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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
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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