Seven has confirmed it is no longer developing original titles in-house, preferring to commission from independent producers.
While Seven produces Home & Away, Better Homes & Gardens, Border Security and Back to the Rafters (the latter for Amazon Prime) CEO James Warburton (pictured) recently culled Seven’s in-house development team to cut both costs and network risk.
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Director of Programming Angus Ross told TV Tonight, “Since James has been here -and full credit to him- he’s given us much more freedom to have a very outwardly-focused commissioning system.
“We’re no longer in the program development business, which is a very high-risk business and has a very high failure rate.
“We’re now in the business of commissioning, proven and powerful international formats to try and ‘de-risk’ our schedule. The ones that we’ve done this year been Farmer, Big Brother and now SAS -that’s a three for three strike rate. So I’m really looking forward to next year when our entire schedule is going to be supported by established formats provided by the best program producers in this country.
“In summary, our effort’s been okay, this year, and it’s been remarkably close, even with how much we’ve been affected by COVID. And that’s due to the strength of the spine, and News, Home & Away, Better Homes, and also our Sport. We have the superior sport offering, clearly.”