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21,000 More UK Crew Needed by 2025

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A new forecast of UK film and high-end TV production growth and skills commissioned by ScreenSkills and published today (24 June) suggests that nearly 21,000 more crew might be needed by 2025 to support the sector’s growth.

The Forecast of Labour Market Shortages and Training Investment Needs in Film and High-end TV Production, carried out by the consultancy, Nordicity, with the accountancy firm Saffery Champness LLP, says between £95.1 million and £104.3 million will be needed annually by 2025 to train the film and HETV workforce – both existing and the new recruits.

Key points in the research include: 

• Film and HETV production is likely to hit between £7.07 billion and £7.66 billion by 2025 (up from the current       £5.64 billion)

• Between 15,130 and 20,770 additional crew needed to meet demand

• By 2025, training existing and new workforce will need annual investment of £95.1 million to £104.3 million

• The estimated economic return is more than 15 times the cost of the training investment

Latest figures show film and high-end television currently generates the equivalent of 122,000 full-time jobs.

Spending approximately £289.3 million on training during the three-year period 2023 to 2025 would enable film and high-end TV production to generate an additional £4.56 billion in GVA (gross value added) including direct, indirect and induced impact. This represents an economic return of more than 15 times the training investment.

The authors described this return on investment as “compelling” – and acknowledge that the personnel needed to meet demand “may be understated”. They conducted interviews with major film and HETV production companies alongside an analysis of existing published and unpublished research to conclude that there is still room for growth on top of the rapid expansion fuelled by the introduction of the HETV Tax Relief in 2013 and a strong bounce back after the Covid lockdown.

The research also states that just under 2.7 million square feet of additional stage space is due to come online by 2025 to meet demand, and the authors concluded that film and HETV production in the UK is likely to grow at an annual average rate of 7.3% between 2022 and 2025.

They project that spending will reach between £7.07 billion and £7.66 billion by 2025 – an additional £1.43 billion to £2.02 billion spending from the 2021 figure of £5.64 billion.

The full report can be seen here.

Seetha Kumar, CEO ScreenSkills, said: “The data in this report will help us all plan sensibly to ensure the UK has the skilled and inclusive workforce needed to capitalise on the potential for further growth. The film and television industry is one of the UK’s great success stories and we need to work together to keep it that way. Growing the workforce will help ensure the country fully benefits from the projected growth in production expenditure.”

Anita Overland, producer and chair of the ScreenSkills Film Skills Council, said: “It is important that films of every scale and budget have the right people for those productions, so it is useful to understand what is likely to happen in the next few years. I am very proud of what the Film Skills Council does to support training, but this is a reminder of how much further work is needed – financially but also in terms of creating opportunities for people to learn on the job.”

This report is part of a wide range of skills research conducted by ScreenSkills under the BFI Future Film Skills programme and also with the support of the ScreenSkills Skills Funds with industry contributions. It is among the evidence which has helped inform the BFI Skills Review that is examining the needs for training and skills development across the production sector for scripted film and high-end television and is due to be published shortly.

 

Source: www.theknowledgeonline.com

ScreenSkills Demystifying Unscripted TV Production

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Do you live in the West Midlands? Could your next job be working in TV? Join ScreenSkills, Alison Grade & guest speakers for a free online event on 21 June, 18:00 – 19:30 where you will:

  • Meet TV industry professionals
  • Find out what role might be right for you
  • Hear about local TV job opportunities

There are roles for all skills and experience levels,  and attend to the many job shortages currently in the industry. Transfer your skills and find out how you can work in television. No media qualification needed and no experience required.

Speakers

This ScreenSkills event is hosted by Alison Grade, CEO, Mission Accomplished and author of The Freelance Bible. Alison will be joined by a panel of local industry professionals who will share their expertise and insights into the world of unscripted TV production.

Panelists:

Emma Riley, Productive Executive, Optomen, (Great British Menu)

Colette Foster, Creative Director, Full Fat TV, (Joe Wicks: The Body Coach, The Thames: Britain’s Greatest River with Tony Robinson)

Dom Sant, Co-founder + Producer, Common Story.

Elvinah Xhingesse, Researcher, 24 Hours in A&E, Also worked on: All That Glitters, The Love Trap.

Eligibility

This session is recommended for anyone who is interested in knowing more about and working in unscripted TV production in the Midlands. You might be from Coventry, Wolverhampton, Black Country, Birmingham, Worcester , Staffordshire, Dudley, Walsall, Warwickshire and Leicestershire! If you want to know more,  read more here.

 

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Apply to Grierson DocLab 2022 – Deadline Feb 11th

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Grierson DocLab is a training scheme that helps UK-based new entrants aged 18-25 thrive in the world of factual TV and documentary filmmaking.

The scheme takes place over approximately one year, and due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, will be run as a combination of online and in person. It aims to equip up to 12 successful trainees with the skills and networks to pursue a career in the UK factual industry.

Successful applicants to the scheme will receive:

  1. An intensive hybrid training programme (details of the areas covered can be found below), supported by industry professionals
  2. A placement at an independent production company, up to four weeks in length, supported by a bursary
  3. Full registration for Sheffield Doc/Fest (subject to it taking place given COVID developments)
  4. Mentoring from an industry professional
  5. Matched with a Grierson DocLab Alumni buddy
  6. Networking opportunities
  7. A ticket to the Grierson Awards ceremony, held on Wednesday, 10 November 2022 at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London
  8. Access to, and membership of the Grierson DocLab Alumni network
  9. Bespoke ongoing support to help career progression within the sector

The hybrid training programme will include:

  1. An outline of the variety of routes into the industry including editorial and production management
  2. An overview of different documentary genres, their grammar and conventions
  3. How to find and develop ideas
  4. How broadcast commissioning works
  5. Practical exercises to hone pitching and teamworking skills
  6. Discussions about digital platforms, branded content, feature documentaries, and other ways to develop your career
  7. Talks from guest industry speakers as well as Grierson DocLab Alumni about how their careers have progressed since being on the scheme

All expenses associated with participating in Grierson DocLab will be covered by The Grierson Trust. All placements will be paid for via bursaries to help with living costs.

Find out more about the scheme on their YouTube video Ask our Alumni: Past Grierson DocLab trainees answer your questions. The video introduces past trainees Azeem, Toni, Ramla, Rebecca and Sam as they talk about their experience of the scheme, what they’ve been up to since completing it and tips for applying.

Who should apply?

The scheme seeks young people who are passionate about factual television, from nature documentaries to reality TV; short-form content to feature docs and everything in between. Applicants who have ideas about how they can contribute to the industry, and who can offer fresh perspectives that are not currently reflected on-screen or behind the scenes.

In addition to the creative team roles (editorial), they welcome applicants from candidates who are strong communicators, who have excellent collaborative skills and are brilliant organisers who can multi-task; all key skills to work in factual production management. If you don’t know the difference between editorial and production, get up to speed with  this careers map, or further useful information can be found on the  Royal Television Society website.

The scheme is open to any UK resident aged 18-25 and aims to help new entrants become job-ready and able to take up opportunities in the factual programme-making industry. Therefore, applicants may be in full-time education at the time of applying but must be in their final year of studies to be eligible. Applicants will also not be eligible if they have undertaken an industry placement or work experience that lasted more than three months.

Grierson DocLab is aimed at helping those without connections to the factual TV and documentary industry get their first foothold on the TV career ladder. The Trust has an established track record of supporting under-represented groups in the factual TV industry. We therefore particularly encourage applications from people from those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, people from ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled people  and people from the LGBTQ+ community. Also encouraged are candidates from geographical areas across the UK that do not have many opportunities in the screen industries to apply. This is not a definitive list and those applying will have the opportunity to make their case as to how they meet these criteria. This is in line with the positive action provision of the Equality Act 2010.

In return, this prestigious scheme will give successful applicants the support to take that first step towards a rewarding career in factual programme-making.

Experience:

  1. Grierson DocLab is a new entrant scheme so no previous experience in the industry is required, you just need a passion for documentaries and/or factual television and a demonstrable desire to work in the sector
  2. You do not need to have studied film or television in order to apply, nor do you need to have a FE/HE qualification
  3. If you have more than three months’ experience in the industry, you are not eligible to apply

Criteria:

  1. You must be aged between 18-25 at the time of applying
  2. You must be a UK resident with the right to live and work in the UK
  3. If you are at college or university, you must be in your final year of study
  4. You must commit to the whole of the Grierson DocLab scheme (see schedule below)

Schedule:

  1. Online video call interviews – Tuesday, 29 March or Wednesday, 30 March 2022
  2. Second video call interviews – Thursday, 31 March 2022
  3. Five-day online training – Monday, 9 May – Friday, 13 May 2022
  4. Three-day in person training in central Birmingham – Sunday, 22 May – Tuesday, 24 May 2022
  5. Sheffield Doc/Fest – 24 June – 27 June 2022, pending COVID-19 restrictions
  6. Grierson Awards – Thursday, 10 November 2022
  7. Placement – to be arranged on an individual basis and to be completed by Easter 2023

Application Process

Applications closed at 5pm on Friday, 11 February 2022. Apply here.

Read the full scheme guidance, application questions and FAQs ahead of applying via the online application form. Please ensure you have your CV in a PDF format, saved with your full name in the file name, ready before applying. Please also have two references’ names, email addresses and contact phones numbers to hand on applying.

If you have accessibility requirements, would like help with your application due to a disability, would like to submit your application answers via video rather than written form, or have any other reasonable adjustments, please email training@griersontrust.org at least two weeks before the deadline where possible, so that we can assist you promptly.

If you have been shortlisted you will know by Friday, 18 March 2022. Unfortunately, if you haven’t heard from us by then, this means you have not been successful on this occasion. Due to the high number of applications to the scheme, we regret that we cannot provide feedback to applicants who aren’t successful.

Hear from previous trainees about their experience on the training week, with mentoring and their different placements:

  1. Jess on her mentorship match
  2. Sameen on her placement with Blast! Films
  3. The 2021 cohort on their online training week
  4. Chandler’s placement at Wall to Wall
  5. Joe’s placement at Dragonfly TV

 

Watch films about previous iterations of the core Grierson DocLab scheme from 20182019 and 2020.

 

Source: www.griersontrust.org

 

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BBC TV Drama Writers’ Programme 2022

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Applications to the 2022 TV Drama Writers’ Programme are open from Wednesday 28th July 2021 to 12 noon on Monday 13th September 2021 for credited and/or agented writers.. Please see BBc’s invitation to apply below:

TV Drama Writers Room Programme 2022

Please read the full Terms and Conditions of Entry

ELIGIBILITY

  • Writers must have at least ONE professionally produced piece of narrative scriptwriting work, a minimum of 30 minutes in length, in television, radio, theatre or film.  Novels are ineligible and will not be accepted.  ALTERNATIVELY writers must have an agent, supplying address and contact details.
  • Writers are asked to submit an original spec script (minimum 50 pages) and a one-page pitch outlining a potential series or serial idea for BBC One, BBC Two or BBC Three.  The original spec script can be film, theatre, television or radio – any medium except for novels.
  • The pitch needs to be a different idea from the spec script.  It should be as distinctive as possible, bearing in mind the current, competitive TV landscape in the UK and abroad.
  • The aim of the Programme is to give writers their first original television drama series or serial commission.
  • Writers must not have an original idea in development (beyond treatment stage) with BBC Television Drama.  Writers in development outside the BBC are eligible to apply.
  • Writers must not have had a previous original series or serial commission from BBC One, BBC Two or BBC Three.
  • Writers must demonstrate a burning desire to write television drama.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Writers will need to submit their CV highlighting produced credit or credits, an original spec script and a one page pitch (all saved as PDF) via the BBC Writersroom E-Submissions System only.  The spec script should be an original, full-length script (minimum 50 pages) and not an episode of an existing drama series.
  • To make their submissions, writers must submit (PDF only) via the BBC Writersroom using this link

E-Submissions System –  https://writersroom.external.bbc.co.uk/opportunity/202  

Deadline: 12 noon on Monday 13th September 2021 

TIMETABLE

  • There are 10 places; and we shall be shortlisting 15-20 writers for the scheme.
  • The first round of interviews will be held in early 2022 (dates tbc).  Shortlisted writers will then have meetings with independent production companies in February/March 2022.
  • We will then inform the successful 10 writers.
  • Selected writers must be free to attend a three day intensive workshop in 2022 (dates tbc) and available to write their script and attend a series of writing workshops, lectures and readings across the subsequent months.  They will also receive notes on their pitches and each draft of their treatment and script.

SCRIPT FEE

  • Writers will be commissioned to write a minimum of two drafts of a treatment and a minimum of three drafts of their original script.  They will be paid a minimum script fee as agreed by the WGGB/PMA and the BBC on a favoured nations basis (currently £13,320 for 60 minutes).  

ENTRY FAQS

  • It is essential that applicants have an interest in and enthusiasm for television drama.  Submissions will be assessed on the strength of the writing and the originality of the pitch.
  • Applicants must be resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland.
  • The Logline, medium and genre on the E-submissions form refers to the spec script and not the pitch.
  • Submissions must be the writer’s original work, and may not be based wholly or in part, on the work of any other person, whether known, published, produced, or not (i.e. no adaptations).
  • As well as individual writers, writing partnerships of two (maximum) may enter.  Scripts submitted must be written by the partnership.
  • No feedback can be given on unsuccessful submissions.

If you have any questions, contact writersroom@bbc.co.uk

Find out more about the TV Drama Writers’ Programme and the writers and production companies who have taken part in the scheme

Find out how the TV Drama Writers’ Programme fits into the range of opportunities from BBC Writersroom for writers at different stages of their careers

*Please Note: This is a separate scheme from our open submission Script Room, with more restricted entry criteria*

 

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

 

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Job Alert: 1st Assistant Camera

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Experienced 1st AC is needed asap for a production filming in Birmingham on Friday. Pay is £200.00 a day plus meals and a good opportunity to work closely with a really experienced Director/DOP in Birmingham. Applicants should be part of or understanding of the LGBTQ+ community.

To Apply
You need to be registered on the Film Birmingham database to apply (it’s free). If you’re available and want to be put forward for the job, please then email wpmm@filmbirmingham.co.uk with ‘1AC’ in the subject line. We will then pass your CV onto the production company and they will be in touch with you directly. If you need to update your CV on the database, please follow this link, using your registered email address to login and the password which you created. If you’ve forgotten your password, just click the ‘forgotten password’ option.

Job Alert: Casting AP

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Full Fat produce innovative and popular factual content for British and international broadcasters, platforms and distributors.

They are looking for a dynamic Casting AP, able to start immediately, to join an experienced team working on a new 2 part, peak time, documentary series for Channel 4. Extensive experience of casting contributors for documentary series essential, ideally with experience casting people living alternative lifestyles.

The role is to start immediately and will initially run up until 18th June. They are a Birmingham based company however, due to current Government restrictions, they anticipate the successful applicant will work remotely.

To Apply

Full Fat are committed to sharing job opportunities with creative, diverse talent working in the industry.

Please send your CV with ‘Casting AP’ in the subject line to production@fullfattv.co.uk.

If you are happy for them to keep your CV on file, please add the following disclaimer to the top of your CV ‘I consent to you keeping my details on file and distributing for employment purposes.’ Due to the expected high volume of applicants, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

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Job Alert: Director

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Are you a director from/based in Birmingham or the West Midlands? A production is seeking two directors from the region for a four-part Horror anthology feature film being developed by a group of talented West Midlands writers, directors and producers.

Applicants must have a minimum 2-3 solid short films behind them and/or narrative driven visually impressive music promos/ads. The production is especially interested in hearing from female directors with a passion for the genre. Scripts are in place, so applicants must be happy to work on other writers’ material.

No first-timers or students please.

To Apply

If you are interested, please contact paulgreenbfilmicro@gmail.com with CV and examples of work (preferably whole films and not edited showreels).

 

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Job Alert: Shooting Producer

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Full Fat produce innovative and popular factual content for British and international broadcasters, platforms and distributors.

They are looking for a Shooting Producer, able to start immediately, to join an experienced team working on a new 2 part, peak time, UK Travelogue for Channel 4 .  Initially you’ll be helping with the final casting and recceing of stories prior to a 5 week shoot in June- early July.  The shoot will have a full crew and experienced director. You must be a strong shooter on FS7 or similar, and a good team player. Experience of Travelogues and or immersive presenter led shows, preferably humorous ones, would be ideal.

The role will involve remote working initially so good communication and organisational skills will be important.  The role will also involve some casting, so experience in targeting, cold calling and setting up and editing Zoom calls is important.  The ability to build trusting relationships with contributors is essential.

The role is to start immediately and could initially be part time from the 10th May for 2 weeks or full time from the 17th.  It will finish at the end of the shoot; currently scheduled to be 2nd July.  They are a Birmingham based company however, due to current Government restrictions, we are currently working remotely.

 

To Apply

Full Fat are committed to sharing job opportunities with creative, diverse talent working in the industry.

Please send your CV with a covering letter to – production@fullfattv.co.uk

If you are happy for them to keep your CV on file, please add the following disclaimer to the top of your CV ‘I consent to you keeping my details on file and distributing for employment purposes.’ Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Job Alert: Production Coordinator

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Full Fat TV is seeking an experienced Production Coordinator from early May to mid-August to work on a new Factual Entertainment series for Channel 4.

The ideal candidate must have strong organisational and planning skills with proven experience of setting up location filming and negotiating costs. Responsibilities will include generating call-sheets, booking crews, liaising with research and edit teams along with providing general support to the Production Manager to ensure the smooth running of the schedule and shoots. A thorough knowledge of post-production, with experience of completing post-production paperwork on Silver and Sound Mouse are desired.

If you have solid experience in all of the above and think this sounds like you, do apply. They particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

Full Fat TV is a Birmingham based company; however, due to current Government restrictions, the successful applicant could  be working remotely, so applications from across the UK can be considered.

To Apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to production@fullfattv.co.uk with the job title in the subject line. If you are happy for them to keep your CV on file, please add the following disclaimer to the top of your CV ‘I consent to you keeping my details on file and distributing for employment purposes.’

The company is committed to sharing job opportunities with creative, diverse talent working in the industry. Due to the expected high volume of applicants, please note that we will only be able to contact candidates who are selected for interview.

Job Alert: Production Manager

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Full Fat TV is looking for an experienced Production Manager ideally from mid-May up until 3 Sept 2021 to work on a landmark 1 x 60’ music documentary for BBC2.

Responsibilities include managing the overall schedule, budget and post-production delivery paperwork whilst working closely with the editorial team to meet Channel deadlines.

The ideal candidate will have experience of managing productions that have complex rights clearance for archive and music content and working with high profile talent. Full Fat is a Birmingham based company; however, due to current Government restrictions, we anticipate the successful applicant will work remotely, therefore they can consider flexible working and applications from across the UK.

To Apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to production@fullfattv.co.uk with the job title in the subject line. If you are happy for us to keep your CV on file, please add the following disclaimer to the top of your CV ‘I consent to you keeping my details on file and distributing for employment purposes.’

The company is committed to sharing job opportunities with creative, diverse talent working in the industry. Due to the expected high volume of applicants, please note that they will only be able to contact candidates who are selected for interview.