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  • The digital divide
    While the warning signs have been up around linear TV for over a decade, the extent of the challenge from digital technology split opinion at C21’s FutureMedia conference this week. Andrew Dickens reports.
  • Down on the farm
    Irish pubcaster RTÉ is stepping up its efforts in format development. Andy Fry visited its commercial arm’s Format Farm to find out what’s growing.
  • Fencing clever
    As Off The Fence celebrates two decades in distribution and production, founder Ellen Windemuth tells Clive Whittingham how it is adapting to a rapidly consolidating market.
  • Leap of faith
    Malcolm Bird, an entrepreneur always keen to break new ground, tells Nico Franks why forming a digital start-up in the kids’ sector has been his most difficult task so far.
  • Growing Spain
    Spanish scripted format sales have boomed despite the country’s economic meltdown over recent years. Andrew Dickens finds out why.
  • Call of duty
    A UK series about people living on benefits has ignited a row about docs exploiting ordinary people. So is delivering a ratings winner more important than portraying a show’s subjects fairly?
  • No flash in the pan
    With the US fall season continuing to take shape, American drama and comedy once again rank high on C21’s Hot Properties Playlist this month, writes Jonathan Webdale.
  • Sonar detects upheaval
    The market for drama has seen plenty of change in recent years as cable and SVoD grow in importance, Sonar Entertainment’s Gene Stein tells John Hazelton.
  • Telling tales
    Malaysia’s leading animation players tell Andrew Dickens about the country’s rapidly evolving toon sector and how it is coming to grips with the vital art of storytelling.
  • Acquired tastes
    New research from the US suggests that programmes based on acquired formats are less likely to reach a second season than those that aren’t.
  • Back to the future
    Documentary makers might draw on archives to explore stories from history but some are doing it in futuristic ways, as Clive Whittingham finds out.
  • Full stream ahead
    Following Netflix’s entry into six more European territories this summer, Andrew Dickens assesses its impact on the continent’s television industry.
  • Sink or swim
    Dwarfed by its neighbours in terms of output, unsupported by its own broadcasters and overshadowed by the US, is there any hope for Mexico's TV animation industry?
  • The rush to reboot
    Entertainment buyers have been delving into the archives once again to dust off classic formats from yesteryear. Does this reflect nostalgia or a dearth of new ideas?
  • French lessons
    Factual coproduction may be in decline generally as broadcasters seek more local stories, but there are still opportunities in France if you know where to look.
  • The last barrier
    Stina Honkamaa Bergfors and Malte Andreasson of United Screens argue that media is becoming more international and that focusing on local means a race to zero.
  • No mean feat
    Revenues at Lionsgate TV Group hit new heights last year as appetite for quality drama grew and chairman Kevin Beggs sees no end in sight, as he tells Jonathan Webdale.
  • Reboots are go!
    With the current interest in reviving classic children’s properties showing no signs of abating, is L&M now the horse that’s pulling this cart, asks Andy Fry.
  • Wizards from Oz
    Australian television companies are stepping up their international sales efforts as demand for formats originating down under continues to increase, as Don Groves reports.
  • Missing the hits
    Drama was king last week in Cannes as factual players looked for ways to grow that didn’t include innovative break-out hits. Clive Whittingham reports.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Missing the hits Drama was king last week in Cannes as factual players looked for ways to grow that didn’t include innovative break-out hits. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • Spoilt for choice Last week in Cannes was dominated by talk about subscription VoD and online strategies as new and old media continued their dance along the Croisette, writes Andrew Dickens.
  • Sizing up scripted Drama has been hot for the past few years but at this week's Mipcom it was positively scorching, despite the torrential downpours that drenched some delegates.
  • In short order The popularity of shortform content on mobile and the web wasn't lost on industry executives at MipJunior and Mipcom this week. But what are channels and producers doing to capitalise on the trend? Nico Franks reports.
  • Mipcom: Stay healthy Kristi Sanders, CEO and founder of holistic health blog The Glow Life, tells Mipcom delegates what they need to know to stay healthy this week.
  • Ahead of the game Gameshows have undergone a resurgence in France recently, with DTT channels entering the genre and France 2 developing new programming. Marie-Agnés Bruneau reports.
  • A crafty purchase Minecraft, one of the most popular kids' properties around, won't be on TV anytime soon, despite video being an integral part of its success. Nico Franks reports from BLE in London.
  • Keeping the wolf from the door Todd Lituchy, CEO of London indie New Media Vision, tells Clive Whittingham about the distributor's move into production and its first factual project.
  • Future hits and myths Ancient mythology, murder mystery, black humour, political suspense and period spectacle all get a look-in as Ed Waller picks out the new shows most likely to cause a stir at Mipcom – and finds drama is by far the dominant genre.
  • Scare tactics International buyers could be in for a shock at Mipcom next week if the producers of a new BBC drama have their way. Nico Franks reports.