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Hardest to Face 2001

Who are the hardest/most difficult
December 1, 2001

Who are the hardest/most difficult commissioning editors you face, and why?

Originally, RealScreen asked those polled to name the person they thought was the toughest to face, but some responses verged on libelous. Instead, we’re pleased to present the list of ‘companies’ who are the hardest to face, protecting the names of the guilty/surly. You know who you are.

1. BBC – 21%

Reasons:

London-centric, suffer from ‘Colonial Cringe’, sheer complexity

2. Channel 4 – 18%

Reasons:

System is a struggle, a few ‘horror’ individuals, ratings-driven

3. Discovery – 12%

Reasons:

Decisions by committee, frequent mind-changing, want all rights

Honorable Mentions: (tie)

PBS – 6%

Reasons:

‘Like a giant squid. You reach out to take their hand and you’re holding ink.’

National Geographic – 6%

Reasons:

Decisions by committee… slow decisions by committee

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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