Apr 29 , 2020

Lunch with a Commissioner: Simon Young, commissioning editor, history, BBC

  • When: 29th Apr 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, particpants 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.


Simon Young is the lead commissioning editor for history at the BBC, overseeing series such as Thatcher: A Very British Revolution and Rise of the Nazis as well as feature docs such as Untouchable: The Rise and Fall of Harvey Weinstein. Before moving into commissioning roles with BBC and National Geographic Channel, he worked in independent production, working on documentaries such as Richard III: The King in the Car Park.

This session is being chaired by David Glover, CEO of 72 Films.

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.