Agnieszka Moody, Director of Creative Europe Desk UK, introduces the panel at Totally Serialized 2016.

Totally Serialized industry day brings British and French producers together

As part of Totally Serialized, an annual Franco-British TV drama festival in London, a day of industry events was held in association with BAFTA and Creative Europe Desk UK on 28 January. 

The day started with one-to-one co-production meetings between French and British television producers, followed by an afternoon of panel discussions. Ideas about the difficulties of language barriers on set, the importance of nurturing talent, the benefits of subtitling and dubbing and the future of linear programming in TV drama all arose. 

The first session featured a Producer’s Masterclass with Creative Europe-funded Warp Films. Discussing This is England and The Last Panthers, joint-CEO Peter Carlton explained that working on co-productions can help you to grow your audience and tap into similar niche markets in other countries.  

Next was a case study of Creative Europe-supported French/Swedish co-production Midnight Sun. The series is a high-concept thriller by Atlantique Productions and Nice Drama for broadcasters Canal+ and SVT. Representatives from all four companies joined the panel to discuss the pros and cons of co-producing on this scale. They highlighted the importance of selecting crew and talent based on their skills rather than their nationality, as well as the differences between broadcasting the show in Sweden and France. 

The final panel of the day focused on the growing demand for foreign drama in the UK, with this increase explained by illegal downloading, innovative programming by BBC4 and high quality content leading to more intelligent, and therefore more demanding audiences. 

Delegates were also treated to premiere screenings of French political drama Baron Noir and the second series of police drama The Tunnel.

Photo: Agnieszka Moody, Director of Creative Europe Desk UK, introduces the panel at Totally Serialized 2016.