RTS Devon and Cornwall’s annual “Breaking into media” event featured its largest ever “Getting in and getting on” panel, which boasted a veritable army of TV talent.
Series producer Sam Smith represented the BBC, while Kate Haskell and Sam Blackledge spoke for ITV Westcountry and Dan Willers came from the animation studio, Yellow Mouse.
Beagle Media, Silverstream TV and the TwoFour Group brought their heads of department Harry Anscombe, Rob Davey and Rick Horne, together with some of their young talent – Hannah, Kirsty, Craig and Ingrid. All recent graduates, they offered inspiration and insight to an audience of more than 160 school, college and university students from across Devon and Cornwall at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth in early November.
The second half of “Breaking into media” featured comedy producers Izzy Mant and James Dean, who discussed their journey into television, and offered advice on how to develop and deliver a comedy series for broadcast.
Their talk was illustrated by clips from This is Jinsy and Living the Dream for Sky, which were produced by Dean and Mant’s series: Channel 4’s The Windsors and Badults; and the BBC’s Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry & Paul, for which Mant won a Bafta award.