Newsjack Episode 2 – Behind the Scenes
So you probably read my blog analysing episode two.
Well I’ve managed to get some ‘behind the scenes’ facts about this episode.
There were 451 sketches submitted and 652 one liners submitted. Although they haven’t confirmed it, I’d guess it is more like 6 X 652 (3700-ish) one-liners. Personally I think its amazing there are still so many sketches being submitted. We have seen a drop by 150 in the number of sketches and about 50 lots of one-liners. The Newsjack production team have previously said that they see a reduction in submissions as the series progresses.
8 broadcast sketches – 3 from writers room.
I had 8 in my analysis so I was correct on this.
Brexit – Could have been anytime!
Eliminate Bullying – 8th Feb (https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/08/pentagon-takes-on-bullying-offensive-jokes-in-new-harassment-policy.html)
Lent – Well it was pancake day…the day after the submissions
Ikea Cops – 8th Feb (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-42990341)
White Planet – This could have been any day – I couldn’t find a news article about it.
Emotional Support Animal – 8th Feb (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/08/spirit-airlines-emotional-support-hamster-flush-toilet-florida)
Heavy Falcon X Launch – 6th Feb (https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/06/falcon-heavy-spacex-rocket-florida-launch)
Norweigan Olympic Eggs – 8th Feb (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/08/norway-olympics-team-orders-15000-eggs-by-mistake-south-korea)
So….could you guess which 3 were written by the writers’ room? I can’t. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I guess that’s not for me to answer!
20 broadcast one liners and number crunchers – *all from non comm writers/0 from writers room.*
So my analysis of the submissions was correct…What excellent news that they were all from the Non-Comm writers. I guess the writers’ room was too busy with their extra sketch this week.
In House Writers / Writer’s Room
In the writers room twitter chat we used the phrase “In house writers” but this could be a bit clearer. Each Monday, we host a writers room which consists of 5 invited writers – these are members of the public who have submitted sketches regularly and successfully to the previous series. It’s a great way for us to meet the people who submit to the show and give them a real world experience of being in a writers room.
The writers room meets at 10am and ends at noon – this process is deliberately kept separate from the submissions we receive so that it’s a level playing field.
I’ve quoted this in full so you know I’ve not written it. Two things jump out at me.
1) 2 sketches of ‘Newsjack quality’ (whatever you believe this to be) are written by these people in the 2 hours they have for writing. Thats pretty good (in my opinion) that they can do stuff which is so full of jokes in just 120 minutes. Maybe it helps they have 4 other people to bounce stuff off of. I’d love to be a fly on the wall for one of these sessions. Mainly for my nosiness but also I love the process of writing jokes.
2) The invited writers submit sketches regularly. Thats where I fail. To me it suggests that to get into the writers room you have to submit plenty of sketches – those submitting one-liners wont get invited. I could be reading too much into it but that’s how I read that sentence.
Something this doesn’t tell us is what happens to the scripts and one-liners from Monday lunchtime on-wards. I do know a couple of script editors but I don’t know if they do it by themselves – I imagine they have an additional writers room to get the scripts thrashed out.
Loads of submissions. All of the one-liners came from the public as did 5 of the 8 sketches. I only have the details on these two episodes but the person who gave it to me wanted me to share it with others as there has been a lot of queries over how the episodes are made.
If you have any questions or comments then please leave me a comment or drop me a tweet on twitter. 🙂