If you’re an executive in a television production company serious about international business growth then TRCmedia’s International Development Programme is for you!

This exciting opportunity to build essential professional knowledge and to bring a greater competitive edge to your business is aimed at senior staff who develop and sell factual and factual entertainment content.


The US remains by far the biggest market for UK content – it comprises almost half of the £1bn annual world sales total. The programme offers intelligence and insight on world markets with particular focus on the US East Coast market.

This year’s participants will have the opportunity to meet distributors, agents, finance and negotiation experts and others with in depth knowledge of foreign markets. Delegates will also visit New York and Washington DC to meet senior channel commissioners suited to their areas of expertise and interest.

2016 delegates

Seven top professionals drawn from Scotland’s thriving digital/creative sector secured a place on our 2016 Special Edition programme. They are:

Natalie Hill | Hello Halo
Jonathan Warne | IWC Media
Jim Regan | Remedy
Jamie Bolland | Finestripe
David Smith | Matchlight
Ed Stobart | Alley Cats
Matthew Worthy | Stellify

Running from October 2016 through March 2017 this high end business development programme will be made up of monthly sessions at TRC in Glasgow with the emphasis on providing practical benefits to delegates, with new skills and knowledge that can be immediately applied. The programme will culminate in the week long field trip to the US East Coast.

Entry criteria

IDP is open to senior staff employed in independent production companies in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Candidates will be experienced in developing and selling factual, specialist factual and factual entertainment ideas. The programme is therefore most likely to be best suited to senior personnel.

There will be eight places available: 

  • five for Scottish based companies
  • two for Northern Ireland based companies



The International Development Programme is funded by the BBC, Channel 4, Scottish Enterprise and Creative Scotland.

Supported by Northern Ireland Screen and MG Alba.
NI Screen + MG Alba