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Meet the Entertainment Commissioner: Mark Linsey, BBC

Mark Linsey, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC, recently outlined his commissioning needs to attendees of the Broadcast Entertainment Forum (as of September 2009).

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Looking For:
  • Main agenda for the BBC is new talent.
  • New talent can be given a platform on BBC3 – when pitching, think about the format that would best suit them.
  • There is room on BBC2 for some more established talent.
  • Need a chat show to replace Graham Norton’s show.
  • Want some bold and ambitious new talent on BBC1
  • Strong and distinctive formats.
How to pitch
  • Likes to talk about an idea in its earliest stages, before it’s been too formatted.
  • Likes regular dialogue with producers.
  • When pitching, talk about the ambitious, bold and distinctive top line idea first.

Source: Broadcast Entertainment Forum 24th September 2009

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