AIDC 2022: Pilot Week to have unscripted focus

10's Head of Development reveals the shape of Pilot Week this year, expected mid year.

The titles are yet to be revealed but 10’s Pilot Week this year will have a focus on Unscripted content.

Yesterday at the Australian International Documentary Conference in Melbourne, Yeesum Lo Head of Development for Paramount ANZ was asked about Pilot Week 2022 and how many projects had previously progessed into 10’s schedule.

“I’m personally very excited because this is the first time that I’ve been involved in Pilot Week, myself,” she said. “It’s very important that every Pilot Week has had a slightly different brief. So this year our focus has been on Unscripted formats, unscripted Australian formats. In the past we’ve also had scripted pilots, and pilots that were for formats. So it’s kind of apples to oranges. You can’t really look at a hit rate per se, just on that basis.

“But as a company, we believe in the Australian industry, we believe in Australian stories and Australian ideas. Pilot Week is one way for us to be able to say, ‘Let’s try something original and new and let’s do it together.”

There are 6 projects for Pilot Week, which is tipped to run concurrently with MasterChef Australia mid year.

Lo also discussed 10’s other recent factual content including last year’s Mirror, Mirror with Todd Sampson, The Dog House Australia, Lindy Chamberlain: The True Story, Bondi Rescue, plus upcoming title First Inventors.

Her message to producers was that documentaries require authentic passion.

“It starts with producers and storytellers that are really passionate about about the story that they bring to the table. The strength of the story is always really important because my job is to turn around and pitch it to my bosses. So we all have to collectively really love a story in order to be able to turn around and sell it to someone else.

“So it’s always about the story.”

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