TV Show and Tell
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.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
UK exec producer Luke Shiach
Season 4, Ep. 1
Luke Shiach has series- and exec-produced quizzes, comedy panel games and other formatted entertainment, including 'Celebability' for ITV2, 'Quizness' for Channel 4, 'A League of Their Own' for Sky, and 'Comedians Giving Lectures' for Dave. In a highly entertaining and candid interview, he explains how he builds consensus between the various stakeholders to keep the show on the road. Sometimes that's literally so, as he's also involved in the touring live podcast show about football, The Overlap. David and Justin discuss pacing and how to rescue a failing reality show. And stick around for the NEW feature at the end - 'Four Minute Format'.
Friday, April 28, 2023
BONUS EP: On location at MIP TV 2023
Season 3, Ep. 9
'The Format Doctor' Justin Scroggie reports on location from MIP TV in Cannes. What are the hot ideas of the moment and, as real-life meetings continue to evolve after the pandemic, what is the overall feel of the market? Additional music: Liborio Conti.
Thursday, March 30, 2023
TV & radio star Matt Edmondson
Season 3, Ep. 8
Matt Edmondson's career has spanned children's TV, roving reporter roles and presenting for BBC Radio 1. He's also developed his own formats, and found unusual outlets for them in the form of board games. Justin and David discuss the benefits of skilling up, and divulge their top tips for getting through a studio filming session unscathed. Plus there's a bumper crop of news, and a highly curious pair of titles in 'Fake or Format?'.
Thursday, March 9, 2023
US writer and producer Phil Gurin
Season 3, Ep. 7
Phil Gurin is a writer-turned-producer who's gone on to work in a huge range of entertainment sub-genres, from beauty pageants to business formats, quizzes to stunt shows. We discuss his role as chairman of format rights body FRAPA, and why he's setting up a new distribution company. David and Justin chew over whether criticising popular formats misses the point, and discuss what's the best practice for looking after contributors. Justin has food on his mind in the news section, and it's David's turn to play quizmaster in 'Fake or Format?'.
Monday, February 13, 2023
Channel 5's first boss, Dawn Airey
Season 3, Ep. 6
From early on in her career, our guest Dawn Airey has been marked out as a talent in scheduling and commissioning. From a regional ITV station, she held high-profile posts at BSkyB and Channel 4. We also discuss what it was like to set up Channel 5 - the UK's first new channel for 15 years - from a blank piece of paper. David and Justin list the many and various ways that things can go wrong in a TV studio, and broach the dreaded subject of 'getting cancelled'. Plus all the usual news and views.
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
TV Futurist Sandra Lehner
Season 3, Ep. 5
With traditional TV channels often having an average viewer age of over 60, and new media on the hunt to feed their spectacular growth, how can you build a bridge between the two? TV 'futurologist' Sandra Lehner talks to us about her work in navigating the future, from the metaverse to NFTs. In a long-awaited catch-up, Justin reports back from the Content London conference, and he talks to David about the various forms of 'fandom'. Plus all the usual news and features.
Monday, November 28, 2022
Casting Executive Andy Mallon
Season 3, Ep. 4
Contestants and contributors - where do they come from, and how are they selected? Our guest Andy Mallon is a casting Executive who has over a decade of experience finding people for quizzes, reality shows, dating shows and factual entertainment formats. Justin reports on the state of the streaming industry, while David recounts a recent trip to Manchester. Plus all the usual news and features.
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
MIPCOM 2022 special with Axel Fiacco
Season 3, Ep. 3
Award-winning format devisor and international media lecturer Axel Fiacco writes 'Friday's Espresso', a weekly blog on the latest format trends (https://www.formatespresso.it/blog/). He joins Justin and David to unpack all the latest news and formats from the 2022 MIPCOM, the major European market for buying and selling formats and completed programming. They discuss what's new in unscripted genres such as dating (Love for the Ages, the Real Love Boat), social experiments (Rise & Fall, Out of Office), factual entertainment (Zero Sum Game, Hold the Front Page) and game shows (Finders Keepers). There's also discussion of the use of A.I., the benefits of chance meetings, opportunities to attend MIP for free, and the lack of big, ambitious formats.
Friday, October 14, 2022
Multicamera director Tony Gregory
Season 3, Ep. 2
Our special guest is multicamera TV director Tony Gregory, who's worked around the world on many major TV formats around the world, such as Big Brother, the Voice and Lego Masters. Justin and David argue about whether cricket or golf is the best sporting format, and we examine whether a Netflix show has a major flaw in it. Plus all the usual news and features.