Category: ONE ON ONE
Ones to Watch: Trends & Trailblazers
DQ spotlights the people, places and things that have provided the biggest talking points in television drama in the past year, from virtual production to Covid-19 supervisors.
Isobel Waller-Bridge tells DQ about her career as a television composer and her experiences working on shows including War & Peace, Black Mirror and sister Phoebe’s award-winning series Fleabag.
Q&A: TF1’s Marie Guillaumond
TF1’s head of French drama Marie Guillaumond tells DQ how the drama boom is building in France and how she hopes to work with streaming giants Netflix and Amazon.
Q&A: Euston Films’ Kate Harwood
Euston Films MD Kate Harwood tells DQ why international coproductions are the way forward and suggests broadcasters should take a risk on new talent to avoid a talent drain.
Mixing it up
Mercedes Reincke, content development manager at Argentinian broadcaster Telefe, explains how thriller El Regreso de Lucas (The Return of Lucas) is shaking up its traditional telenovela formula1.
Norway’s NRK is blending medical drama with thriller in Valkyrien, which sees a doctor fighting to save his dying wife beneath the streets of Oslo. DQ catches up with writer/director Erik Richter Strand.
Havana go at colourful noir
Cuban writer Leonardo Padura brings his own novels to the small screen in eight-part crime series Four Seasons in Havana. He tells DQ how he adapted the Cuba-set books and why his iconic detective Mario Conde stands out in a sea of television cops.
China’s Shaw thing
Hans Zhang stars in Chinese period drama The Legendary Tycoon, based on the life of Sir Run Run Shaw. Director Chuang Hsun-Hsin tells DQ about the man who inspired this 45-part biopic.
Read all about it
Croatian drama The Paper goes behind the headlines to root out corruption and scandal in the media. DQ chats to creator and producer Nebojsa Taraba about this controversial new series.
Back in from the Cold
As Cold Feet returns to ITV after more than a decade off air, Michael Pickard speaks to creator Mike Bullen about resurrecting the hit comedy-drama.
View from the East: NHK’s Masafumi Endo discusses success in Asia
Masafumi Endo, head of drama at Japanese broadcaster NHK, tells DQ what series need to be successful in the Far East and why viewers can look forward to meeting the ‘Japanese Harry Potter.’
Five high: Mark Tonderai on his new Sky1 series
Director Mark Tonderai talks to Michael Pickard about helming every episode of new Sky1 drama The Five and finding inspiration from football managers.
Walter Iuzzolino, chief creative officer at GSN and curator of Walter Presents, reveals the shows that inspired Channel 4’s new global drama platform.
Appetite for disruption: Amazon Studios’ Morgan Wandell
With a reputed US$2bn annual content budget, Amazon Studios head of drama development Morgan Wandell is enjoying his position as prime disruptor of traditional TV.
Leaving the comfort zone: NBCU Cable Entertainment’s Jeff Wachtel
NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment content boss Jeff Wachtel tells DQ that his channels are delving into new genres and production approaches as they seek to stand out from the crowd.
Scorpion’s tale: Walter O’Brien on the CBS show
Walter O’Brien reveals how Scorpion, the CBS show based on his company, has attracted more interest in his firm and tells DQ that the series carries a positive message for viewers.
Agatha Christie Ltd CEO Hilary Strong talks to DQ
Agatha Christie Ltd CEO Hilary Strong explains why adaptations of the celebrated author’s stories, which remain popular across the world, will keep on coming.
Andreas Prochaska, director of Austrian period drama Maximilian, reveals the challenges of realising an epic, action-packed script while sticking to a strict budget.