Dramatic, provocative and always utterly addictive. What is it about reality TV that grabs the attention of a nation? And how can you be a part of it?
Reality shows are the juggernauts of today’s TV schedules, think Love Island, The Only Way is Essex, First Dates, Geordie Shore, and I’m a Celebrity. These productions dominate conversation both on and off the screen, and they employ hundreds. So could reality be where you get your big break?
The panel will discuss the various entry-level roles that are available in this diverse genre and advise what skills you need to succeed in such a competitive environment, chaired by Take Me Out: The Gossip presenter Laura Jackson.
We’ll be quizzing Coco Jackson on how in just over two years she has been enrolled on ITV’s insight scheme, worked on Surprise Surprise and has already been promoted from runner to casting researcher for the latest series of Love Island.
Ever dreamt up your own terrible tasks for unwitting celebs? Becky Crosthwaite will share how she created a career as a games producer on some of TVs top hits; I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, The Jump and Got to Dance.
Philip McCreery will be diving into how to develop and direct some of the most talked about factual entertainment and reality shows in the industry. His personal reel includes successes such as Naomi Campbell’s The Face, The Island with Bear Grylls and First Dates.
But how do you get your great idea commissioned in the first place? Craig Orr, Director of Commissioning and Development of MTV International, will be revealing what he looks for and how an idea is transformed into a smash hit like Geordie Shore and Ex on the Beach.
Our brilliant panel - with more names to be added - will be sharing their expertise and their secrets. Join us to discover how the production teams keep these shows on air and on the front pages.