What makes a good History documentary pitch for France Télévisions ?
Given this years’ focus on historytelling, we simply asked the question to Emmanuel Migeot, Deputy Head of the Documentary Unit – History & Culture, France Télévisions
Events such as Sunny Side of the Doc are the key to better targetting both creative and financial partnerships and increasing effectiveness.
What makes a good pitch is an accurate knowledge of the different documentary slots in a TV group such as France Televisions – a point that is not taken enough into consideration.
Just for the history thematic, there are prime times on France 2 but also on France 3, and they are obviously both different. And it’s the same process for the later evening slots on France 2, 3, 5 or on France O.
Every slot has its own editorial line, the specificities and outlines of which we have been striving to define in the clearest manner possible, especially since the reorganization into transversal thematic poles. Producers must be able to consider which line fits their projects better.
That’s the reason why they come to see us to introduce their projects by developing the most effective and impactful arguments. Our interlocutors are well experienced in making their pitch clear and captivating. They are able to defend the novelty and the historical relevance of their projects, but also the importance of telling this story now.
Nevertheless, some producers are disconnected with the realities of our slots, with our different editorial lines and more widely with the films we have produced, shown or co-produced over the last few years. Sometimes the misunderstanding of this eco-system is a little disconcerting. It is for this reason that events such as Sunny Side of the Doc are the key to better targetting both creative and financial partnerships and increasing effectiveness.