired FAST rights to Canadian series Kim’s Convenience.
New York-based producer and distributor Big Media has signed a deal to represent three scripted projects from UK prodco Ida Rose.
French media firm Mediawan and German production group Leonine Studios have hired former Fremantle exec Caroline Kusser to oversee international coproductions at their joint vehicle Mediawan & Leonine Studios from LA.
Space Entertainment Enterprise, the UK-based media company developing multiplatform, space-based entertainment, has unveiled plans for the world’s first content studio in space.
Nordisk Film Production has added experienced Norwegian producer Thomas Robsahm to its team.
BBC Studios has partnered with new UK-based production company Brock Media, founded by Animals producer Sarah Brocklehurst.
Blink Studios, the Endeavor Content-backed venture led by John Morayniss, has optioned the rights to the upcoming novel Hold My Girl from emerging Canadian author Charlene Carr.
Fledgling Finnish production company Take Two Studios has appointed former Cinematic exec Sara Norberg as chief operating officer and partner.
US Hispanic media company Univision Communications has hired former Dish TV and Fuse Media executive Michael Schwimmer as president, global platform strategy and revenue ahead of its merger with Televisa.
Hot on the heels of its unprecedented success with Squid Game, Netflix has confirmed that it will release 25 South Korean originals in 2022.
Disney has revealed that Joe Earley, previously executive VP of marketing and operations at Disney+, has been appointed president of Hulu to succeed Kelly Campbell, who left the company in October to join Peacock.
US-based WarnerMedia has agreed a package deal with ITV Studios in the UK that will see scripted titles including The Bay and Bump made available on its HBO Max streaming service in Latin America.
South Korean entertainment company CJ ENM has completed its acquisition of an 80% stake in the scripted division of LA-based studio Endeavor Content for approximately US$785m.
Keshet International has acquired distribution rights to Flemish drama Storm Lara, the first scripted project commissioned by Belgian streamer Streamz.
Pascal Breton’s Federation Entertainment is backing a new German production and talent management company co-founded by the commissioner of hit period drama Deutschland 83.
New York-based studio, distributor and streaming operator FilmRise has appointed Emilia Nuccio to the newly created position of VP for international sales.
The Roku Channel has commissioned a feature film about the career of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, with British actor Daniel Radcliffe set to play the award-winning musician and pop culture icon.
YouTube is scaling back significantly on its original programming business to focus on user-generated content, with global head of original content Susanne Daniels set to step down in March.
A decision to overhaul the BBC’s licence fee, which will be frozen for two years and could be abolished from 2028, has prompted outrage from the UK’s production industry.
Trey Durst has been appointed as director of distribution for Fremantle International in the US.
Longstanding NBCUniversal and Telemundo executive Monica Aguirre has left the business to launch her own production and distribution company in the US.
Stockholm-based Mopar Studios has hired former Big Light Productions executive Sharon Remmer to spearhead its push into the UK market.
Tencent Video-owned Southeast Asia VoD platform WeTV is inviting local brands and advertisers to join forces in reaching out to WeTV viewers, as part of plans to “aggressively” ramp up its presence in the region.
Amazon Studios is seeking projects spanning scripted and unscripted that can attract young adults, as well as genre movies that can act as a "palate cleanser."
The European Broadcasting Union has appointed media analyst and consultant Jonathan Broughton as its head of strategy.
WarnerMedia Latin America has appointed former TV Azteca executive Patricia Jasin as head of TV distribution for Latin America, Warner Bros Entertainment.
Entertainment One has signed on as the international distributor for forthcoming Australian drama series After the Verdict.
Barbara Salabè, WarnerMedia’s president and country manager for Italy, Spain and Portugal, is set to leave the company after more than a decade.
The future of the BBC has been thrown into turmoil after culture secretary Nadine Dorries announced plans to end the licence fee, which recently brought the UK pubcaster £3.52bn (US$4.8bn) in a year.
Madrid-based Secuoya Studios has hired Pablo Barrera, the director, screenwriter and producer behind series including Brigada Costa del Sol, Punta Escarlata and Compañeros, as an executive producer.
Funding agency Screen Flanders has invested close to €2.5m (US$2.9m) in 15 productions, including a series set among a Flemish family of Turkish-Algerian descent and an international thriller.
NBCUniversal-owned streamer Peacock has renewed young-adult series One of Us is Lying for a second season.
Pay TV revenues in 20 Middle Eastern and North African countries will fall by US$1.5bn between 2016 and 2027, according to UK analysis firm Digital TV Research.
WarnerMedia Latin America has picked up streaming and linear TV rights to an Israeli adventure drama from Dori Media.
Two of Virgin Media Television Ireland’s biggest drama investments are among the drivers of its new spring schedule, unveiled by the Irish commercial broadcaster.
Disney+ has commissioned a TV version of its film franchise The Santa Clause, with actor and comedian Tim Allen set to reprise his role as Scott Calvin.
US broadcast network NBC has given a pilot order to a reboot of 1990s sci-fi series Quantum Leap, as well as to new thriller Found.
US broadcaster Fox has ordered a local adaptation of the BBC in the UK’s documentary-style comedy format This Country.
European production firm Asacha Media Group has secured €41m (US$47m) in financing from asset management group Tikehau Capital to put towards its international expansion.
Candle Media, the Blackstone Group-backed venture from former Disney execs Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs, has hired Brent Weinstein as chief development officer and Salil Mehta as chief financial officer.
Several buyers across North America, including AVoD platform The Roku Channel in the US and Canada, have picked up British comedy-drama Fresh Meat.
WarnerMedia streamer HBO Max has commissioned a reimagined version of the classic Canadian teen and family series Degrassi.
US-based, Spanish-language SVoD service Pantaya is teaming with Secuoya Studios and William Levy Entertainment for its latest original series Montecristo.
European production group Fremantle has promoted Julie Hodge to the newly created role of VP of editorial, global drama, with a particular focus on strategy in the UK and Africa.
SVoD service BritBox in Australia and public broadcaster TVNZ in New Zealand have acquired recently launched six-part prison drama Screw from Banijay Rights.
The Walking Dead producer Skybound Entertainment has appointed industry veteran Marge Dean as head of its LA-based animation studio.
BBC Studios (BBCS)-backed UK producer Firebird Pictures has appointed former BBCS exec Aysha Rafaele as executive producer.
Amazon Prime Video in Spain has unveiled a new head of fiction series, commissioned its first two feature films and greenlit a pair of drama series, including an adaptation of the Reina Roja (Red Queen) literary trilogy.
WarnerMedia-owned streamer HBO Max in France has appointed former Arte commissioning editor Clémentine Bobin as senior creative executive.
Ben Silverman and Howard T Owens’ studio Propagate has signed a producing deal with Major League Baseball star Mookie Betts and his entertainment company One Media/Marketing Group, which he owns jointly with Derrick Phillips, Cam Lewis and Jeff Mason.
BBC Studios has promoted Eve Frederick to senior VP of production at its LA-based production arm.
US network Fox is delaying the premiere of its country music drama Monarch, originally set for January 30, until the fall as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the traditional US broadcast schedule.
Nordic Entertainment Group-owned streamer Viaplay has appointed former Ziggo and Liberty Global exec Yoram Levi as head of international partnerships as the platform continues its global expansion.
NBCUniversal-owned Telemundo Streaming Studios has teamed up with Buenos Aires-based Underground Producciones to reboot Argentinian drama Historia de un Clan (History of a Clan).
Spanish production company Onza has added to the development and production team at its Miami-based subsidiary Onza Américas.
WarnerMedia-owned streamer HBO Max has appointed Baris Zavaroglu as its director general in Turkey ahead of its launch in the country later this year.
BBC Studios Productions is expanding its Assistant Producer Accelerator Programme and will offer one-year contracts to an additional 15 researchers.
US cable giant Comcast and media company ViacomCBS have appointed Monty Sarhan as CEO of their forthcoming SVoD joint venture SkyShowtime, which is set to launch in more than 20 European territories later this year.
Candle Media, the Blackstone Group-backed venture from former Disney execs Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs, has confirmed its previously reported acquisition of Israeli production house Faraway Road Productions.
Lionsgate-owned Starz has elevated Darren Nielson to executive VP of distribution and business development and Jeff Cooke to senior VP of programming for international networks.
Ira Levy, the co-founder of one of Canada’s longest-running production companies in Breakthrough Entertainment, is striking out on his own with the launch of Spike & Sadie Media.
US tech giant Apple has renewed flagship drama The Morning Show, starring and exec produced by Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, for a third season, and attached Charlotte Stoudt (Homeland, House of Cards) as showrunner.
Crazy Rich Asians and Delhi Crime producer SK Global has acquired US unscripted producer Critical Content, the firm behind MTV reality hit Catfish.
Disney-owned US streaming service Hulu has commissioned new satire Reboot, starring Judy Greer, from Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan.
European production firm Asacha Media Group has appointed Alban de Noirmont in the newly created role of head of M&A and strategy following the 21-month-old company's recent string of acquisitions.
FX has ordered an eight-episode series based on Octavia E Butler's MacArthur Fellow- and Hugo Award-winning novel Kindred, to be produced by FX Productions.
Abacus Media Rights has appointed former UKTV exec Charlie Charalambous as head of acquisitions, based in London.
Scott Rosenberg, senior VP and general manager of the platform business at VoD service Roku in the US, is stepping down from his role.
Netflix has renewed its comedy-drama series Emily in Paris for a third and fourth season following strong viewership of its second season.
Former Starz executive Martha Benyam has joined New York-based film distributor Kino Lorber as chief operating officer as it continues its push into digital.
Disney’s Onyx Collective has given a straight-to-series order to an eight-part limited series titled The Plot, produced by Endeavor Content and fronted by Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali (Swan Song, Green Book, Moonlight).