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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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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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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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The Intent: Championing Independent Filmmaking standard

It’s no mean feat to get an independent film made and released in cinemas. It’s hard work. Especially when you don’t have a five-figure budget and the only films that seem to really “make it” are the big budget, star-studded Hollywood blockbusters. This is why we came on board to launch new UK crime thriller, The Intent. Our job wasn’t just to help sell out cinema screens. We needed to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of independent film, and the work that goes into bringing topical stories and issues to the public via the big screen. Written, produced and directed by two, very talented filmmakers Femi Oyeniran and Nicky ‘Slimting’ Walker, The Intent tells a true and chilling story ...

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Frankly Speaking: Challenging the lack of diversity on and off screen in the UK standard

This week we are launching our Frankly Speaking series – a collaborative forum, which will address some of the most topical issues, trends and developments in the creative industries. The inaugural Frankly Speaking session will be a roundtable on the topic of diversity and will take place this Thursday in association with our partners MeWe – a charitable organisation focused on providing funding, mentoring, networking opportunities and central London hub space for creatives and entrepreneurs from BAME communities. The topic of diversity has rocked the media industry over the past two years. With Lenny Henry launching his lobbying campaign at Ed Vaizey to back TV diversity and change the law on ethnic minority workers, and the #OscarsSoWhite boycott, there has ...

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SUPER BOWL: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE ADS image

For me, and I’m sure a lot of people in the media and content industry, the Super Bowl has nothing to do with football – or as I call it Rugby with 80s shoulder pads. Quite the opposite actually, it’s all about the ads, or what my US readers would refer to as commercials. Similarly to all the commotion at Christmas, where we wait to see what the brands can come up with. The Super Bowl is even better as brands endeavour to be extremely clever with the theme. This year an advertising slot for the Super Bowl reached the epic cost of five million dollars per 30 seconds. You can only imagine the pressure in creative brainstorms to come ...

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