Watch RTS North West Student Awards Conference: Engaging with the media

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A panel informed budding students about how to break into the media industry. 

BBC's Arif Ansari said: "Identify one or two reporters who you admire and try to work what they do and how do they put their pieces together.

"Try to be as flexible as you can be about where you're willing to work."

Top TV ideas are everywhere

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Ideas for great TV are everywhere. The concept for Channel 4’s Gogglebox is believed to have come from a runner.

A researcher is said to have thought of the idea that became ITV’s Saturday Night Takeaway.   

At an RTS Futures event, Introduction to TV Development, a panel of top development executives gave tips on how to develop and pitch ideas.

From the page to the screen

The November London Centre event – “It started with a book” – examined how books are adapted for the telly, drawing lessons from three very different projects.

The Hank Zipzer books for children – written by Henry Winkler, who played the Fonz in vintage US sitcom Happy Days – have been turned into a returning CBBC series.

Walker Productions Managing Director Helen McAleer, who had seen Winkler play Captain Hook in pantomime, was determined to make a version with the actor.