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Scene Profiles: Nicola Lees of TV Mole – Everything You Need to Know to Get Commissioned

What is your experience within the television and film industry?

I started out working in local radio at BBC Solent in the newsroom and on a number of phone-in programmes. I’ve worked in TV for 14 years – everything from post-production and production co-ordinating to researching on a variety of science, archaeology and history shows for the BBC. I then specialized in Development and have had ideas commissioned on all the BBC channels, as well as Discovery, TLC, the Travel Channel and the Science Channel among others. During that time, I spent two years working in development in the USA.

I now run a mentoring scheme for Women in Film and Television, teach development and have written a book – Greenlit: Developing Factual / Reality TV Ideas from Concept to Pitch. I’m due to publish another in 2012, Give Me the Money and I’ll Shoot: Finance Your Factual TV/Film Project.


What is TV Mole; what does it aim to do?

It is a free resource for anyone who wants to develop and pitch factual TV programme ideas. It’s constantly updated with factual commissions in the UK, USA and beyond and I post development and pitch training opportunities, as well as funding sources and general industry intelligence. There’s also a very popular section on how to write a TV proposal.

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