Commissioning Conversations Podcast
Episode 32: BBC new hires, C4 privatisation & Nevision

Episode 32: BBC new hires, C4 privatisation & Nevision

July 14, 2021

This week, Alice Redman and Heather Fallon discuss the latest commissioning news, including BBC new hires and Channel 4 privatisation. Later, Alice is joined by Commissioner Index subscriber Nevision's scripted creative director, Neil Zeiger. All that, plus Alice and Heather dish on their greenlight of the week. 

Episode 31: Factual Entertainment special with South Shore

Episode 31: Factual Entertainment special with South Shore

July 6, 2021

Alice and Heather are joined by independent production company South Shore's joint CEOs Melanie Leach and Andrew Mackenzie to discuss the factual entertainment genre. 

Episode 30: Poppy Dixon, Director of Documentaries and Factual Commissioning at Sky

Episode 30: Poppy Dixon, Director of Documentaries and Factual Commissioning at Sky

June 30, 2021

This week Alice and Heather delve into the world of factual television, speaking with Sky's director of documentaries, Poppy Dixon, as well as Commissioner Index subscribers First Look TV about what they're up to, how they use CI, and the true crime genre. All that, plus Alice and Heather discuss their greenlight of the week. 

Episode 29: US upfronts & factual commissioners

Episode 29: US upfronts & factual commissioners

June 1, 2021

This week Alice and Heather discuss the US upfronts, factual commissioning at the PSBs and, of course, their greenlight of the week. Tune in to find out what's set to hit US screens and laptops this year, and what's working in factual. 

Episode 28: True Crime event special

Episode 28: True Crime event special

May 17, 2021

This week, Alice Redman and Elizabeth McDonald discuss the recent Commissioner Index True Crime event, featuring a panel of true crime commissioners including Channel 5's Dan Louw, Discovery's Winona Meringolo and A+E Networks UK's Diana Carter. They unpack the commissioners' remits and more, and also discuss their Greenlight of the Week. 

Episode 27: BBC commissioning special

Episode 27: BBC commissioning special

May 10, 2021

In this week's episode, Broadcast reporter Max Goldbart joins to discuss the plethora of changes happening within the BBC's commissioning teams, and Alice speaks to Troy TV about working internationally.

Episode 26: Blue Ant Media Canada’s Alison Barrat & Sam Linton

Episode 26: Blue Ant Media Canada’s Alison Barrat & Sam Linton

May 4, 2021

This week Alice and Heather unpack the addition of brand new international commissioner profiles to the Commissioner Index. They discuss their findings during months of research, and why producers should start looking around the world for co-production opportunities. Later, they speak with Blue Ant Media Canada's Alison Barrat, SVP, Production and Development, and Sam Linton, VP, Head of Original Content about their opportunities for producers. 

Episode 25: WarnerMedia’s Zia Bales + Icon Films’ Gemma Greene

Episode 25: WarnerMedia’s Zia Bales + Icon Films’ Gemma Greene

April 12, 2021

This week's episode features special guests Zia Bales, Senior Manager of Acquisitions and Co-productions, Kids EMEA for WarnerMedia, and award-winning production company and  Commissioner Index subscriber, Icon Films. Icon's Head of Development Gemma Greene speaks to Heather Fallon about the last year and what's coming up for them in 2021, while Lizzie McDonald spoke to Zia Bales about her shopping list for Cartoon Network & Boomerang, plus her view on reboots. Alice Redman and Lizzie discuss their greenlights of the week, and give an exciting Commissioner Index update. 

Episode 24: Channel 5’s Sebastian Cardwell + BBC3 and Sky news

Episode 24: Channel 5’s Sebastian Cardwell + BBC3 and Sky news

March 12, 2021

This week we'll be taking a look at what's been happening in the world of commissioning, including BBC3's return to linear. Alice Redman speaks with Channel 5's Sebastian Cardwell about his wider remit. And, of course, we discuss our greenlights of the week.

Episode 23: Disney+, YouTube & Discovery news

Episode 23: Disney+, YouTube & Discovery news

February 26, 2021

In this week's episode, the third member of the Commissioner Index research team, Lizzie, joins Alice and Heather to unpack the latest commissioning news.

Lizzie delivers the inside scoop on the Discovery Network's Magnolia channel, described by Discovery as "a warm cup of milk," which is now arriving in streaming form before it launches as a linear channel. Heather discusses YouTube's move towards diverse, unscripted original content, and why UK producers should be looking to YouTube for exciting opportunities.

Alice brings Disney+ updates, including a move away from their reliance on existing IP for their new European slate. Alice also explains how the streamer's series Wandavision has been her gateway into the world of Marvel. All that, plus our 'Greenlight of the Week' segment is back.

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