Commissioning chats

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Podcast: Sara Gibbings, Troy TV

Commissioning Conversations podcast returns, speaking to international producer Sara Gibbings about navigating 2020

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Podcast: Denise Seneviratne, Channel 5

C5 commissioning editor reveals her commissioning wish-list and talks ‘no diversity, no commission’


Podcast: Philippa Collie Cousins, UKTV

Drama commissioner discusses the benefits of commissioning in lockdown


Podcast: Victoria Noble, Discovery

Discovery’s VP of original content for factual outlines commissioning needs for “noisy factual shows”

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Podcast: S4C’s Amanda Rees on Covid-19 and co-pros

Director of content is keen to build stronger partnerships with the production community

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Podcast: Edgar-Jones on Sky Arts’ ambitions

Channel director sets out commissioning plans following free-to-air move

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Podcast: Food Network’s Courtney White shakes up the schedule

President of Discovery’s food channel tells Hannah Bowler she is taking the network in a new direction

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Podcast: Red Planet on filming and pitching suspension

Alex Jones and Tim Key about the challenges of missing a crucial annual weather slot to film Death in Paradise

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Studio Something on landing a BBC show

Creative director Jordan Laird on how the acclaimed BBC Scotland series A View from the Terrace came to be

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Podcast: UKTV’s Pete Thornton talks scripted strategy

Drama and comedy commissioner tells Alice Redman what he is looking for during lockdown and what will alter post-pandemic


Podcast: Discovery’s Scott Lewers on cross platform scheduling

Speaking to Hannah Bowler, Scott Lewers unpacks his remit at Discovery Channel, Science and Animal Planet


Podcast: Fatima Salaria on life in lockdown

The head of specialist factual shares her outlook on lockdown, production and commissioning

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Podcast: Element on adapting Normal People

“The BBC basically said: ’if you get the book, the show is greenlit’”


Podcast: UKTV’s Richard Watsham reveals his commissioning wish list

Ahead of his Edinburgh TV Festival virtual Meet The Controller session, Richard Watsham discusses the priorities for UKTV


Podcast: A+E Networks UK’s Diana Carter requests respite content

Commissioning editor is still greenlighting in broadcaster’s core genres, eyeing content allowing audiences to escape from coronavirus commentary


Podcast: Rick Murray reveals why Quibi commissioned Elba V Block

Workerbee’s managing director discusses the pitch process through to delivery

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Podcast: ITV’s Joe Mace eyes escapist entertainment

“We want to keep our schedule as escapist as possible for as long as possible”

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Podcast: Smithsonian’s David Royle on adapting to Covid-19

Programming chief is working with several UK producers on Coronavirus-themed shows using innovative techniques