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Cracking TV Development: Non-Scripted Factual & Formatted TV (Online)

Tutors: Colin Pauser-Cowman

Date: Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

Duration: 10am - 12pm x 4 (dates below)

Venue: Online

Cost: €0

Course Profile:

Screen Skills Ireland is pleased to offer Cracking TV Development: Non-Scripted Factual & Formatted TV. This course is being offered free of charge to support the Irish creative screen industries impacted by the ongoing situation with COVID-19.

This interactive virtual class looks at the development process from idea to pitch.

Where do great TV ideas come from and what are the key steps to getting them commissioned by a TV channel? Join experienced TV development producer and creativity coach Colin Pauser-Cowman, for this specially designed online course designed to answer these important questions and much more.

Are you working in the media sector and believe you might have a great TV idea? Are you interested in the areas of TV concept development, presentation and pitching? Would you like a better Understanding of the Irish Commissioning Process?

If so, this course will be right up your street. Over four online sessions, Colin will unpack the TV development and commissioning process and share best practice tips and techniques for TV concept conception, design, presentation and pitching.

Having completed these sessions, attendees will be offered a valuable one to one online session with Colin. This session will allow attendees to apply their learnings from the course and pitch a self-generated idea privately.  Participants will receive feedback and tailored guidance on how to further develop or progress the ideas they pitch.

Note* These sessions will focus on non-scripted factual and formatted TV genres only (this course is not focussed on drama, scripted, film or animation). Genres will include Factual and Documentary Series, Specialist Factual, Lifestyle / Features and Popular Factual, Factual Entertainment.

Session 1. Introduction to Development Producing (Understanding the commissioning and pitching landscape for non-scripted TV) – 16/06/2020

Session 2. Tailoring your pitch to channels and audiences – 18/06/2020

Session 3. The power of understanding TV genres and how these enhance your pitch – 23/06/2020

Session 4. Structuring your pitch to stand out. Best practice in proposal writing – 25/06/2020

Session 5. Scheduled private one to one pitch and review sessions. The pitch and review slots will be 30 minutes duration and take place week beginning June 29, 2020.

Participant Profile:

This course is aimed towards those who are interested in broadening their skill set in TV development for non-scripted TV and recent media graduates with some production experience. Screen Skills Ireland courses are open to all regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or disability.

Application Procedure:

Please apply online by 12pm on Thursday 11 June 2020, attaching a current CV with your application. Please note that places on this course are limited.
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