Creative Europe Desk UK - Wales' Judy Wasdell chats with a participant at the event. © Natasha Hodges

Meet the Drama Commissioners in Cardiff

On 20 March 2015, Creative Europe Desk UK - Wales held a special panel event with Drama Commissioners, co-hosted by BAFTA Cymru in Cardiff. It was the latest in our series of Commissioners panels which offer access to the key content decision makers in the UK. 

The panelist were Roberto Troni (Channel 4), Gwawr Martha Lloyd (S4C), Lizzie Gray (Sky), Martin Rakusen (BBC Worldwide) and Faith Penhale (BBC Wales). They spoke about their channels' brands, what they do and what they are looking for. The panelists gave guidelines and covered topics such as how to pitch and successful formats for Drama, but Roberto Troni was quick to add that "sometimes the best things are the things that you didn't know you were looking for," encouraging producers to approach commissioners and noting the usefulness of events like these to facilitate that process. 

Chaired by Gethin Scourfield (Fiction Factory and Vice Chair of Ffilm Cymru Wales), the brunch panel session offered the 80 attendees an insight into the current commissioning strategies of the key broadcasters in the UK, followed by a dynamic Q & A with the audience. Attendees also benefitted from one-to-one sessions of 20 minutes with the commissioners, funding advisors and representatives from Pinewood Studios Group, Creative Europe Desk UK - Wales and Welsh Government.

"These types of events are very useful for us for getting the message out about what Sky's four channels are looking for," said Lizzie Gray, Executive Producer in the Drama department at Sky. Martin Rakusen, Commercial Director for Fiction at BBC Worldwide agreed, adding, "The international market is changing all the time and the more that we can continue that dialogue with the creative community, the better I think we can work together."

Watch this video to find out what the commissioners thought of the day and visit the BAFTA website to look at more photos from the event. 

Photo: Creative Europe Desk UK - Wales' Judy Wasdell chats with a participant at the event. © Natasha Hodges