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Changing the Face of Commissioning: Launch of CDN Commissioner Development Programme

The Creative Diversity Network (CDN) has today announced that applications for the Commissioner Development Programme (CDP) will open on 12th March 2015.

Sponsored by the CDN, with funding from Creative Skillset’s TV Fund, the pan-industry initiative aims to widen the diversity of commissioning and will see up to eight individuals working within Commissioning teams at broadcasters including Channel 4, ITV, Channel 5, Sky and the BBC. Genres include factual, drama, sport and factual entertainment.

The CDP will be looking for outstanding candidates with considerable media experience who want to develop their understanding of commissioning. Applications will be invited from people with a strong track record in television production as well as other areas of the creative industries and digital services. Applications‎ will be encouraged from under-represented groups, particularly those with BAME [Black Asian or Minority Ethnic] backgrounds or those with a disability.

John McVay, Chief Executive of Pact and current Chair of the CDN Board said:  “This is yet another opportunity for the broadcasting industry to benefit from the talents of our diverse society. And it’s proof that the industry can work together effectively.”

Aaqil Ahmed, Chair of the CDN Commissioning Working Group added: “This is real action and I am delighted the CDN and all the broadcasters involved have really delivered. Our industry doesn’t always celebrate or understand difference enough and hopefully as time goes on opportunities like this will ensure that the audience is better served.”

Each placement is full time and lasts for one year on a competitive senior level salary. A structured executive training programme of masterclasses, workshops and networking events will be supported by Creative Skillset’s TV Skills Fund and delivered by the training company thinkBIGGER Ltd.

More details about the programme can be found here

A list of FAQs can also be found here