TRCmedia is delighted to announce the latest participants in the next New Horizons training and development programme for development and senior research staff working in the independent television production sector.

Thanks to additional support from Channel 4 and Northern Ireland Screen we have been able to open up our programme beyond Scotland for the first time in a number of years. Four additional delegates from Northern Ireland and one from Wales will be joining six delegates from Scotland:

Ruth Mulcahy
Kevin Anderson
Drea McGurk
Sileas MacInnes
Chris Marks
Emma Lennox
Laura Mailey
Thomas Popay
Paddy McKenna
Grainne McGuinness
Paul Symonds

New Horizons kicks off in August with the first of six sessions, culminating in a final session in London in March to meet commissioners from broadcasters.

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New Horizons is TRCmedia’s talent training opportunity aimed at development and senior research staff.

Successful development is critical to turning good ideas into great commissions. New Horizons has been developed to support growth in the amount of UK network television commissions coming from Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Designed for Factual, Specialist Factual and Factual Entertainment TV development personnel including freelancers and staff working in production companies and broadcasters with the aim of boosting network commissions from Scotland and Northern Ireland. New Horizons will run from August 2016 to January 2017 and consists of six high-end training sessions.

New Horizons is a practical, top quality experience that will enhance skills and knowledge and in addition provides access to network Commissioning Editors across the main UK broadcasters.

The programme will be flexible to make sure it meets the training needs of the selected delegates and will include sessions on:

  • Defining your ideas plus tools for creative thinking
  • Development – from beginning to end – nailing the idea then telling the story
  • Pitching skills
  • Developing relationships with leading commissioners across a range of broadcasters
Register your interest in New Horizons

Entry criteria

New Horizons is open to development and senior research staff working in independent production companies or broadcasting companies in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The scheme is also open to freelance talent.

Candidates will already have some experience of developing Factual, Specialist Factual and Factual Entertainment ideas. It is likely to be best suited to those working as development execs, producers, researchers or assistant producers. This list of job titles is not exhaustive.



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