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Dublin Institute of Technology partners with former Dragon's Den Dragon and Irish production company for broadcast training course

By Angela Haggerty | Reporter

April 23, 2014 | 2 min read

Experts from Channel 4, Fremantle Media, Warner Brothers and ITV Global Studios are among names set to take part in a training initiative from Irish production company Screentime ShinAwil and the Dublin Institute of Technology’s School of Media.

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Former Dragons’ Den dragon Sean O’Sullivan is also involved in the Makers.TV project, an accelerator programme for budding TV professionals.

Jens Ritcher, CEO of Fremantle Media; Jody Smith, multiplatform commissioning editor for entertainment at Channel 4; Andrew Zein, senior VP creative, format development and sales at Warner Brothers; Mike Beale, director of international formats at ITV global studios; David Liddiment, a BBC Trustee; and Dick de Rijk of Red Arrow are among professionals who will provide lectures and guest appearances on the five-week training course.

Larry Bass, CEO of Screentime ShinAwil, said: “We are delighted to partner with Sean O’Sullivan of SOS Ventures and Dublin Institute of Technology in Aungier Street 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.”

Hugh McAtamney, head of school of media at the Dublin Institute of Technology, added: “Creativity, Innovation and Problem Solving in Media are core themes in our postgraduate and undergraduate programmes and crucial for developing our research potential.”

The course, which begins in June, will also feature an industry “mentor of honour” with “extensive experience” of the Chinese TV marketplace.

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