Future Fiction

With the likes of Ricky Gervais now moving to producing content exclusively for YouTube, and with global companies like Intel and Toshiba funding social media driven dramas, many in the traditional broadcast industry are asking 'Where next for drama and fiction in broadcasting?'. 

BBC Academy did its best to provide a few tentative suggestions in its latest open forum, the Fusion Future Fiction day, held at BBC Broadcasting House last week. The day set out to explore how technology, emerging themes and audience habits are changing the art, craft, science and business of storytelling on screens large and small, and BBC CoP went along to hear the questions, debates and ideas put forward.

"The technology is such now that you can have something that is so incredibly reactive to what’s going on with the audience." – Luke Hyams

The CoP Show caught up with Simon Smith, friend of BBC CoP and head of creativity and special projects at the BBC Academy, to tell us more about the thinking behind the day, and to highlight some of the sessions he felt were particularly useful.

We examine how writers, producers and digital creatives trying to get that next big commission can start to identify their audience. We hear from key producers and digital creatives, including Luke Hyams, writer, producer and director of shows like Lonely Girl 15, Dubplate Drama and the much discussed Who Killed Kate Modern? At its peak the online show hit nearly 67 million views in one year, and Luke tells us where he finds his inspiration.

We also spoke to attendees at the many workshops and panel discussions who shared their views on how they construct their stories and discussed how much writers should pander to their audience or be led by their own creative instinct.