A Channel 4 commissioner and some of the most successful Midland indie bosses will attend an event to launch the Royal Television Society’s venture to support the region’s young media professionals.
RTS Futures, which aims to connect its members to the key decision-makers in fields such as television, radio, digital and games, is launching in the Midlands on Thursday. It is the first RTS Futures centre to be set up outside London.
The event, to be held at The Electric Cinema in conjunction with Creative Republic, is entitled How to Pitch. It will feature Johannah Dyer, Hotbed Media chief executive, Aysha Rafaele, Channel 4 deputy commissioning editor documentaries, Jonnie Turpie, Maverick TV digital media director, and Catherine Elliot-Kemp, Isis Media creative director.
The session aims to demystify the process of how a programme idea ends up on our screens and will provide a comprehensive guide to what commissioners are interested in as well as tips on how to give a successful pitch under pressure.
Mars Elkins, RTS Futures Midland chairman, said the venture was free to join and open to young people who wanted to build their contacts within the sector.
“The aim is to provide a platform for young professionals and people who are new to the industry to have a conversation about issues that are facing them or that are important to them.
“We want to be able to give them access to commissioners and people who are well established in the community. It will give them the contacts and ability to make the links.”
She said this week’s event was the first of a programme of activities this year.
“We are going to be organising regular events with people from different parts of the media. Our next one is on how to be a presenter and we are going to invite the hottest presenters around to give tips on how to get into presenting.”
Ms Elkins said the Midland branch of the Royal Television Society had opted to launch RTS Futures, which not all regional branches had decided to do, because there were a lot of young professionals in the region who could benefit from its work.
RTS Futures also has a website which acts as a social networking tool to connect people within the industry and as a portal where people can upload material.
Membership of RTS Futures in the Midlands has rocketed in the past week after the invitation to the How to Pitch event went out, going from four to 100 in the space of seven days.
Andy Duncan, Channel 4’s chief executive and RTS Futures national chairman, said: “I’m delighted that RTS Futures is launching in the Midlands – this initiative is a really valuable way of bringing through the next generation of talented people in television. I’m looking forward to hearing about the events they have planned in the next year.”
n How to Pitch will take place at The Electric Cinema on Thursday, at 6pm for 6.30pm.