Meet the Commissioner
Here’s your opportunity to have a coveted one-to-one meeting with a commissioner! The commissioners come from major broadcasters and span a range of genres.
Anyone is welcome to apply and pitch your TV idea. Successful applicants will be selected to meet one or more commissioners during the Creative Cities Convention (you must have a ticket to the convention to book your meeting).
Application forms for Meet the Commissioner 2021 will be available from 1st March '21.
Who are the commissioners?
Commissioners confirmed for Glasgow 2020 included:
- Muslim Alim (BBC - Daytime)
- Greg Barnett (Channel 5 - Factual)
- Alison Barrat (Blue Ant Media, Love Nature - Natural History and Wildlife)
- Emma Cahusac (BBC - Arts)
- Harjeet Chhokar (Channel 4 - Factual)
- Louisa Compton (Channel 4 - News and Current Affairs)
- Tom Coveney (BBC - Science and Natural History)
- Laura Crowson (Discovery Channel US and Science Channel US)
- Sean Doyle (Channel 4 - Features and Formats)
- Hélène Ganichaud (Arte France - Specialist Factual)
- Gwen Gorst (Channel 4 - Drama)
- Luke Hyams (YouTube Originals)
- Will Rowson (Channel 4 - Specialist Factual)
How to apply for a one-to-one meeting with a commissioner
To apply you will need to fill out a form online. Details to follow when we launch the commissioner one to ones in the new year. You will need to include your details as well as a full outline of the project you would like to pitch. You may also include a link to a short video pitch, of up to 90 seconds.
The video pitch is not compulsory but can help to support your application and add context to your pitch. This is your chance to demonstrate your enthusiasm for the project and allow the commissioners to get to know you ahead of your meeting. You needn’t prepare any further material beyond a simple written summary of your ideal, though you may if you wish. If you’re unsure, our advice is to ask a colleague or friend to simply film you on a smartphone in a relevant location while you tell us about your project.
To submit, please upload your video pitch onto your website or a third-party website such as YouTube or Vimeo, making the video private or even password-protected if you like, and add the link to your application on the online form, in section 3.
- Launch of Commissioner One-to-Ones: 1st March 2021
- Deadline for online applications: 31st March 2021
- Successful applicants informed: 10th April 2021
- Creative Cities Convention: 22nd - 23rd April 2021
Please refer to the FAQs and if you have any further questions, please contact: Susie Townson - [email protected]
FAQs - How will successful applicants be selected?
The pitches received will be reviewed by the convention’s executive team, stakeholders and commissioners. Successful applicants will have projects or programme strands which are of current interest to the commissioners who are taking part in the one-to-one sessions.
The successful applicants will be matched to the appropriate commissioner(s) and meetings will be scheduled accordingly during the convention.
Why do you need a video link?
A video pitch is an effective way to let the commissioners “meet” you ahead of your meeting and see your enthusiasm for your project. It can add context to your pitch and support your written submission, and may be as simple as just talking to camera about your project. Please note that you must still provide a written outline of up to 300 words.
If you choose not to include a video pitch as part of your submission, we will still consider the written material you provide when making the selections. There is no penalty for not including a video in your submission.
Can I meet more than one commissioner? Can I pitch more than one idea?
- If your project is of interest to more than one commissioner then we will try to schedule meetings for you to meet each of the interested commissioners.
- You may pitch up to two projects but each submission must only have one project outline. Therefore if you wish to submit a second project, please fill in a separate application form. If you submit more than two application forms, the latter ones will be disregarded.
Can I choose which commissioner I meet?
We will work with the broadcasters to find you the right commissioner and if your project is of interest then we will match you to the most appropriate commissioner(s). If you believe that your project would be of particular interest to a specific commissioner, you may include this in your application under project details. However we cannot guarantee matching you to your preferred commissioner or broadcaster.
Will I be told which commissioner(s) I’m meeting beforehand?
- Yes, we will let you know ahead of the convention which commissioner(s) would like to meet you and when.
Will the commissioner see my pitch before we meet?
- The commissioners will receive the pitches of all the successful applicants they are meeting.
Can I speak to the commissioner before my meeting?
- We are not able to connect you with commissioners outside of the sessions at the convention.
What happens after my commissioner meeting?
- It is up to you to lead your one-to-one meeting and agree any further contact.
Do I need to buy a ticket to the Creative Cities Convention?
Only convention delegates may attend the Commissioner One-to-One meetings. However if you do not yet have a ticket when you find out that you have been asked to attend a one-to-one, then you will be able to buy a ticket at that time, if there are tickets still available. Avoid disappointment by booking your ticket early.