Meet the TV Buyers: what do they want in scripted and factual?

In two Screen Forever sessions, some key buyers in factual and scripted talked about what's rating and the gaps they're looking to fill.

The Meet the Buyer TV sessions at Screen Forever this year were  great for writers and producers looking to suss out the market, understand local TV tastemakers, and find the right home for their pitch.

On the panels were people responsible for acquiring the shows. They talked about their particular audiences, what’s doing well for them and what gaps they’re looking to fill. This kind of panel is necessarily vague and tricky with a bit of witch-doctoring always involved. What’s hot right now soon won’t be, and the next big thing often comes out of nowhere.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She was previously a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk