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Bringing you the latest development news, together with comment and analysis of the shows, companies and broadcasters developing the formats sector worldwide. C21Formats is the leading formats resource in the international business.

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US media group NBCUniversal and UK public broadcaster the BBC have teamed up to find unscripted shows that can work on both sides of the pond.
The French version of beauty format How to Look Good Naked (Comment être Belle toute nue) is returning to air after a six-year hiatus after new broadcaster TFX ordered the show from Banijay.
An English-language version of Belgian dramedy Team Chocolate is in the works after STXtelevision and Reel One Entertainment acquired format rights from French independent distributor Wild Bunch TV.
Former CBS CEO Joe Ianniello and ex-CBS Interactive boss Marc DeBevoise have launched a special purpose acquisition company called Argus Capital, which will tech-driven media businesses.
Former Shine TV chief Tanya Shaw has replaced Greg Sanderson as MD of Zinc Media Group’s UK factual powerhouse Zinc Television.
US cable drama Ray Donovan is being adapted for the Indian market in a scripted format deal involving Netflix, ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group and local prodco Locomotive Global.
Plimsoll Productions-owned UK distributor Magnify Media has appointed senior executive Anthony Appell as head of sales and coproductions.
The UK's Film & TV Charity has published a host of industry perspectives on anti-racism as it seeks to "catalyse industry-led action" ahead of the launch of a £1m (US$1.4m) Impact Partnership Scheme in early 2022.
Sony Pictures Networks India is taking a majority stake in local conglomerate Zee Entertainment Enterprises, creating a new media giant in the country.
Endeavor Content in the US has acquired global rights to Russian streaming service Start's action drama series Hope and both the original UK version of long-running format Cash in the Attic and its US adaptation.
Nordic Entertainment Group is set to bring its Viaplay streaming service to five new territories, including the UK and Canada, by the end of 2023.
Hasbro-owned producer and distributor eOne has hired the director or production at Fremantle banner Naked to oversee production across its UK non-scripted business.
Cleve Keller and Dave Noll, the creators and producers behind the popular Chopped franchise, have agreed a first-look deal with Canada-based producer and distributor Boat Rocker.
Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav says the blockbuster merger of Discovery and WarnerMedia will create the most “compelling menu of IP” for global consumers, as the merged entity prepares to take on the likes of Disney and Netflix.
Veteran factual producer Johnny Gould, previously chief creative officer at Lionsgate-owned Pilgrim Media Group, has launched his own shingle as a joint venture backed by 3 Ball Entertainment subsidiary 3BMG.
French indie Deeply Superficial has agreed a deal to exclusively represent and produce all scripted and non-scripted formats handled by global distributor Be-Entertainment in France.
Canada’s Distribution360 is moving into format sales after its expansion into scripted content earlier in the year, adding three adult and four kids’ formats on its autumn slate.
Banijay-owned Bunim/Murray Productions has promoted its director of branded entertainment, Morgan Thompson, to VP as it targets partnerships on shows such as The Real World.
African SVoD service Showmax has commissioned the first Nigerian version of NBCUniversal’s format The Real Housewives.
UK prime minster Boris Johnson has appointed Nadine Dorries MP as the latest secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport.
NBCUniversal-owned US streamer Peacock has commissioned a one-off culinary format from Nailed It producer Magical Elves and BuzzFeed Studios, fronted by Snoop Dog and Martha Stewart.
RTS: The director general of the BBC Tim Davie has refuted claims the pubcaster offers poor value for viewers despite the loss of many home-grown stars to global VoD platforms, such as Phoebe Waller Bridge signing a deal with Amazon.
RTS: UK commercial broadcaster ITV is examining different windowing options for its original shows as it invests more in its direct-to-consumer digital offering, according to CEO Carolyn McCall.
RTS: Discussion around the privatisation of commercially funded UK pubcaster Channel 4 should not become “insular and parochial,” according to YouTube UK and Ireland’s managing director Ben McOwen Wilson.
US digital channel True Crime Network (fka Justice Network) has greenlit a local version of factual format Killer, in which a journalist explores domestic murder stories.
US production, finance and management firm The Cartel has hired former Reel One Entertainment executive Lexi Lewis as its director of development.
Fremantle-owned UK prodco Naked has appointed Vice's former MD of international TV, Tamara Howe, as its first director of commercial and operations.
The UK government's culture secretary will set out his support for the privatisation of Channel 4 at the Royal Television Society Convention later today.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's prodco Westbrook Studios, reportedly the subject of an imminent takeover, has appointed former Vice exec Jannat Gargi as senior VP and head of documentaries.
Former ViacomCBS International executives Claire McArdle and Rebecca Knight have joined forces to launch a UK unscripted production company called Collective Media Group.