Edinburgh TV Festival supported by Screen Scotland

Helen O’Donnell & Katrina Bell

Head of Development + Senior Development Producer, BBC Talentworks

Helen + Katrina

We are BBC Studios TalentWorks. We identify and develop emerging talent who are interested in creating new show ideas with BBC Studios. Whether it’s working with YouTube stars Dan Howell and Phil Lester, launching Di’s Salon for Radio 1, or co-producing PRESSED for Radio 1Xtra, our team partners with some of the most exciting talent around. Across a year, we produce and host Creator Residencies, presenter training days, retreats and much more to help provide new talent with the skills to reach their potential. Previous alumni include Basma Khalifa, who worked with Louis Theroux’s indie production company Mindhouse, Liv Little, founder of gal-dem, who was a writer in residence at BBC Studios creating an original pilot script, and Ajay Tegala, who finished his placement with BBC Studios Natural History Unit presenting a segment on BBC Two’s Springwatch. After a successful residency with the makers of the multi-award winning I May Destroy You, Various Artists Limited, comedian Charlie George had her script optioned by the company.

Shows we oversee

Eddie Hearn No Passion No Point
BBC Studios emerging talent development

Would like to meet

We develop forward-thinking talent with whom BBC Studios can partner to develop a slate of innovative new content. We work across all genres and platforms to develop new projects with both established and emerging talent. Looking to meet talent, managers, agents and potential partners.