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As Donald Trump looks to engineer the world in his own image and turn the planet orange, Sheffield Doc/Fest hosted the panel “Climate Change: The Greatest Story of Our Time?”. The session explored the challenges of telling the story of climate change on screen. The panel consisted of leading figures from across the factual industry, including Arrow Media’s Ash Potterton (Man Made Planet: Earth From Space, C4), Director Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Coral, Netflix), Director Julia Dahr (Thank You For The Rain), Prof Joe Smith (Open University) and Keo Film’s Will Anderson (Hugh’s War on Waste, BBC) and Sky Entertainment’s Celia Taylor. The poisoned chalice TV remains one of the most influential and readily accessible mediums for the public to learn about the ...

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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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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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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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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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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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*Click here to read the article in full on PR Moments* Ten minutes with Sophie Naylor, MD of agency Franklin Rae PR We grab ten minutes with Sophie Naylor, managing director of agency Franklin Rae PR, to ask her about her life, loves and how on earth she got into PR in the first place. Plus, Naylor offers some top tips for anyone hoping to move onwards and upwards in the industry. What did you want to be when you were a teenager?  “I desperately wanted to be an air hostess called Linda, to my seven-year-old self that was the epitome of glamour. My teenage self went through so many phases of dream careers: an international spy; a heroic ER ...

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Weeks ago I was tasked with writing the next blog for the FR website and in my great wisdom; I decided that the perfect topic would be about attending the biggest TV market of the year: MIPCOM. Having wisely told absolutely EVERYONE I know that this was to be my first market, it was quite clear (thanks to MIP GOD himself, Julian Newby, announcing loudly to room full of strangers) that I was a MIP Virgin. Going to MIP felt like I was a lamb being led towards a group of hungry mutant wolves – simply terrifying.

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