Producers and distributors: we need to talk

Richard Life, head of acquisitions & coproductions, ITV Studios Global Entertainment The holy grail of our business will always be that gem of a programme which sells…everywhere. But whilst that one consistent remains true everything else is changing. In the UK alone there are over 30 distributors but the number of producers who remain independent […]

History with a twist

David McNab, creative director for Wide-Eyed Entertainment on bringing an interesting twist to history programming. For factual TV producers, history surely offers more creative possibilities than any other genre. There are many ways to tell a story from the past – from reality or “living” history through to Ridley Scott epics, on a micro budget […]

Time for a teen takeover at BBC Three?

The news that BBC Three boss Danny Cohen has been promoted to controller of UK public broadcaster the BBC’s flagship channel BBC One comes as no surprise; despite BBC Vision boss Jana Bennett’s recent assertions that Cohen would continue to run the youth-skewing network, it was obvious to most that he was being primed for […]

A coproduction conundrum

Genevieve Dexter, commercial director, CAKE Entertainment One of the hot topics currently in the UK is the need for increased funding to sustain the UK children’s content production industry. Bringing the production back to the UK is not helped by producers groups that specialise in children’s television programmes lobbying for, what is ultimately, self interest. […]

DCD Media CEO David Green on the reality of reality programming in the US

My favourite 90’s trade ad, for the legendary Sunset Marquis hotel in Los Angeles, read: ‘Our hotel is so Hollywood that the pool is shallow at both ends’. Specifically targeted at the bi-annual Cannes TV market, it cleverly played into the international perception of a parade of endless crass and downmarket TV and film products […]

TV should get on board with the pirates…

says The Pirate’s Dilemma author Matt Mason “Well, if you’re wondering what happened… so am I,” exclaimed flustered sports reporter Dan Roan on WGN-TV on November 22, 1987, after a TV pirate dressed as 80s TV icon Max Headroom hijacked the station’s signal. The pirate’s silent transmission jammed the nightly news for twenty seconds, which […]

‘Presenting’ natural history…

Natural history films are notoriously expensive to make. Sending a film crew half way around the world, normally with specialist kit like underwater cameras, infra red lights, camera traps, high access equipment and boxes of anti venom, to sit for weeks in a hide, or to bob on a boat waiting to document some uncooperative […]

Convergence is your friend…

… says Ari Iso-Rautio, vice president, TME Consulting Practice, Capgemini In the telecoms, media and entertainment (TME) industries, the immediate and painful impact of the global economic downturn overlay a story of long-term relative decline. Research by Capgemini’s Strategy Lab shows that in the last decade the proportion of household income spent on TME reduced […]

Online kids content – the numbers don’t add up

It could be said that ‘online’ doesn’t quite fit the ‘new’ media tag any longer, such is its established place in development, production and rights management. It’s been a buzz word, an innovation, and now is a top priority for broadcasters, right up there in terms of key content. In today’s technology-aware times, it’s easy […]

Convergence Nirvana

The way we are consuming video content is changing, says Andy Rogers, MD etv online… This year we are reaching the convergence ‘nirvana’ and for those of us who have been involved in the digital revolution for the last 10 years or so this cannot come too soon. The acid test for all uptake of […]