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SuperSizer

SuperSizer is a training programme for ambitious independent production companies in the Nations and Regions who want to win big, high value commissions that will transform their business.

Running from September 2019 through to March 2020, SuperSizer brings Development Executives who produce factual, factual entertainment or specialist factual programmes together for monthly one-day training sessions. SuperSizer will address three key areas:

  • The Role of the Development Executive: Understanding the importance of the role of development and creating specialists in this field.
  • The Commissioner: Insider knowledge of how commissioners work, think and act and the importance of understanding differing channel needs.
  • Creative Thinking Skills: Think Big! How to create scale and ambition and motivate your team. Creative thinking and ideas generation.

Each month our SuperSizer training sessions will offer intensive workshops focusing on key development areas including:

  • Leading Creative Teams
  • Pitching & Presentation
  • Personal Impact & Influence

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)
  • As this is a company-focused programme you must have endorsement from production company owner or Managing Director (written statement of support)
  • 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
  • The production company must be based in Nations and Regions
  • The company should focus on the development of factual, factual entertainment or specialist factual programmes
  • The Development Executive must be based in Nations and Regions
  • Availability to travel to Glasgow or elsewhere* and attend ALL of the monthly training sessions (dates below)

18th September 2019

16th October 2019

26th November 2019

December, January, February and March sessions TBC.

Dates are subject to change

SuperSizer is funded by BBC Nations and Regions, Channel 4, Scottish Enterprise and Screen Scotland. The course cost is £470. 

For Development Executives based out-with Scotland and in the Nations and Regions there may be discretional support available for travel costs. For further information please contact Caroline McGonigle.

Register your interest

Interested in taking part in SuperSizer? Register your interest and we'll let you know as soon as applications open again!

Outcomes

  • Companies will gain a renewed emphasis on professional development for the crucial role of the Development Executive who can transform their business
  • Increased pitching of ideas of scale and programmes that can return season after season to bring the company’s business to the next level
  • Increased industry knowledge, network and profile
  • Strong support network of fellow Development Executives

“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 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 Alumni

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

Our 2017 delegates were:

Emma Parkins

Alleycats

David Devenney

BBC Studios
Pacific Quay Productions

Ruchika Tagore

Daisybeck Studios

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

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