A UK PR in Paris… standard

Last month we ventured to Paris for Series Mania – the co-production event for scripted producers, and it was buzzing. Now in its eighth year, Series Mania is less about selling TV and more about celebrating the creative talent off-screen and nurturing co-production relationships. Co-producing with partners that can add real value has become more important to a show’s success. Gone are the days where you would receive a healthy commission from a broadcaster to make a show and a good advance from your distributor, plus additional amounts of income from sales. Although having a broadcaster on-board remains somewhat critical, a production may also need co-pro partners that bring something in addition to finance to the table. It could be ...

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MIPTV: The Future of Kids TV standard

According to Reed Midem, 10,500 delegates descended to the Croisette in Cannes last week for MIPTV. It was definitely much quieter than recent years, but apparently, there were 800 new buyers in town. This begs the question – is it worth attending MIPTV anymore? Perhaps for indies, not so much, especially if you have a distributor on board. MIPCOM is by far the busiest market out of the two, and the “must attend” event, but with that said, there were a number of interesting takeaways from MIPTV 2017… One of the most informative sessions of the market took place on Tuesday morning. It focused on the future of kids TV and the first half of the session saw Michael Shore, ...

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INspiring, INforming, INTV 2017 standard

There are more events in the media & TV industry than you can shake a stick at, and they seem to be multiplying with ‘Must See’ events popping up all over the shop. Now, I love getting out from behind my desk and meeting people IRL so I’m all for attending as many as possible – but how many are really compelling? Last week, I was lucky enough to go to the INTV conference held in Jerusalem. The event, created by Keshet International, focuses on innovation in TV and is far and away my favourite. Admittedly, it’s the only event I go to where the location is not only warm and sunny (big advantage when coming from UK at the ...

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So You Want to Make a Successful Panel Show? standard

Last night the Franklin Rae team took a trip down to The Hospital Club for the very first Turn On, Tune In event of the year, with some of the industry’s most respected programme makers. We were treated to a talk from panel show producer Matt Nida, whose production credits include Big Fat Quiz of the Year, 8 out of 10 Cats and Would I Lie To You. Over the course of the evening, Matt let us in on a few secrets and tips on the tricky art of making a panel show – here’s what we learnt…   It’s point-less In most successful panel shows the points system doesn’t really mean anything at all! Instead, the competitive element of ...

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BETT 2017: How to Stand Out at a Crowded Market standard

There was a true depth of innovation on display at this year’s BETT exhibition, which took place last week, demonstrating that the international edtech industry is very much alive as ever. As we spent a few days exploring the aisles of the ExCel among the industry’s elite, it was hard to ignore the pull of all the gadgets and gizmos promising the next wave of education. It’s safe to say Virtual Reality for classrooms was the technology of the moment, with the crowds fighting it out to test run Microsoft’s game-changing Hololens. And thanks to Raspberry Pi’s legacy, coding in schools continues to be the initiative on everyone’s mind. But the one thing the edtech community agrees on is that gaming ...

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Specialist Factual in an Era of Alternative Fact standard

Last week we attended a breakfast event at BAFTA with a number of the specialist factual commissioners from the BBC, Sky, Nat Geo and Channel 4. Despite an early start the David Lean room was full capacity, with filmmakers and production company’s all looking for insight into the latest trends and what’s on the commissioners radars. A key take away across the panel was ‘authenticity of experience’, something which in an era of ‘alternative fact’ and ‘fake news’ Tom McDonald, Head Of Specialist Factual commissioning for the BBC, said is imperative. Authentic portrayal is something specialist factual programming must provide. Conversation also touched on the ever changing digital world and what this would mean for the genre. Many on the ...

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Frankly Speaking On The Edge….of an amazing 2017 standard

Franklin Rae PR and Edge Investments held their first joint event of the year today. The breakfast round-table, co-hosted by Franklin Rae MD Sophie Naylor and Edge’s Investment Manager Joanna Smith, brought together a range of premium drama indies to debate the growth opportunities and challenges facing scripted indies in 2017. Despite the early start, and possibly fuelled by coffee and breakfast, the discussions were intelligent and insightful; hot topics were the proliferation of international co-productions, the drama commissioning hiatus, the new platforms commissioning and funding process, the best time in a company’s life cycle to take investment, both the benefits and disadvantages of taking investment – the consensus seemed to be that it all depends on the investment partner, ...

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FR Favourite TV Moments 2016 standard

 It’s coming to the end of the year, and it’s been an odd one but it’s almost time to say goodbye to 2016, and hello to a bright, shiny new 2017. The end of the year gives us a chance to reflect on our very best TV moments of 2016, and the team at FR Towers have chosen theirs: 2016 was pretty incredible in terms of British Drama*: Epic glossies like The Night Manager, Victoria, Game of Thrones – Battle of the Bastards and War & Peace were swoon-worthy for many of the FR team, some of whom were particularly impressed with the opening titles. *obligatory nod to foreign co-pro partners. Other homegrown British Dramas that were more gritty than ...

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MIPCOM 2016 – A Bientot Cannes! standard

Franklin Rae has recently returned from MIPCOM, the international market for TV programmes held in sunny Cannes, and what a great market it was.  Arigatou Gozaimasu (Thank You Very Much) to  Japan which held the position of Country of Honour, they piqued our interest and opened our eyes to the array of content and formats it produces. In general though the market was balanced, it seemed to be more international and less dominated by the big US or UK producers and distributors – just as an international market should be. MIP Junior had a record attendance of 1600, there was a greater focus on original factual content for kids, than there has been in previous years – that’s not to ...

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Hajimemashte! standard

We are terribly excited here in Percy Street as we are getting ready to attend MIPCOM and MIP Junior in Cannes which kicks off next weekend, 15th October. This year’s host nation is Japan whom we welcome and thank for their support. MIPCOM is the industry market for TV & online content where we – along with quite a few others – make new friends; enjoy lots of screenings; create new partnerships and close new deals.

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