DIT launches MakersTV a world-first TV format accelerator programme for TV professionals

DIT announces launch of new TV format accelerator programme with Screentime ShinAwiL & SOSventures

01 May, 2014:   DIT is joining forces withScreentime ShinAwiL, one of Ireland’s leading production companies and former Dragons’ Den dragon Sean O’Sullivan of SOSventures to launch MakersTV, a world-first TV format accelerator programme for TV professionals.

MakersTV will bring together international creative experts to support, encourage and discuss with participants how to develop their fresh ideas into ground-breaking TV pilots. By providing training and mentoring across a wide range of skills including scripting, pitching, casting, global format marketing and developing format bibles, participants will learn to plot a path through the complexities of developing and implementing a new format and turn inventive ideas into a finished product that has the potential to sell and succeed globally – in effect, MakersTV will be a comprehensive ‘how to’ guide to making a killer format.


Based in DIT’s state-of-the art studio and editing facilities in Aungier Street, Dublin, MakersTV comprises a 40 day programme of intense mentoring from some of the TV industry’s most highly-respected figures.

The programme provides a peer-to-peer collaborative learning environment, which will include lectures and guest appearances from leading industry professionals including: Jens Ritcher  (CEO, Fremantle Media International); Jody Smith (multiplatform commissioning editor for Entertainment, Channel 4); Andrew Zein  (senior VP creative, format development and sales, Warner Brothers); Mike Beale (director of international formats, ITV Global Studios); Colman Hutchinson (Box of Tricks,former producer of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?); Ben Hall (former Shine International); David Liddiment (BBC Trustee); Jacoub Houland  (Nordisk Film TV); Dick de Rijk (Red Arrow, creator of Deal or No Deal); Paul Boross (Big Sky, The Pitch Doctor); Patty Geneste  (president of Frapa); Paul Jackson  (executive producer of Hell’s Kitchen USA); Francois de Brugada (COO of Banijay Group) and many more.

MakersTV will culminate in a ‘Demo Day’ in front of industry leading distributors and broadcasters from across the globe.

Larry Bass, CEO of Screentime ShinAwiL, said: “We are delighted to partner with Sean O’Sullivan of SOS Ventures and Dublin Institute of Technology to further place Ireland at the heart of creative development in the global TV format industry. If we can replicate a fraction of the success of SOS Ventures’ previous Technology Accelerator Programs, this will be and exciting development in the future of television.  The partnership with Dublin Institute of Technology and MakersTV is an exciting development bringing the worlds of academia and industry together.”

Hugh McAtamney, Head of School of Media, DIT, said: "The School of Media, DIT, is excited to be part of this innovative programme. Creativity, Innovation and Problem Solving in Media are core themes in our postgraduate and undergraduate programmes and crucial for developing our research potential."



Applications are open to experienced TV professionals or a team with at least one industry professional as a team member. MakersTV will run from the 23rd June 2014 – 1st August 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. Successful applicants will be expected to be in Dublin for the duration of the programme.


Please note – There is NO FEE to take part in this programme.

A stipend of €10K per team / company will be provided to cover living costs while attending MakersTV.


Apply online via our webpage application form - www.makerstv.net. Places are limited.

For more info, email info@makerstv.net or call +353 1 499 5157.






About Screentime ShinAwiL

Specialising in entertainment, factual entertainment and live event programming, Screentime ShinAwiL is one of the leading production companies in Ireland.


Screentime ShinAwiL is the production powerhouse behind some of Ireland’s biggest entertainment series’ including The Apprentice, Dragons’ Den, MasterChef Ireland and most recently The Voice of Ireland as well as a slate of original factual series such as The Obesity Clinic, Undercover NI, Teenage Kicks, What Kelly Did Next, Activity Breaks, and Tidiest of Towns.


As well as dominating the Irish market by producing large-scale international formats,

Screentime ShinAwiL has also created original formats. You’re A Star was sold to Ukraine where the winner finished 7th at Eurovision, Soccastars was licensed in Portugal, Turkey, Malaysia and 7 Middle Eastern States while Rising Stars has been licensed to eight countries in the Caribbean Basin. Screentime ShinAwiL is currently in development on original factual entertainment series’ for the UK and USA market. www.shinawil.com


About SOSventures


Sean O’Sullivan is managing director of SOSventures, one of the most active venture capital funds in the world, investing in early stage ventures, and runs accelerator programs in China, Europe and the USA. SOSventures is based in Cork, Ireland with offices in Shanghai, Shenzhen, New York and San Francisco.

Sean is himself an award winning documentary film maker & musician as well as founder of several successful tech startups. www.sosventures.com


About the School of Media, DIT


Media education in Ireland, generally, takes one of two forms. Some institutions concentrate on analysing mass media from an academic perspective. Others specialise in media production. At the School of Media, DIT, however, we believe that for graduates to prepare for an ever-changing media field, it is essential to engage in a balanced combination of both. For over thirty years, this approach has encouraged engagement, critique and creativity

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