As Netflix and Amazon continue their global commissioning arms race with new productions in India, Japan, France and the US, CBS has boarded Frank Spotnitz hostage negotiation series Ransom and AMC is adapting David Carr’s memoir.
Does BBC1’s TV audience really care about the idiosyncrasies of North London’s intelligentsia in the Nick Hornby-scripted Love, Nina? Not when they can watch James Nesbitt murder his wife in ITV’s true crime drama The Secret.
The message from the C21 Drama Summit is that writers have never had it so good. They are letting their imaginations run riot – with stunning results. But the TV industry also needs to make sure it is nurturing a new generation of writers.