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  • Amazon exploration
    Amazon Studios, currently preparing a new batch of pilots with big-name European producers attached, is building up a library of original kids’ content. Nico Franks reports.
  • In touch with reality
    Reality television pioneer John de Mol is looking to breathe new life into the genre with his twist on the social experiment. John Hazelton reports.
  • Centre stage
    International producers are flocking to the UK to shoot big-budget projects thanks to new tax breaks. But how is this impacting the country’s studios? Andrew Dickens reports.
  • Buying into social selling
    Entertainment retail has long been ripe for reinvention and now the studios are finally stepping up and having a go, says Gideon Lask, CEO and Founder of Buyapowa.
  • Jam today
    As more digital players than ever get set to attend Cartoon Forum in France next month, John Rice of Irish animation studio Jam Media gives his views on increasing revenues from VoD and app development.
  • The History girl
    Rachel Job, channel editor for History & H2 at A+E Networks UK, outlines her commissioning and acquisition strategy and budgets to Clive Whittingham.
  • Reasons to be cheerful
    Thomas Meyer-Hermann, founder of Stuttgart animation studio Film Bilder, discusses how changes in German TV have affected his business, including an increase in VoD players coming on to the scene.
  • Room with a view
    Alla Salehian, founder and CEO of London-based news content business TIMA, talks to Clive Whittingham about his plans to move into long-form content and develop broadcast technology with military contractors.
  • Netflix's next steps
    Paolo Pescatore, director of apps and media at CCS Insight, argues that Netflix is certainly well positioned to be a VoD leader on the global stage but faces some challenges.
  • A taste of Italy
    Italian animation veterans Pietro Campedelli, of Studio Campedelli, and Francesco Testa, of Làstrego & Testa Multimedia, explain how they're adapting to the changes being wrought by digital.
  • End of the rainbow?
    Canada is known for its coproduction treaties and funds, but what hoops do you have to jump through to get hold of the cash? Clive Whittingham asks the experts.
  • State of Alaska
    Ian Lamarra, co-founder of UK factual indie Alaska TV, tells Clive Whittingham about US expansion, moaning producers and what he sees as a "threat to the lifeblood of the industry."
  • Digital catches fire
    Hit Entertainment's milestone partnership with online retailer Amazon to bring Fireman Sam to a new generation of viewers could soon become the norm. Nico Franks reports.
  • Poles apart
    The Polish television industry has grown to epic proportions over the past few years. But what does this mean for players in that market? Andrew Dickens reports.
  • Making factual funny
    Celia Taylor, head of factual commissioning at UK satcaster BSkyB, outlines her programming needs, reveals the shows she most admires and reflects on Sky's hold on the 'funny factual' genre.
  • Multi-channel universe
    Base79 is the latest in a string of YouTube channel operators to be snapped up, following Disney’s acquisition of Maker Studios, as consolidation in the sector continues. Jonathan Webdale reports.
  • Licensing renewal
    The world of licensing is changing fast, thanks to connected devices, 3D printing and apps. So what do you need to know? Nico Franks reports.
  • Global vision
    Dick Clark Productions is almost 60 years old but a development earlier this year is set to give the US firm a new lease of life. Richard Middleton reports.
  • Live and direct
    Factual channels have pulled in record ratings with live events, thanks to escapades such as Felix Baumgartner’s space jump. But where can the genre go next, asks Clive Whittingham.
  • On-demand decade
    Andy Taylor, co-founder and CEO of Little Dot Studios and former digital chief at All3Media and Channel 4, gives his view of the changing face of media.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Bible studies With production bibles a key deliverable in the format industry, Justin Scroggie and Michel Rodrigue of The Format People argue that buyers should demand more.
  • A call to live-action CMC: Having seen an incentive-led revival in animation, UK producers are now pushing for a tax break for live-action kids’ programmes. Nico Franks reports.
  • Passionate about docs Catherine Olsen, executive producer of documentaries at Canadian pubcaster CBC, tells Clive Whittingham about her long-running international doc strand The Passionate Eye.
  • A whole new affair CEE broadcasters are changing how they buy from Latin American telenovela distributors. Richard Middleton looks at the new relationship.
  • State of turmoil Ukraine’s television business has not escaped the repercussions of months of political upheaval and violence in the country. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • In the driving seat Lilla Hurst and Ben Barrett update Clive Whittingham about the progress of their UK deficit finance and coproduction operation, dubbed Drive, a year after its launch.
  • Tax inspection With the UK’s animation sector bouncing back thanks to a new tax break for toons, the country’s producers of children’s live-action are now banging the drum for one of their own. Nico Franks reports.
  • Talent feels VoD vibe Television’s creative cream is rising thanks to online platforms’ demand for exclusive content, says David Housham.
  • What int’l buyers want In the second part of C21’s Sheffield Doc/Fest round-up, Clive Whittingham reports on the programming needs of the international networks that were at the event.
  • Gracepoint well taken Shine America's remake of critically acclaimed and Bafta-winning ITV drama Broadchurch looks set to take all kinds of different twists and turns to the original. Nico Franks reports.