Meet the Delegates: SuperSizing Development Teams
Based on TRC's longstanding SuperSizer training, SuperSizing Development Teams is a creative development programme for indies. In this first edition, SuperSizing Development Teams will work with Scotland-based indies MacTV, Firecracker, Cut Media, and Red Sky Productions. Here are the brilliant delegates that will be taking part in the programme.
Jennifer Gilroy, Firecracker
Jennifer is an Executive Producer with more than 20 years’ experience in documentary, features and factual entertainment formats.
Together with Creative Director Elspeth O’Hare, she was hired to set up and run Firecracker Films’ Scotland base in 2016.
For the last 6 years, Jennifer has been working across development and winning many commissions, whilst also series producing, and now exec producing Firecracker’s extensive range of factual output. Recent successful commissions include a 6-part series for Paramount Plus, several C4 documentaries and 2 x 90-minute specials for Channel 5.
Elspeth O’Hare, Firecracker
Elspeth is the Creative Director of Tinopolis Scotland.
Based in Glasgow, she has over 20 years’ experience of successfully developing. producing and executive producing a wide range of documentaries, factual entertainment and formatted singles and series for the main UK broadcasters. Working across Firecracker and Mentorn credits include Class of Mum and Dad (Channel 4), Save Well Spend Better (Channel 4), The Customer is Always Right (BBC1), Sky High Club (BBC3+ BBC Scotland), Getting Hitched Asian Style (BBC Scotland) and The Great British Urine Test (Channel 5).
Majella McNeaney, Firecracker
Majella first caught the development bug as a researcher devising games for CBBC’s Copycats after which she joined BBC Scotland’s factual entertainment team where she secured her first commissions.
Majella went on to work for many Scottish based indies across both production and development roles including Thames, STV, Mighty and Friel Kean Films for whom she produced BBC One Daytime series Getaway for Winter.
Joining Firecracker Films in January last year, Majella helped win new series commission Strip for Paramount+ and is currently working on an innovative slate of new and funded ideas across all major channels.
Sean Maguire, Firecracker
Sean joined Firecracker in March 2022, where he has helped win commissions and works across a varied and eclectic slate of ideas.
Before joining the Firecracker development team, he worked in tasks and games for shows like The Circle, Too Hot to Handle and Glow Up where he got to do all the fun side of development with none of the heartbreak.
Sean loves all television from Housewives to Homes Under the Hammer which makes him perfect for development.
Mathias Vandekerckhove, Firecracker
Mathias started his television and development journey at Firecracker in May after being selected for the TRC Rad scheme.
Growing up in Belgium gave Mathias a very diverse and different perspective on television: he always tries to incorporate out of the box references in his new ideas. There he studied Cultural Business Management, which included courses about the television, fashion, music, and arts industry, and he spent his final semester studying in Scotland as part of the Erasmus programme.
He is very passionate about formats that really grasp you, as well as telling inspiring stories from unheard, disadvantaged voices in a refreshing and exciting way.
Jane Rogerson, Red Sky Productions
Jane Rogerson co-founded Glasgow Indie Red Sky Productions with Ross Harper in 2016 and steers the business-winning of the company. Commissions have included documentary series as diverse as Island Medic, Tiny Lives and Life on the Bay, fact-ent format Puppy School (winner, Most Inspiring TV Show/NRTA Awards), Scotland’s Greatest Escape and The Saved & Remade Workshop, and hit entertainment series Socially Distant with Susan Calman.
Prior to co-founding RedSky, Jane held senior roles at broadcasters and indies. She was Director of Commissioning at UKtv, Controller of Features at ITV and Creative Director at Mentorn. Jane has produced & developed a wide range of TV & digital content for BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, RTÉ, UKTV.
Ross Harper, Red Sky Productions
Ross is co-founder, joint managing director and executive producer at Red Sky Productions, which focuses on uplifting factual content.
His exec producer credits include Channel 4 hits Spring at Jimmy's Farm and Jimmy's Big Bee Rescue, BBC's award-winning Climategate: Science of a Scandal, landmark doc series Who Owns Scotland? and Can We Still Save The Planet?
Prior to Red Sky, Ross was responsible for critically acclaimed factual series including Robbie Coltrane's Critical Evidence, Slow Train Through Africa and The Inca: Masters of the Clouds. He produced the first series of Extreme Fishing with Robson Green and directed the programme that spawned multiple iterations, Crop to Shop: Jimmy’s Supermarket Secrets. He began his career in news and politics.
Jacqui Hayden, Red Sky Productions
Jacqui is passionate about development and has been leading development teams for the last 16 years, at IWC Media, for 10 years at Matchlight and for the last two years at Red Sky Productions. Jacqui has developed projects that have gone on to win Emmy, BAFTA, Broadcast, RTS and Grierson awards.
Her curiosity is endless, and her interests eclectic – and that’s reflected in the projects she’s devised and developed – from critically-acclaimed documentaries like ‘My Baby, Psychosis and Me’ and ‘Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive’; to high-end Arts projects including ‘The Story of Women and Art’, ‘Rembrandt’ and ‘Sold: Inside Christies’ to factual series like ‘The Highland Midwife’, ‘Transplant Tales’, ‘Mountain’, ‘Lost Kingdoms of Africa’, ‘Robbie Coltrane’s B-Road Britain’, and ‘Extreme Fishing with Robson Green’.
Claire Tippett, Red Sky Productions
Claire has worked in factual television since she graduated with an MA in Film & Television Studies from the University of Glasgow in 2009. At Red Sky Productions, she works between development and production as a Producer.
Claire is currently Edit Producing on a new eight-part factual entertainment series for BBC Scotland titled 'Scotland's Greatest Escape', which she had a hand in developing after returning from maternity leave in early 2022. Most notably, Claire nurtured an idea from initial concept to green light, resulting in a 20-part format for BBC Two, Saved and Remade – filmed and edited entirely in lockdown. The format has since been picked up by Discovery UK and series two is airing on REALLY.
Claire most enjoys working up fact-ent formats as well as big specialist factual stunts and experiments.
Kirsty Fraser, Red Sky Productions
Kirsty is an Assistant Producer at Red Sky. She’s been a key part of their development team for six years and has helped win a raft of multi-genre commissions, from docu-soaps on caravan parks, to competition formats, to Red Sky’s brand-new 20-part Food Stories (w/t) series for the BBC. Kirsty works across genres but is most passionate about formats and daytime.
An avid consumer of media in all its forms, there isn’t a TV show, magazine or podcast she’s not across. In life before telly, she was a writer and digital content producer for Time Out Glasgow and WOW 247
Seamus MacTaggart, MacTV
Over a 30-year media career, 25 as a TV Producer and as a Senior Executive latterly, at both the BBC and with MacTV, Seumas has established a reputation as a talented and creative individual who delivers across a range of programming and has multi-platform experience across the creative industries.
He has worked extensively in Children’s, Youth, Education, Music, Documentary and Drama programming, and has produced many key and landmark projects. With a focus on factual content over the last 12 years, he has led MacTV’s drive for new commissions – including international co-productions.
Seumas is currently Head of Development & Co-Productions / Commissions at MacTV.
Peter MacQueen, MacTV
Peter has worked across a wide range of genres from documentary to factual entertainment, and obs doc to children’s TV in the last 25 years.
Having been a researcher, director, presenter and producer, Peter hopes that the variety of his experience in production will help him to work with established and emerging talent, develop returnable ideas and to collaborate with colleagues to supersize their aspirations.
Joanna Young, MacTV
Joanna has been development producer at MacTV since 2015. She lives in Edinburgh and works remotely for Hebrides-based MacTV.
Joanna edit produces and produces MacTV’s slate of co-productions, from historical biogs, such as Icelandic co-pro The Far Traveller, to internationally distributed nature series such as Tide, and Rain: The Untold Story. She is currently working on the series Secrets in the Peat, with production partners in Belfast and Montreal, while trying to keep up the momentum on development.
Outside of work, she has a cheeky Lhasa Apso puppy and a guilty obsession with late night repeats of Bullseye.
Catriona Lexy Campbell, MacTV
Catriona Lexy Campbell has worked as a theatre artist, actor and writer for many years, primarily in her native Gaelic.
She was the first Gaelic Associate Artist with the National Theatre of Scotland in 2011. She created and directed the site-specific show, Às an Dorchadas (Glasgow Life/Fèisean nan Gàidheal, 2015), and wrote and directed Clach na Nathrach (Fèisean nan Gàidheal). She wrote and directed her first short film, Na Saboteurs – produced by The Woven Thread, in partnership with the European Broadcast Union and MG ALBA – and broadcast on New Year’s Eve 2017 on BBC ALBA.
She is currently employed as an Assistant Producer with MacTV, and was First Assistant Director on the 2020 EBU short drama, Am Piàno, as well as recently directing the 2022 EBU short drama, Dad sam Bith, and the ground-breaking award-winning BBC ALBA documentary, Trusadh - Afro Gàidheil / Afro-Gaels.
Andy Ashworth, Cut Media
Andy is the Creative Director at Cut Media, a sports content studio based in Glasgow.
In his 7 years with Cut Media he's worked on a wide range of projects for global brands and broadcasters - from integrated advertising and digital campaigns through to narrative documentary work. He now leads the Creative team at Cut Media; overseeing the company's creative output, developing slates of ideas and pitches, and exploring how to combine the worlds of digital content and broadcast into something truly special.
Scott Marshall, Cut Media
Born in Edinburgh, Scott spent his earlier career in a variety of roles within the creative industry, from post-production runner through to freelance camera op on the mountain bike circuit.
In 2014 he joined forces with Stu Thomson at Cut Media, working on multiple roles within the creative process, from planning to editing and everything in between. Today, Scott leads the creative direction of Cut Media, working with a number of international brands such as Red Bull, adidas and Continental. He continues to look to expand Cut Media’s portfolio and seeks to work with inspiring brands across different sectors. He cultivates a collaborative and open culture within the company, believing the best ideas come from giving a voice to creative minds.
Lisa Annette, Cut Media
Lisa has 15 years’ experience in production, from broadcast to commercial.
As Cut Media’s Senior Producer, Lisa produces some of their biggest campaigns and series with the likes of Red Bull, adidas, and Monster Energy. Lisa also heads up Cut Media's broadcast development slate and serves on the board of MG ALBA (BBC ALBA).
Caitlin Black, Cut Media
Caitlin is a Scottish director and senior creative based in Glasgow.
She has been working at Cut Media for the past 3+ years collaborating with brands like Nivea, Strava, Monster Energy, Red Bull, and Real Madrid within the content sports sector. Previous roles have been at the advertising giant Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam, as well as Channel 4 in London. With a background in fine art at Central Saint Martins and directing at New York Film Academy, Caitlin’s interest in film was sparked and her motivation stems from telling stories that matter, centre marginalised people, and are thought provoking.
Dominic Simmons, Cut Media
Dominic is a multidisciplinary creative from Edinburgh. With a love of the outdoors, he spends as much time as possible in the forests, mountains or at beaches.
For over a decade he’s been honing his skills and learning new ones – in-house, agency and freelance – across motion, stills and graphic design. For the past two years, Dominic has worked as a Creative with Cut Media, working on a range of digital and broadcast sport and outdoor projects. With an additional background in marketing, he uses this knowledge to influence his creative work.