Commissioner Conversations: Disney and Sony

Thursday 5th July 2018, 12:30pm - 1:15pm BST

Showroom Cinema 4

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Getting Real in the 21st Century Market: Commercial children’s television has never had as many different channels, platforms and distributors as it does today. Yet there are a couple of names that you will always find, wherever you are in the world, and whichever way you choose to watch content. Disney and Sony are global providers and have regional offices in all major markets. Sony are also very much open for business for titles and brands that live in the Pay TV world.

So how do they commission? We can all read the website blurb. But what chance does a small but perfectly formed British indie have of finding their way through labyrinthine commissioning protocols to actually get their idea seen by these titans of the industry? What are the actual numbers of hours commissioned from UK providers last year? How many were small companies, how many were big studios? If the regional office covers Europe, the Middle East and Africa, are the execs looking for different ideas for all three markets, or can you pitch one idea for all? How fully formed do your ideas have to be and is linear content still their first priority? How commercial do your ideas have to be from the very beginning, how much funding will actually be put up front, and most importantly, are there any slots still open for next year?

Top Disney and Sony Execs will set out their stalls, talk us through successful pitches that turned into commissioned shows, and spell out the best way to survive and succeed in today’s new and constantly changing market.

This session begins with a presentation by Changemaker Holly Churches