Jun 29 , 2020

Workshop: Pitching secrets - how to get commissioned

  • When: 29th Jun, 15:00 - 3rd Jul 2020, 16:00
  • Organised by: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Online
  • Price: Free
  • Age: 18+

This week-long interactive  workshop will offer a masterclass in pitching techniques to help you secure future commissions.

Workshop content will include:

  • what's The Story - What, why, when, how, where, who
  • getting inside the commissioner’s head - who are you pitching to, the person and brand.
  • the importance of confidence
  • pitches - elevator, 5 & 20 mins
  • practice makes perfect!

The programme is aimed at first time to intermediate pitchers.

Attendees will need to be available to attend all sessions in the series:

  • Session 1 - Monday 29th June 3 - 4pm
  • Session 2 - Tuesday 30th June 3 - 4pm
  • Session 3 - Wednesday 1st July 3 - 4pm
  • Session 4 - Thursday 2nd July 3 - 4pm
  • Session 5 - Friday 3rd July 3 - 4pm

This is an interactive course, participants will need to have audio and video enabled and be prepared to engage in discussion as a whole group and in smaller groups

As there are only a limited number of places on this programme, they will be allocated via a ballot system to give all those interested a fair chance to secure a place. Please click 'apply for ticket' and follow the instructions.

Applications close at midnight on Thursday 25th June. Successful candidates will be confirmed via email by the afternoon of Friday, 26th June.


Tim Patterson has extensive experience in the TV content and business world and has held a number of senior positions in commercial and public companies, including Nickelodeon/Viacom, BBC, UKTV, ITV and Disney.

Tim presently runs his media consultancy T1M Consult and advises creators, producers, broadcasters and other industry sectors on content, brand, business and broadcast strategy and content development, production and business & programme pitching.

Using his coaching and facilitation skills, he founded T1M Consult [Tim Patterson One Media] to help companies thrive in today’s evolving and converging media landscape.

Before T1M Consult Tim was CEO of Larkshead Media, an end-to-end media service company. Primarily focused on kids programming IP, giving TV programme ideas the best start in life and planning for their future, with specific focus on programme development, co-production, investment, programme brand planning and strategy and sales [International Distribution and Licensing and Merchandising].

Before Larkshead Media Tim was Vice President, Director of Programming at Nickelodeon UK, a network of 4 channel brands, and was responsible for programme commission, acquisition and development, content strategy, planning and scheduling, media planning, multi-platform content and broadcast operations for Nickelodeon’s portfolio of 7 channels, including its on-demand and multi-platform offering. And, before joining Nickelodeon he was Head of Editorial Operations, Planning and Services at UKTV, a network of 10 channels covering entertainment, factual and lifestyle genres.

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 ‘apply for ticket’ and follow the instructions to apply for your place: you must login or register before you are able to complete your application.