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Desiree Peeters studied Film and Television Studies at UEA and has gone on to be a Production Management Assistant at the BBC. Her first taste of paid media work was through MAKE@UEA, where she worked on various projects as a freelance filmmaker.

She went on to work at Capriol Films in Norfolk before getting her big break when she was accepted for a month’s work experience at the BBC to work on the new children's technology series Technobabble. 

Afterwards, the production team kept her on as a paid runner which earned her an important first television credit. She then went on to a variety of freelance roles as a runner and production management assistant within the Children's department from Blue Peter to the interactive web team. 

She subsequently worked as PA to the Head of CBBC Drama Development and Animation Acquisitions and after a few months Desiree and a group of colleagues moved to create the new BBC Children's Acquisitions and Independent Animation team where she was appointed as the team's first Development Assistant to manage submissions for CBBC and CBeebies. Shows which hail from the team include Scream Street, Zig and Zag, The Next Step, Hey Duggee, and The Clangers.

More recently she helped set-up and coordinate the CBBC and BBC Worldwide industry animation competition Anim8 and the CBBC student animation initiative Scream Street Bites; a unique opportunity to encourage animation skills for students in the North of England. 

Her primary role in BBC Children's Acquisitions is to manage and be the point of contact for all project submissions for the CBBC (6-12 age group) and CBeebies (preschool) channels and they receive thousands of live-action and animation submissions from all over the world. She reviews, logs and prepares the submissions for the Head of Acquisitions for consideration before collating feedback and responding to the companies or individuals who submitted the materials.

Every submission is different and therefore every response needs to be tailored and individualised. Desiree’s favourite memories were, “of the amazing people I met whilst studying - friends and lecturers - and the range of subjects we had the opportunity to learn. Without a doubt my years at UEA really helped shape who I am today.”


To find out more about the shows Desiree has been involved with visit CBBC and CBeebies.

The Expert

Desiree S Peeters

Production Management Assistant at the BBC
Film and Television Studies
Worked as as freelance filmmaker for MAKE@UEA. Earned first credit on new children's series "Technobabble" and also worked on Blue Peter. Now working in the BBC Children's Acquisitions and Animation Team - shows incuding "Scream Street", "Zig and Zag", "The Next Step", "Hey Duggee" and "The Clangers". Now manages submissions for CBBC and CBeebies.