Accelerator TV POD

Are you a writer or producer looking to break into the television industry?

From Mad Men to Breaking Bad, to more recent Australian examples The Code and The Kettering Incident, the TV series is going through a revolution in terms of popularity, creativity and sales. The industry is constantly searching for new talent capable of creating original and engaging content to meet this growing demand, and Accelerator TV POD offers you an opportunity to learn how to bring high-concept, serialised storytelling to the screen.

The 5-month course will employ the Accelerator model Screen Canberra successfully developed for low-budget feature films and apply it to TV writing and producing. Delivered through a series of workshops facilitated by story developer Karel Segers, participants will learn how to develop, write and pitch projects for a range of genres and formats using different methodologies including the writers’ room model.

Workshops will be complimented by discussions and networking events with top industry players who will share their understanding of markets, audiences and broadcasters. Speakers will include Matchbox Pictures (Glitch, Nowhere Boys, Secret City) and Goalpost Pictures (Cleverman, Lockie Leonard), with more to be announced soon. Participants will be able to access multiple opportunities to pitch their projects one-on-one to top TV professionals at a final pitching session in February 2018.

At the end of the program you will have a pilot episode and a project bible – a detailed document outlining the premise of your series, descriptions of the main characters, story arcs, breakdowns of episodes and outlines for future seasons. Participants will also have the opportunity to apply for one of two paid writers attachments to work with a top-level production company (available to ACT-based residents only). Screen Canberra will also look at other career pathway opportunities for participants who complete the program, and will help facilitate potential attachments for interstate writers through their respective state agencies.


  • Industry Seminar 1 and Networking Drinks: 15 September 2017 (6pm-8:00pm) with Ian Collie (Easy Tiger) & Kym Goldsworthy (ABC)
  • Workshop 1: 17 & 18 September 2017
  • Industry Seminar 2 and Networking Drinks: 20 October 2017 (6pm-8:00pm) with Penny Chapman (Matchbox Pictures) & Penny Win (Foxtel)
  • Workshop 2: 21 & 22 October 2017
  • Industry Seminar 3 and Networking Drinks: 8 December 2017 (6pm-8:00pm) with Rosemary Blight (Goalpost Pictures) & Sue Masters (TBC) (SBS)
  • Workshop 3: 9 & 10 December 2017
  • Pitching: February 2018 (Dates TBC)


Check out the Accelerator TV POD info session video HERE