Jul 01 , 2020

Lunch with a Commissioner: Gavin Smith, commissioning executive for comedy, drama & comedy entertainment, BBC Scotland

  • When: 1 Jul 2020, 13:00-14:00
  • Organised by: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Online
  • Price: Free
  • Age: 18+

Grab your homemade sandwich of choice and get ready to dine with a different commissioner every day. At 1pm from Monday to Friday, participants will be able to join a commissioner and listen to their insights as well as ask questions at the end of the hour.

These are great sessions for our freelance community who don’t normally get the opportunity to chat to commissioners. So, if you’re a head honcho who normally has all the commissioners on speed-dial this session isn’t for you! Please keep this in mind when booking. Thanks for your support and understanding.

Chairing the session is April Chamberlain who is the chair of the Royal Television Society Scotland


Gavin Smith has worked in scripted television for most of his career having spent 14 years at The Comedy Unit before moving to the BBC in 2018 to take up the role of commissioning executive for scripted and entertainment overseeing series such as Scot Squad, Bad Influencer, Des Doesn’t Do, The Farm, Socially Distant with Susan Calman and River City. He is also co commissioner on recent BBC Network series including comedies Still Game, Two Doors Down, Limmy’s Homemade Show and new drama Guilt.

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 support@screenskills.com 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.