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About Jon Mountague…
Jon Mountague (@montiQu) is the comedy Commissioning Editor at Sky which means he heads up a team of commissioning editors who, between them pick and develop comedy shows for Sky, Sky Arts, Sky One and more.
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Sky Comedy Commissioning…
- What the difference between a commissioner and a commissioner editor. [0 mins 0 secs]
- What are Sky doing to support up and coming writers?
- Would you work with a writer who didn’t have an agent? [8 mins]
- Second screen experience and his thoughts on it. [18 mins]
- What makes a hit? [20 mins]
- What percentage of your shows are made in house vs production houses?
- Does that mean it is better to send ideas to production houses or to you directly?
- What factors outside of money come into play when deciding which shows to schedule / commission?
- How many pilots do you make and how many of those become shows?
- I noticed you’re experimenting a little bit with some exciting new shows like Stuck which is a studio sitcom, is this going to be a regular thing? How was developing that? Do you think it could become a series? [25 mins] https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/stuck_2017/
- How has social media impacted your choice of shows and how you scout for new writers? [12 mins 30secs]
- You’re investing more in online Comedy Shorts like the Halloween ones that have just come out, do you think any of these would become a series or do you commission them as a short and that’s the only intention? [10 mins]
- Do you intend to move some of your content to YouTube or any other online platforms? [12 mins 30 secs]
- What do you think of on-demand players or online distributors like NetFlix? Are they competition or exciting developments?
- How do you judge if you can carry on with a project / idea that is in a new style for you? [29 mins]
- How do you scout for new talent at the Edinburgh Fringe? [38 mins]
- How he uses the internet to find new talent? [42 mins]
Derby County FC Podcast…
- Why did he start a podcast? [47 mins]
- What’s it like making TV for 11 million subscribers and then going home to make an episode of his niche podcast to a significantly lower number of subscribers.
- What are the best books on comedy, writing, stand up etc you’ve read? [59 mins]
- Best show you’ve ever seen? [1 hour 1 min]
- What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made and how did you get over it? [1 hour 2 mins]
- If you could go back to give yourself one bit of advice before your first job in TV… what would it be? [1 hour 4 mins]