In a preview of realscreen‘s Global Pitch Guide, coming in late August, we present valuable information from commissioning editors and factual programmers from around the globe. Here, DRTV’s commissioning editor of documentaries and factual programming, Mette Hoffmann Meyer, shares the details of what DRTV is looking for and the best way to pitch to her.
How to pitch: Interested producers are invited to contact Hoffmann Meyer herself. She prefers brief outlines of the basic idea and names of the director and producers. Also be sure to include whether the project already has a main commissioning editor attached and which broadcaster is involved. ‘This indicates the style of the program and the editorial control,’ she says.
What she’s looking for: DRTV has a broad programming remit, but there are changes afoot at the Danish network. History programming is moving from DR 2 to DR K as its main hub, which leaves DR 2′s door open for more lifestyle, adventure and travel shows. ‘This [programming] should be fresh and engaging with an edge,’ says Hoffmann Meyer. DR K, the culture and history offshoot of DR, is looking for more art and entertainment programming. ‘We will also be looking for more lifestyle and documentary/factual that is fun and interesting. We learn something but have fun doing so,’ she adds.
Where DRTV invests: The priority for Hoffmann Meyer is to fully finance Danish content, because not many broadcasters invest in Danish-language stories, but there is still a little room for international original content to be funded. ‘If the story needs support and would not otherwise be made, such as The Milosevic Trial and The Trial of Saddam Hussein, then it would be taken into consideration,’ she says. She notes that a lot of politically-oriented stories from the U.s. are not receiving homegrown financing and those are the types of films she’s interested in. Additionally, countries that don’t have a good local support base for documentary film are of interest to DRTV, and Hoffmann Meyer cites Chinese films such as Please Vote For Me and The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World as good examples of docs that would be of interest to the network.
A matter of length: Hoffmann Meyer says she’s always looking for both one-offs and series and they can be any length. History series are often longer, as are factual series like Jamie Oliver’s series and Who Do You Think You Are?
Where to find her: Hoffmann Meyer attends markets such as MIPCOM, MIPDoc, IFP, CPH DOX and festivals such as the Sundance Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest and IDFA. She also frequents BBC showcases and every other year goes to Israel/Palestine, China, Italy and France for screenings.
Keep an eye out for the realscreen Global Pitch Guide, coming later this summer, for more invaluable intelligence from international factual commissioners and programmers.