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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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Servant of the People, the comedy series that helped to launch the political career of its creator and now Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, is being remade in Poland by free-to-air network Polsat.
The number of SVoD subscriptions in Africa will triple by 2027, according to UK analysis firm Digital TV Research.
Canadian pay-TV channel VisionTV has ordered a new factual format called Bake & Makeup from Toronto-based prodco Go Button Media.
Netflix is rebooting Belgian reality competition format De Mol (The Mole), with a new version set to launch worldwide on the streamer later this year following a deal with Primitives.
Stephan Schäfer is leaving his role as co-CEO of German media company RTL Deutschland as part of a management reshuffle after less than a year in the post.
Amazon has rejigged the management team at its AVoD service Freevee, with Lauren Anderson and Ryan Pirozzi and getting new roles.
Amazon’s Prime Video has given a series order to Dr Seuss Baking Challenge, a baking competition format originally announced earlier this year.
Indian streaming platform ZEE5 is set to launch a local remake of Korean drama series Flower of Evil this week.
Digital creator, actor, author and entertainment personality Joe Sugg is launching a new unscripted production company with backing from BBC Studios.
Hearst Media Production Group has appointed media sales and marketing veteran Maria Thrasher as business partnerships and development executive.
LA-based unscripted producer White Label Production has named former MGM exec Stephanie Wagner as senior VP and head of production and appointed former Netflix and All3Media America exec Katie Judkins as director of production.
Former Tuesday’s Child and Possessed executive Simon Crossley has been named as the permanent head of development at Banijay UK label Remarkable Entertainment.
Shona Fraser is set to take charge of Banijay Germany label Good Times, with founder Sylvia Fahrenkrog-Petersen leaving the company.
AXN Asia is preparing a cooking show fronted by actor and celebrity restaurateur Matteo Guidicelli and filmed in the biggest IKEA store in the world.
LA-based trade association DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group has appointed a new board led by Paramount Global’s chief content licensing officer Dan Cohen.
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.
The Viaplay Group has commissioned The Journey – 15 Days in Nepal, an adventure format originally created by Banijay label Mastiff TV Denmark.
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.
Skai TV in Greece has become the latest international broadcaster to commission a local version of ITV Studios’ format Love Island.
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.
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.
Ryan Reynolds’ Maximum Effort Productions has signed a first-look deal for unscripted series with live sports streaming platform FuboTV.
German free-to-air channel Sat.1 is gearing up to launch a local adaptation of an Italian format in which celebrities go back to school and take exams.
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.
Format distribution veteran Jeff Goldman is shopping finished programming and developing new lifestyle content via his fledgling independent consultancy Octopean Media.
Global streamer Amazon Prime Video has launched a local version of its service in Nigeria, with two Nigerian originals forming part of the content line-up.
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.