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Is climate change the greatest story of our time? standard

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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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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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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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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Telly – Aviv!! image

This week we were lucky enough to attend the very first Tel Aviv TV Formats conference. The event was put on by Israel’s Import and Export Ministry in consultation with Israel’s international players in the TV Market, Keshet, Armoza and Dori, and domestic TV companies, Gil Fomats, Yes! and Reshet. The conference attracted broadcasters and distributors from all over the world, with delegates from India, Turkey, Denmark, Netherlands, Korea, Africa, US, UK, France. Its popularity shouldn’t be surprising – the destination is beautiful, the food is delicious, and the weather is great, but most importantly Israel’s track record in scripted and unscripted TV is pretty phenomenal, even to the most jaded TV doyenne, and totally disproportionate to the size of the ...

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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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