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%


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

2. Channel 4 – 18%


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

3. Discovery – 12%


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

Honorable Mentions: (tie)

PBS – 6%


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

National Geographic – 6%


Decisions by committee… slow decisions by committee

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.