Preview – CMC SkillBuilder – the Optimal Pitch

Posted on: Wednesday 25 May 2022 2:47am by Amy Rich

CMC SkillBuilder – the Optimal Pitch
28 June 2022
4-5.30pm BST
£50 +VAT

Places are limited – Register Now

Top tips and honest fails are all shared in this essential event. So come and join us as we all go on a journey to find out what makes the magic work when pitching an amazing idea! 

– Ian France, Commissioning Editor, Sky Kids

Forget schlepping down to London, or trying to navigate the tram route to Media City in Salford, because with SkillBuilder, we’ve rounded up all the relevant folk and asked them to stay put from 4pm – 5.30pm on Tuesday 28th June 2022 for this exciting online-only event. Yes, that’s right, if it was the ‘90s, they’d be missing out on prime post-school kids’ TV. That’s dedication!

If you’ve ever wanted to pitch your project to a bunch of talented industry execs, but never knew how to get them all in the same room at once, then the CMC SkillBuilder is the event for you.

SkillBuilder is split into two sections. The first part dives head-first into all the hints and tips about how best to present your pitch. This means it’s your final chance to take any mental notes from the people who listen to pitches all the time and will have endured the good, the bad, and possibly even the pitch where the person pitching hadn’t saved their pitch presentation, but in fact their shopping list. There’ll also be a quick intro to the industry execs you’ll be pitching to, and a chance to ask them a few last-minute questions before you swiftly move on to business in… part two.

CMC SkillBuilder provides the rare opportunity to draw on the experience and knowledge of industry experts (spanning commissioning, production, digital and creative) in a fun, constructive and relaxed environment. It’s an opportunity to learn best practices, hone pitching skills, get direct feedback and bag some top tipsplus it’s a chance to forge new relationships and network with some of the best in the business.

– Natalie Llewelyn Jellyfish Pictures


Part two is the bit where you need to park your nerves, and get ready to pitch like you’ve never pitched before (or at least give it a darn good go). You’ll be split into smaller breakout rooms for this section, with a maximum of six delegates and two experts in each room. You’ll each get five minutes to pitch and there’ll be a few minutes for feedback on both your project and how you handled your pitch.

Along with Ian and Natalie, you can expect to meet 20 illustrious industry people including Ros Attille CBeebies, Tasha Dhanraj comedy writer, Sarah Fell Warner Bros. Discovery, Emilie Frelon Netflix, Robin Gladman Aardman, Craig Hunter YouTube, and Lynsey O’Callaghan Nickelodeon, and more.


So, if you’ve got a kids’ project that you’re desperate to get out there, and you want to meet people who can give you feedback and advice to help take it to the next level, now’s the time to prep your pitch and buy your ticket.

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Amy Rich

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Amy Rich


Amy Rich is a writer from Bedfordshire. She has been a CBBC New Voices writer, was chosen for the ScreenSkills Writing for Animation 2022 course, as well as the BFI Network short film development programme 2022, and has recently had her sitcom pilot, Puberty Rocks, optioned to Infinite Wisdom Studios.… Read more