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SuperSizer

SuperSizer is a professional development programme for ambitious Development Executives based in the Nations and Regions who want to win high value commissions.

SuperSizer, which first launched in 2017, equips Development Executives who produce factual, factual entertainment or specialist factual programmes with the skills, knowledge, and connections to create bold, inspiring ideas and formats that have the potential to scale and return and transform indies in the Nations and Regions. Previous contributors to the programme have included BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV, Sky and Netflix. 

As well as providing exclusive access to leading broadcasters and commissioners, Supersizer 2022/23 will provide training sessions on themes such as:

  • The Creative Mindset
  • Power of the Pitch
  • Understanding Audiences and the Current Landscape
  • Personal Development, Impact and Influence
  • Scaling Up Development
  • Persuasion and Negotiation Skills

SuperSizer 2022/23 will run from September 2022 to March 2023 approximately. The training sessions will be held both online and in-person.

SuperSizer is a professional development programme featuring exclusive access to leading broadcasters and commissioners as well as training sessions on topics such as:

  • The Creative Mindset
  • Power of the Pitch
  • Understanding Audiences and the Current Landscape
  • Personal Development, Impact and Influence
  • Scaling Up Development
  • Persuasion and Negotiation Skills

SuperSizer is aimed at Development Executives (freelance or in-house) who produce factual, factual entertainment or specialist factual programmes based in the Nations and Regions.

Specifically:

  • Applicants should have significant experience in television programme development and have been responsible for at least ONE idea that has been commissioned.
  • You/your production company must be based in Nations and Regions.
  • You/your company should focus on the development of factual, factual entertainment or specialist factual programmes.
  • You must provide endorsement from a company you have worked with/are working with (MD or Senior Manager level)

SuperSizer 2022/23 will be delivered in a hybrid format with training sessions (either in-person or online) from September 2022 to March 2023 approximately.

The programme launches in Glasgow for two days of in-person sessions on Wednesday 28th September and Thursday 29th September. Attendance at these sessions is mandatory, please don’t apply if you are not available to travel to Glasgow on these dates. 

Topics and Session Dates

All sessions will be planned during working hours on Wednesdays where possible, although some may land on Tuesdays or Thursdays where necessary.

The Creative Mindset: Wednesday 28th September 2022 - All Day - In person in Glasgow

Power of the Pitch: Thursday 29th September 2022 - All Day - In person in Glasgow

Understanding Audiences and the Current Landscape: 
Online - Wednesdays throughout October 2022 (Dates TBC)

Personal Development, Impact and Influence: Wednesday 9th November & Thursday 10th November 2022 - All Day - In person in Glasgow

Scaling Up Development: Online - Wednesdays throughout end of November and December 2022 (Dates TBC)

Persuasion & Negotiation Skills: Online - Wednesdays throughout January & February 2023 (Dates TBC)

Meet the Commissioners: In person in London and Glasgow, and online - March 2023 (Dates TBC)

Additional One-to-One Consultations, Action Learning Sets and Case Studies are planned across the whole programme (Dates TBC) and these are subject to change.

Please note the timetable is subject to change.

The course fee for 2022/23 is £500. The fee includes accommodation in Glasgow and London for those that require it. A contribution to travel costs is available if required.

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)
  • Will Rowsen (Channel 4)
  • Ben Kelly (Netflix)
  • Hilary Rosen (UKTV)
  • Kate Thomas (Channel 4)
  • Sarah Lazenby (CH4)
  • Phil Edgar-Jones (Sky)
  • Shirley Jones (Sky)
  • Barbara Less (Sky)

A group of ambitious Factual/Fact Ent/Specialist Factual Development Executives from across the Nations and Regions will benefit from:

  • Increased commissioning opportunities for development talent based in the Nations and Regions
  • Increased knowledge and confidence to benefit their career now and in the future
  • An increase in the number of collaborations amongst talent in the Nations and Regions

Applications for 2022/23 SuperSizer are now closed. 

Applications for SuperSizer are now closed.

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Meet this year's Development Executives

Here's what our previous SuperSizers have to say...

These sessions have made me want to get the team together in a room and create hours of new TV. Even whilst tasked with exercises to practise we were getting excited about what we were creating - truly inspiring!

Laura Gilbert, Development Executive
Laura Gilbert, Firecrest Films (Glasgow)

I’m using the personal development skills I learned on Supersizer every day, and I can already feel how it’s changed the way I am approaching creative brainstorming, pitching and communicating.

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Abigail Keyes, Two Rivers Media (Glasgow)

Amazing to meet like minded souls working in development, learn new skills, have unprecedented access to network Commissioners, and be inspired to forge ahead and go for it as a creative and seize the moment.

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Seumas Mactaggart, MacTV (Stornoway)

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)

“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)

Alumni

We've trained over 80 Development Executives from across the Nations and Regions on our SuperSizer programme. See a full list of our alumni and read their interviews to hear from the alumni directly on their experience of SuperSizer.