The head of the comedy show of the broadcasters has said that ITV will no longer commission comedy shows with all-male writer’s rooms. Saskia Schuster told she realized that last year ” an awful lot of my comedy entertainment presents are made up of all-male writing teams.”

The head of the comedy show of the broadcasters has said that ITV will no longer commission comedy shows with all-male writer’s rooms. Saskia Schuster told she realized that last year ” an awful lot of my comedy entertainment presents are made up of all-male writing teams.”

She told, “too often the writing room is not sensitively run. It can be aggressive and slightly bullying. ” She has now changed the contracts of ITV, and female writers have been appointed to join shows like ITV’s Celebability.

She said, there has been “a significant lack of shows written by women or with women on the writing teams ”. Last year, while evaluating the gender balance of sitcom scripts she was sent, she realized that for every script she obtained from a female writer, she got five from men.

After seeking writers, agents, producers, and performers, “ the first thing I did was I changed my terms of commissioning”. She also added, “ I won’t commission anything with an all-male writing team.”

Ms. Schuster has initiated a scheme called Comedy 50:50 for encouraging more female comedy writers. She told female writer combat because:

It was tough to compete for jobs with men who have more writing credits. They can not find producers who “ get ” their voice and can develop their script with complete potential. They don’t develop vigorously, in a solitary voice in a writer’s room.

She wrote in a Comedy website, “ there can all too often be a sense of tokenism towards the lone female”. She also added, “or the dominant perception is that the female is there purely so the production can hit quotas. ”

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