TV ideas pitching session among highlights of media festival expected to attract 500 students

THE chance to pitch a TV programme idea in front of BBC Scotland’s commissioning editor, Ewan Angus, is among the attractions at a two-day media festival in Glasgow, which is expected to attract 500 young people.

Students attending the annual Creative Loop festival – taking place tomorrow and Thursday – have been invited to propose a factual television programme idea “with relevance to contemporary Scotland”. And in front of a live audience, a selection of proposals will be pitched to a panel of experienced TV operators, including Angus.

What happens afterwards will depend on the quality of the proposal, including the possibility of it being developed sufficiently to be commissioned.

The students will be from Scotland’s colleges and universities and the event concludes on Thursday afternoon when comedians, Julia Sutherland and Sanjeev Kohli, announce the winners of this year’s Creative Scotland Student Media Awards.

Say its organisers, the festival is “specifically designed for Scotland’s emerging talent in digital media, radio, film and television”.

Creative Loop is a partnership of Scottish colleges which “works with key industry partners to bridge the gap between Scotland’s colleges and the creative media sector”.

In a media release, Helliate Rushwaya, project manager of Creative Loop, is quoted, as saying: “We are really excited about this year’s Creative Loop Student Media Festival. The programme is the best yet and has an additional focus on live radio and television production. The interaction between students and industry representatives is always fantastic and the annual Creative Scotland Student Media Awards is a celebration of the best talent and work coming out of Scotland’s colleges and universities.”

There will be presentations at the festival from, among others, Jeff Foulser, chair and chief executive of Sunset+Vine, the host broadcaster for the 2014 Commonwealth Games; Capital FM’s Jenny Cook; and the production teams on the TV drama, Waterloo Road, and the current affairs TV programme, Question Time.

Also in attendance will be BBC Scotland presenters, Janice Forsyth and John Beattie, plus John Myers, who helped launch Real Radio Scotland. The independent TV production company, the Comedy Unit, will be also there.

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