Strategy for Commissioning Television Programmes 2020-2023

The preliminary work towards this strategic plan was done in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic . We now know that that the effects of the crisis will continue well beyond 2020 and so we recognise that there is a high risk that we may need to review and make changes to our plans as circumstances require.

The three-year strategic plan will deliver a minimum of 90 x 28” programmes by January 31st 2024

  • A wide range of genres and sub-genres targeting different sections of our audience
  • At least 90 programmes: 26+ dramas, 61+ factual and 3+ experimental programmes
  • At least three re-commissionable series on our slate [a series is 4+ programmes] 
  • At least two series commissioned each year
 

The Strategy – Commissioning 

The commissioning plan revolves around:

  • an annual commissioning plan 
  • continuing to work with key production companies
  • renewing relationships with other production companies BSLBT has worked with
  • recommissioning single programmes and series
  •  finding and building relationships with new production companies

This strategy also aims to deliver: 

  • a minimum of three programmes across the three years from at least six different production companies
  • at least two of these production companies will be Deaf led (33%)
  • at least eight Deaf producers, directors or producer/directors to have worked on our commissions
  • opportunities for developing relationships with programme-makers


How the strategy will work in practice

Our Commissioning Advisory Panelclick here for more information.

Annual Commissioning plan 2021-2023
The annual plan consists of a range of commissioning activities – click here for more information.

Regular commissioning rounds

  • One annual factual development/commissioning round – for directors and companies who have previously made programmes for BSLBT
  • Up to two annual single factual development/commissioning rounds – including proposals from directors and companies who have not previously made programmes for BSLBT
  • One annual drama script development round
  • One annual drama commissioning round (as required)


1) Ad-hoc commissioning 
Programmes may also be commissioned in a more streamlined way. These include:

  1. Re-commissions of single programmes and/or and series (A recommission is another/more programmes with the same name [and includes prequels/sequels])
  2. Commissioning a series after the delivery of a single programme or pilot 
  3. Commissioning the reversioning of existing BSLBT programme/s to make one or more new programmes e.g.: The best of…
  4. Acquiring licences for programmes from other companies


BSLBT reserves the right to update or amend this plan at any time. 

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