Had two meetings in Glasgow on Monday, talking with a producer and a drama development exec. It's a chilling period in the world of film and TV drama at the moment, with commissions few and far between while long-running favourites are getting the chop. Getting funding for features is tougher than ever, ITV has all but abandoned non-soap drama before 9pm, and the BBC seems to be under constant attack from every angle. Tough times.
Despite this, one clear message emerged from both meetings: everybody's looking for great writing, fresh ideas, new concepts. There are absolutely no guarantees, but there are still opportunities. But you have to play the long game. Those with the power to say yes and inject money into a project are more risk averse than ever in these dark days of credit crunch and cutbacks. Good enough isn't enough now, you need to be exceptional.
Despite the dire state of the industry, those meetings left me fizzing with excitement. I've got a fistful of projects all clamouring for my attention, arguing inside my head about which one gets developed next. The danger is I start pinballing between them, never making any real progress. It's decision time - what should I write next?
Just for fun, I'm giving you a chance to influence that choice. Should I get stuck into the feature screenplay I've been putting off far too long? Haven't got a feature in my portfolio, it's a gaping absence. Should I work up one of half a dozen concepts for TV pilots? How about radio drama, an area I've been neglecting for months, even years? Or should I pour my energies into pitches for Doctors?
Indicate which one of these options you favour in the comments section. Can't guarantee I'll abide by the majority decision, but you might tip the balance. Vote now!