Speed Pitching – The commissioners Katherine Beacon, Amy Buscombe, Simon Judd, Matt Tiller

22nd May 2010

Venue: The Commissioners’ Den - ME113

Time: 2-5 pm

Length: 3 hours

Matt Tiller Katherine Beacon Simon Judd Amy Buscombe

Matt Tiller launched independent production company Channel K in 2005 and has won several commissions since then, including the returning BBC Three sitcom series Lunch Monkeys and three Channel 4 Comedy Labs in a row.

This came after a freelance career as a producer/director across several genres of television from documentaries like the hit BBC One series Bailiffs and series such as Bravo’s Future Fighting Machines and Channel 4’s Collectors Lot (it was on just before 15 to 1).

He started his media career in radio journalism in his home town of Plymouth. Matt also writes, produces and performs live comedy, which lead to him working with long established comedy specialists Channel X, the makers of Vic Reeves Big Night Out and modern cult classics such as Snuffbox.

They asked him to set up Channel K in Manchester and the company has gone on to be nominated for some awards and even won one – Best Production Company at the How Do Awards 2009.

Katherine Beacon is Head of Development for Jellylegs Production Company, working closely with Craig Cash and Phil Mealey to develop new comedy and drama for Television.

From 2005 until the end of 2009 she was Project Manager for BBC writersroom North, responsible for writer development across Drama, Comedy and Children’s programmes for Radio and Television.

She has helped facilitate new strategic partnerships within the creative industry to identify and develop writer talent, and produced and directed new Radio Drama, Comedy and animated drama for national and local BBC networks.

From 1998 until 2005, she worked in Radio Drama production at the BBC, specialising in creating and developing drama with writers new to the medium.

Simon Judd started his TV career with BBC Comedy, working on BAFTA winners The Thick of It, HELP! and Little Britain.

From there he went to Emmerdale where he was both a storyliner and script editor, editing over 150 episodes, including one which was BAFTA nominated.

Since September 2008 Simon has been the development editor for Drama North, developing new projects and building up their slate.

As a writer, he has sold scripts to both BBC Comedy and ITV.



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