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Wolf Hall director and producer discuss TV production sector

29 April 2019

The Communications Committee holds two evidence sessions for its inquiry into public service broadcasting in the age of video on demand. The Committee questions independent TV producers and representatives from the Media Reform Coalition and the Voice of the Listener and Viewer.


Tuesday 30 April, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30pm

  • Sir Colin Callender CBE, Chairman, Playground LLC
  • Peter Kosminsky, Director, Stonehenge Films

Sir Colin Callender is a film and TV producer who played a key role in developing the UK's independent production sector and who won critical acclaim at HBO, and Peter Kosminsky is a writer, director and producer who directed the TV serialisation of Wolf Hall for BBC2.

At 4.30pm

  • Professor Des Freedman, former Chair and founding member, Media Reform Coalition
  • Dr Tom Mills, Lecturer in Sociology and Policy, Aston University
  • Colin Browne, Chairman, Voice of the Listener and Viewer

The Media Reform Coalition and Voice of the Listener and Viewer aim to promote a better media environment.

Possible lines of questioning

Topics likely to be covered in the first evidence session include:

  • How will the launch of new services, such as from Apple and Disney, affect the market?
  • What are the trends in co-production between public service broadcasters and subscription services?
  • What are the differences between producing content for public service broadcasters and producing content for subscription video on demand services?
  • How can UK productions better appeal to and represent other different demographics, regions and nations in the UK—especially younger generations? 

Topics likely to be covered in the second evidence session include:

  • Why are younger generations spending less time watching the output of public service broadcasters?
  • Is the legitimacy of the TV licence fee at risk? What other funding models would be appropriate?
  • Should a levy be placed on subscription video on demand services to support UK production?
  • Should public service broadcasters attempt to compete with the high budget productions of Netflix and other new entrants?

Further information

Image: Company Pictures and Playground Entertainment for BBC2