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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 – Fall 2022

Published: October 2022

Special features in this issue include:

  • Direct action – No longer episodic guns for hire, television directors are now an integral part of developing television series. DQ speaks to a host of leading filmmakers to find out how their role is changing behind the camera and what new projects they are working on…
  • On location – From Wales to Spain, DQ hits the road to watch the making of two upcoming series. First, Welsh crime drama The Pact returns for a second season, while La Ruta (The Route) is the story of five friends living in Valencia in the 1980s and 1990s at a time when the city becomes a focal point for dance music…
  • Feeling Invincible – Writers Matti Kinnunen and Mari Kinnunen are behind Rosvopankki (The Invincibles), a political thriller set in the world of banking in the 1990s, where a young idealist economist comes to relate to a small bank’s fight against its giant commercial rivals…
  • DQ100 – The third round of entries into the 2022/23 DQ100 are revealed, listing some of the most anticipated upcoming series and the actors, writers and directors involved…
  • And much more…

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.

Book adaptations
March 21, 2022
As books continue to inspire countless television dramas, DQ speaks to those involved in some recent productions to find out how they took the story from page to screen.

Crime Drama
April 25
With crime dramas continuing to pull in viewers, we explore series featuring some of TV’s most recognisable detectives to find out why these characters have proven to be so popular.

Locations
May 23
As the common saying goes, location is just another character. In a series of articles, DQ looks at some of the places and settings appearing on screen to find out how they are used to create the backdrops to some of TV’s biggest shows.

Period/historical Drama
June 20
While the modern age continues to evolve, so too does our fascination with the past. But how are period and historical series putting a fresh spin on the past? DQ finds out more.

Fact-based/biopics
July 25
The truth is often stranger than fiction, as the recent trend for fact-based dramas, particularly crime, and biopics proves. DQ speaks to those involved in fuelling this interest in fictionalised reality.

Sci-fi
September 26
Science-fiction has often proven to be one of the best ways to talk about contemporary themes in a unique setting or world. DQ looks at some of the recent series in this genre.

Costume designers
October 24
Whether it’s a contemporary family drama to a lavish historical production, costumes not only inform the period the story is set in but can offer clues about the characters, their situations and their relationships to other people. DQ speaks to a selection of designers to find out about their latest work.

Thrillers
November 21
Is there a more challenging genre in television drama? DQ speaks to those involved in making edge-of-your-seat drama to find out how they keep the shocks and twists coming while ensuring the story ends on a satisfying note.

Casting
December 19
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, 2023
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.

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

Advertising with DQ

DQ online

DQ carousel
The DQ home page carousel mixes carousel advertising with home page light box takeover once the campaign is clicked.

This sponsorship also features a banner on the DQ weekly newsletter.

There is the opportunity to promote up to six different dramas at one time.

Option 1:

    • Your jpg holding image at 1940 pixels wide x 794 pixels high to run the full width of the home page of the website
    • Your 3 minute trailer at either 1280 x 720 pixels OR 1920 x 1080 pixels
      (16:9 ratio), pro res or H.264 in .mov (max file size 500mb)
    • Also a static jpg reflecting the headline image of the drama, at 200 pixels wide x 112 pixels high for the DQ website

Option 2:

  • Your 55 words of descriptive copy and a headline holding image at 1390 pixels wide x 794 pixels high
  • Your 3 minute trailer at either 1280 x 720 pixels OR 1920 x 1080 pixels
    (16:9 ratio), pro res or H.264 in .mov (max file size 500mb)
  • Also a static jpg reflecting the headline image of the drama, at 200 pixels wide x 112 pixels high for the DQ website

DQ alert banner
A static jpg at 600 pixels wide x 102 pixels high with a click-through link

DQ weekly hotspot
A static jpg at 170 pixels wide x 170 pixels high with a click-through link

DQ homepage campaign
This includes two side skyscrapers and a large middle banner ad on the DQ homepage.

Specs:
Main middle banner: a static jpeg at 1114 pixels wide by 160 pixels high with a click-through link
2 x side skyscrapers: static jpegs at 228 pixels wide by 645 pixels high with a click-though link
Mobile banner: a static jpeg at 345 pixels high by 345 pixels wide with a click-through link

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
DPS with bleed: 486mm wide by 326mm high

Half page horizontal type area only: 215mm wide by 145mm high

Please contact [email protected] with any queries or for any measurements not already mentioned