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Realscreen January/February 2019

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TRAILBLAZERS 039 Why did you decide to move in to commissioning? I felt if we didn't do this we wouldn't get the pipeline of content that we wanted. I thought we're not doing justice to the money we are putting in; we're not doing justice to the producers we are working with, many of whom are putting their trust in you not to just make the show happen, but also to deliver some profi t afterwards from backend revenue. I felt the only way to do this was to bring in someone who would oversee the content and offer a skillful qualifi ed eye that the producers and broadcasters involved would respect. Do you see distributors moving more explicitly into commissioning becoming a norm? Yes, we are all ambitious. The list of responsibilities needed to guide the program to full execution means you need to bring someone in, another pair of eyes, who will oversee the project. If more shows are being made where there isn't a commissioning broadcaster this is going to happen all the time. How do you balance the company's expanding roles — being a commissioner and executive producer while maintaining your traditional role as a distributor? I don't want to commission every project — we have to keep this in check or it will suck up too many resources. We need a healthy balance in favor of standard pre-sales, advance or minimum guarantee models, along with the commissioning model. SC The list of responsibilities needed to guide the program to full execution means you need another pair of eyes who will oversee the project. If more shows are being made where there isn't a commissioning broadcaster, this is going to happen all the time."

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