Brian Leith: Creative Director – ‘Creative Director’ of a film company sounds grand and impressive… the reality is a bit more mundane. Most days I’m found scratching my head, wondering where our next film or series will come from, and will the current one work! Maybe the idea will come from a weekend newspaper, or a concept I’ve had for years, but never got round to figuring it into a story. Sometimes it’s an idea that a broadcaster suggests to us, believing that we have the skills necessary to make it… (that’s a nice feeling, but scarey!) Or a clever idea from one of our talented team. And when you work in the industry for many years (as I do) the next film often evolves from the last one, in a clumsy sort of evolution. There are cynics who say you only have one film in you–and you keep on re-making it until (hopefully) you get it right… The only thing I can say with authority is that the buck stops somewhere very near me, and I’m constantly pondering fresh ideas, and working out how to convince commissioners young enough to be one of my sons, or old enough to remember my last good film…!
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