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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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RX France, formerly known as Reed Midem, has confirmed details for the next edition of MipTV, with the previously separate MipFormats and MipDoc now rolled into one main event.
Welsh pubcaster S4C has commissioned new content to expand its online service Hansh as part of its strategy to offer longer content over the next few years.
German broadcasters Welt, ZDF, RTL and Deutsche Welle have all picked up factual content from UK distributor Espresso Media.
Scripted sector trends such as the demand for original IP and talent-led projects are now bleeding through into unscripted, according to executive VP of Canadian distributor Blue Ant International Solange Attwood.
Italian art- and culture-focused streamer ItsArt has launched in 26 European countries, marking the latest phase of its international roll-out.
Shows from Israel, France, Thailand, China, Norway, New Zealand and the UK were among the winners at the International Emmy Awards last night.
Warner Bros International Television Production Australia and The Betoota Advocate, a local satirical news site, have struck a production partnership.
Discovery’s Food Network in the US has inked a new exclusive deal with chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay.
ITV Studios-backed UK production company Boom has promoted Hollie Abbott to director of development.
US SVoD service Discovery+ and Discovery-owned network Travel Channel have renewed Eli Roth Presents: A Ghost Ruined My Life and horror anthology series The Haunted Museum for second seasons.
US prodco Ample Entertainment is preparing a documentary series about the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, the powerful labour organiser who went missing in Michigan over 45 years ago.
UK prodco Noah Media Group has partnered with Australian Formula 1 driver Mark Webber to develop a sports documentary slate.
US factual SVoD platform Curiosity Stream and the linear Curiosity Channel have commissioned 10 documentary programmes from French producer and distributor ZED.
Great Pacific Media in Canada has partnered with director, writer and producer Brad Peyton and physicist Michio Kaku on a series based on a popular YouTube channel.
Fremantle Spain has hired industry veteran Fernando Jerez to head a new production arm dedicated to factual and documentary programme, called En Cero Coma Producciones.
Zinc Media Group-owned Scottish prodco Tern Television is eyeing sales to international streamers in the wake of its latest factual commission from UK pubcaster the BBC.
All3Media-owned UK digital content prodco Little Dot Studios has appointed Sky executive Zara Gregory to the newly created role of director of operations.
Canadian public broadcaster CBC is expanding its sustainability drive with the introduction of new rules that will require its original productions to measure their carbon footprint.
NRK in Norway and SVT in Sweden are among the international broadcasters to have bought feature documentary Killing Escobar from Amcomri-owned UK distributor Abacus Media Rights.
Charles Moore, the author of the authorised biography of Margaret Thatcher, will front a new BBC Two docuseries about the relationship between the UK's first female prime minister and US president Ronald Reagan.
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson are reuniting for a 20th anniversary Harry Potter reunion on WarnerMedia-owned US streamer HBO Max.
ITV Studios, the production and distribution arm of the UK commercial broadcaster, has appointed former ITV2 and E4 commissioner Angela Jain as its first director of unscripted in the UK.
Netflix has launched a new website that will provide weekly lists of the most popular titles on its service, both globally and on a territory-by-territory basis.
DCD Media is set to sell its assets to financer, producer and distributor 108 Media after its main shareholder said it was unwilling to keep funding the UK indie.
Multiple international broadcasters have renewed their versions of dating format Married At First Sight, with others picking up the show for the first time.
Quebec distributor HG Distribution is targeting the Latin American market, after refocusing the remit of business development manager Andrea Staerke.
Buyers in four Asian countries – Myanmar, Korea, China and Taiwan – have bought content from Hong Kong-based distributor Harbour Rights.
US producer Talos Films has signed an exclusive access deal with the women at the centre of sexual assault scandal that hit Liberty University in Virginia to make a documentary about their fight for justice.
Former Sky and Mentorn Media excec Mel Crawford has launched an independent production company called Goat Films and secured its first major primetime commission, from ITV in the UK.
UK broadcaster ITV has ordered a documentary film about Ghislaine Maxwell, the imprisoned socialite and former associate of Jeffrey Epstein, from Fremantle.