SuperSizer is a professional development programme for ambitious Development Executives based in the Nations and Regions who want to win high value commissions.
Here are the brilliant delegates of this year's programme.
John MacLaverty, Producer/Director, Indelible Telly
John MacLaverty is a Producer/Director who - along with his partner - runs a small Indie called Indelible Telly. The Glasgow based company has been in existence for the past 5 years, though John has been working in the TV mines for over 20 years – both at the BBC, Indies and for all the main channels. Specialising in Scottish social history – especially pop culture and entertainment - John has just finished his very first Feature Length Documentary.
Imogen Gabony-Brock, Development Executive, Full Fat TV
Imogen boasts over 15 years of experience in production and development. With producing credits spanning a diverse range of shows, from prime-time hits like ITV2’s "The Only Way is Essex" to feature series such as Channel 4’s "Body-shockers”.
Over the past 5 years, Imogen has honed her career in development. She has consistently engaged with a broad spectrum of genres and played a pivotal role in securing commissions, including BBC 2’s "Ultimate Wedding Planner" and Channel 4’s "Britain’s Tourette’s Mystery: Scarlett Moffatt Investigates".
In 2022, she joined Full Fat TV as a Development Executive. Her aspirations include broadening their slate and spearheading a returnable format that makes headlines, showcasing the exceptional talents of television professionals in the region. Her previous roles include stints at Firecracker, BBC Studios, Keshet UK, Lime, and Shine North.
Connie Sneddon, Development Producer, IWC Media
Connie is a Development Producer and has been working full-time in development for 3 years now, working across an array of genres. Specialising in youth-skewing content, Connie also works predominantly on features and factual entertainment formats and true crime. Connie has most recently been working as Story Producer on the second series of her returnable obs-doc/reality show, ‘The Agency: Unfiltered’, and loves being able to work across both production and development. Her goal is to create a bold returnable factual entertainment format that when you say the title, everyone knows what you’re talking about!
Megan Payne, Development Executive, Salamanda Media
Megan started her development career at Emporium Productions in 2017. With a strong track record of gaining access to incredible institutions and people, Megan devised and produced blue-light series 999: Britain From Above for ITV1.
She moved to Manchester in 2019 and has worked in development teams across the North including at Blakeway North, BBC Studios and The Garden Yorkshire, helping to secure popular returnable series for Channel 5, BBC and UKTV.
She specialises in factual entertainment, talent-led factual and formats and is currently developing an exciting and fresh slate for Salamanda Media.
Kate McGlade, Development Executive, Alleycats TV
Kate recently moved back to Northern Ireland after 18 years in London working in development and production at some of the biggest indies in the UK (BBC Studios, Endemol Shine, Optomen, Renegade, Youngest Media).
Kate has originated/co-originated several Fact Ent formats and returning series including Mary Queen of Charity Shops (BBC2), Filth (RTL2), Secret Shopper (Channel4), and most recently Clive Myrie’s Italian Roadtrip (BBC2).
Among her programme making credits, Kate has produced and directed on network series including The Apprentice (BBC1), Bodyshockers (C4) and Secret Eaters (C4).
Now back home, Kate is working with the brilliant team at Alleycats with a shared goal of developing returning unscripted series created and made in Northern Ireland.
Fiona Wilson, Executive Producer, Ricochet
Fiona has worked in factual television for over twenty years, producing factual entertainment and documentary series for all the major broadcasters, including The Apprentice for BBC One, This Farming Life for BBC Two and Class of Mum and Dad for Channel 4.
She is an Executive Producer at Ricochet Glasgow and is currently overseeing the long running Channel 4 series, Sun, Sea and Selling Houses.
Throughout her career, Fiona has worked in both production and development and has helped win commissions for IWC Media and BBC Studios.
Fiona is passionate about the growth and success of production in the Nations & Regions and is focused on supersizing Ricochet’s Glasgow base.
Kate Reid, Development Producer, Candour
Kate is a Producer and Development Producer originally from The Scottish Highlands, who’s passionate about watching, developing and making great television. Before joining the BAFTA-winning company Candour Productions in 2022, Kate produced a range of primetime programmes including C4’s ‘The Moneymaker’, BBC1’s Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Future Food Stars’ and ‘Our Great Yorkshire Life’ for Channel 5.
Previously she has created a broad range of content for both broadcasters and YouTube channels and has worked for several of the UK’s top production companies on household favourites from ‘Question Time’ to ‘Come Dine With Me’.
Claire Scollie, Development Producer, Honey Bee
Claire entered the industry in 2012 via ‘Future Formats’, run by BBC Worldwide. From a background in supporting victims of domestic violence, the transferable skills that were relevant, particularly having difficult conversations, building trust and problem solving, were soon evident.
With development as her natural habitat, she has since taken ideas including primetime factual pieces for ITV and BBC2 from top line concept through to greenlight, and often into production. Recent credits include The Queen & Her Cousins with Alexander Armstrong and I’m An Alcoholic: Inside Recovery.
Whether it’s tracing extended royal family members, interviewing the retired Yorkshire Ripper case constables, or securing access to Alcoholics Anonymous UK, Claire loves to bring incredible stories to life.
Hollie Abbott, Director of Development, BOOM Cymru
Hollie is the Director of Development at Cardiff-based Boom - part of the ITV Studios group. She oversees a broad slate of network and internationally focused factual and fact ent formats, that range from medical rig-shows to talent-led travelogues, bold new reality concepts to supersized competition formats.
She is a development specialist having worked at a wide range of companies including Zinc Media, Firecracker, Keshet and STV.
Her credits include Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over (W), Big Zuu’s Big Eats (Dave), Hot Cakes (BBC Three/CBC Gem/TVNZ), Alan Carr’s Adventures with Agatha Christie (More4) Adults Only (5Star) and upcoming Our Little Farm on the Prairie (C5) and Who Will Love My Doggy? (Channel 5)
Rosie Costello, Development Producer, Motif Pictures
Rosie is a Development Producer at Motif Pictures in Gateshead, where she works across their varied slate of projects, from scripted comedy and drama to documentaries and factual entertainment formats. Rosie is especially interested in developing scripted content set in the nations & regions. Before joining Motif, she completed her Master’s in Screenwriting in LA and worked as an Executive Producer at Titan TV, where she developed three short-form factual entertainment shows and one roundtable news show, which were released on public broadcast channels across Southern California. Previously, Rosie worked at Channel 4 in their Traffic team.
Rachel Barrie, Head of Development, Afanti Media
Rachel first got the bug for coming up with creative ideas, clinching access and finding fresh talent and stories when working as Forward Planning AP for Countryfile.
Since then, Rachel has held a number of increasingly senior positions in development at a range independent, regional production companies across Bristol, Manchester and Leeds, and played a key role winning several commissions and funded developments from broadcasters such as Channel 4, BBC, E4 and Discovery+.
Having most recently joined Afanti Media as their new Head of Development in Cardiff, Rachel loves nothing more than writing and designing creative pitches, puzzling out formats and coming up with creative – sometimes off-the-wall – ideas for new fact, features and lightly constructed ob-doc series.
Jackie Savery, Company Director, Maramedia
Jackie has extensive experience developing and producing factual and children’s content. Co-founding Maramedia in 2010 she has jointly overseen the company’s growth into an award-winning Scottish production company.
She was lead producer on the company’s Emmy-nominated Highlands series (narrated by Ewan McGregor) and recent credits include Chasing the Rains for Sky Nature and the upcoming Scotland the New Wild for BBC Scotland & Terra Mater Factual studios. With a particular passion for nature storytelling, Jackie has been developing genre-defying formats like Autumnwatch and Gudrun the Viking Princess for more than 15 years. More recently she developed and exec-produced 2 series of Olga da Polga – a new CBeebies drama based on Michael Bond’s eponymous Guinea Pig hero.
David Kerr, Senior Development Producer, Tern TV
David has worked across both production and development over the past 10 years, with a real focus on factual entertainment and comedy entertainment formats.
Currently a Senior Development Producer at Tern TV, past Producer/Senior Development Producer roles span BBC Studios Factual Entertainment, Two Rivers Media and Beezr Studios, with time spent cutting his teeth at companies like Hungry Bear, 12 Yard, Objective, Remedy and BBC Children’s.
Recent and past commissions include the feel-good travelogue Martin Compston’s Norwegian Fling (BBC Two), daytime DIY show Tool Club (CH4), and youth-skewing adventure format Wild Weekends (BBC Three).
He is passionate about championing regional and working-class voices within the industry and wants to help continue the growth of Tern’s entertainment arm - developing strong global returning formats right from Glasgow.
Dawn Elrick, Head of Factual Development, Beezr Studios
Dawn has been making TV programmes for over two decades – making documentaries and arts programmes. Additionally, Dawn has several years as a development producer under her belt – she is at home creating both fact ent formats, factual series and documentaries. She is currently working at Beezr on an ambitious and diverse slate for broadcasters in the UK and beyond.