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series, events, stunts for 9pm and 8pm.
Looking for big 9pm ideas… entertainment shows with factual purpose
They need to have scale and ambition
Open to any shape… strips, one off stunts, events etc.
All ideas need to feel broad, relatable and universal
And they all need to be entertaining with factual content delivered by stealth
Easyjet, Call the cleaners, Ibiza Weekender, Dress To Impress, Heathrow, Sugar Free Farm, The Cruise
big, ambitious returnable formats
n/a (I’ve only just started). But previous credits include Head of TV, UK Syco Entertainment
brilliant ideas for popular series that say something new about the present; new and diverse talent; standout singles
I haven’t got my own commissions yet – but have overseen Pop, Pride and Prejudice; When Football Banned Women
Daytime and Early Peak.
A multi-genre portfolio including factual, factual entertainment, current affairs, entertainment and drama.
Stripped series for the following:
BBC One Mornings
Distinctive, high impact formats and current affairs series. Could be event-led, live or topical or higher volume that could become returners.
BBC One afternoons
Factual Entertainment formats and quizzes that can sustain high volume. Escapist, fun, good company but also distinctive.
BBC Two Early Peak
A small opportunity for new high volume factual entertainment series in the 6-7pm slot. High quality programmes that have a clear point of difference from current returners in this slot. Ideas that could transition into later peak.
Rip Off Britain
Food: Truth or Scare and Health: Truth or Scare
Sister Rita to the Rescue
Operation Meet the Street/Operation People Power/Operation Hospital Food
BBC One Afternoons
The Farmers’ Country Showdown
James Martin’s Home Comforts
The Repair Shop
The One Show
MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef and MasterChef the Professionals
After more than 20 years as a producer in the indie sector, Barbara joined Sky five years ago as a Commissioning Editor working in Entertainment and Arts.
She worked with a variety of indies such as Hatrick, Tiger Aspect, Whizzkid and CPL she specialised in studio entertainment, comedy and factual programmes for all terrestrial broadcasters.
In her role as Commissioner, Barbara looks after A League of Their Own, ALOTO Roadtrip and new series Carmageddon for Sky 1. She commissions a lot of music content for Sky Arts including Brian Johnson’s A Life on The Road, Tony Visconti’s Unsigned Heroes and the documentary series Rock and Roll.
Barbara is looking to meet
Inspiring and imaginative entertainment and fact-ent producers, with original, multi-part series, formats and ideas.
Brief for delegates
At Sky 1 (our premier entertainment channel ) it’s about entertainment and factual entertainment formats of scale, with a unique and captivating central premise. As a subscription channel, our shows need to feel distinctly Sky.
The Three Areas of focus are
Of course we are also looking for something unique and unusual – something to get people talking. It’s always better if something feels like it exists in the real world and has authenticity rather than feeling forced for telly. We aren’t ruling out dating if the right format should come along.
Comedy Ents (half hours at 10pm). We’ve got an eye out for something uniquely funny and startling. We’ll always eventually ask “who’s in this though?” but for starters we’d just like to see something that makes us laugh – is unashamedly daft, immensely shareable on social and laugh out loud funny.
What We Aren’t Looking For
We aren’t looking for factual series or one-off docs – and no “authored journeys” at this stage. I’d say don’t pitch a singing show as we have one in production and one in development already.
We don’t want studio gameshows either. In general always think of making a shiny floor a bit less shiny.
In general – we can have some grit in the oyster – we want to be grown up, and have a bit more of attitude – we can be a little more male (or at least not off-putting for men).
Please be ambitious – we want a million people to be watching the shows, so if you think your idea has that potential and the potential to get people talking then we are all ears – if it sits in the middle somewhere then it won’t be for us.
At Sky Arts, our audience is 50+, culturally curious, and engaged with the broad church of arts. We commission a wide range of content; from competitive formats e.g. Portrait Artist of the Year and Masters of Photography, rock series with incredible access as well as opera and theatrical productions. We are always on the lookout for fantastic access into worlds that will appeal to our audience.
8pm, 9pm & 10pm C4 series. Some singles. Events.
Really keen to find fresh approaches to features programming. New territories to explore and imaginative approaches to our storytelling. Definitely want exciting, noisy returnable formats and of course always very open to seeing top new talent. Less keen on stuff that’s too similar to the things we already have.
Some of our Shows
Married At First Sight; Animal Rescue Live; Grand Designs; How To Lose Weight Well; Food Unwrapped; Location Location Location
Scripted Comedy, Sketch Comedy, Short Form Comedy and Animated Comedy
Singles, long and short from series.
Content makers from the digital world, writer/performers, new comedy writers and directors.
BBC Three Life Lessons (12 x 3mins), Coconut (10 x 7mins), Chinese Burn (23 min sitcom pilot) and new Sketch Show for BBC 2 Famalam.
Non scripted Entertainment and Factual Entertainment idea for Sky 1 ( No Factual or doc ideas please ) and performance focussed ideas for Sky Arts featuring the very best talent.
Distinctively different ideas that will drive talkability, that feel ‘real world’ in tone.
SKY 1: Wild Things, Freddie Fries Again, Sing: Ultimate A Cappella, Revolution
SKY ARTS: Portrait and Landscape Artist of the Year, Passions season, Tate Britain’s Great British Walks, Treasures of The British Library
ITV – Entertainment
ITV2 – Youth skewing comedy entertainment
ITVBe – Female skewed, glossy & aspirational reality
ITV – Series, strips and specials
ITV2 – Series, specials
ITVBe – Series, specials
ITV – Distinct entertainment propositions, surprising talent, returnable formats, stripped events, one-off events
ITV2 – Purer comedy entertainment formats, gameshows and panel shows
ITVBe – Celeb access reality specials & series, cast-led reality propositions
My slate includes:
ITV – Little Big Shots, This Time Next Year, Five Gold Rings
ITV2 – Love Island
ITVBe – TOWIE, Real Housewives of Cheshire, Sam Faiers: The Mummy Diaries
8pm, 9pm and 10pm – Returnable series
Documentary ideas with exceptional access or mainstream popular factual series with a Channel 5 twist.
Nightmare Neighbours, World’s Greatest Bridges, The Butcher Surgeon.
As Commissioning Editor, Factual at ITV, Priya oversees a broad mix of programmes in peak from features and fact ent formats, consumer through to documentaries such as Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs, Gino’s Italian Escapes, Love Your Garden and the Save Money consumer brand.
Prior to joining the commissioning team, Priya’s previous roles have included Controller of Scheduling ITV and Head of Scheduling CBBC and CBeebies at the BBC.
Gill Wilson has been Head of Features for Channel 4 for 5 years, which encompasses Channel 4, daytime and More4. Her department’s work includes Grand Designs, The Supervet, Married At First Sight, Great Canal Journeys, Escape to the Chateau’, ‘Food Unwrapped’ and Superfoods.’ Previously of BBC Manchester, Ginger and Endemol, she created ‘Snog Marry Avoid?’ and ‘Hotter Than My Daughter’ for BBC3.
Rachel has worked in BBC Entertainment Commissioning for three years during which she has been responsible for Our Friend Victoria for BBC1, Dragons’ Den for BBC2 and Asian Provocatuer: Mum’s American Dream for BBC3.
In the past 12 months she has commissioned Let It Shine for BBC1, David Walliams Celebrates Dame Shirley Bassey BBC1, Love in the Countryside for BBC2 and Junior Doctors for BBC3.
She is one of a number of commissioners who work to Controller of Entertainment Kate Philips
Tom McDonald is the head of Natural History and Specialist Factual commissioning at the BBC.
Recent commissioning highlights from the department include the BAFTA winners Planet Earth II and Muslims Like Us; the BAFTA nominated Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs as well as ratings hits including Amazing Hotels, Fifteen Billion Pound Railway, Spy In The Wild, The Day The Dinosaurs Died and Inside The Factory.
As well as overseeing hundreds of new titles each year, Tom and his team oversee some of the BBC’s biggest returning factual shows including Trust Me, The Watches and Stargazing Live.
David joined the BBC as Head of Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment in January 2017. His team work across BBC One and Two – titles within the department range from Countryfile, Watchdog Live and Antiques Roadshow to DIY SOS, Back In Time For Dinner and Mind Over Marathon. It also houses a huge amount of talent including Mary Berry, Nigella Lawson, Monty Don, Nadiya Hussein, The Hairy Bikers, Rick Stein and Tom Kerridge. The department is currently developing a push in to Fact Ent for both channels. Prior to joining the BBC, David was a documentaries commissioner at C4 working across The Trial: A Murder In The Family, The Tribe, The Jihadis Next Door and The Vote. In production, he was co-series director on the Emmy award-winning Educating Yorkshire, other directing credits include One Born Every Minute and The Kid’s Speech as well as producing on Cage Fighting Women,The Fallen and Beautiful Young Minds
Ed Havard is the head of Entertainment, TV Events and Sport at Channel 4. In his role as the head of this cross genre department, he oversees hundreds of hours of programming including The Last Leg, 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The Crystal Maze, Stand Up To Cancer, Alan Carr’s Chatty Man, The Paralympics, The Alternative Election Night, and Formula One. He began his career in BBC News and Current Affairs at the BBC, where he was the Editor of BBC One’s Question Time and produced a range of major news and current affairs programmes and events.
Appointed Head of Comedy in 2017, Fiona McDermott joined Channel 4 as Commissioning Editor in 2011. During that time she has worked across the department’s multi-award winning scripted slate including; BAFTA-winning Catastrophe, the RTS-winning Flowers, Ballot Monkeys, Raised By Wolves, Man Down, Cardinal Burns and The Mimic. Forthcoming commissions include; Back, Derry Girls and Stath. Previously McDermott was a Producer at Zeppotron, working on 8 out of 10 Cats, Would I Lie To You, You Have Been Watching and Screenwipe and a Series Producer at Objective Productions.
Controller of CBBC
Cheryl is the Controller of CBBC – the BBC’s dedicated channel for 6-12 year old children. She commissions all the content for television and online.
Cheryl took up the role in 2012 and has commissioned Jamie Johnson, The Dog Ate my Homework, Millie Inbetween, Hetty Feather, Got What it Takes, Pets Factor, So Awkward, All at Sea, Hank Zipzer, Eve, Diddy TV, Ultimate Brain, Art Ninja, Class Dismissed, and Our School.
Before coming to CBBC Cheryl was Controller of Comedy for the BBC, and previous roles include BBC’s Executive Editor for Out of London Comedy Commissioning and Head of Comedy at Hat Trick Productions
Phil Edgar-Jones is Director of Sky Arts and Head of Entertainment at Sky. He joined Sky in 2012 as Head of Entertainment where he commissioned for Sky 1, Atlantic and Arts – with shows ranging from Wild Things on Sky 1 to Portrait Artist of the Year on Sky Arts. He took on overall responsibility for Sky Arts in 2014 and since then has commissioned programmes ranging from Brian Johnson’s Tales from the Road to Tate Britain’s Great British Walks; Wagners Ring Cycle from Bayreuth to the world’s first Computer Generated Musical – Beyond the Fence. Sky Arts is also now the home of the South Bank Show and The South Bank Show Awards. The Channel has also created a number of partnerships with institutions including the National Theatre, English National Opera, English National Ballet, The Barbican and Sage, Tate Britain, the National Trust and many many more.
Before Sky Phil was Creative Director and Executive Producer on Big Brother throughout its time on Channel 4 and prior to that he was Executive Producer of the Jack Docherty Show, The Priory and Series Editor of the Big Breakfast, Producer/Director of the Word.
Even before that he was a rubbish TV presenter on Moviewatch (Channel 4) and GamesWorld Live (Sky 1). Thankfully all tapes of this period have been erased.
Prior to that Phil was a writer for magazines specialising in music and film.
Piers Wenger was appointed Controller of BBC Drama in 2016. Prior to this he was Head of Drama at Channel 4 from 2012, and Head of Drama at BBC Wales from 2008 where he was an executive producer on the hugely successful reboot of Doctor Who where he cast Matt Smith into the lead role.
As a producer, he closely collaborated with the late Victoria Wood over a decade on her dramatic projects. He produced her BAFTA and RTS award winning dramatization of Nella Last’s diary Housewife, 49, collaborated with her on Loving Miss Hatto, Wood’s dramatization of the life of the life of classical pianist Joyce Hatto and co-executive produced Eric and Eric, Peter Bowker’s biopic of the young Morecambe and Wise in which Wood also starred.
At Channel 4, he has spear-headed the launch of a number of popular and award-winning drama series. In February 2015, Indian Summers, a period drama chronicling the last years of British imperial rule in India launched and recorded the highest overnight drama audience for a C4 drama in 20 years. No Offence, Paul Abbott’s anarchic police procedural launched strongly later in the same year and won the Royal Television Society Award for best drama series. While Humans, Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley’s sci-fi series, a co-production with AMC, became a significant rating hit breaking the record set by Indian Summers earlier in the year. Topical mini-series also feature strongly in C4’s current drama slate from Tony Grisoni’s BAFTA winning Southcliffe to Jack Thorne’s forthcoming mini-series about Operation Yewtree entitled National Treasure, starring Robbie Coltrane, Andrea Riseborough and Julie Walters as well as Peter Kosminsky’s The State, which tells the story of four radicalized Brits who travel to Syria to live as a part of Islamic state.
While at the BBC he was responsible for commissioning Tom Stoppard’s Parade’s End and Kevin Elyot’s dramatization of the life of Christopher Isherwood, Christopher and His Kind.
Appointed Head of Drama in 2016, Beth Willis joined Channel 4 as Deputy Head of Drama in 2012. During that time she has worked across the BAFTA-nominated Humans, Ackley Bridge, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, BAFTA and RTS-winning National Treasure, No Offence, Born to Kill and This is England 90. Forthcoming series include Peter Kosminsky’s The State, epic anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, Beau Willimon’s The First, and for E4 The End of the F***ing World and Kiss Me First. Previously Beth produced the Ashes to Ashes for Kudos/BBC, served as Executive Producer on Doctor Who and co-executive produced Eric and Ernie.