CREATIVE SKILLSET COMMISSIONS NEW FORMAT CONFERENCE!
We are delighted to announce that we have been asked to produce and deliver a new, one day conference on the art of creating television formats.
The event will take place on THURDSAY NOVEMBER 30th at The Royal Festival Hall. FORMAT 24-17 will feature key sppeches and presentations by Commissioners, Executives and Format Creators. It's an event not to be missed by anyone who is involved in format development or who would like to create shows for the television and online market.
FROM BROADCAST MAGAZINE:
GALVANISING A NEW GENERATION
The industry needs to be bold and inspire up-and-coming creatives to deliver innovative ideas if we’re to continue finding those next big hits, say Mark Robson and Graham Smith.
For anyone working in format creation, whether development producers, creative heads or eager distributors, these are interesting times.
We’re thought by some to be in crisis. The lack of any new breakout hit on Saturday night in the UK continues, and sustaining hits have not emerged at the major markets. Rising Star, anyone?
And yet we’re also supposed to be on the cusp of a new golden era – a time when non-linear platforms and new channels offer countless opportunities for fresh content.
The pursuit of the holy grail of the repeatable format remains as strong as ever, but we must galvanise a new generation of TV creatives to tackle these challenges. We must refresh traditional TV and feed the demanding content pipelines with genuinely innovative ideas.
At Grand Scheme, we work with a lot of newbies: graduates, junior development people and production personnel. They are all bursting with ideas. They’re smart, know their TV, can absorb a brief and quickly turn around really effective solutions. But the challenge is how we integrate this new blood, and trust their intuition and ideas.
Channels are definitely testing the waters with new shows – the steady flow of quiz formats in daytime is evidence of this – and we know the demand from channels and platforms is pressing.
But are we moving fast enough? How do we supercharge the UK format industry, support innovation and enjoy the resulting growth in international sales? Clearly, the biggest issue is finding the next Saturday night hit, a format that can follow in the wake of long-running super-shows like Strictly, The X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent.
The Voice has enjoyed some qualified success, but such is the arid landscape of Saturday night that ITV is bringing back Dancing On Ice. Similarly, in fact ent, the resilience of a great show like Don’t Tell The Bride, which has journeyed from BBC3 to BBC1, Sky 1 and now E4, suggests that there aren’t enough great new ideas getting to the screen.
Reach for the stars
A Saturday night format hit is the zenith of TV success – and our message to the brand new kids on the block is to aim high. The massed ranks of the UK’s fi nest have failed to crack it, so the doors are wide open.
We also believe that there is too much of a temptation, particularly on channels further down the EPG, to ape successful terrestrial formats and create copycat schedules. This can be disappointing for viewers – the shows are rarely as good as the originals – and ultimately fruitless because they do not make the channel distinctive.
If commissioners go bold, success can follow – it’s a risk, but the triumph of Taskmaster on Dave shows that it can be done.
Incidentally, we have now heard at least half a dozen comments from other channels that they “want a show like Taskmaster”. Please, no. Develop shows that are unique and not like Taskmaster.
On 30 November, we’re staging the 24-17 Formats conference in London, where we will tackle issues like these. Tickets for the day are just £100 and include lunch and are available here.
Some of the UK’s most successful format developers, managers and sales talents will get together to create a conference for anyone interested in developing ideas for the screen. With speakers including industry heavyweights Kate Phillips, David Young, Danielle Lux, Claudia Rosencrantz, Rob Clark, Karen Smith and Sarah Edwards, it’s a conference that we want the development sector to feel is theirs. It’s a chance for UK creatives to gather and exchange ideas, theories and frustrations.
We will look at the new platforms and old hits, and hear about ways both can inspire creativity. We’ll meet people who have created the hits and the talents that take those hits to market.
It promises to be a new, exciting and uniquely British forum for the TV industry. We very much hope you will join us.
INSURRECTION TEAMS WITH GRAND SCHEME!
LA-based production outfit Insurrection Media has linked up with three producers from UK firm Grand Scheme Media to develop and produce dramas for European networks and streamers.
Kiliaen Van Rensselaer
Former BBC and Channel 4 exec Graham Smith, ex-ITV producer Mark Robson and former Chrysalis Television CEO Tony Orsten will all join Insurrection’s development efforts. Ex-Village Roadshow exec Jordanna Fraiberg, who is now head of development at Insurrection, will oversee the UK division alongside the company’s general counsel and head of production Deborah Henderson, who previously worked at Zodiak Americas.
Insurrection was launched by former Fox exec Kiliaen Van Rensselaer in 2015 and in the same year struck a multi-year production partnership with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and David Alpert of Skybound Entertainment. Its pilot slate includes a coproduction with Keshet Studios based on novel trilogy The Dead Girls Detective Agency from HarperCollins, with which the prodco has a strategic relationship that gives it rights to selected sci-fi, drama and comedy novels for TV.
Charlie Redmayne, CEO at HarperCollins UK, said he wanted “to build on the US collaboration between Insurrection and HarperCollins by jointly identifying and developing key UK imprints into compelling television shows.” He added: “I’ve been impressed with Kiliaen’s vision of a faster pace and a more agile approach to TV development and look forward to launching hits based on our authors’ exceptional stories.”
Insurrection is also behind comedy Drive Share, produced for Verizon’s mobile-first on demand service Go90.
CREATIVE SKILLSET & THE HIGH END TV LEVY - IRISH WRITING EVENT
THE BELFAST COMEDY WRITING EVENT culminated with a live read of six scripts at the 2016 BELFAST MEDIA FESTIVAL. From over fifty entrants, the final six scripts were edited and rehearsed before being performed in front of delegates at the festival. Some of those works have now gone into development.