EP73 - Chris Sussman - The future of comedy at BBC Studios from the Head of Comedy.

February 4, 2017

Chris Sussman (@chris_sussman) is the Head of Comedy at BBC Studios. Chris is responsible for leading the BBC Studios Comedy team, across the UK - in TV, radio and online. He manages the existing slate of productions and take the lead in developing new hit shows and working with exciting, diverse comedy writers and performers. If anyone knows about offence, the state of comedy at the BBC and how to sell an idea to TV it's Chris.

I got him on to talk about:

  • What is BBC Studios?
  • The nature off offence and if it should be the BBC's job to shield people.
  • Why he thinks Mrs Browns Boys was ground breaking.
  • What the future of the BBC looks like as it moves into making shows for other broadcasters
  • How to get your show idea seen by him
  • What are the chances of getting your show purchased if you don't have an agent?
This podcast would be useful for anyone who has a TV show they want to sell or get made as well as writers who want to learn more about what goes on behind the closed doors of the BBC.
You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/ChrisSussman
Or stream it on YouTube - https://youtu.be/S-isMsx-AYQ
As mentioned in the pod, if you'd like to come down and support Angel Comedy presents Queer As Jokes (an LGBT+ / kink friendly comedy night) you can get a ticket here (£5) - http://www.angelcomedy.co.uk/events/queer-as-jokes/
Please feel free to email in if you have any questions about it OR if you'd like a specific seat (we have a "don't pick on me" seating section for people who want to sit in the front row, but don't want to be talked to). 
OR you can come to my preview that is also at Angel Comedy [full gig listings can be found here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/LaughterIsTheBestPlacebo ] 
If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 
Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!
Oh and I have a book out that's a how-to guide for building your audience online through free content. Grab yourself a copy for just £5 here.


Want more content from me? Why wouldn't you! 
Please check out my other podcast - The Audio Time Capsule. In each episode a guest comes on, leaves 20 questions, then a year later comes back on and answers them. I then edit it so they're talking to their past self.
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