Archive for June 6th, 2007

BBC Cut Credits

6th June 2007 by Maura McHugh

The Stage reports that the new BBC policy of limiting programme credits to a mere 30 seconds, which only lists those who make a “significant creative contribution”, has sparked outrage among actors and crew members. Both Bectu and Equity have scheduled meetings with the BBC to discuss the move.

Bectu supervisory official Luke Crawley said: “The whole point of credits is to get recognition for what you have done. It makes a difference to our members getting work as, to do so, they have got to be known in the market place. It’s not acceptable.”

Equity head of communications and membership support Martin Brown said he was surprised the BBC had not sought the union’s views on the changes.

He said: “Credits are crucial to the professional development of actors and the creative team. On numerous occasions Equity has made it clear to the BBC and other broadcasters that we are opposed to credits being run faster than a viewer can read them or squashed into a small segment of the screen.”

The BBC’s reasoning for the change is retain the audience once a programme ends. Their research indicates, “that lengthy credits make viewers switch over or switch off. Research shows up to 80% of viewers leave a programme at the start of the end credits.”

An online petition has been set up to indicate people’s displeasure with the move.

RTE Commissions for 2008

6th June 2007 by Maura McHugh

According to IFTN RTÉ has released information about its 2008 commissioning round. Next year it is looking for Factual, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Educational, Regional, Young People’s, Multi-cultural, Education programming agus Cláracha Gaeilge for RTÉ ONE and RTÉ TWO. Submissions will be accepted, online only, from Monday the 25th of June 2007 until Monday 27th August 2007 at 12 noon. Drama proposals are accepted throughout the year.

This year there has been a change in the application process. Producers who plan to submit applications have to register with RTÉ online first — registration begins today. RTÉ states:

All of our commissions must be original, distinctive in their own genre, focused on their target audience, and offer a clear sense of how they will enhance our service to our viewers. We are looking for the best available creativity and talent in the sector, and will particularly welcome new talent in appropriate roles, including front of camera.