Tiger Aspect, Film Birmingham and BBC Comedy Offer Man Like Mobeen Training Scheme

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Production has started on the third series of award-winning BBC Three comedy, Man Like Mobeen.

About Man Like Mobeen

Man Like Mobeen is produced by Tiger Aspect, part of Endemol Shine UK, for BBC Three. The third series is due to air early next year. The series has scooped numerous awards and widespread critical acclaim. 63% of its audience is aged under 35 – well above the average for BBC Three.

Written and created by Guz Khan and Andy Milligan, Man Like Mobeen follows Mobeen (Guz Khan), friends Eight (Tez Ilyas) and Nate (Tolu Ogunmefun), and little sister Aks (Duaa Karim), from Small Heath, Birmingham. Offering a rarely seen insight into working-class life as an ethnic minority, the series addresses issues such as religion and class whilst showcasing Khan’s unique voice.

After the cliffhanger at the end of series two, the show will return to Small Heath. Here, Mobeen has been sucked back into the dark underworld of his criminal past. Has he gone beyond the point of no return? And what will the consequences be?

Training Scheme

Ahead of filming commencing, Guz Khan launched a training scheme in partnership with Film Birmingham, BBC Comedy and Tiger Aspect, offering eight entry-level positions for individuals from all backgrounds in and around Birmingham to get first-hand experience of the TV industry by working behind the scenes on the show’s production. The eight candidates will work in departments such as directing, producing, costume, make-up and camera work. They are also being paid £550 a week. Four of the placements are funded by BBC Comedy, with two places funded by Film Birmingham and two funded by Tiger Aspect.

Guz Khan says: “Accessing the entertainment industry is one of the trickiest things I have ever seen. And it’s for this reason it was imperative for us to allow working-class people the opportunity to do so. I want to see more of our people in front of and behind the camera. The best way to do this is to facilitate these opportunities when we can. I am genuinely excited to see regular folks grow into something special.”

Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC says of the scheme: “This initiative is a pro-active way to honour Guz’s commitment to including and representing the community he comes from. Tiger Aspect and the BBC are committed to tackling the socio-economic challenges that underpin TV’s need to open the doors to people of all sorts of backgrounds and enrich the off-screen talent pool.”

Film Birmingham Comments

Sindy Campbell, Head of Film Birmingham says: “Authentic representation on – and off – screen is extremely important to us and we’re proud to support Man Like Mobeen which showcases and inspires communities like Small Heath. Birmingham has one of the UK’s most diverse populations; we want to ensure our creative workforce reflects this. We are pleased to champion this initiative which provides the opportunity for those of all backgrounds to break into Birmingham’s screen industries.”

Damian Kavanagh is Managing Director for Tiger Aspect. He says: “Man Like Mobeen skilfully blends laugh out loud comedy with the important issues affecting Small Heath. The show has always had something to say. So I’m delighted it can now leave a huge legacy through this trainee scheme by providing the opportunity for a brand new generation of talent to get their first step on the ladder in TV production.”

Man Like Mobeen is a Tiger Aspect production written and created by Guz Khan and Andy Milligan. The producer is Gill Isles, the director is Ollie Parsons, and the executive producer is David Simpson. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Kate Daughton.




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Open Doors Leicester: Careers in Screen – October 17th

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Want to get the low down about working behind-the-camera in the screen industry? Open Doors aims to give you insight into what jobs are out there and help you build connections with industry professionals.

What’s It About?

This event is for people eager to get their foot in the door and interested to hear about different careers open to them in Film, TV, Animation, VFX and Games. You’ll get the opportunity to:

  • Connect with industry professionals
  • Hear their advice and insights about getting started in the industry
  • Network with like-minded people

Join us at the Grand Hall in St Martins House where you’ll meet industry professionals working in the Screen Industry in round tables of 10, followed by an open networking session. They will also be pizza on the night. To have a look at previous Open Doors event search #OpenDoorsCareers on Twitter.

Who Will Be There?

Industry professionals joining us on the night are:

More speakers to be announced in the coming weeks.

Chat to the ScreenSkills team about Trainee Finder, a scheme that places new talent on paid traineeships with UK films and TV shows like Wonder Woman, Game of Thrones and Peaky Blinders, and get inside advice before applications open in November. Find out about regional boot camps & CV clinics and how they can help launch careers in screen.

Event Details

This ScreenSkills event will take place October 17th at the Grand Hall in St Martins House. Leicester, between 6pm and 8pm. Admission is free. Age: 18+. Click here for more information and to register. If you have any questions email Vicky on




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Apply for ScreenSkills Bootcamp – Deadline October 19th

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Have you ever dreamt of working on films like Star Wars – Episode IX, Wonder Woman: 1984, Downton Abbey, Horrible Histories: The Movie or How to Build a Girl? Have you recently finished school or university? Or do you work in an industry with transferable skills, such as events, logistics, office management, construction or hair and make-up? Then this ScreenSkills Bootcamp might be for you!

About the ScreenSkills Bootcamp

This free to attend boot camp training course by ScreenSkills takes place over one day and is for anyone looking to break into the world of Feature Films. The Film Bootcamp: Get Started in Film introduces you to how the film industry, and how film sets run. You will meet experts who’ve worked on films, and receive freelancing and CV advice. You’ll also work with two trainers, both highly experienced in these areas.

Training will take place on Monday November 18th 2019 in Central Leicester.

Who They Want

We are particularly interested in participants who want to work in Hair/Make-up, Art Department, Costume, Floor/AD, Locations, Production Office, Cameras, Sound, Lighting and Editing. We are working to develop an inclusive workforce in film and television. So we strongly encourage applications from under-represented groups, particularly those from BAME backgrounds or those who consider themselves disabled. A passion for making a career in feature films is the main criteria we are looking for in all applicants.

To Apply

Places are limited. We encourage early applications and we will consider these before the deadline.

The application deadline is 19th October 2019. Applicants will then be notified on or before 1st November 2019.

ScreenSkills supports this training course using National Lottery funds awarded by the British Film Institute (BFI) as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

Apply here!


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Making it Possible: Online Course For Parents in Film and TV

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Making It Possible, the personal and career development day for parents and carers, returns in Autumn 2019. The programme will empower successful applicants to focus on their individual goals, plan a route to achieve them and address the specific barriers and challenges they face. Making It Possible is for you if you’re on maternity/paternity leave or if you’re currently working but concerned you will stagnate in your career due to juggling work with parenting and/or caring demands. Or, you may be fired up to advance your career but struggling to actually make it happen.


Course content

This year, there will be an opportunity to participate in the programme online. The online version of Making It Possible will run weekly for five weeks and cover the same course content. The online version will run between week commencing  7th October and the week commencing 11th November (with one week break for half-term).

The on-site one-day development course will take place in London (9th Octiober), Leeds (16th October) and Cardiff (5th November). Each day will run from 9.30am to 5pm with a free crèche at each location. There will be suitable breaks in the schedule for those who need to feed babies. Then, the groups will come back together for progress update calls scheduled for November and January.

Blaire Palmer, a coach and confidante for senior leaders and teams, will lead each course.  A former BBC Radio 4 Today Programme producer, she has spent the past 16 years helping leaders work out how to find a way of working that is authentic and based on their values and priorities without compromising their professional ambitions.

For more information and to register, click here.

Who it’s for

This programme is open to all film and TV industry practitioners with a minimum of two screen credits or three years experience in an industry role. Twelve of the total number of places available across the Making It Possible 2019 – both location and online options –  are open to directors, and are being supported through Directors UK. Applicants must be parents and/or carers and looking to develop their careers to the next level. They must be and be aged over 18.

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ScreenSkills Course for Film Leadership and Management

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Are you an experienced film professional in the West Midlands who is looking to develop their leadership and management skills?

  • Do you regularly work in your chosen job role or department and are looking to take the next step up?
  • Do you have three or more professional credits in this current role?
  • Are you responsible for overseeing entry-level and early-stage colleagues in your department?
  • Do you feel like an ‘accidental’ manager and want to learn more about leadership and management?

If the answer to any or all of these questions is yes, then this course, Leadership and Management for Film Professionals, delivered by Screen Central and commissioned by ScreenSkills, is for you.

ScreenSkills is looking for 12 participants from any department – you could be producing, directing, an AD, in locations, art department, costume, hair and make-up, production office, cameras, lighting, sound or post-production. The main criteria is that you’re looking to step up into management and want some training and support to do this or are already a manager and looking to polish your skills.

What is the course structure?
This course will consist of a mixture of group workshops and one-to-one mentoring. The workshops will take place outside of usual working hours to allow for maximum participation and the one-to-one mentoring can be arranged to suit the participants.

Prior to the first workshop session, you will carry out a personal skills audit to identify your leadership and management skills gaps and identify possible mentor(s).

You will receive up to 6 hours of mentoring during the programme with a mentor of your choice who will be assigned to help you implement and develop your skills, allowing you both to discuss your development whilst on the job.

The workshops will take place across four half-days between October 2019 and January 2020. By the end of the workshop sessions you will have created a professional development plan identifying how to actively apply your newly acquired leadership and management skills.

Who will deliver the course?

The course will be delivered by Rachel Robey and Caroline Officer.

Rachel is a producer, and founder at Wellington Films, known for her work on multiple award-winning feature films such as London to Brighton, Calibre and The Levelling, and numerous successful short films. Rachel also has a strong background in physical production having worked in a freelance capacity on films including Control (Anton Corbijn, 2007), Skeletons (Nick Whitfield, 2010) and Dead Man’s Shoes (Shane Meadows, 2004). Between 2011 and 2017, Rachel was Film Programme Manager at the British Council where she leads on the development of film programmes in the Middle East /North Africa/Sub Saharan Africa and created the Hakaya Souria development programme, working with displaced Syrian filmmakers in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

Caroline is an award-winning television producer and teacher. As a producer, she spent 6 years at BBC Birmingham before moving to London to become the first Series Producer of Ready Steady Cook. She also helped devise the award-winning Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook. Caroline returned to Birmingham to open Endemol Midlands and led the production of over 1000 hours of television content. More recently she was the MA Television Production Course Director at Birmingham City University which she ran until June 2018. Caroline has extensive experience in leading large teams of filmmakers as well as being an experienced educator and trainer.

We strongly support the development of an inclusive workforce in film and television and welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and those who consider themselves disabled.

This training is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funding awarded by the British Film Institute (BFI) as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

How to apply

Early applications are encouraged and will be considered before the deadline. The application deadline is midday on 16 September 2019. Applicants will be notified on or before 20 September 2019. Priority will be given to those based in the West Midlands.

Follow this link to apply.

There is a fee of £75 per person payable by participants for taking part in this course.




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Production Accounting Fast Track Training Programme – Deadline 9th September

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Do you know any assistant accountants, who would benefit from some additional training to progress their career?

This fast track training programme by Production Guild, devised due to industry demand, will give them the knowledge and confidence to make the transition to production accountancy positions in film and High-End TV. The programme will run over 5 weekends in September, October and November at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden Park. It is heavily subsidised by both the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund and the High-end TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK film and high-end TV productions and is being delivered by the Production Guild in partnership with ITV Studios.

Trainees will not only benefit from invaluable training from Becca Wolf (Film) and Lucy Drake (TV) but also be offered 1:1 mentoring and development support to help progress their careers to the next level.

Cost: £550 + booking fee + VAT for all five weekends.

To apply click here or, download application forms directly here. For more information on the fast track training programme, email The application deadline is Monday 9th September at 12.00pm.

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B3 Talent Lab for BAME Creatives – Deadline August 5th

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Are you the creative who needs to skill up? Do you have an amazing story to tell across a range of platforms? Does your project need that extra ‘edge’ ? See the opportunity by B3 Creative netowrk below:

What is TalentLab ?

B3’s TalentLab is a bespoke talent development programme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) creatives working in film and across multiple platforms (digital storytelling (VR/ AR) , photography, theatre, spoken word and music). TalentLab aims to reach writers, directors, creative producers, artists, digital artists and media creators, helping them to re-assess their professional practice, improve their skills, and give them the confidence and contacts to push their careers and projects to the next level.

We want to take you and your project to the next level and beyond.

Who are we looking for ?

Be part of our cohort group this year if your project is digital art, cross-platform film: shorts to features (fiction and documentary) . Take part in a series of intense development labs this November. Up to 12 projects will be selected for further development and 6 will be given a development commission of up to £1000. You will also get an opportunity to present your project to funders at our B3 Futures industry showcase in November 2019.

Project ideas

• Apply with a short or long form film or cross platform project or a multimedia project which includes moving image as a key component.
• Submit a project appropriate to your level of experience. For example, if you’re submitting a feature idea to us, we need to see a short or evidence of commissioned
work in other areas (e.g. tv, theatre, digital media) that shows that you have fresh, original and unexpected ideas and narratives.
• Non-genre, genre and cross-genre films – drama/comedy/horror/thriller/sci-fi, etc. – are welcome.

How do I apply ?

• You can apply as a writer, director, writer/director, artist, creative producer, or digital artist.

• Read through the FAQs and submission guidelines.

• Complete and submit an online application by Midday on Monday 5th August, 2019.

See more FAQ’s.

Apply for the Talent Lab HERE.




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Production Guild Movie Magic Budgeting training – July 20th

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Do you want to learn more about Movie Magic Budgeting? Over the weekend of the 20th July, the Production Guild will be delivering a hands-on introduction to Movie Magic Budgeting at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden Park.

This is a hands-on introduction to Movie Magic Budgeting. No previous experience is required but basic computer literacy and a familiarity with Film / TV production basics is assumed. Training includes practice in breaking down a narrative script and extracting data from the script at a level of detail required to build industry standard budgets and schedules.

Course outline

Introduction to the principles of budgeting
Overview of Movie Magic Budgeting tools
The interface between the Movie Magic Schedule and Budget
Setting up and applying and working with: currencies, globals, fringes and groups
Setting up and using library
Setting up the topsheet
Contractual charges and tax incentives
Preparing for cost reports

By the end of the course you will have a greater understanding of the whole budgeting process and feel confident about starting to use Movie Magic Budgeting software on your own productions. Where required, laptops and software will be provided for use during the course.

This training will be delivered by highly experienced Executive Producer, Producer and Line Producer Paul Sarony. Paul has extensive experience of working across feature films, dramas and documentaries. His credits include Mrs Brown, Show Dogs, Juliet Naked, and Being Mick.

Event details
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July
Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden

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FREE WFTV Midlands Hair and MakeUp Masterclass – June 20th

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Do you dream of breaking into the world of hair and make-up design? Whether it’s designing a wig for a period drama, prosthetic make up for a zombie movie or making up film stars, find out what it takes to become a top hair and make-up designer by joining this masterclass on Thursday, 20th June at The Custard Factory.

Women in Film and TV (WFTV) Midlands is hosting a Hair and MakeUp Masterclass with Oscar-nominated and multi-award winning film and television designer Veronica McAleer, from the Academy of Film & Media Makeup, Birmingham.

You will benefit from hair, make-up and prosthetic demonstrations plus an introduction to the technical side of makeup artistry and the skills that are a basic requirement of a makeup training. Plus, you might get chosen for a 1940s period style makeover! An event packed with tips on lips, eyeliners and bases, if this sounds like your dream career then book fast.

Sign up here for your FREE ticket.


Event Details

DATE: Thursday, 20th June 2019

LOCATION: The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, B9 4AA

TIME: 1830-2030

Refreshments provided.

Free – book your spot here.


About Makup: Academy of Makeup

The Academy offers exceptional yet affordable training in all aspects of hair design and makeup. All students receive personal attention from Veronica, who is still very much active in the industry, having worked last year in the Crowd Room on the  live action remake of  ‘Dumbo‘. In 2018  Veronica Designed the new  Back In School series for Wall to Wall Productions.

Connect with the Academy here:

TWITTER:- @makupacademy

INSTAGRAM:- mmakup_academy

FACEBOOK:- Makup Academy




Paras Production Training for Creatives with Disabilities – Deadline June 21st

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Please see the opportunity below offered by our friends at Channel 4 for the Paras Production Training Scheme:


We are looking for disabled people who want to start a career in television. Applications now open!

As part of our commitment to recruiting and promoting disabled talent in television, Channel 4 is launching the PARAS Production Training Scheme. Sixteen people will be given the opportunity to work for an independent production company during 2019-20.

About PARAS Production Training Scheme

This is a 12-month paid opportunity, working with an independent production company, which also includes industry training and support from ThinkBIGGER! This is an entry-level scheme aimed at people with no or limited industry experience.

This programme is aimed at disabled people, as disabled people are currently underrepresented in the media industry and this is something we want to change. You’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.

If successful, you’ll spend a week in TV Boot Camp to get things underway. Here, you’ll hear from graduates of the scheme and Commissioning Editors who’ll give you the lowdown on what it takes to succeed. Then your career in TV starts for real at your production company – but we’ll still see you once a month at Channel 4 for training to help you further your career. 

Placements this year will begin on 23rd September 2019.   


We have roles across companies that make sports, live and entertainment content, as well as placements in social media and graphic design teams.

We are recruiting for the following roles and you will be asked in your application which role you think your skills and experience make you most suited to:  

Researcher – A good researcher watches a lot of television, is interested in people and can build good relationships. They have a keen eye for detail and are able to acquire an in depth knowledge of any subject they are tasked with. They are persuasive and demonstrate tenacity to get the job done.

Junior Production Coordinator – A good production co-ordinator is a team player who is responsible and able to work independently. They have a good eye for detail, strong IT skills and comfortable working with budgets. They can prioritise tasks and work well under pressure and manage deadlines.

Junior Social Media Producer – A good junior social media / digital producer loves communicating with other people in new and creative ways. They may be a talented content creator, or may enjoy the more analytical side, spotting trends and finding ways to boost social reach for maximum impact.  

Junior Graphic Designer – A good junior graphic designer is highly visual and enjoys coming up with creative solutions to briefs. They have excellent IT skills across a range of software packages, are fast at learning new skills and relish training and development opportunities to expand learn new things.

Opportunities will be available across the UK, potential placements include London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Cardiff and Glasgow.

Click on this link to apply now. The deadline for this opportunity is June 21st.




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