Leigh TurnbullChange. To make something different. We’re told that people don’t like change, can’t handle change, and there’s even a whole industry dedicated to ‘change management’. Yet, change is the thing that keeps us all moving forward and makes life interesting.

We’ve had some internal change here recently as we welcomed The Media Foundry into the Franklin Rae family. It’s been fantastic to work with our new colleagues, share practices, and learn from one another. As a result we’ll all see the benefits, different perspectives and fancy new coffee machine that change can bring. Both teams work together across the content and creative industries, as the lines blur between producers, agencies and brands, and we’re excited to grow our offering and continue the evolution of Franklin Rae.

In the TV industry we are also hearing a lot about change at the moment. The need for it, the evidence of progress, the lack of it and so on. We were up at Edinburgh TV Festival last month and it was one of the hottest topics. Michaela Coel made an impact with her MacTaggart lecture, sharing her own experience of being a young woman in the industry, fighting for her place and learning that being included isn’t as straightforward as it should be.

“I’m going to try to be my best; to be transparent; and to play whatever part I can, to help fix this house. What part will you play?” – Michaela Coel

Equally, conversation swirled around the Channel 4 move and the impact it will have on local producers. Most were keen to cheer it on as a definite opportunity for producers outside of London to have direct access to commissioners and in turn have commissioners who were locals – know the local industry and who the key players are. This optimism was tempered with a belief that these offices would need to have autonomy, decision making power and budgets, but in general the nations and regions are welcoming the change.

The content sector has been changing rapidly over the last few years with new players entering the arena. This has led to viewers being treated to some of the best television in years. It feels as though there have been a handful of ‘golden ages’ of television in recent times, but we are being treated to a 24 carat one at the moment.  As a lover of great television, long may it continue.

By Leigh Turnbull, Managing Director, Franklin Rae