Developing and Pitching Factual Programmes and Documentaries

Developing and Pitching Factual Programmes and Documentaries

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Anyone can have a good idea once in a blue moon, but how can you confidently – and regularly - come up with eye-catching ideas for popular factual programmes and documentaries with network potential?

This 2 day course is here to help. It’s about idea origination, pure and simple: how to come up with that raw concept that gets everyone excited in the first place.

This course will help you hone your development skills, and increase your chances of working in development it is also designed to give you some insight into what actually happens in a pitch.  As well as exploring what the winning ones share and introducing you to the basic principles of how to communicate your ideas effectively.

With top tips and advice – including commissioning dos and don’ts – the aim of the course is to help you increase your chances of success.

Tutor Simon Broadley has worked in Development for broadcasters including BBC, ITV, STV, IMG, LWT, MTV and Sky along with indies including September Films and Hotbed Media. For the past 8 years, Simon has also been the Course Leader for the NFTS Factual Development & Production Diploma, a year-long, part-time course sponsored by Discovery.