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  • WHAT WE DO

    We are successful Television Development Consultants and Trainers.

    We work with clients to devise formats, write pitches and package ideas for production. 

    We open doors.

    And we win commissions.


    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.

     

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

     

    We have also recently begun to organise conferences for the television industry, starting with the extremely successful FORMAT 24-17 which was staged at the Royal Festival Hall.

      

     

    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 and successful development executive for 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.

     

  • CONSULTANCY

     

    MR. SLOANE for SKY ATLANTIC.

    Commissioned by Sky, and produced by Big Talk, this comedy drama series was created and directed by Bob Weide. 

    GRAND SCHEME MEDIA packaged the project for the UK.

     

    Our extensive Commissioning and Production experience means we know how to win commissions. 

     

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

     

    We have helped our clients win hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of business. 

     

    We work with a broad range of clients, from individual creatives to major independent production companies around the world.

     

    We work for a flat fee or on a retainer basis. 

     

  • TRAINING

    "Inspirational!"

    "Fantastic course. Highly recommended"

    "Thoroughly enjoyed it!"

     

    "Grand Scheme Media has created and run hugely popular training programmes for Creative Skillset, all of which have been unanimously applauded by those who attended. Mark and Graham have fantastic industry contacts and a wealth of knowledge of their own which they generously share with participants. 

    Grand Scheme Media are not only brilliant at what they do, they are also a joy to work with."  

    CREATIVE SKILLSET

     

    Our courses deliver practical insights into key television creative and craft skills, including Script Editing, Development, Script Supervision, Production Accountancy and Line Production. All our courses can be booked via: EVENTBRITE

     

    We work with Creative Skillset, the Indie Training Fund, The National Film and Television School, The BBC Academy, Guardian Masterclass and PACT. 

     

    We also work with independent production companies, content agencies, brands, educational institutions and private clients to deliver incredibly popular and highly praised training.

      

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

  • NEWS

    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!!

    ALAN DAVIES COMEDY CHAT SHOW DAVE

    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

    CLEMENT AND LA FRENAIS – PORRIDGE: THE INSIDE STORY

    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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    NFTS ENTERTAINMENT DEVELOPMENT COURSE

     

    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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    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 run successful Development training initiative for the NFTS and work 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.

We deliver highly praised regional training courses. Click HERE for details.

 

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

 

To contact us click HERE! 

Or give us a call on +44 (0)207 836 4504.

 

 

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