Here’s your opportunity to have a coveted one-to-one meeting with a commissioner! The commissioners come from major broadcasters and span a range of genres.

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Commissioners who took part in April included:

Danielle Scott-Haughton - Drama, BBC

Denise Seneviratne - Non-scripted, Channel 5/Paramount +

Emily Shields - Specialist Factual, Channel 4

Emma Lawson - Comedy, BBC

Gwawr Lloyd - Drama, Channel 4

Helen Nightingale - Factual and Fact Ents, UKTV

Helen Perry - Drama, UKTV

Kit Morey - Non-scripted, Channel 5/Paramount +

Jasmyn McGuile - Factual Entertainment & Events, BBC

Jasper Hone - Lifestyle, Channel 4

Lucy Willis - Factual, Channel 5/Paramount +

Richard Botchway - Sport, ITV

Sacha Khari - Digital, Channel 4

Sacha Mirzoeff - Documentaries, Channel 4

Sreya Biswas - Specialist Factual, BBC


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How to apply for a one-to-one meeting with a commissioner

When applications open we will ask you to fill out an online form via this page.

Include your details as well as a full outline of the project you would like to pitch. We also recommend including a link to a short video pitch, of up to 90 seconds.

The video pitch is not compulsory but we would advise including something to support your application and add context to your pitch.  This is your chance to demonstrate your enthusiasm for the project and allow the commissioners to get to know you ahead of your meeting.  You needn’t prepare any further material beyond a simple written summary of your idea, though you may if you wish.  If you’re unsure, our advice is to ask a colleague or friend to simply film you on a smartphone in a relevant location while you tell us about your project.

To submit, please upload your video pitch onto your website or a third-party website such as YouTube or Vimeo, making the video private or even password-protected if you like, and add the link to your application on the online form, in section 3.


Please refer to the FAQ’s below and if you have any further questions, please contact the conference team.

FAQs - How will successful applicants be selected?

The pitches received will be reviewed by the convention’s executive team and commissioners.  Successful applicants will have projects or programme strands which are of current interest to the commissioners who are taking part in the one-to-one sessions.

The successful applicants will be matched to the appropriate commissioner(s) and meetings will be scheduled accordingly during the convention.


Why do you need a video link?

A video pitch is an effective way to let the commissioners “meet” you ahead of your meeting and see your enthusiasm for your project.  It can add context to your pitch and support your written submission and may be as simple as just talking to camera about your project.  Please note that you must still provide a written outline of up to 300 words.

If you choose not to include a video pitch as part of your submission, we will still consider the written material you provide when making the selections.  There is no penalty for not including a video in your submission.


Can I meet more than one commissioner? Can I pitch more than one idea?

  • If your project is of interest to more than one commissioner then we will try to schedule meetings for you to meet each of the interested commissioners.
  • We recommend that you keep the number of pitches you submit to a minimum with a maximum of three per organisation (or individual.)
  • Each submission must only have one project outline. Therefore if you wish to submit a second project, please fill in a separate application form.
  • We are unable to guarantee meetings as individual commissioners get the final say but we always try our best.

Can I choose which commissioner I meet?

We will work with the broadcasters to find you the right commissioner and if your project is of interest then we will match you to the most appropriate commissioner(s).  If you believe that your project would be of particular interest to a specific commissioner, you may include this in your application under project details. However we cannot guarantee matching you to your preferred commissioner or broadcaster.

Useful Information

When will the Meet the Commissioner sessions take place?

Timings for April 2025 tbc

Will I be told which commissioner(s) I’m meeting beforehand?

Yes, we will let you know ahead of the convention which commissioner(s) would like to meet you and when.

Will the commissioner see my pitch before we meet?

The commissioners will receive the pitches of all the successful applicants they are meeting.

Can I speak to the commissioner before my meeting?

We are not able to connect you with commissioners outside of the sessions at the convention.

What happens after my commissioner meeting?

It is up to you to lead your one-to-one meeting and agree any further contact.

Do I need to buy a ticket to the Creative Cities Convention?

Only convention delegates may attend the Commissioner One-to-One meetings. However, if you do not yet have a ticket when you find out that you have been asked to attend a one-to-one, then you will be able to buy a ticket at that time, if there are tickets still available.