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Screentime ShinAwiL launch new TV format accelerator programme with SOSventures – MakersTV

May 2, 2014

makerstvScreentime ShinAwiL announces launch of new TV format accelerator programme with SOSventures – MakersTV

Screentime ShinAwiL, one of Ireland’s leading production companies, is joining forces with former Dragons’ Den dragon Sean O’Sullivan and the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)’s School of Media to launch MakersTV, a world-first TV format accelerator programme for TV professionals.

MakersTV will bring together international creative experts to support, encourage and discuss with participants how to develop their fresh ideas into ground-breaking TV pilots. By providing training and mentoring across a wide range of skills including scripting, pitching, casting, global format marketing and developing format bibles, participants will learn to plot a path through the complexities of developing and implementing a new format and turn inventive ideas into a finished product that has the potential to sell and succeed globally – in effect, MakersTV will be a comprehensive ‘how to’ guide to making a killer format.

Based in DIT’s state-of-the art studio and editing facilities in Aungier Street, Dublin, MakersTV comprises a 50 day programme of intense mentoring from some of the TV industry’s most highly-respected figures.

The programme provides a peer-to-peer collaborative learning environment, which will include lectures and guest appearances from leading industry professionals including: Jens Ritcher  (CEO, Fremantle Media International); Jody Smith (multiplatform commissioning editor for Entertainment, Channel 4); Andrew Zein  (senior VP creative, format development and sales, Warner Brothers); Mike Beale (director of international formats, ITV Global Studios); Colman Hutchinson (Box of Tricks, former producer of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?); Ben Hall (former Shine International); David Liddiment (BBC Trustee); Jacoub Houland  (Nordisk Film TV); Dick de Rijk (Red Arrow, creator of Deal or No Deal); Paul Boross (Big Sky, The Pitch Doctor); Patty Geneste  (president of Frapa); Paul Jackson  (executive producer of Hell’s Kitchen USA); Francois de Brugada (COO of Banijay Group) and many more.

MakersTV will culminate in a ‘Demo Day’ in front of industry leading distributors and broadcasters from across the globe.

Larry Bass, CEO of Screentime ShinAwiL, said: “We are delighted to partner with Sean O’Sullivan of SOS Ventures and Dublin Institute of Technology in Aungier Street to further place Ireland at the heart of creative development in the global TV format industry. If we can replicate a fraction of the success of SOS Ventures’ previous Technology Accelerator Programs, this will be and exciting development in the future of television.

The partnership with Dublin Institute of Technology in Aungier Street, one of Ireland’s leading media schools, and MakersTV is an exciting development bringing the worlds of academia and industry together.”

Hugh McAtamney, Head of School of Media, DIT, said: “The School of Media, DIT, is excited to be part of this innovative programme. Creativity, Innovation and Problem Solving in Media are core themes in our postgraduate and undergraduate programmes and crucial for developing our research potential.”


Applications are open to experienced TV professionals or a team with at least one industry professional as a team member. MakersTV will run from the 9th June 2014 – 18th July 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. Successful applicants will be expected to be in Dublin for the duration of the programme.

Please note – There is NO FEE to attend this programme.

A basis stipend will be provided to cover living costs while attending MakersTV.

Apply online via our webpage application form – www.makerstv.net. Places are limited.

For more info, email info@nullmakerstv.net or call +353 1 499 5157.

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