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SuperSizer

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

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

We have now completed our 20/21 edition of SuperSizer, which was held exclusively online due to COVID-19. During the selection process we received a record number of applications, and you can learn more about the successful delegates here.

If you're interested in hearing more about SuperSizer when applications open for our next cohort, please register your interest by signing up to our mailing list.

  • 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 training sessions.
  • You must have endorsement from production company owner or Managing Director (written statement of support).

Our SuperSizer training inlcudes 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 £470. In 2020, due to the challenges faced by the television industry due to COVID-19, we delivered 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)

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

  • Regular 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.

If you're interested in hearing more about SuperSizer when applications open for our next cohort, please register your interest by signing up to our mailing list.

Register Your Interest

If you're interested in hearing more about SuperSizer when applications open for our next cohort, please register your interest by signing up to our mailing list.

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

These sessions have made me want to get the team together in a room and create hours of new TV. Even whilst tasked with exercises to practise we were getting excited about what we were creating - truly inspiring!

Laura Gilbert, Development Executive
Laura Gilbert, Development Executive (Glasgow)

“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)

SuperSizer delegates 2020/21

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

SuperSizer delegates 2019/20

Gill Brown

Tern TV

Paul O'Donohue

Firecrest Films

Miriam Ryan

Big Mountain Productions

Louis Bamber

Button Down

Paul Windle

MultiStory Media

Sophie Ellis

True Vision

Robert Brown

Raise the Roof Productions

Jayne Brierley

Daisybeck Studios

Jon Willers

Storyboard Studios

Siobhan Smith

Firecracker Scotland

Alan Gillespie

ShinAwiL

Sophie Scott

Two Rivers Media

SuperSizer 2018/19

Lindsey Douglas

Lion Television Scotland

Laura Farrell

Tern

Connie Fisher

Wildflame Productions

Henry Imbert

Very Nice

Edward Kellie

Screendog Productions

Peter MacQueen

Caledonia TV

Neil McCallum

Hungry Bear Media

Patricia Moore

Tyrone Productions

Robert Neill

Finestripe

Thomas Popay

Stellify Media

Khurram Adnan Sheikh

Imagemaker Media

Nacressa Swan

Meridian Line Films

SuperSizer 2017/18

Emma Parkins

Alleycats

David Devenney

BBC Studios
Pacific Quay Productions

Susie Wright

Daisybeck Studios

Jennifer Gilroy

Firecracker Scotland

Anne-Claire Pilley

Firecrest Films

Perjeet Aujla

Full Fat TV

Kate Thomas

BOOM Cymru

Linsay Gordon

Raise the Roof Productions

Rosy Marshall-McCrae

Red Sky Productions

Ruchika Tagore

Daisybeck Studios

Michael McAvoy, STV Productions

Michael McAvoy

STV Productions

Stephen McGinty, STV Productions

Stephen McGinty

STV Productions

Paula Campion, Tern TV

Paula Campion

Tern TV

David Kavanagh, Title Role Productions

David Kavanagh

Title Role Productions