TEN programmer Beverley McGarvey has responded to criticism of Pilot Week through TEN’s new online site, TenDaily.
Revealing she started the week very excited for Pilot Week, she admits to being disappointed by the reaction.
“Unfortunately, the response to our Pilot Week announcement was instead saddening, although I must admit Kitty Flanagan’s The Weekly sketch was very funny,” she writes.
“We had so many innovative and witty ideas we ended up commissioning eight pilots, as opposed to the five initially planned.
“In areas where women are under-represented, like narrative comedy, we actively spent time looking for female voices and, in fact, are fortunate to have found three amazing and clever concepts that are in active development. Narrative comedy, however, has a long lead time and those shows will not make it in time for Pilot Week in 2018. We did not mention this in the media release announcing our Pilot Week concept. It appears we probably should have.”
She also notes Publicity made an error in not revealing full casts, which would have highlighted women involved.
“We also should have provided some artwork to go with the shows that reveal their full casts, particularly for the ensemble shows. This is a mistake we will not make again,” she writes.
“It should also be noted that some of the people who have criticised the shows in Pilot Week were, in fact, offered roles on Pilot Week shows that they declined.”
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