Five years after Edinburgh TV Festival’s famous ‘We Need to Talk About Commissioning’ survey, we have created an all-new survey to ask indies what they really think of the commissioning process and how SVODS have affected the landscape.

This year however, we will ALSO be surveying the commissioning community for the FIRST TIME to find out their views on indie best practice; on internal pressures affecting decision-making and whether there are too many, too few or about the right number of suppliers for a successful U.K. creative community.

Indies wishing to take part in the survey should click here

Commissioners wishing to take part in the survey should click here.

The findings will form the centrepiece of this year’s Leaders Debate on Thursday 23 August at 11.15am. Channel heads taking part are: Charlotte Moore, BBC; Kevin Lygo, ITV; Ian Katz, Channel 4; Ben Frow, Channel 5 and Zai Bennett, Sky.

A healthy relationship between commissioners and indies is vital to ensure a flourishing creative sector and following the last survey and Edinburgh sessions, broadcasters introduced a number of significant changes to their commissioning processes.

Please help support this important survey by completing and sharing with colleagues.

Indies wishing to take part in the survey should click here

Commissioners wishing to take part in the survey should click here.

 

Background to the survey

The latest survey comes five years after the first major survey of commissioning conducted by the Festival, Broadcast magazine and research company GFK. This led to the session ‘We Need to Talk about Commissioning’ which featured all five controllers of the major terrestrials onstage together at Edinburgh for the first time.

The survey was repeated in 2014 after broadcasters introduced a number of significant changes to their commissioning processes.

In that year, SPA Future Thinking gained feedback from 83 of the top 100 independent production companies, taken from Broadcast’s Indie Survey, who were given the opportunity to talk frankly about their views on getting work commissioned; from securing a meeting, to production, funding and terms of trade.

The latest survey will look at similar issues but instead of focusing exclusively on the biggest suppliers, it will also look at the challenges facing smaller indies.

Meanwhile, a second survey will ask commissioning teams for their views on independent producers, their own internal structures and their views on the current state of the market.

Both the surveys and subsequent debate at Edinburgh will seek to highlight positive changes that can be introduced on both sides.