Magazine article Screen International

BBC, Channel 4 and Sky Seek Ties with Arts Bodies

Magazine article Screen International

BBC, Channel 4 and Sky Seek Ties with Arts Bodies

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Broadcasters reveal plans at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Forging partnerships with arts organisations has become increasingly critical to broadcasters looking to expand the scale of their factual programming (writes Broadcast).

Arts bosses from the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky revealed their plans at Sheffield Doc/Fest panel, Commissioner Question Time: Arts Documentaries for All Platforms.

Sky Arts director Phil Edgar-Jones said a boost in his factual budget would be pumped into creating more programming with partners.

He highlighted deals with Tate Britain and Creative England for 7 Wonder travelogue Great British Walks [pictured] and Art 50, a £1m post-Brexit project with the Barbican gallery and Sage concert hall in which 50 artists respond to the idea of what it means to be British.

“It’s all about how we can make those partnerships work with original TV formats,” he said.

BBC head of arts commissioning Mark Bell is also keen for stronger ties to be forged between the TV industry and arts bodies.

“We are looking for a different relationship with the artist,” he said. “Institutions, theatres, galleries are becoming more digitally enabled and we are encouraging them to team up with filmmakers and to have more creative input.”

He added that a renewed focus on authorship was also a priority. “We are looking for a bit more experimentation - more authorship, more original one-offs and braver programmes,” he said. …

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