Hearing about the life of a development producer

Caroline Clayton, a development producer who has worked on several high-profile documentaries, came into the University to offer her knowledge to students.

Date: 10 April 2018

Caroline Clayton, a development producer for many high profile programmes, including the BBC and Channel 4, recently visited London Metropolitan University to offer Film students an insight into the industry.

Caroline’s role as a development producer involves researching, writing, developing and pitching ideas to broadcasters for commissioning. Her portfolio includes The Secrets of the Tea Chimps, a Channel 4 documentary investigating the chimps behind a long-running series of adverts.

Caroline said: “It was good to meet the next generation of film and TV creatives and I hope my visit has inspired them to consider development as a career, or perhaps their entry point into the TV industry.

“I enjoyed hearing their final project pitches and having the opportunity to feedback on them and raise the kind of issues they might face when pitching to commissioners. I look forward to seeing their final films in June.”

Caroline delivered her talk to third year Film and Television Studies BA students. Nishat Islam, a student who attended the talk, commented: “It was lovely listening to Caroline and having someone come in from the industry taught me a lot.

“It also boosted my confidence in my documentary-making skills.” Nishat hopes to develop her short film into a BBC3 documentary after graduating.

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