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Drama Quarterly is all about the creative side of international television drama.

From interviews with showrunners, writers, directors and on-screen talent to in-depth analysis of commissioning trends, genre reports and set visits – if you are interested in drama, DQ is for you.

DQ online provides in-depth coverage of the drama world, while @DQDaily on Twitter stays abreast of the latest buzz. Our Facebook page also has the latest drama news and commissions from around the world.

DQ is also your guide to the hottest new shows, from monthly watchlists to the annual DQ100, which highlights some of the most anticipated new scripted series from around the world and the actors, writers and directors involved.

The DQ print magazine publishes four times a year. While each month, DQ In Focus will take a deep dive into a different programming genre or part of the creative television industry to showcase some of the biggest shows on television and the people involved in making them. You can subscribe to DQ for iPad by clicking here.

There has never been a more exciting time in drama, for creators, financiers, broadcasters and, most importantly, viewers. DQ brings perspective and further understanding to this renaissance business.

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Upcoming issues

Drama Quarterly – Spring 2023

Published: March 2023

Special features in this issue include:

  • Details to come

Editorial contact: Michael Pickard
Advertising contacts: Odiri Iwuji, Peter Treacher

DQ In Focus

Each month, DQ will take a deep dive into a different programming genre or part of the creative television industry to showcase some of the biggest shows on television and the people involved in making them.

Casting
January 23
DQ delves into the intricacies of the casting process, speaking to some of the biggest names in the business about their recent work and how they seek to uncover the next acting stars.

Horror
February 20
The expansion of so many streaming services around the world has led to an influx of series belonging to genres previously considered too niche for mainstream television. Horror dramas have certainly come into their own in recent years, and explores how some recent efforts were made.

Remakes
March 27
DQ looks at some of the familiar series that are returning to television to find out how they have been refreshed and updated for modern audiences.

Medical
April 24
Medical dramas have long been mainstays of television schedules, but how are new series tackling the genre in fresh and innovating ways?

Cinematography
w/c May 22
DQ speaks to a host of cinematographers to find out more about their role and dive into creating some of the standout moments of their recent series.

Comedy-drama
w/c June 26
Since the arrival of the peerless Fleabag in 2016, it seems there has been no end to the line of dramatic series that are served up with a large helping of laughs. But how have some recent entries found the right recipe to match the best in the genre?

Supernatural series
w/c July 24
DQ takes a look at one of the most popular television genres around the world to find out how these stories – and the worlds they are set in – are conceived and produced.

Visual effects
w/c September 25
Whether they are used to create imagined worlds, achieve outstanding action scenes or for numerous other reasons, visual effects are now a regular consideration in television production. DQ peeks behind the curtain to see how some recent shows have utilised this ever-improving technology.

Production designers
w/c October 23
Charged with creating the world of our favourite series, how is the role of a production designer changing as series become more ambitious amid an increasing demand for cinematic television. DQ finds out.

Hair & Make-up
w/c November 20
We speak to leading hair & make-up designers to find out more about their role on set and how they work to create the look, style and personalities of our favourite characters.

Sports dramas
w/c January 22, 2024
While sports documentaries have captivated viewers in recent years, DQ looks at what it takes to create our fictional sports heroes and find the perfect blend of drama on and off the pitch, court and field.

Editorial contact: Michael Pickard
Advertising contacts: Odiri Iwuji, Peter Treacher

Drama Quarterly – Regular Features

DQ RECOMMENDS

What are the people who make television watching, and who are the actors, writers and directors catching their eye? DQ finds out.

DQTV

Video interviews with on- and off-screen talent, who discuss their latest projects and the craft of television drama.

FACT FILE

Get to the heart of the latest television dramas with the key points you need to know about the latest releases.

FIVE MINUTES WITH

Quick fire interviews with the best in the business.

IN FOCUS

Multi-voice deep dive features that explore scripted dramas and their journey from pitch to production, speaking to showrunners, writers, directors and actors about how series were brought to the screen.

IN PRODUCTION

Producer-focused interviews speaking to those pulling the strings behind television series to find out how they built their latest project and the challenges they faced along the way.

ON LOCATION

On-set reports that find out what goes behind the scenes of our favourite series.

ONES TO WATCH

The home of the DQ100 – our annual list of the actors, writers, directors and series to watch and the trends and trailblazers worth talking about – and our monthly rundowns of the hottest new releases from around the world.

REMADE ABROAD

A look at how hit shows from around the world have been remade and adapted for new audiences.

SCENE STEALERS

Writers, directors and other creatives tell DQ about their favourite scenes from one of their shows, its importance to the story and how it was achieved, both on the page and in production.

SHOWRUNNER

Showrunners from the US and around the world discuss their latest projects, revealing how these series evolved from script to screen.

SIX OF THE BEST

The best in the television business reveal the shows that have kept them watching.

STAR POWER

The biggest stars of the small screen chat to DQ about their upcoming projects, the standout roles during their acting careers and their approach to new roles.

THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR

DQ steps behind the camera to find out how directors bring scripts to life, how they work with their actors and the challenges they face making the biggest shows on television.

THE WRITERS ROOM

Writers discuss their latest projects and reveal the secrets of their writing process.

TRENDSPOTTING

DQ explores the hottest new trends, asks why these subjects are proving to be so popular and highlights the shows worth watching.

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT

What are the biggest issues facing television drama, in front or behind the camera? DQ dives into the topics that get people talking.

Advertising with DQ

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DQ in print

The DQ print and iPad editions publish four times a year and enjoy broad distribution at all relevant festivals and events and also on the newsstands in major entertainment cities including London, New York, Paris, Toronto and Los Angeles.

Mechanical Specifications
Full page trim: 240mm wide by 320mm high
Full page with bleed: 246mm wide by 326mm high

Front cover trim: 240mm wide by 238mm high
Front cover with bleed: 246mm wide by 251mm high (cover bleeds behind the masthead)

DPS trim: 480mm wide by 320mm high
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Half page horizontal type area only: 215mm wide by 145mm high

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