TV Show and Tell
US game show producer Aaron Solomon
Season 2, Ep. 10
Aaron Solomon has been a writer, format consultant and co-executive producer on a wide-range of US network shows, including Mental Samurai, Weakest Link, $100,000 Pyramid, and the version of The Joker's Wild presented by Snoop Dogg. He explains the hidden mechanics that are used to make game shows such as these tick. Meanwhile, David and Justin put their best foot forward for a job at the BBC, and David briefs Justin on some internet stories he's missed. Plus the usual format news and a tasty 'Fake or Format'. David's FREE question writing guide is here: https://tinyurl.com/quizbible1-2
Pia Marquard, co-creator of 'Expedition Robinson' ('Survivor')
Season 2, Ep. 9
Justin reports from Copenhagen, where he catches up with the experienced Danish TV executive Pia Marquard. She talks about co-creating 'Expedition Robinson' (the format now known internationally as 'Survivor'), as well as 'The Lyrics Board' and 'Race to Mars'. David poses a quiz about whether you could cut it as an executive producer, and there's a discussion on the best (and worst) ways of networking at television events. Plus, the latest format news and an unusually-devised game of 'Fake or Format?'.
Entertainment exec producer Sue Allison
Season 2, Ep. 8
With 'The Chase' winning an award at the recent BAFTA TV awards, it's a good time to talk to the show's original series producer Sue Allison. She describes how the format was tweaked days before recording, and how the Chasers were cast. Justin and David discuss the pros and cons of the recently-announced sell-off of the UK's Channel 4. We use the metaphor of David's new television to discuss whether the audience's eyeballs are getting stretched too thinly. Sue returns to 'show & tell' a culturally-important artwork, and David sings during 'Fake or Format?'. Don't say we didn't warn you.
BONUS EP: MIP TV location report, plus the 'Press Your Luck' scandal
Season 2, Ep. 7
In this bonus episode Justin Scroggie is in Cannes, where he gives us a flavour of the atmosphere around the MIP TV festival and the formats being sold there. Also, we've got a bonus clip from our Bob Boden interview, where he talks about the infamous incident in 1984 when Michael Larson found a way of beating one of his shows. A copy of Bob's documentary "Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal" can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpO-2KeYFcM.
US game show exec producer Bob Boden
Season 2, Ep. 6
Bob Boden knew he wanted to work in game shows from the age of 6. He since worked on shows such as The Price is Right, the $25,000 Pyramid, Card Sharks, Match Game, Press Your Luck and (currently) Funny You Should Ask. He also takes us through how he helped to develop Greed at the height of Millionaire Mania in a matter of days. Justin and David finally get around to talk about what a format actually is, and also define the word Galapagosization. Plus 'Fake or Format' and the usual news roundup.
Format rights lawyer & 'crisis PR' expert Jonathan Coad
Season 2, Ep. 5
Jonathan Coad is a media lawyer who is an expert in format rights, having worked on notable cases for 'I'm A Celebrity...' and 'The Great British Bake Off'. He explains how those formats were defended, and what practical steps devisors can take to protect themselves. Later, he also gives us a glimpse into the world of 'crisis PR' - being the person that celebrities turn to when a negative news story is about to break. There's also Part 2 in David & Justin's occasional series on how to pitch, and the usual news and features.
Prolific TV music composer Paul Farrer
Season 2, Ep. 4
We talk to Paul Farrer, whose extensive musical career as a TV composer spans more than 150 shows, including 'The Weakest Link', 'The Wheel', 'Dancing on Ice' and 'The Chase'. Paul's also the devisor of his own ITV game show format, '1000 Heartbeats', which has sold internationally. With Big Jet TV hitting the news recently, David and Justin take a look over the threat posed by niche broadcasting, and chew over what makes food formats so appetising to viewers.
Adjudicator Olivia van der Werff from Beyond Dispute
Season 2, Ep. 3
Olivia van der Werff from adjudication company Beyond Dispute tells us about how she keeps things fair, and how she kept Britain's love for cake going even during lockdown. Justin explains what happens at a TV formats market, while David's quiz is a cautionary tale in how even the easiest questions can have the most surprising answers. Plus all the latest TV news, Olivia's "Show & Tell" item and another round of "Fake or Format?".
Producer and ex-Comedy Central commissioner Chris Curley
Season 2, Ep. 2
Chris Curley chats about his interesting and colourful career in TV to date, from working with Peter Kay to founding his own production company, CurleyVision. He also talks about his time as the commissioner for Comedy Central UK, and gives his views on how the industry needs to change. Justin and David dive into the basics of pitching your ideas to commissioners, and try to demystify where ratings figures come from. Finally, there's a couple of 'revolutionary' shows to consider in 'Fake or Format?'.