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What entertainment commissioners want

16 March 2010

Just doing the rounds of the light entertainment commissioners for our LE report that will come out in the next (April) issue.

So far, we’ve chatted to the BBC’s Mark Linsey and Sky’s Duncan Gray.

It looks like humour is a major theme for BBC entertainment commissions right now. Linsey said: “Let’s Dance and Total Wipeout have a lot of humour and fun at heart. That undertone of comedy is very important to us. Even if you look at formats like Young, Dumb and Living Off Mum and Undercover Princesses – there’s a lot of humour in there.”

Specifically, his focus is on the 10.35 slots on Mondays and Fridays. “We’re trying not to be too proscriptive because we want people to challenge us, we want people to surprise us, we want people to come to us with quite risky or out-there ideas for BBC1 we are looking to take a few risks with fresh original formats.”

Gray said Sky was sticking firmly to a “fewer, bigger, better” agenda for LE and that the way forward for his commissions was “not about being niche or playing on the edges, it’s about absolutely being in the middle of the cultural agenda but you’re able to skip a generation and take a slightly fresher approach.”

Check out the full report in Televisual’s April issue.

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