This reputation building programme fast tracks established Producers who feel they are overlooked for larger scale and bigger budget productions on network by raising their profiles, extending their skills and experience, and expanding their networks so they become business winning Series Producers and Executive Producers for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Here are the brilliant delegates of this year's programme.
Meet the delegates
Tim has worked in several genres, including science, consumer, history and fact-ent, working with crews and self-shooting. Over recent years, he has produced and directed several episodes of the consumer series Supershoppers for C4; a two-part health series for C5, How to Stop your IBS/Migraine; two eps of London's Greatest Bridges for C5, One Night in the Museum, a fact ent series for BBC Scotland; and also a new one-off consumer programme Luxury Christmas for Less for C4, which has subsequently been commissioned as a six-part series. Previous credits include various BBC Science programmes, including Trust Me I'm a Doctor.
Karen started her career working in London, on programmes like The One Show, Sunday Morning Live and Spend it Well. She moved back to Northern Ireland earlier in 2021 after 15 unsuccessful years of trying to find a better crisp than Tayto… She has a background in journalism and studied at Queens University in Belfast and Falmouth University in Cornwall, before moving to London and working her way up to becoming a producer. She is currently edit producing on Mastermind, although this has (somewhat surprisingly) not helped her pub quiz skills in the slightest.
Muireann is a freelance Series Producer from Belfast with over a decade of experience in multi-genre production. She has worked on current affairs and live studio programmes (BBC Sunday Morning Live, Spotlight Special, Nolan Live), documentaries and fact-ent formats (More 4’s Ireland with Ardal O’Hanlon, BBC/RTÉ’s Peataí!), as well as the award-winning programmes Spotlight-Buried Secrets and When is Sex Rape?, and A Very British Mission. Muireann was a writer on Channel 5’s Mimi’s World - a live-action series currently filming in Belfast, and her short documentary Feed debuted at Galway Film Fléadh ‘21.
Patricia has developed and produced hundreds of hours of factual, entertainment and children’s content for UK and Irish broadcasters including Danny Boy: The Ballad that Bewitched the World (BBC4) My Life: Champion of the World (CBBC) which won an IFTA for Best Children’s Programme, Born to Riverdance (BBC One) and Keeping up with The Maileys (BBC One). Patricia also co-developed Tyrone Productions’ award-winning series The High Hopes Choir (RTE) and was a delegate on the TRC SuperSizer training programme for development executives in 2018-2019.
Sarah is a highly experienced producer working across factual and factual entertainment. Having made her start in Children’s, her credits now span a broad range of genres, channels and audiences. As a Producer she has worked on a variety of popular series such as Scotland’s Home of the Year (BBC Scotland), The Yorkshire Auction House (Discovery), Location, Location Location (Channel 4), and was the Casting Producer on a brand-new BBC series, The Travelling Auctioneers (BBC1). Sarah is currently Series Producing the first Scotland’s Christmas Home of the Year special for BBC Scotland.
Tom is an experienced producer and edit producer who’s worked across a variety of genres over the last 15 years including Documentary (Born to Be Wild, Island Medics), Prime Time Features (Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas, Escape to the Farm), Daytime (Gok’s Fill Your House For Free, Nightforce) and Children’s (Officially Amazing, Incredible Edibles).
Tulip Chicoine (Job Share)
With over fifteen years of experience in factual television, Tulip has worked on productions large and small across the globe for the BBC, Channel 4, Sky, Fox and Youtube. Her credits include everything from presenter-led docs such as Billy Connolly: Portrait of a Lifetime and Brian May’s Brief History of 3D, to popular series like Tricks of the Restaurant Trade and How to Stay Well to live events like the World Music Awards. In development Tulip’s credits include Keeping Britain Fed for BBC Two, and multiple episodes of The Truth About strand for BBC One. Tulip is delighted to be partnering with fellow telly Mum Zoe in a job share on the programme.
Zoe Milne (Job Share)
Zoe is a skilled and creative Producer with over 10 years of experience working across genres including observational and current affairs, documentaries, science, arts, and history. Her credits include One Night at the Museum, Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas and This Farming Life. Based in Glasgow, Zoe is a proud Telly Mum, and is delighted to be part of Factual Fast Track in a job share partnership with Tulip.
After spending six years as a Lighting Camerawoman with all major UK broadcasters on productions such as The One Show, Make Me A Baby and The Real Hustle, Jane transitioned to become a Shooting Producer Director. Her first assignment was aboard military helicopters documenting their search and rescue efforts in Highland Emergency and she continued for the next 10 years PD’ing formats such as the Scottish Bafta winning debut series This Farming Life, Gold Rush and Eden. Jane now has several credits as Series Producer for C5’s prime time factual entertainment output.