Here’s Televisual’s recent interview with Jo Clinton-Davis, Controller of Factual at ITV.

The film features clips of current and upcoming shows and is a true deep dive into ITV Factual and the channels overall with Clinton-Davis giving a direct and frank articulation of what ITV are looking for and the range of the ITV factual slate from hard-hitting documentaries to factual entertainment and even game shows.

This is the eighth in a series of films – The Televisual Factual Films – for factual producers and filmmakers.

Televisual Factual Films is a new series of open access films to support the UK factual production community. Televisual has produced films hearing from factual commissioners from across the major platforms that fund UK factual content.

The films are intended as an alternative to yet more Zoom recordings. Running from between ten to twenty minutes, these concise films provide the business and emotional intelligence to support Indies in their creative development and pitches.

The Televisual Factual Films have all been shot two-camera with professional crews (from Procam Take 2 and Run VT) and have been edited as if for broadcast (at Clear Cut and Sky Production Services) with illustrative show clips to make them concise, informative and above all watchable.

Accompanying the films is a new magazine Televisual Factual Briefing with all the headline information Indies might want to make sense of the UK commissioning landscape. The magazine was sent to all Televisual subscribers with the Winter issue and is also available as a free, open access digital e-zine here –

We have a comprehensive line-up online already with more films coming up –

Interviews with BBC commissioning editors Claire Sillery and Jack Bootle are already online here

The interview with Poppy Dixon, Director, Documentaries & Factual, Sky UK and Barney Shingleton, Director of Factual at Sky Studios can be found here

The interview with Shaminder Nahal commissioning editor, arts and topical, Channel 4 is available here.

The interview with Alf Lawrie, head of factual entertainment, Channel 4 is here.

The interview with Simon Downing, head of factual and docs, Discovery UK and Ireland is here.

Televisual’s recent interview with Dan Korn, Vice President of Programming, A+E Networks UK is here

Televisual also caught up with some of the UK factual community’s leading voices at the Grierson Awards to hear their thoughts on opportunities, challenges and the future of factual production. Interviewees include Will Anderson, Sam Richards, Alan Yentob, David Dehaney, Simon Chinn, Christopher Hird, Jess Search, Luke Hyams and Danielle Graham. You can see that film here

Still to come:

An anatomy of the Nutopia / Nat Geo / Disney+ series Welcome To Earth fronted by Will Smith

Lucy Willis talks across the Channel 5 slate and Paramount+

Denise Seneviratne, commissioning editor at Channel 5, talks about the channel’s needs in factual TV

And Hilary Rosen walks us through UKTV’s factual range

The Televisual Factual Films are all being posted on and will all be open access and don’t require payment or even registration.

Jon Creamer

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