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SuperSizer

SuperSizer is for ambitious development executives based in the Nations and Regions who want to win high value commissions.

We’re excited to announce the return of our popular SuperSizer programme as a blended offering of online training and face-to-face commissioner meetings in London early in 2021 subject to Covid-19 regulations. 

SuperSizer is a professional development programme aimed at Development Executives who produce factual, factual entertainment or specialist factual programmes. 

After an incredibly tough selection process with a record number of exceptional applications, we're delighted to announce our class of 20/21 SuperSizers.

 

For the first time in 2020/21 we are offering this programme to ambitious Development Executives working for independent production companies in the Nations and Regions as a Company Employee or on a freelance basis.

  • Applicants should have significant experience in television programme development and have been responsible for at least ONE idea that has gone on to be commissioned.
  • You/your production company must be based in Nations and Regions.
  • You/your company should focus on the development of factual, factual entertainment or specialist factual programmes.
  • The Development Executive must be based in Nations and Regions.
  • You must be able to commit your attendance at ALL of the online training sessions (info below)
  • You must have endorsement from production company owner or Managing Director (written statement of support), if freelance, you will be asked to provide a written support statement from a previous employer.

Our SuperSizer training sessions will offer intensive workshops focusing on key development areas including:

  • Leading Creative Teams
  • Personal Impact & Influence
  • Planning & Managing Crucial Conversations
  • Pitches & Sizzles
  • Broadcaster Intel
  • Commissioner Meetings


The course cost for SuperSizer is normally £470. However d
ue to the ongoing challenges faced by the television industry, for 2020/21 we are delivering this course completely free of charge to the user.

This would not be possible without the continuous support of our funders: Screen Scotland, BBC Nations and Regions and Channel 4.

SuperSizer offers exceptional access to leading commissioners and senior personnel at broadcasters. Previous contributors for the programme include:

  • Ben Frow (Channel 5)
  • Emma Wetcott (Channel 5)
  • Greg Barnett (Channel 5)
  • Daniel Pearl (Channel 5)
  • Andrea Amey (Channel 5)
  • Linda Daubrey (Channel 5)
  • Lucy Willis (Channel 5)
  • Jo Street (BBC role – Jo is now at Channel 4)
  • Priya Singh (ITV)
  • Peter Tierney (ITV)
  • Fatima Salaria (BBC, now Channel 4)
  • Ricky Cooper (BBC)
  • Claire Mottershead (BBC)
  • Beejal-Maya Patel (BBC)
  • Emily Allen (BBC)
  • Martha Housden (BBC Studios)
  • Danny Horan (Channel 4)
  • Charlie Palmer (Channel 4)
  • Becky Cadman (Channel 4)
  • Deborah Dunnett (Channel 4)
  • Nicola Harrison (Channel 4)
  • Lucy O’Neill (Channel 4)
  • Lucy Leveugle (In Channel 4 role. Lucy is now at Netflix)
  • Ramy El-Bergamy (formerly Channel 4)
  • Diana Carter (A+E Networks UK)
  • Jake Chudnow (YouTube Originals)
  • Will Rowsen (Channel 4)
  • Ben Kelly (Netflix)
  • Hilary Rosen (UKTV)
  • Kate Thomas (Channel 4)
  • Sarah Lazenby (CH4)
  • Phil Edgar-Jones (Sky)
  • Shirley Jones (Sky)
  • Barbara Less (Sky)

12 ambitious Factual/Fact Ent/Specialist Factual Development Executives from across the Nations and Regions will benefit from:

  • Weekly 2 hour training sessions 
  • Exclusive insights from senior personnel at broadcasters
  • Exceptional access to leading commissioners 
  • Increased industry knowledge, network and profile

Applications are now closed for SuperSizer 20/21.

Meet the Delegates

We're delighted to announce our 16 brilliant Development Executives for SuperSizer 20/21.

SuperSizer delegates 20/21

Alex Thomas

Milk First

Andy Ashworth

Cut Media

Chamoun Issa

Factual Fiction

Claire Burgoyne

Below the Radar

Dave Donald

14th Floor Productions

David Leach

Freelance

Gail Tolley

Freelance

Heather Brown

Yeti Television

Holly Cocker

Hey Sonny Films

James Gray

BBC Studios

Jessica Waite

The Garden Yorkshire

Jordan Laird

Studio Something

Julie Beanland

True North 

Kate Vines

Freelance

Laura Gilbert

Firecrest Films

Ruairi Sparks

Rare Television

Here's what our previous SuperSizers have to say...

“A real opportunity to get ahead of the game, develop professional skills, meet incredibly inspiring fellow programme makers and develop relationships with leading commissioners."

Laura Farrell, Tern (Glasgow)

“It's integral that programs like this exist in order to connect regional indies with the commissioners who can make their business grow”

Thomas Popay, Stellify (Belfast)

"SuperSizer is a gateway for any indie to grow and expand its horizon of opportunity. The knowledge gained from the programme is priceless."

Khurram Adnan Sheikh, Imagemaker Media (Manchester)

Money can't buy this sort of access to commissioners - fantastic chance to build those all-important relationships!

Patricia Moore, Tyrone Productions (Belfast)

Supersizer is a rare gem of a course. An amazing experience to get in front of the full set of UK broadcasters and to spend such a lot of time in their company. I now have a far fuller understanding of every UK broadcaster, and have made so many connections with current commissioners and made friends with a room full of talented creatives on the course who, one day, will undoubtedly will be commissioners themselves.

Connie Fisher, Wildflame Productions (Cardiff)

The course has been really great, with brilliant bookings from TRC – from commissioners to trainers. It’s really helped me take back some new ideas to help me and my team develop our slates.

Jennifer Gilroy, Firecracker Scotland
Jennifer Gilroy, Firecracker Scotland (Glasgow)

SuperSizer provided exclusive access to commissioners in a relaxed training setting coupled with the opportunity to work alongside and learn from other experienced development executives. We’ve made invaluable new contacts and won a commission as a result of the programme.

David Kavanagh, Title Role Productions
David Kavanagh, Title Role Productions (Manchester)