What Makes A Successful TV Co-Production?
TV shows don’t have yet as much space as it I’d like them to on mentorless, but as Shows gets more and more ambitious and the line between ‘Film Talents’ and ‘TV Talents’ has almost faded away, quality content to understand how TV works, what makes a good Show and who are the people behind it are slowly reaching the Internet.
In the last five yeas, England and Denmark have put their country on the map of Four Stars Shows, producing Shows that are both ambitious –in terms of scale, story and characters’ arcs– and different. A good way to know if it’s true is to look at how many successful shows from these two tiny countries have been purchased to become American remake. (Misfits, Skin, Borgen, The Killing etc.)
During the MIPTV (Marché International des Programmes de Télévision), the International Market for TV Programming that took place couple of weeks ago, Ben Stephenson, controller of drama for the BBC, and Piv Bernth, head of drama for Danish broadcaster Danmarks Radio talked about what makes a good show and what to fight for the ensure the best talents can work well.
It’s interesting to see how it is key for both Stephenson and Bernth to protect and nurture their creative talents, something that didn’t exist not so long ago in TV. They also talked about the distribution strategy and Netflix positioning with the Binge viewing, and Stephenson has interesting thoughts about it, so stick till the Q&A for thoughts on that.