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Broadcast Commissioning Forum 2017

On Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th October, 3 Mills Studios sponsored the Broadcast Commissioning Forum. 3 Mills Studios has an ongoing partnership with Broadcast which includes sponsorship of the Broadcast Commissioning Forum, Indie Summit and Media Summit. We believe that these are key industry events which are worth supporting as they offer a great insight and education for both those interested in and currently working in the film and television industry.

The Broadcast Commissioning Forum offers content creators the latest insight into commissioning trends and opportunities across all genres and broadcasters. The forum is split over two days, with day 1 focusing on scripted content and day 2 focusing on non-scripted content.

3 Mills Studios’ Head of Sales & Marketing, Paul de Carvalho chaired five ‘How I Got My Show Commissioned’ sessions over the two days. On day 1, Paul spoke to Laurence Bowen CEO of Dancing Ledge Productions and Pete Thornton, Senior Commissioning Editor at UKTV, about their involvement in ‘Porters’ – a new hospital based comedy on Dave. After Lunch, Paul then spoke to Cameron Roach, Commissioning Editor for Sky and Alison Jackson, Executive Producer at Kudos, about the process of getting ‘Tin Star’ commissioned. Tin Star is a crime drama set in a mountain town overrun by migrant oil workers starring Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks. It’s first season was incredibly successful, resulting in it being recommissioned for a second season.

On day 2, Paul de Carvalho hosted three ‘How I Got My Show Commissioned’ sessions, focusing on ‘Bad Habits: Holy Orders’, ‘Gifted’ and ‘First Impressions’. In the ‘Bad Habits: Holy Orders’ session, Paul spoke to Elaine Hackett, Creative Director at Crackit Productions and Guy Davies, Commissioning Editor of Factual at Channel 5. Elaine & Guy discussed their reality-TV experiment with Paul, where five wild party girls are sent to live in a convent. In the ‘Gifted’ session, Paul discussed with Danny Horan, Commissioning Editor at BBC and Edmund Coulthard, Founder & Creative Director at Blast Films, how they got the show commissioned. ‘Gifted’ is due to air in 2018, and will follow six school-children over three years, in a documentary on social-mobility. Finally, Paul spoke to Lucy Bacon, Head of Factual Development at Wall to Wall and Lucy Leveugle, Commissioning Editor at Channel 4, who discussed the commissioning process for ‘First Impressions’ – a dating show with a twist.

All of the sessions over the two days, were incredibly interesting, and were a great insight into the commissioning process. As always, the Broadcast Commissioning Forum is a great event, and we look forward to sponsoring and attending next year!