Magazine article Screen International

Danny Cohen: Wait for Top TV Writers Can Be Up to Three Years

Magazine article Screen International

Danny Cohen: Wait for Top TV Writers Can Be Up to Three Years

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“Power of the writer has increased,” says former BBC TV boss.

Former BBC director of television Danny Cohen has cautioned that the waiting period for top writers can now stretch up to three years.

Speaking this morning on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, the Access Entertainment president discussed the growing power of top TV writers.

“The power of the writer in the TV industry has increased in recent years, both commercially and creatively,” he said.

He added that the shift has occurred as a result of growing competition among global networks and increasing drama budgets.

Remuneration for top writers has also increased, he added.

“Some screenwriters are doing very well. There’s a top tier who are doing extremely well. I’m sure there are some among them who say they should be doing even better and I think there’s always an argument for that.”

Cohen asserted that some TV writers were now as in-demand as top actors and their engagement on returning series could lead to mult-year wait times. …

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