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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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