Apr 29 , 2020

Industry Greats: Mark Sidaway - 24 hours in the life of an entertainment showrunner

  • When: 29th Apr 2020, 11:30-12:45
  • Organised by: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Online
  • Price: Free
  • Age: 18+

This masterclass will unlock some of the secrets in making talked-about Saturday night TV. Mark will be revealing what happens in the 24 hours running up to and during a live entertainment show. What does a show runner do? How to produce on-screen talent? What happens when live TV goes wrong? All this and much much more….

Mark will be in conversation with Diccon Ramsey a studio director who has worked on Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor, QI and Celebrity Juice.


Mark Sidaway is a BAFTA award-winning entertainment show runner. He has produced some of the biggest entertainment shows on TV from developing Pop Idol to producing 10 series of The X Factor. Recently Mark produced an awards show for NBC in the U.S. hosted by John Legend.

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 designed by media consultant Donna Taberer, 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. Before the start of the session, a joining link will be sent to you via email.