Three development execs have been awarded funding by Channel 5 after a pitching competition that was part of TRC’s SuperSizer programme for development executives.

SuperSizer programme wrapped with a trip to London, where delegates met with Commissioners and executives from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

At Channel 5, the group of 13 development executives from across the Nations and Regions took part in a Pitching Challenge with Ben Frow, Chief Content Officer, UK, at Paramount and Commissioning Editors, Daniel Louw and Kate Ansell.

Three winners were awarded a total of £6,000 of development funding: Majella McNeaney – Firecracker Films Scotland; Christine Morrison – Corcadal Productions; Ella Jackson – BBC, Pacific Quay

The SuperSizer programme, which has recently concluded its sixth edition, supports the growth of Development Executives to win high value commissions and develop ideas of scale for the next big returning series, with the aim of transforming indies in the Nations and Regions. As well as gaining access to leading broadcasters and commissioners, the delegates received training on a variety of topics such as pitching, personal branding and how to lead a creative team.

In its last year, SuperSizer provided a total of 66 hours of training, inclusive of 22 commissioner insight sessions. More recently, TRC piloted SuperSizing Development Teams, with the aim to maximise creativity and embed and nurture the development process across the full development team within a Company.

Ben Frow commented: “The pitching challenge was a lot of good fun and we have three very worthy winners – the team and I are looking forward to seeing what they come up with.”

Claire Scally, Managing Directors of TRC, said: “As the programme draws to a close, we are delighted to announce the winners of the SuperSizer Pitching Challenge with Ben Frow. This trip comes as a welcome return to in person events across the country for TRC, and we are proud to provide hugely valuable contact with commissioners and broadcasters. We look forward to seeing what our incredibly talented delegates will achieve after SuperSizer.”

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Jon Creamer

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