PRIMED & READY: KEY TRAINING FOR SOUND AND CAMERA
We have been commissioned by the Children's TV Levy Council, managed by CREATVE SKILLSET, to deliver insight training for crew who want to work on Children's TV productions. Dates for these courses are on our EVENTBRITE page. DETAILS HERE!
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.Starting June (TBC) wehope to place two trainers to travel to China to run the sessions with a group of up to 24 students. The students will be of mixed ability, though the course is aimed primarily at experienced writers.
NEW 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. Our latest commission, PRIMED & READY rolls out in Spring 2018.
FORMAT 24 - 18
We are very pleased to announce that we are now planning for a new version of this course, funded by the TV Skills Fund as managed by CREATIVE SKILLSET.
- EARLIER NEWS!! -
GRAND SCHEME CREATE FORMAT CONFERENCE!
In 2017 we were asked to produce and deliver a new, one day conference on the art of creating television formats. The event took place on THURDSAY NOVEMBER 30th at The Royal Festival Hall. FORMAT 24-17 featured key speeches and presentations by Commissioners, Executives and Format Creators.
2017 - INSURRECTION TEAMS WITH GRAND SCHEME!
LA-based production outfit Insurrection Media has linked up with three producers from UK firm Grand Scheme Media to develop and produce dramas for European networks and streamers.
Kiliaen Van Rensselaer
Former BBC and Channel 4 exec Graham Smith, ex-ITV producer Mark Robson and former Chrysalis Television CEO Tony Orsten will all join Insurrection’s development efforts. Ex-Village Roadshow exec Jordanna Fraiberg, who is now head of development at Insurrection, will oversee the UK division alongside the company’s general counsel and head of production Deborah Henderson, who previously worked at Zodiak Americas.
Insurrection was launched by former Fox exec Kiliaen Van Rensselaer in 2015 and in the same year struck a multi-year production partnership with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and David Alpert of Skybound Entertainment. Its pilot slate includes a coproduction with Keshet Studios based on novel trilogy The Dead Girls Detective Agency from HarperCollins, with which the prodco has a strategic relationship that gives it rights to selected sci-fi, drama and comedy novels for TV.
Charlie Redmayne, CEO at HarperCollins UK, said he wanted “to build on the US collaboration between Insurrection and HarperCollins by jointly identifying and developing key UK imprints into compelling television shows.” He added: “I’ve been impressed with Kiliaen’s vision of a faster pace and a more agile approach to TV development and look forward to launching hits based on our authors’ exceptional stories.”
Insurrection is also behind comedy Drive Share, produced for Verizon’s mobile-first on demand service Go90.
2017 & 2016 IRISH COMEDY WRITING EVENT
First run in 2016 with thanks to CREATIVE SKILLSET, and reimagined for 2017 in collaboration with the BBC Academy's Digital Cities initiative, THE BELFAST COMEDY WRITING EVENT culminated with a live read of original comedy scripts at the BELFAST MEDIA FESTIVAL. We were also delighted to present our Writing Comedy For Screen session in collaboration with BBCWritersroom.
2017 - ALAN DAVIES - MADE IT TO SERIES FIVE!!
The 5th series of the show Grand Scheme Media helped devise for the DAVE channel, and which is produced by clients PHIL McINTYRE TELEVISION, began broadcasting in February 2017.
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.
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TV DEVELOPMENT COURSE - STUDENTS ALL FOUND 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.
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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.
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.
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
We have worked on development projects for TV with digital music content providers, Silver Bullet.
WALL OF FAME
We co-devised this SKY ONE comedy panel game series with clients CPL Productions.
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
We run successful Development training initiative for the NFTS and work in the department as industry experts, mentors, and tutors.