TV training organisation, TRC has announced the sixteen successful delegates for their professional development programme Supersizer.

The programme, which first launched in 2017, equips Development Executives with the skills, knowledge, and connections to create “bold, inspiring ideas and formats that have the potential to scale and return and transform indies in the Nations and Regions.”

This year’s programme will be delivered online, including a variety of sessions with leading commissioners and broadcasters in early 2021. Previous contributors to the programme have included BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV, Sky and Netflix.

As well as gaining exclusive access to leading broadcasters and commissioners, the delegates will receive training on topics such as pitching, personal branding and how to lead a creative team.

Due to the challenges faced by the television industry from Covid-19, TRC’s funders Screen Scotland, BBC Nations and Regions and Channel 4 have fully funded SuperSizer 2020 for all sixteen delegates.

The successful delegates for TRC’s SuperSizer 2020/21 are:

  • Alex Thomas – Milk First Ltd, Margate
  • Andy Ashworth – Cut Media, Glasgow
  • Chamoun Issa – Factual Fiction, Leeds
  • Claire Burgoyne – Below the Radar, Belfast
  • Dave Donald – 14th Floor Productions, Glasgow
  • David Leach – Freelance, Cardiff
  • Gail Tolley – Freelance/Finestripe, Edinburgh
  • Heather Brown – Freelance/Yeti, Castlewellan
  • Holly Cocker – Hey Sonny, Sheffield
  • James Gray – The Documentary Unit, BBC Studios, Glasgow
  • Jessica Waite – The Garden Yorkshire, Manchester
  • Jordan Laird – Studio Something, Edinburgh
  • Julie Beanland – True North, Leeds
  • Kate Vines – Freelance, Bristol
  • Laura Gilbert – Firecrest Films, Glasgow
  • Ruairi Sparks – Rare TV, Belfast


Margaret Scott and Claire Scally, Joint Managing Directors of TRC said: “The fourth edition of SuperSizer will be like no other – for a variety of reasons! We’ve worked hard to ensure SuperSizer could still run this year and we couldn’t be more delighted to welcome our sixteen new delegates. We were truly blown away by the quality and quantity of applications, with a record breaking 50 applications received from across all four nations.”

Jon Creamer

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