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www.grantgoddard.co.uk May 1992
A new international grouping of drama producers is to be formed at next month's meeting of the European Broadcasting Union in Edinburgh. The 'Radio Drama Association International' [RDAI] is intended to foster links between drama producers working outside of state broadcasting systems. The project is being developed by UK-based Independent Radio Drama Productions [IRDP], whose work is broadcast by 'LBC' and American 'National Public Radio'. "It's very ambitious," says co-ordinator Richard Shannon. "We're trying to network on quite a large scale." RDAI hopes to publish a directory of independent radio drama producers worldwide that will also reference their specific productions. An annual conference is planned as a talking shop and a marketplace for buying and selling product, and for forging co-production deals. Shannon anticipates that it will take at least two years to develop a network of contacts sufficient to make such a conference viable. He is keen to forge international links and will attend the International Radio Festival in New York during July to recruit members. IRDP has also signed a deal with Bucharest company Rivalta to fund a Romanian drama production that will subsequently be translated into English for UK production. Rivalta's director Marcel Tohatan visited London last week as a guest of the 'BBC World Service' to launch the joint venture.
[First published in 'Broadcast' magazine as 'Dramatic Link For EBU' [sic], 15 May 1992]
Grant Goddard is a media analyst / radio specialist / radio consultant with thirty years of experience in the broadcasting industry, having held senior management and consultancy roles within the commercial media sector in the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia. Details at http://www.grantgoddard.co.uk
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