Suppliers want commissioning editors to have more faith that writers and indie execs will do their jobs properly. Yes, they need to debate whether ideas they are working on are already being covered elsewhere, but commissioners should trust them to do their jobs without giving notes for the sake of it. And when the notes do come, they need to be clear and respect the writer’s integrity. One producer says: “If we come to you with an author-driven piece, the notes shouldn’t be about changing the entire plot or character.”
Monday, August 03, 2009
In Broadcast, Katherine Rushton attempts to summarise the feelings of writers in the aftermath of Tony Garnett's attack on BBC TV drama. It's a good round-up of the differing opinions and ends with an open letter to Jana Bennett, Director of BBC Vision, that includes a call for more respect for writers.