All episodes: Netflix and strategy

An imperious Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood stares down at the pedestrians in Times Square from this billboard for House of Cards. I like this poster in several ways. Immediately, of course, it reminds me of the series, which I watched with Mrs M a couple of weeks ago. A lot of fun – I’m…… Continue reading All episodes: Netflix and strategy

How to pitch a TV show

How do TV production teams develop and sell hit new shows like Grand Designs, Location, Location, Location, Embarrassing Bodies and Supernanny? In another BBC College of Production podcast (I wrote about its episode on The Only Way is Essex and constructed reality shows the other day), a group of producers and commissioners (the people who…… Continue reading How to pitch a TV show

The only way is social: TOWIE’s production process

TV production is something that really interests me. Having brushed up against it a few times in recent years, I thought I could learn a little more by listening to the BBC College of Production podcasts. They have turned out to be a real find, and I highly recommend them to anyone involved in any…… Continue reading The only way is social: TOWIE’s production process

“Gravity-defying” TV advertising in danger of a crash

Business Insider editor¬†Henry Blodget reckons that what happened to newspapers in the last decade is about to happen to TV: an advertising collapse. Decline was worried about by newspapers for a long time, but denial and hope prevailed until things, well, fell off a cliff: Against this picture of doom, you could offer a number…… Continue reading “Gravity-defying” TV advertising in danger of a crash

Media needs its architects

At the Edinburgh International TV Festival last month, Google executive chairman,¬†Eric Schmidt, told delegates to “ignore Lord Sugar” and bring more engineers, more science, into the TV industry. This was essential, he argued, if they wanted to break the pattern of UK innovating things that would be scaled up into global businesses elsewhere. Over the…… Continue reading Media needs its architects

In pursuit of perfect imperfection on TV

David Hepworth recounts the incredible amount of effort (faff) that goes into creating a small piece of television in a post on his blog. The last paragraph tickled me in particular; The time spent filming was maybe a fifth of the time spent faffing. This delay wasn’t because the people were in any way incompetent.…… Continue reading In pursuit of perfect imperfection on TV