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  • WHAT WE DO

    We are extremely successful Television & Media Development Experts and Industry Trainers.


    That means we work with clients to devise formats, write pitches and package ideas for production. 

    We broker projects and open doors to speed projects from page to production.

    We have a proven track record in getting programmes commissioned. Recent hits include:

    Alan Davies - As Yet Untitled (Dave), Mr. Sloane (Sky Atlantic), I Love Sitcom (BBC 1).

    Development clients include CPL Productions, Curve Media, Squire Media, Drum, Open Mike, Phil McIntyre Television, Aloof Hat Productions, Nippon Television, 1+1 Ukraine, PBJ Management, and Independent Talent.

    We also run highly praised training courses.

    These include Format Development and Creation, Television Production, Pitching, and Programme Commissioning. We specialise in Comedy, Entertainment, Factual Entertainment and Drama.


    Training clients include the BBC Academy, The Indie Training Fund, Creative Skillset and the National Film and Television School.

  • CONSULTANCY

    Grand Scheme Media is a unique Consultancy run by award-winning Television Executives MARK ROBSON and GRAHAM SMITH.

    Our extensive Commissioning and Production experience means we know how to win commissions in the UK and Internationally. 

    We transform ideas into pitch-ready packages and help broker deals with programme buyers. 

    We work by the hour or the day, advising a very broad range of clients. We make introductions to broadcasters where needed.

    We enjoy a successful retainer relationship with key clients. They retain our services and can call on us at any time for advice, production expertise and development skills.

    We re-format International Productions and advise International Broadcasters.

    We can source talent to work with Channels or Media Companies anywhere and we have consulted on Format Development across the globe.

    We work with a very broad range of first class clients: Individual Creatives, Indies, Agencies, Brands, Artists and Writers.

     

    PICTURE AT TOP: MR. SLOANE for SKY ATLANTIC.

    Commissioned by Lucy Lumsden at Sky, and produced by Big Talk, this comedy drama series was created and directed by Bob Weide. GRAND SCHEME MEDIA packaged the project here in the UK.

     

    FEES

    We are paid consulting fees on an hourly, daily or retainer basis plus negotiable shares in IP, where appropriate. GRAND SCHEME MEDIA is not a Production Company.

     

    THE TEAM

    GRAHAM SMITH

    Graham has been an Executive Producer for the BBC and a Commissioning Executive for Channel 4 and Channel Five. He has also run his own successful independent production company.

     

    MARK ROBSON

    Mark Robson has been an Executive Producer for key British broadcasters, including ITV. He has worked as a successful development executive, devising and producing shows for Granada, ITV, Endemol, Channel 4, CBBC, Channel Five, Discovery and Disney. He has also run an interactive, multi-platform gaming channel for Sky.

     

    TONY ORSTEN

    Tony was CEO of twofour54 in Abu Dhabi. He has launched and run Television channels around Europe for Viacom, Paramount Pictures, MTV and Comedy Central. Tony is a board member of the Media Zone Authority, Abu Dhabi and now runs The Imaginarium Film Production Company.

     

  • TRAINING

    "Inspirational!"

    "I was craving for more"

    "Incredibly useful"

    "Fantastic course. Highly recommended"

    "Thoroughly enjoyed it...learnt tonnes!"

     

    Just some of the hundreds of positive comments we have had about our practical and fun training courses.

    Not only do Graham and Mark host a number of sessions on Development, Comedy Production, Pitching and Formatting, but they work with some of the best TV trainers in the business to deliver intensive and insightful sessions designed to inspire delegates to get more from their careers.

    This autumn sees a new set of two day sessions on SCRIPT SUPERVISION FOR TELEVISION DRAMA and SCRIPT EDITING FOR TELEVISION DRAMA. All our courses can be booked on EVENTBRITE; there is a link below.

     

    NEW COURSES BOOKING NOW!

     

    HOW TO SCRIPT EDIT TELEVISION DRAMA

     

    • BIRMINGHAM 4 & 5 OCTOBER

    • NOTTINGHAM 18 & 19 OCTOBER

    • CARDIFF 1 & 2 NOVEMBER

    • BELFAST 15 & 16 NOVEMBER 

     

    Philip Shelley's fabulous two day session enables you to find out exactly what it takes to be a script editor on high end drama. Funded by Creative Skillset, you will get fantastic training and inside knowledge. You will also meet a professional screenwriter and give them notes!

     

     

    SCRIPT SUPERVISION FOR TELEVISION DRAMA

     

    • BELFAST 28 & 29 SEPTEMBER

    • NOTTINGHAM 5 & 6 OCTOBER

    • CARDIFF 11 7 12 OCTOBER

    • LONDON 25 & 26 OCTOBER

     

    Caryn Langrick is our course leader. She is a highly experienced script supervisor and was responsible for running a number of training schemes for the BBC.

    This two day course is set at introductory level, so will suit people interested in transferring to the Drama genre or gaining insight into the key skills required to work as a script supervisor. You will work with a cast and crew to run a scene, with continuity and script notes.

    The course will also give you an opportunity to meet highly experienced freelance script supervisors and directors.

     

    CLICK HERE FOR ALL CURRENT TRAINING COURSES ON 'EVENTBRITE'!

    Or contact hollie@grandscheme.tv

     

     

    GRAND SCHEME MEDIA deliver training on behalf of the National Film & Television School, The Indie Training Fund, BBC Academy, Creative Skillset and Guardian Masterclass.

    We are an independent training organisation, specialising in courses in creative skills for television.

    We primarily deliver our training regionally, travelling across the United Kingdom to bring inside knowledge to the wider freelance production community.

    We work with independent production companies, content agencies, brands, educational institutions and private clients to deliver incredibly popular and highly praised training in leadership, writing, team building, development, commissioning, pitching and programme making.

    We are always looking for new opportunities in the training arena and have a roster of incredibly talented experts with a broad range of skills.

     

    COMEDY TEAM WRITING INITIATIVE 

    The first team of writers has been selected for our Comedy Team Writing Initiative. 

    Thank you to everyone who applied and our apologies for not being able to write back to you individually.

    We are keeping a list of everyone who did send scripts and are discussing the possibility of a second event with our funding partner, CREATIVE SKILLSET.

    Across the past three months, our first group of writers has been working collaboratively to create three scripts for a situation comedy series.

    The training programme has the support of HAT TRICK PRODUCTIONS and is funded by CREATIVE SKILLSET.

    If you wish to be considered for future training initiatives, please contact mark@grandscheme.tv.

     

     

    CLICK HERE FOR ALL CURRENT TRAINING COURSES ON 'EVENTBRITE'!

     

     

    RECENT COURSES

    SCRIPT EDITING AND SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT FOR FILM AND TELEVISION DRAMA

    Feedback on our sessions was amazing!

    These Creative Skillset workshops were presented by script consultant Philip Shelley. He has worked with many of the best British drama production companies and key writers over the past 20 years. 

    Philip's website can be found HERE.

    The two-day workshops for TV staff and freelancers, subsidized by the Skills Investment Fund, were designed to train up more script editors to meet skills shortages resulting from the rising demand in the Drama Production sector.  

    Students got genuine insight into working in the Drama Television Industry, met highlty experienced writers, worked on ideas, heard about how to get work, and discussed scripts and treatments.

     

     

    THE INDIE TRAINING FUND

    We run regular training events for The Indie Training Fund. We cover all aspects of programme development, pitching and understanding the commissioning system. We also run a regular session on creating comedy for television, with the emphasis firmly on what will work for the UK market.

    Details on Programme Development courses can be found HERE.

    Details of our Comedy sessions can be found HERE.

     

     

    GUARDIAN MASTERCLASSES

    HOW TO GET A JOB IN TELEVISION   

    Television is a demanding industry to work in, and an even tougher one to break into. Just knowing who does what, how the business is structured, where the jobs are and what skills each department needs might feel like a full-time occupation in itself.

    This no-nonsense evening seminar is designed to take the guesswork out of getting started. Leading TV training experts Grand Scheme Media present this capsule guide to how television networks and digital channels operate, how shows get commissioned and the variety of job opportunities available in the field.

     HOW TO PITCH A TV SHOW    

    So you’ve thought of a great concept and outlined a great script. But your show isn’t going to make it onto the small screen unless you can deliver a powerful pitch. This one-day course, created and led by programme-making consultants Grand Scheme Media, provides insider knowledge and practical experience of every element of TV’s complex pitching process.

    You’ll learn not just what commissioners expect from a good a pitch, but also the presentation they find most persuasive. You’ll also get an up-to-the-minute breakdown of what channels are looking for what content, which will help you to target your pitch. As well as workshopping your own ideas, the course also give you a hands-on lesson in programme development, giving you the chance to interpret a real programme tender brief.

     

    THE NATIONAL FILM AND TELEVISION SCHOOL

    In 2014 we ran a twelve week course in Entertainment Format Development. All of our students achieved placements and contracts working in TV. You can find a link to the course here.

    Grand Scheme continues to assist on the Entertainment Television MA Course at the National Film And Television School. Mark has mentored a number of award-winning productions for the School.

     

    BATH SPA UNIVERSITY

    We have advised Bath Spa University  on the shape and content of their Television Production Course.  https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/

     

    BBC ACADEMY

    Grand Scheme ran regular sessions for the BBC Academy at their regional Fast Train Events

     

    SPIKE COMEDY FESTIVAL

    We were invited to run a one day session on working in Television Comedy by this prestigious festival. Info HERE.

     

    THE UNIVERSITY OF WEST LONDON

    We attended Advisory Panel meetings on behalf of The University of West London.

     

    If we can assist you with any form of Training, Mentoring, Lectures or Workshops, please contact: mark@grandscheme.tv.

  • NEWS

     
     
    CREATIVE SKILLSET HIGH END TV
    NORTHERN IRELAND COMEDY WRITERS PROGRAMME 2016
     
    We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2016 Northern Ireland Comedy Writers Programme.  
     
    They are:
    • KAREN QUINN                   'BAKERSVILLE'
    • DAVE KINGHAN                'MOVING FORWARD'
    • ANDREW PARKHILL       'CHIEFTANS'
    • JANINE COBAIN                'STEPS'
    • MATTHEW McDEVITT    'LOCK IN'
    • JAMES GRANLEESE         'APARTMENTALISED'
    "Deciding on the final six scripts was extremely difficult"' says Graham Smith of Grand Scheme Media.  "We had a very large number of entries and the overall quality was high". Five experienced judges have been involved in the process, which took longer than expected.
     
    "Assessing the scripts was a real challenge" says Graham. "We read many excellent scripts. But we finally found our six. We hope people really enjoy seeing them staged at the Belfast Media Festival".
     
    The six shortlisted writers will now be teamed with mentors who will help them adapt their work for a live reading at the Festival this November.
     
    Mark Robson from Grand Scheme Media: "We'll be staging abridged versions of the scripts. We can't wait to start the casting process and bring the scripts to life".
     
    Industry interest is expected to be high. This programme and event is funded by the High End TV Levy. BBC Writersroom, Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Comedy are also directly involved.
     
    The Belfast Comedy Writers group has also been incredibly supportive of the event, encouraging local writers to get involved. Members of the BCW will be helping throughout, as will the BBC Academy.
     
    Apart from the staged readings, Grand Scheme Media and Creative Skillset will be staging two related training events for Irish writers.
     
    Mark and Graham will be in Belfast on the 7th and 8th of October running a free to attend two day session on Creating Comedy for the Screen. 
     
    Then Drama expert Philip Shelley will host a two day training programme on the art of Script Editing and Developing TV Drama on November 15th and 16th.
     
    "We look forward to working with the writers, running our training sessions and seeing the shortlisted scripts on stage", says Mark. "We have a very busy couple of months ahead and would like to thank all our partners for helping get this fantastic project off the ground".
     
     
    THE WRITERS
     
    JAMES GRANLEESE
    James is a 21 year old, Computer Games Development student at Queen's University, Belfast. He has written a small number of short films and comedy sketches in his free time; one of the short films is being shot in March while a comedy group in London has asked for permission to film a few of his sketch scripts.
    JANINE COBAIN
    Janine is a writer and filmmaker based in Belfast, who writes fiction and screenplays for fun, and commercial content for a PR company. With strong organisation skills and experience in finance, she has produced several short films and music videos, and hopes to one day produce a feature adaptation of her debut novel, How Will You Remember Me? 
    KAREN QUINN
    Karen was a finalist in the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award in 2014, run by the International Emmy committee, for her screenplay No Great Artist, and again in 2015 for her screenplay The Nighthorse. No Great Artist was also shortlisted for the Red Planet Prize in April 2014. 
    ANDREW PARKHILL
    Andrew is 35, lives in Belfast, and works as a TV subtitler (the Teletext-type ones that used to be on Ceefax when Ceefax was a thing). He has written several short films and stage sketches, as well as directing the short comedies I'll Be Here All Night and Friggers, and is currently developing the comedy feature script Choirmaster. He is also a sometime-walker of a hyperactive border collie.
    MATTHEW MCDEVITT
    Matthew McDevitt writes the weekly comedy gameshow 'Let's Get Quizzical' which featured in Heroes of Fringe at this year's Edinburgh Festival. Other work includes 'The Greasy Apple', a fictional documentary on the history of the Derry music scene, broadcast on Resonance FM.
    DAVE KINGHAN
    Dave has written for theatre and children's television. His work includes Gordon Osram's Funeral, an immersive theatre piece performed in Belfast and Dublin; DEATH (on a shoestring), a musical comedy performed at the Belfast Festival at Queen's; and episodes of Joe & Jack, an animated series for pre-schoolers which was broadcast in Ireland, the UK, and internationally.

     

    THE JUDGES

    MARK ROBSON

    Mark has worked in Comedy and Entertainment TV for a very long time as a producer, director, commissioner, script editor and writer. He's been lucky enough to assist an incredibly wide range of creative talents, including Steve Coogan, Reeves & Mortimer, Rory Bremner, Galton & Simpson and Hale & Pace. 

     

    GRAHAM SMITH

    Graham is one of Britain's most experienced makers of TV Comedy, having worked as a commissioner and executive at Channel 4, Channel 5 and the BBC. Graham has been responsible for helping bring talents like Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes, Matt Lucas, Harry Hill and David Walliams to the screen.

     

    JO GARDNER

    Jo Gardner is a script reader and story development consultant based in North West England. Jo has worked with many Broadcasters and Indies, including the BBC, the Comedy Trust and the BFI.  For her, there is nothing more exciting than discovering a new voice or reading a standout, original screenplay. 

     

    STEVE BROOKES

    Steve was a production executive at the British Film Institute and worked many projects, including first cinema films by Shane Meadows and Joe Wright. Since then he’s been freelancing as a script consultant and since 2007 has been working for Northern Ireland Screen in Belfast, handling development of its feature slate  and contributing to the various shorts programmes. Recent feature films include, GOOD VIBRATIONS’71 and  THE SURVIVALIST.  He has written a number of shorts himself and co-wrote the feature film,  JUMP, directed by Kieron J Walsh, which was nominated at the 2013 Irish Film & Television Awards for Best Script. He also teaches at the University of Westminster in London.

    Completing the judging panel of five was a highly experienced Irish writer, comedian and author, who's modesty prevents us from naming them

     

    NORTHERN IRELAND COMEDY WRITERS PROGRAMME EVENT

    Writers are invited to eserve their place at our two day CREATING COMEDY FOR THE SCREEN event to be held at THE MAC in Belfast on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th October. This is a chance for Irish writers to participate in an informal workshop on how TV Comedy gets made, how to edit and pitch your work, and to analyse what makes a great TV comedy. To reserve a seat please write to hollie@grandscheme.tv

     

    NEW DRAMA TRAINING COURSES BOOKING NOW!

    We are opening applications for three new Television Training Courses that will be touring the United Kingdom in the coming months.

    SCRIPT SUPERVISION, DRAMA - new dates this autumn

    SCRIPT EDITING, DRAMA - new dates this autumn

    If you would like information about securing a place on one of these Creative Skillset funded courses, follow this link: BOOK COURSES ON EVENTBRITE

     

    ALAN DAVIES - SERIES FOUR!!

    ALAN DAVIES COMEDY CHAT SHOW DAVE

    The 4th series of the show Grand Scheme Media helped devise for the DAVE channel, and which is produced by clients PHIL McINTYRE TELEVISION, has recently broadcast. We now await news on a possible fifth series in the autumn.

     

    CLEMENT AND LA FRENAIS – PORRIDGE: THE INSIDE STORY

    CLEMENT & LA FRENAIS THREE HOUR DOC SERIES

    We packaged and pitched this idea in collaboration with key clients. These Entertainment Documentary specials for GOLD were incredibly well received. Produced by LINDSAY JEX for PHIL McINTYRE TELEVISION and SERIOUS COMEDY.

    Find out more...

    NFTS ENTERTAINMENT DEVELOPMENT COURSE

    OUR COURSE STUDENTS ALL FIND WORK!

    Grand Scheme ran a three month, part-time course for BBC ACADEMY and THE NATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SCHOOL. All students went on to achieve professional work in Development.

    Find out more...

    IMAGINARIUM

    WORKING WITH ANDY SERKIS!

    We were delighted to spend three months assisting on developing formats for THE IMAGINARIUM'S television division. Programme ideas revolved around utlising their state of the art performance capture technology.

    NIPPON TELEVISION NETWORK

    GRAND SCHEME SECURE JAPANESE CONTRACT

    Calling on our expertise in international formats, we were honoured to work closely with this major Japanese broadcaster to create and sell new formats.

     

    UKRAINE 1+1 CALLS ON GRAND SCHEMERS

    We were also involved in providing intel and advice to this key Ukrainian broadcaster.

    Tim Lovejoy

    USP CONTENT

    We devised a number of projects for USP CONTENT. This included the BBC THREE commission "Tim Lovejoy's How To Be England Manager".

    SILVER BULLET PRODUCTIONS

    SILVER BULLET PRODUCTIONS

    We have worked on development projects for TV with digital music content providers, Silver Bullet.

    WALL OF FAME

    WALL OF FAME

    We co-devised this SKY ONE comedy panel game series with clients CPL Productions. 

    PBJ/JBJ MANAGEMENT

    PBJ/JBJ MANAGEMENT

    PBJ is one of a number of key talent management and agency groups that we have worked with. We specialise in working with their talent on ideas, advising them how to shape them for broadcasters and helping with pitch writing and brainstorming. 

     

    NATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SCHOOL

    NATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SCHOOL

    We ran a successful Development training initiative for the NFTS and have worked in the department as industry experts, mentors, and tutors.

  • CLIENTS

    I find Grand Scheme to be not only lovely people to work with but inspiring, refreshing and totally unique in their proposition to the TV industry .

    DANNY FENTON ZIGZAG Productions

    Graham and Mark are an intrinsic element in developing the USP Content offering. The creativity and contacts they offer has proved to be an excellent ontap resource for us.

    ROB JONES USP Content

    Grand Scheme media are a great team. They get Entertainment in all its forms and, for a company like ours, they’ve been very useful in formatting and shaping our ideas.

    ROY ACKERMAN FRESH ONE Productions

    • Argonon
    • Atomized
    • Audio Boo
    • CPL
    • DAA
    • DML
    • First Artist Management
    • Fast Train
    • Fosters
    • Fresh One
    • The Imaginarium
    • Independent
    • Indie TV
    • ITN
    • Jongleurs
    • NFTS
    • Nippon TV
    • Nutopia
    • PBJ JBJ
    • Reef
    • Sassy
    • Serious Comedy
    • Square Peg
    • Urban Rajah
    • USP
    • World Wide Pictures
    • Zig Zag
  • CONTACT US

    Get in touch, we'd love to hear from you

    Grand Scheme
    Media Ltd.

    27 Maiden Lane,
    Covent Garden,
    London, WC2E 7JS
    T: +44 20 7836 4504

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We are successful Television Development Consultants and Training Experts.

Click HERE to book onto our TV Drama, Radio and Comedy Training Programmes

 

We also work with Indies and Talent  to help sell formats to broadcasters.

 

 To contact us, click HERE!

Or phone +44 (0)207 836 4504.

 

 

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