2013 production trends

What production techniques and programming will we see in 2013? A panel of broadcast experts join the CoP Show to discuss the future with College of Production website editor Paul Buller.

Channel 4 multiplatform commissioner Jody Smith, radio futurologist James Cridland, BBC entertainment commissioning editor Mirella Breda and the BBC Production Innovation Unit's Dean Matthewson gaze into the crystal ball with College of Production website editor Paul Buller.

They talk about what we have learnt from the best, the worst and the most bizarre programming of 2012 and offer their advice for your productions in 2013.

Covered in the conversation are the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as brilliant examples of live event broadcasting and multiplatform production, with social media also getting a look in with The Last Leg's brilliant use of the twitter hashtag #IsItOK?

"Some of the things you can do with technology now mean that you can be far more creative." – James Cridland

Also up for discussion was the rise of authentic contributors and presenters with personalites and something to say, the much-needed redressing of the presenter gender imbalance on TV and radio, as well as the apparent waning appetite for reality shows like The Only Way is Essex. The panel also touch on how channels and programmes have embraced social media to extend their brands and finish by examining how the rise of gaming and the increase in smart phone and tablet usage continues to have an impact on programmes and commissions, from the Antiques Road Show play along game to Defiance, an ambitious fusion of gaming and TV drama.

Mirella Breda is executive editor, entertainment commissioning for entertainment formats on BBC One and BBC Two. Commissions include some of the BBC's best loved shows such as Room 101, Masterchef, Total Wipeout, Richard Hammond's Secret Service, James May's Toy Stories, Mary Queen of Shops, Britain's Brightest and Superstars 2012.

Jody Smith is multiplatform commissioning editor for entertainment and comedy for Channel 4. He’s worked on projects including Big Brother, Fonejacker, Skins, The Million Pound Drop and The Bank Job.

James Cridland is managing director of the free online media directory MediaUK. He's also a radio futurologist, writer and conference speaker about the future of radio. He organises the annual radio ideas conference Next Radio.

Dean Matthewson is a senior planner at the BBC's Production Innovation Unit. Dean works with teams across the BBC on content strategy, audience insight, workshop facilitation and idea generation and refining.