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Theme Festival - Classic Film and Drama Series Franchises


Theme Festival - Classic Film
and Drama Series Franchises

About this Festival

Audiences love a good binge watch. We take a look at some of the most successful series and classic films that suppliers have to offer which will keep your audience glued to their screens.

Programming Profile

Oldies but goodies: how lockdown is driving demand for classic dramas


With classic drama series providing much-needed comfort to audiences under lockdown during the pandemic, how much longevity does this trend have? Oli Hammett talks to distribution execs to find out how the pandemic has changed demand for library content.


Classic drama series like Breaking Bad, Spooks and The Sopranos were in high demand last year as productions all over the world were forced to stop. The celebrated HBO mafia drama, for instance, was named as the hottest show of 2020 by GQ magazine despite concluding way back in 2007.


With fewer new shows slated, 2020 was dubbed “the year of the re-watch” as broadcasters and streamers turned to award-winning hits in the hope they would appeal to new, younger audiences as well as the people who saw them when they originally aired.


“Broadcasters were left with huge holes in their schedules and at ITV Studios we are very fortunate to have such a wealth of titles at our disposal,” says Julie Meldal-Johnsen, executive VP of global content at the producer and distributor.