How commissioning really works

How commissioning really works is a half-day seminar that aims to help Development Producers and anyone else understand the complex world of Commissioning and how it works, so that they are better placed to win commissions. The course will look at recent commissions and commissioning patterns, and will also focus on the increasing importance of taster tapes, analyzing what is required to make them with maximum impact.

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Course content

You’ll learn to understand better how a Commissioner thinks and what they need from you in order to consider commissioning your work. The course will involve you in exercises to develop your ability to sell and explain an idea persuasively. It will also reveal the influence of schedulers and scheduling, the importance of tone, and something of the art of selling. You’ll also learn the principles of making taster tapes, which are significantly different from programme-making.

Areas covered include:

  • Tips on writing a proposal
  • Explaining the Big Idea
  • Presentation
  • Title
  • Scheduling
  • Tone
  • Taster tapes


Who it's for

Development Producers, and anyone wishing to know more about getting their ideas commissioned.


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be in writing and must be received at least seven days prior to the course date or the full fee will be charged. ITF reserves the right to cancel courses without liability, and delegates will be offered an alternative date or full refund. ITF reserves the right to cancel courses if there are insufficient enrolments. Read more about our terms and conditions.

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94 Euston St
Kings Cross
London, NW1 2HA
T: 020 3487 0354