Here’s Televisual’s recent interview with Poppy Dixon, Director, Documentaries & Factual, Sky UK and Barney Shingleton, Director of Factual at Sky Studios. The pair explore Sky’s factual slates both recent and upcoming and what they are looking for from Indies who would like to work with Sky and what funding models are on offer.

This is the seventh 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 18 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 – bit.ly/TVLFactBrief

We have a comprehensive line-up of films coming up – Interviews with BBC commissioning editors Claire Sillery and Jack Bootle are already online 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:

Lucy Willis talks across the Channel 5 slate and Paramount+

Jo Clinton-Davis shares ITV’s specific needs

And Hilary Rosen walks us through UKTV’s factual range

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

Jon Creamer

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