Apr 27 , 2020

Workshop: How to get an idea commissioned in a constantly changing TV market

  • When: 27th Apr 2020, 17:00-18:00
  • Organised by: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Online
  • Price: Free
  • Age: 18+

As viewing habits evolve and the number of content platforms continues to grow, the art of developing ideas for successful factual TV shows is changing, too. Broadcasters have to work harder to get people’s attention as audiences have such huge choices. And so, with ever-shifting demands this has presented new challenges for people working in development. This session will give an insight into the key stages you need to go through to give yourself the best shot of getting your idea commissioned in a competitive market.


Kirsty Calvert-Ansari is the Creative Director of Development at Firecracker Films. She has led teams that developed shows such as Paras: Ready for War, Britain’s Coastal Railways with Julie Walters, Great British Bake Off, Child Genius, and 100-Year-Old Drivers, as well as working on the first series of The Undateables and Child of our Time.

Chair: Amanda Lyon from Voltage TV

This event is supported by the Screen Skills 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 Screen Skills 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.