UK Broadcasters Yet to Open The Dollhouse

by admin on June 1, 2008 · 1 comment

Last week I wondered which UK broadcasters would pick-up Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse for the UK. Digital Spy are now reporting that this year there is less urgency amongst these broadcasters in the wake of the writers strike less new shows being produced:

Jay Kandola, ITV’s director of acquisitions, said that executives making the trip to LA had been a little surprised by the lack of completed pilots: “We knew that the writers strike had happened but it was still a bit of a shock.”

Kandola said the market to bring shows to the UK was not as strong as it had been and predicted that the slower buying pattern would continue next year.

David Smyth, Sky One acquisitions head, said of the trend: “It will be a lot more like the unscripted marketplace, where ideas will come up all the time. You find out about them and you bid for them but there isn’t necessarily a market that showcases that.”

Amy Barham, who holds the same position for Virgin Television, agreed: “It doesn’t feel like you have to make your move a week after May 17.”

However, it is still predicted that both Dollhouse and Fringe will be snapped up later on in the year. I still think that the show would be best suited to the BBC or Channel 4.

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