Using user-generated content

User-generated content is a great way to use your audience to help your production, but what are the issues with using it and what does the increase in its quality mean for producers? We find out in this edition of the CoP show.

User-generated content is nothing new with the likes of You've Been Framed first gracing our screens in the nineties. However with the growth of smartphones and the sophistication of these devices it has opened up fairly advanced production tools for most people. With such ease of access it’s not a surprise that UGC has increasingly become part of our mainstream TV viewing.

In this podcast we are joined by producers Thomas Viner, Jon Riley and James Brickell who all have experience of working with user-generated content in a number of formats. We look at the issues you need to be aware of, the challenges and the responsibilities towards the creator of the content as well as the opportunities it can provide for producers in creating new formats.

Thomas Viner has been working in documentaries for 19 years. Currently he’s at Arrow Media as a series and executive producer and has worked on projects including Terror In The Skies and The Hairy Bikers' Restoration Road Trip.

Jon Riley is the series producer for a brand new entertainment format from STV - Let Me Entertain You, due to broadcast on ITV this spring and his previous credits include The Real Hustle and Banzai.

James Brickell is a BAFTA award winning wildlife filmmaker for the BBC Natural History Unit. Most recently he produced The Great British Year, a four part series investigating why Britain’s climate is so unique which also involved getting members of the public to film the Aurora Borealis.