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C21Factual is the non-fiction section on which pulls together all our coverage of the genre in one dedicated area. C21’s Factual Weekly carries further coverage of this sector.

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Clive Whittingham
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Warner Bros Discovery UK has renewed Aussie Gold Hunters and Outback Opal Hunters, and also commissioned a new Australia-based series to add to the ‘extreme job’ franchise.
UK commercially funded pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a docuseries examining the two police investigations into the death of Princess Diana.
Viaplay has agreed a partnership with Manchester City and Norway striker Erling Haaland that will result in an exclusive documentary about the footballer for the Scandinavia-based streaming service.
Fox Entertainment’s AVoD service Tubi is launching in five Latin American countries this month: Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama.
UK factual indie Chatterbox Media has promoted former MTV executive Ellie Sabine-Singh to be its head of development.
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.
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.
US-based A+E Networks is launching its Crime + Investigation Play product as a direct-to-consumer streaming service in EMEA.
Chinese content aggregator Legend Media has agreed a deal with Banijay Rights through which Legend will distribute five of Banijay’s factual series across China.
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.
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.
Ryan Reynolds’ Maximum Effort Productions has signed a first-look deal for unscripted series with live sports streaming platform FuboTV.
Channel 4 in the UK has commissioned a pair of factual shows from Glasgow-based indie Firecrest Films.
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.
A host of broadcasters in the MENA region, including BBC News Arabic, have acquired content from London-based factual distributor TVF International.
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.
Philippa Kowarsky has stepped down as commissioning editor of long-running BBC documentary strand Storyville after just under a year in the role.
European broadcast group RTL’s second quarter revenues declined and it has lowered its outlook expectations amidst concerns about a declining ad market.
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.
Station 6 Productions, the New York-based unscripted prodco recently launched by former Lion US CEO Tony Tackaberry, has hired Sara Winter as VP of development.
Danish prodco STV Production has hired Julie Bach, formerly with rival Drive Studios, as head of development.
A new streaming service celebrating Muslim identities and cultures has stocked up on content from international distributors ahead of its launch in October.
London-based production company Passion Pictures has hired Cathal McElhinney as head of development for Passion Docs to expand the company’s factual slate.
UK factual production group Zinc Media has raised £5m (US$6.1m) in financing to support the purchase of a corporate film prodco and further growth of the group.