Leadership and support from across the business at UKTV has been critical and having Planet Placement championed at a senior level by their Director of Commissioning, Richard Watsham and Senior Commissioning Editor Helen Nightingale have been hugely beneficial in implementing the initiative. Richard has been a regular speaker at industry webinars discussing the topic and Helen is a founding member of the UKTV Green team.
Making a success of it has involved creating positive partnerships between our commissioners and the independent producers UKTV works with. They have created a dialogue and worked together rather than having to ‘tell’ each other what to do.
Initially it was hard at UKTV to work out how to have productive conversations about sustainability during production as it often involved additional administration and logistical challenges, but they’ve been successful in creating positive conversations and have been able to evolve the necessary processes and ways of working. They’ve learnt as they’ve gone along and are still learning but wanted to share what they had learned and what they were doing. With that in mind, they presented a showreel at the Edinburgh International TV Festival, and will continue to work closely with albert, and have detailed some things they’re doing below.