GRAND SCHEME EXPANDS DEVELOPMENT ARM!
Former Paramount Pictures and HIT Entertainment senior execs Tony Orsten and Charlie Caminada are teaming up to discover, develop and deliver commercial narrative content for television and film through their new company, Grand Scheme Productions
Working with Graham and Mark of Grand Scheme Media, the new company is offering a powerful slate of market ready ideas for producers, both in the UK and abroad.
Tony Orsten will chair the new company: "We've established Grand Scheme Productions to pitch amazing projects to companies and channels looking for the right ideas at the right time", says Orsten. "We're not intending to produce ourselves but will be investing in writers with a vision and ideas we know from experience will work for viewers".
New to the Grand Scheme team is Charlie Caminada who has had a highly successful career in media for over 40 years, holding senior executive positions in the UK, United States and Australia, creating some of the biggest global content brands in the world. He has been involved in companies that have delivered over US$1.4bn of value to shareholders from start-up positions in both in plc and private companies. “I'm thrilled to be joining up with an incredible team in GSP with such formidable experience in our industry to create world class content for an immensely changed global marketplace, and with so much opportunity”.
Orsten and Caminada will oversee the slate of projects being developed by Smith and Robson. Smith has been a commissioner at Channels 4 and 5 in the UK, while Robson has worked at exec level developing content for many major UK networks. "We've been helping indies for many years by packaging projects for broadcasters", says Smith. "Working on our own projects with the guidance of two such fantastic media execs is really exciting for us." Mark Robson adds: "We love to collaborate with production companies and feel the time is right for us to step up our investment in development to nurture a range of projects that we can bring to market."
GSP's first offering is a project close to Charlie Caminada's heart. "I am related to 'The Real Sherlock Holmes'! Jerome Caminada was a legendary Manchester detective who virtually created modern police methods. We have developed an incredible drama series based on his life."
NEW ONLINE TRAINING
We are continuing to develop a range of courses that will be delivered via ZOOM. The latest sessions planned are as follows:
CONFESSIONS OF A COMMISSIONER
"I learnt more about television in the first two weeks as a commissioner than in ten years working for indies." We reveal everything we know about commissioning and take a look at the current system. https://bit.ly/2SINmHD
INTRODUCTION TO COMEDY
This course provides the inspiration and insight you need to create saleable comedy for the TV and Content business. https://bit.ly/30Vr1uX
NO CHILDREN WERE HARMED...
Managing children on set or in studio: an essential guide with the UK's number one expert: https://bit.ly/3iR0Dsj
CHILDREN IN TV
New online training from expert ARLENE DE CRUZ who provides an updated overview of children’s working regulations and the key role played by chaperones in television production. https://bit.ly/2SKY2FJ
DEVELOPMENT AND PITCHING SKILLS FOR TV
Zoom version of our ever popular guide to thinking up and writing pitches for strong TV ideas. https://bit.ly/34P7cGM
GET THE KNOWLEDGE - NEW DATES FOR MARCH
Our five star rated insight into the best practice when working on set or in studio with children is back on the road with our amazing trainer ALISON CRESSWELL. Book your low cost place on our sessions in GLASGOW, BELFAST, LONDON and BRISTOL HERE
TBI MASTERCLASS GREAT SUCCESS
We were delighted to help produce the second TBI Masterclass starring ANDY HARRIES from Left Bank Pictures. A fascinating insight into the television drama business from one of the industry's leading players.
FIRST AD MASTERCLASS FOR HETV
Oou FIRST AD MASTERCLASSES with Richard Lingard have been touring the UK and each date has sold out. Details of all our coursrs can be found on EVENTBRITE.
DLT CREATIVE PARTNERSHIP
We have spent a very happy year working with one of the UK's leading producers of scripted and non-scripted entertainment and comedy, DLT ENTERTAINMENT. We were hired to help develop new programme ideas for the maret, keep in touch with commissionng needs and advise the DLT team where needed.
BBC NORTHERN IRELAND WRITERS ROOM
We were asked to deliver two sessions with writers in Belfast on developing comedy for the screen. It was a pleasure to be asked by the BBC to return to the city and meet some amazing talents.
BELFAST MEDIA FESTIVAL
While in Befast we also produced and delivered two sessions as sponsors of the annual media event. The session on DERRY GIRLS was a sellout!
CREATIVE CITIES, CARDIFF
We were involved in designing sessions, booking guests and helping deliver this prestigious event in April 2019.
KOREAN GLOBAL FORMAT WORKSHOP
We were delighted to help deliver a workshop on Formats, International Sales Strategy and Finding Success in the international television market in Seoul, March 2019. In collaboration with KOCCA, the Korean Creative Content Agency, we organised special guest speakers and delivered six sessions across two days.
GET THE KNOWLEDGE 2019
We were recommissioned to deliver five regional training courses aimed at encouraging new talents into the Children's Television production sector. We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver cost effective, regionally focused training across a range of subjects. We can access key talent to deliver detailed insight into a broad range of creative and technical skills.
PACT EXPORT ACCELERATOR WORKSHOPS 2019
We were asked to help find talent and organise sessions for a series of PACT workshops across the United Kingdom, in collaboration with the DTI.
PRIMED & READY: KEY TRAINING FOR SOUND AND CAMERA
We have succesfully delivered our commissioned training for the Children's TV Levy Council, managed by CREATVE SKILLSET! Designed for crew who want to work on Children's TV productions, the course covered health and safety, best practice on set and the importance of chaperoning.
WRITER'S CAMP – SHANGHAI, CHINA
We have concluded our search for leaders for a prestigious course to help writers in China develop high quality drama and movie scripts for the international market.
CHILDREN'S TELEVISION TRAINING
Thanks to investment from The Children's TV Levy Fund managed by Creative Skillset, we were delighted to stage new training courses for people who want to work in the sector. This training is part of a nationwide search to find more creative and techynical talent to work in Children's Television.