Film Business & Production students pitch to Channel 5 Commissioning Editor, Kit Morey

15 May, 2024

Our first-year BA (Hons) Film Business & Production students in Brighton recently had the exciting opportunity to display their creative skills by pitching to Kit Morey, the esteemed Commissioning Editor at Channel 5.

Morey, who has been at the helm of Channel 5’s programming since 2019, holds the key to greenlighting innovative content that aligns with the channel’s identity while captivating audiences across the UK.

With a track record of nearly 250 hours of prime-time programming under their belt, including hit series like Motorhoming with Merton & Webster, Million Pound Motorhomes,andLost Dogs: LIVE with Clare Balding, Morey is no stranger to identifying compelling concepts.

Our creative students seized the chance to present a diverse array of ideas, ranging from heartwarming wildlife documentaries to exciting performing arts reality formats. The students received invaluable feedback and guidance from Morey, who was impressed by their professionalism and creativity.

“It was invaluable to have Kit listen to our first years pitch their ‘made for Channel 5’ concept. Having someone of Kit’s experience and level offer support on how to maximise your chances of getting commissioned is priceless. It’s authentic, impactful experiences and opportunities like these that we uniquely deliver as part of our film business modules here at Screen Film School.” – Emma Topping. Film Business & Production Course Leader

One exceptional pitch caught Morey’s attention, leading to its commissioning for Channel 5. The lucky student behind the winning concept will now embark on a journey to develop and produce their idea alongside a production company, making their professional debut before even completing their first year of studies. Stay tuned for more exciting news being released about this project in the coming months!

Reflecting on the experience, Morey expressed delight in witnessing the students’ passion and aptitude for storytelling: 

“Having the privilege of coming to talk to Emma’s wonderful cohort of students is most definitely a highlight of my working year.  As a Commissioning Editor, you’re always looking for an idea to bring to life on screen and capture the viewers interest and this year, as I listened to the students pitch their ideas, within seconds of one young man talking I knew we had a winner… and I’m happy to say his ideas will be hitting our screens early next year!

“It was clear from the way the students pitched their ideas that Emma and the course she runs has equipped them well to consider all aspect of how to bring content to fruition… far more so, in fact, than lots of seasoned telly types! They had considered the audience – always the most important component – but they’d also thought about returnability, economies of scale, branding and diversification across platforms and, not least, merch. Who doesn’t love some merch! Roll on next year!” 

Students also shared their excitement and gratitude for the opportunity to pitch to a seasoned professional: 

“The opportunity to pitch to the Channel 5 commissioner was a very great and exciting experience, as we got valuable feedback and pitched in front of a professional. We also got first-hand insights into the television/broadcasting industry and advice on the development and sharing of ideas/concepts. It felt good to have the pressure of a professional present as it enabled determination and was a good challenge that built confidence.”– Bella Echeverri, student

“Pitching with Kit was a great experience! It was super beneficial to my learning to be able to practice pitching to a professional, as well as doing something out of my comfort zone. It was also exciting to get to hear some feedback on our work from someone in the industry and get some insights into how to make our work better.” – Isabel Kemp, student

As Screen and Film School continues to foster industry connections and hands-on experiences, students are ready to make their impact on the world of film and television, armed with both creativity and practical knowledge. And with Channel 5’s stamp of approval of their work, the sky’s the limit for our creative community.



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