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How is the coproduction landscape in Canada changing?

C21 Media investigate whether it's the 'end of the rainbow' for coproduction treaties and funds in Canada. [no_blockquote text="You need to put aside 25% of the money you receive to cope with all the extra costs coproduction can bring – so it's not cheap. For companies doing it for the first time it's worth spending that money on somebody legally qualified because it's incredibly complicated. You have people getting excited about coproduction because they think they're doubling their money for nothing. In fact, you're halving your...

SundanceTV allies with Drive

We're pleased to announce that Drive will be identifying international scripted drama projects for US cable channel SundanceTV.AMC Networks-owned Sundance has put Drive on a retainer after we successfully brokered a coproduction between Sundance, BBC Worldwide and BBC Two for upcoming miniseries One Child.The Sundance deal represents both our first drama and channel retainer. [no_blockquote text="The aim is we are retained by Sundance to help them find the next drama that they will internationally coproduce. We're their eyes and ears on the ground in the UK." text_color="" title_tag="h4" width=""...

Drive broker deal for new BBC2 Guy Hibbert drama

Drive have brokered a deal with BBC Worldwide North America for a new BBC2 drama about a Chinese woman struggling to find her identity after being adopted by Anglo/American parents.The drama is being scripted by Complicit writer Guy Hibbert. It will be co-produced by BBC in-house and Sundance TV. Harry Potter actress Katie Leung will play the lead character, Mei.Read more on Broadcast...

Driving change – C21 Media introduces Drive

Drive's Lilla Hurst and Ben Barrett tell C21 Media about Drive, our new coproduction and finance firm for factual producers and broadcasters.Times have been tough for broadcasters, which has in turn squeezed budgets for producers – particularly in factual. But the silver lining in the cloud has been a change in the way the documentary industry operates. Broadcasters have become much more open to coproducing content internationally, meaning they can get a high-quality programme without stumping up the full budget themselves.We're the new ‘fixers’ who work...

New coproduction makes headlines about JFK assassination

This November marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. For television executives, it's both a major programming opportunity and a potential headache. The difficulty is finding something that not only stands out from what rivals are airing but is also different from anything seen over the past 50 years.JFK: The Smoking Gun may have cracked it. The doc combines cinematic recreations with the work of Australian police detective Colin McLaren, who has conducted a cold case review of the shooting, drawing inspiration fromBonar...