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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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European pay TV operator Sky has commissioned six new documentaries, including a series about the 1990 World Cup in Italy featuring interviews with players including Paul Gascoigne and Roger Milla.
UK-based factual prodco and creative agency Wonderhood Studios has hired former Naked executive Lianne Hickey as head of production and promoted Katharine Patrick and Tom Garton.
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.
Discovery+ is in production with US production group Propagate on a series following the lives of model and celebrity entrepreneur sisters Olivia, Sophia and Aurora Culpo that will premiere later this year.
German factual distributor and channel owner Quintus Studios has appointed Olivia Cole as senior media strategist and Christian Gretzler as senior manager of its YouTube and FAST channels.
Discovery-owned Food Network in the UK has commissioned two new series with celebrity chefs John Torode and Tom Kerridge.
ZDF Studios-owned factual-specialist producer and distributor Off the Fence has bolstered its senior management with three new hires in the sales and coproduction teams.
Paramount UK has appointed Firecracker Films exec Federico Ruiz as commissioning editor for factual and unscripted programming.
Mick McAvoy, head of factual at Scottish indie Two Rivers Media, is leaving the company after more than three years.
Warner Bros Discovery and BT Group have confirmed they are setting up a new premium sports joint venture for the UK and Ireland, having been in exclusive discussions since February.
Award-winning filmmaker and executive producer Vesna Cudic has been appointed head of documentary partnerships at Sky Studios, the original-programming arm of the European pay TV broadcaster.
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.
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.
Great Pacific Media, the factual arm of Canadian studio Thunderbird Entertainment, has entered a multi-year strategic partnership with Original Content Lab, a newly launched entity led by former Sphere Media exec Sean Connolly.
Public broadcaster France Télévisions has commissioned After the Asteroid, a premium documentary film from Vivendi-backed prodco Pernel Media.
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.
European pay TV operator Sky has appointed former Raw executive Tom Barry as commissioning editor in documentaries and factual commissioning.
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.
South African free-to-air network e.TV has done its first content deal with the sales arm of youth-skewing media outfit Vice, picking up more than 400 hours of unscripted content.
UK group Zinc Media's popular-factual producer Red Sauce has hired Jess Mitchell, Jack Dargov and Nikki Nerini-Hobbs for the newly created roles of development producer, development senior assistant producer and production executive respectively.
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.