If you’ve ever wondered what skills are needed to be a good development researcher, this is the course for you. We’ve enlisted two experts in factual and entertainment development to talk through exactly what they’re looking for in someone to fill this role.
They’ll talk about the experience you’ll need to get the job and, most importantly, the skills you’ll need to be good at it. They’ll walk you through the pitfalls of this role and how to avoid them, and how you can thrive in one of the most creative disciplines in factual TV.
This course is aimed at development researchers as well as those interested in becoming one.
Lucy Bacon is currently Director of Unscripted Development at Two Rivers in Glasgow. She’s held senior development roles at Princess, Shine, the BBC and Wall to Wall and has originated hundreds of hours of TV including Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star (BBC Three), Nadiya Bakes (BBC Two) and 100 Years Younger in 21 Days (ITV).
Mirella Breda is Head of Entertainment at Two Rivers. She was previously MD of Initial where she oversaw shows like Big Brother and won commissions including Tenable (ITV) and Up Late With Rylan (C5). Before that she spent seven years as Commissioning Editor of Entertainment at the BBC where, among many others, she commissioned Celebrity Masterchef, Total Wipeout and James May’s Toy Stories.
This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
It is part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.
This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘get ticket’ to reserve your place: you must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. A booking confirmation with a joining link to the session will be sent to you via email.
If you are no longer able to use your ticket, we ask you to please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration.
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