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Could your production company produce the next hit TV show?

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


Running from September 2018 through to March 2019, the programme brings Development Executives 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:

Science of the Schedule, The Perfect Taster ‘Rip & Stitch’, Formats – the Holy Grail?, Pitch Perfect – the Polisher as well as the opportunity to work closely with leading commissioning editors across factual, factual entertainment and specialist factual genres; including Channel 4, Channel 5 and BBC. 

Wednesday 19 September

Wednesday 24 October

Wednesday 21 November

Wednesday 16 January

Thursday 17 January

Wednesday 20 February

Wednesday 13 March

Dates are subject to change

  • 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 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)

*For Development Executives based out-with Scotland and in the Nations and Regions there may be travel bursaries available. One of the course sessions will be held in London and we will extend the travel bursaries to those travelling from Scotland in this instance. For more information on the course and applying please contact TRCmedia Project Manager Emma Flynn

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  • Companies will gain a renewed emphasis on the importance of professional development for executives who engage directly with commissioners
  • Increased pitching of big ideas of scale and programmes that can return season after season (for example First Dates, Country Vet, Location Location Location) to bring the company’s business to the next level
  • Increased industry knowledge, network and profile

Our 2018/19 SuperSizer delegates are

Lindsey Douglas

Lion Television Scotland

Laura Farrell


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


Thomas Popay

Stellify Media

Khurram Adnan Sheikh

Imagemaker Media

Nacressa Swan

Meridian Line Films

The Supersizer course 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)

Money can't buy this sort of access to commissioners - fantastic chance to build those all-important relationships!

Patricia Moore, Tyrone Productions (Belfast)

Our 2017 delegates were:

Emma Parkins


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