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The C21Pro 2018 Global Drama Trends Report


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International TV drama continues to go from strength to strength with no sign of ‘peak TV’ on the horizon and audiences’ appetite for bigger, bolder projects only growing.

The C21Pro 2018 Global Drama Trends Report takes an in-depth look at the latest trends shaping the industry, the countries making the most exciting contributions to the genre and the continued impact of global SVoD.

The study also explores how, in an increasingly competitive environment, development strategies are shifting, new finance models are emerging and distributors are having to reposition themselves.

Produced in association with C21 sister title Drama Quarterly, the Global Drama Trends Report examines these issues and others top of mind for those at the forefront of the international TV business this year and beyond.

The 21 chapters will be published here over the coming weeks along with exclusive video of panels held during C21's latest International Drama Summit.

Report chapters:

Notes on brotherhood
Writers and showrunners Harry and Jack Williams on how they crafted hit shows from The Missing, through Fleabag to Liar and Rellik.
Wiring Electric Dreams
The driving forces behind Channel 4’s Philip K Dick anthology series Electric Dreams explain how the project was delivered.
Boxing clever
Channel 4's Beth Willis explains how the UK pubcaster is adapting to a world in which SVoD behemoths are both partners and rivals.
Connecting cable
US cable networks are coming under increasing pressure from OTT and are adapting their development strategies accordingly.
Virtually scripted
Virtual reality offers scope for entirely new forms of storytelling, putting the viewer at the heart of the narrative.
Hard Sun rises
Luther creator Neil Cross shares the story of new BBC1 drama Hard Sun, along with stars Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn.
Route review
With more international drama outlets than ever before, producers face tough decisions about how they use distributors, if at all. And the latter are adapting.
Family business
The inside story of BBC-AMC copro McMafia, created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins and based on Misha Glenny's book of the same name.
Wenger weighs in
As big-budget BBC thriller McMafia makes waves, drama chief Piers Wenger explains why the days of SVoD copros aren’t over.
Netflix streams ahead
With US$8bn to spend on content but stiff competition looming, Netflix is set for an intriguing 2018, admits originals chief Elizabeth Bradley.
Short gets bigger
Mobile video has exploded due to smartphones, telco investment, social media and new SVoD firms, prompting a resurgence in shortform drama.
Distributed systems
As the drama bubble continues to grow, the cost of picking up, developing and selling series is becoming ever greater for traditional TV distributors.
Next-gen scripting
AwesomenessTV, Defy Media and Gunpowder & Sky discuss how they are capitalising on young people's passion for mobile viewing.
Working windows
SVoD is revolutionising the industry and while viewers have more choice than ever before, the industry is being forced to rethink the way it does business.
Drama nation
The small screen has become the big player as the TV business takes over from movies, throwing up both challenges and opportunities.
The C21Pro 2018 Global Drama Trends Report
Report date: January 2018

Report price: £299.00

Report editor: Jonathan Webdale