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Vaccine programme job opportunities

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University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country, is currently recruiting workers for the Covid-19 vaccine programme.

Local people from across Birmingham and Solihull are being sought to take on the job of a lifetime. Birmingham and Solihull has been one of the hardest hit areas in the country, and Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on lives, health and the economy. The UK Government and its medical and scientific advisors have been clear that the only safe and sustainable way out of the Covid-19 pandemic is through a vaccine. The Covid-19 vaccine programme is going to be the single-most important activity we can take part in to restore our health, economy and livelihoods and it is going to require a workforce dedicated to the vaccine programme to help us recover fast in all areas of our lives. As well as seeking people with recent clinical experience to return to practice as vaccinators, those vaccinators will not be able to do their job without an army of non-clinical supporters behind them who will come from all walks of life with differing ranges of skills, but with a common life-saving purpose of recovering our community from this pandemic. We will need, to name but a few:

•         Drivers

•         Administrators

•         First-aiders

•         Coordinators

•         Organisers

•         Care workers

•         Marshalls

•         Logistical movers and handlers.

 

We will be providing full training and induction so a commitment to the programme is the main essential criteria, and from there we will work with individuals to identify where their skills and experience can best be put to use.

 

Duration :                 Mid December  – March 2021

Venues:                    There are planned to be 5 venues ;Millennium Point, Aston Villa Football Club, Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham Airport and the NEC.

How to Apply:          If you are interested in applying please email the inbox;  covidvaccineworkforce@uhb.nhs.uk  stating the following:

  • The position you are interested in applying for (max of 3),
  • Your preferred venue (max of 3)
  • The hours  per week you would are available and the days that you would be available to work ( vaccination centres will be open 7 days a week for 12 hours per day)
  • Within your expression of interest you need to provide details of the skills and experience you have that would be applicable to the roles you are applying for.
  • Please can you also provide details of how you found out about the vacancy  ( was it through a referral from an organisation you’re working with)

On submission of your email  a member of the recruitment team will then contact you to discuss the information you have provided.

 

Source: www.solihullforsuccess.com

RTS Midlands Television Awards 2020 Nominees

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Here are the nominees for the RTS Midlands Awards 2020. The RTS Midlands will be celebrating the TV and broadcasting industry across the Midlands. Categories include Award for Best Animation, Best Popular Factual Series, Best Drama (sponsored by Film Birmingham) and Best On-Screen Personality. 

The ceremony will be streamed live on Wednesday 25th November. Register here.

 

Acting Performance – Female

Jill Halfpenny

Dark Money
The Forge Entertainment
BBC One

Dúaa Karim

Man Like Mobeen
Tiger Aspect Productions
BBC Three

Bharti Patel

Doctors
BBC Studios
BBC One

Acting Performance – Male

Guz Khan

Man Like Mobeen
Tiger Aspect Productions
BBC Three

Adrian Lewis Morgan

Doctors
BBC Studios
BBC One

Babou Ceesay

Dark Money
The Forge Entertainment
BBC One

Animation

Flesh
Anna Campbell and Rural Media, supported by Arts Council England
BBC Arts, BBC Four and BBC online platforms
Mirakin: The Picture Pixies
The CharacterShop & 3Megos
YouTube
Da Vinci Learning Channel Idents
Second Home Studios
Da Vinci Learning
Roads from the Past
Rural Media
Travellers Times
A Scribbled Memory
BlueBell Films
Online Platforms

Breakthrough (Off Screen)

Talisha ‘Tee Cee’ Johnson

BBC Three
BBC Three

Scarlett Kefford

Script Sirens Presents: #GoingViral
Youtube & IGTV

Bhulla Beghal

BlueBell Films
Online Platforms

Cree-Summer Haughton

ITV News Central
ITV

Luke Collins

Rural Media
BBC

Breakthrough (On Screen)

Oloni

My Mates A Bad Date
BBC Three
BBC Three

Max Fincham

Dark Money
The Forge Entertanment
BBC One

Pablo Taylor

ITV News Central
ITV

Sideman

Strictly Sideman
BBC Three
BBC Three

Dr Angela Moran

A Very British History: Birmingham Irish I Am
BBC Birmingham
BBC One / BBC Four

Craft – Post Production

Affixxius Films

Run – Trent Bridge
Affixxius Films
Online

Chris Polding

Evil Up Close: Kim Edwards & Lewis Markham
FirstLookTV
Crime & Investigation

Editing Team

My Mate’s A Bad Date
BBC Three

Paul Farrer

Red Dwarf – The Promised Land
Baby Cow Productions
DAVE
Da Vinci Learning Channel Idents
Second Home Studios

Digital Creativity

BBC Three Edit Hub

BBC Three
BBC Three
Home Time
BlueBell Films and Multistory
Online Platforms
ITV News Central
ITV News Central
ITV
People Just Do Nothing Watching People Just Do Nothing. Kurupt FM: LIVE
BBC Three
BBC Three
Strictly Sideman
BBC Three
BBC Three

Documentary

A Very British History: Birmingham Irish I Am
BBC England
BBC One / BBC Four
A Very British History: Whatever Happened to the Boat People?
BBC England / Birmingham
BBC One / BBC Four
Cops Like Us
Dragonfly Film & TV
BBC Two
Life & Birth
Dragonfly Film & TV
BBC One
Return to Auschwitz
Vyka
Birmingham Hebrew Congregation

Craft – Production (sponsored by Create Central)

Affixxius Films – Sedbergh School – The Spirit of Sedbergh
Affixxius Films
Online

Bhulla Beghal

Home Time and A Scribbled Memory
BlueBell Films
Online Platforms

Lewis Arnold

Dark Money
The Forge Entertainment
BBC One

Lina Hashweh

BBC Three
BBC Three
Man Like Mobeen
Tiger Aspect Productions
BBC Three

Drama (sponsored by Film Birmingham)

Dark Money
The Forge Entertainment
BBC One
Doctors
BBC Studios
BBC One
Father Brown
BBC Studios
BBC One
Shakespeare and Hathaway – Private Investigators
BBC Studios
BBC One

Factual and Specialist Factual

A Very British History: Birmingham Irish I Am
BBC England
BBC One / BBC Four
Cops Like Us
Dragonfly Film & TV
BBC Two
GPs Behind Closed Doors
Knickerbockerglory TV
Channel 5
Soul Boy
BBC East Midlands
BBC One
The Lady Killers
FirstLookTV
Quest Red

Factual Entertainment / Popular Factual Series

Canal Boat Diaries
BBC East Midlands
BBC
Houseshare
Youngest Media
BBC Three
Paul Hollywood Eats Japan
North One
Channel 4
The Rap Game UK
Naked
BBC Three
Travel Man: 48 Hours in Krakow
North One
Channel 4

Journalist of the Year

Charlotte Cross

ITV News Central
ITV

Darshna Soni

ITN
Channel 4 News

Jonathan Gibson

BBC Birmingham
BBC

Simon Ward

BBC
BBC Inside Ou

Yasmin Bodalbhai

ITV News Central
ITV

News Programme of the Year

BBC East Midlands Today 18:30 programme – Leicester Lockdown
BBC East Midlands Today
BBC
BBC Midlands Today / Covid 2
BBC Midlands Today
BBC
Floods 2020: Uncharted Territory
ITV News Central (West)
ITV
HS2 – Still on Track?
ITV News Central
ITV
Nottinghamshire Child Abuse Scandal
ITV News Central (East)
ITV

On Screen Personality

Craig Charles

The Gadget Show
North One for Channel 5
Channel 5

Guy Martin

North One
Channel 4

Nick Owen

BBC Midlands Today
BBC Midlands Today
BB

Oloni

My Mates A Bad Date
BBC Three
BBC Three

Sameena Ali-Khan

ITV News Central
ITV News Central
ITV

Promotional

Confetti Fields
Conteur
The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company
Formula One Autocentres
CharacterShop & M3 Agency
Really & Home, ESPN, Channel 4 and Sky
Contraption
Big Button
Segro
Sky – Step up, Speak Up
Second Home Studios
Sky
The Comeback
Spark Media
Facebook / Twitter

Short Form

BBC New Creatives
Rural Media supported by Arts Council England
BBC Arts, BBC Four and BBC online platforms
Legacy
Pictureshed
Channel 4 Random Acts
Poet off the Ends
Luke Radford
BBC East Midlands
The Comeback
Spark Media
Facebook / Twitter
Unbreakable
DRPG and Springboard Charity

Writer

Guz Khan and Andy Milligan

Man Like Mobeen
Tiger Aspect Productions
BBC Three

James Graham

Quiz
Left Bank Pictures
ITV

Kit Lambert

Father Brown
BBC Studios
BBC One

Will Hanrahan

Kids Who Kill: Aaron Campbell
FirstLookTV
Crime & Investigation

 

Register here to view the awards on November 25th at 8pm!

 

Source: www.rts.org.uk

New international programme of Covid Supervisor Training just launched!

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The Production Guild of Great Britain (PGGB) and the British Film Commission (BFC) are partnering to roll out a new accredited programme of Covid Supervisor training for film and TV production professionals.

Backed by £100,000 investment from BFC, the new High-Level Covid Supervisor Training Programme will be delivered by PGGB and is being developed in consultation with the US-based Producers Guild of America’s Production Safety Task Force. Targeted at Production Managers, Line Producers and Location Managers, it will build on the BFC’s Working Safely During Covid-19 in Film and HETV Drama Production’ guidance published in July, to introduce an international standard of best practice for the Covid safety role during film and television production.

Alex Boden, Producer and Chair of PGGB says: “I’m thrilled to see the PGGB partnering with the BFC on this essential new initiative. The film and TV industry has done an incredible job in re-starting production, but as we head back into lockdown in the UK, keeping the on-set environment safe is paramount. This training programme will help us ensure that Covid supervisors and other production specialists will receive the relevant ongoing training to keep our productions safe and to meet the challenges of the future.”

Samantha Perahia MBE, Head of Production UK, British Film Commission, said: “BFC is delighted to partner with PGGB for this vitally important training programme. In addition to safeguarding the health of the workforce, the right Covid safety measures can also protect production budgets, particularly when Covid Supervisors work with producers from an early stage. The UK remains very much open for business. This significant investment in training shows our commitment to supporting the ongoing excellence of our professional crew.”

Professor Lyndsay Duthie, PGGB CEO says, “Production teams around the world are adapting to new conditions in a united effort to keep the pipeline of  content flowing. Our High-Level Covid Supervisor Training, developed in partnership with the British Film Commission and in consultation with the Producers Guild of America’s Production Safety Task Force, will be the new international standard of best practice for what is now one of the most vital roles within the production team. It will empower the Covid Supervisor to work as efficiently as possible, ensuring the safety of crews in the UK and helping to keep production moving during the pandemic.”

“As productions have restarted around the globe, the Producers Guild of America’s Production Safety Task Force is proud to collaborate with the PGGB and BFC on this important endeavor. This is a moment where Guilds and industry organizations can step in to collectively prepare us for current challenges and forge new practices that move us all forward. We are honored to have the opportunity to help pave the way for producers to create safe and secure work environments while continuing to produce great content,” said Lori McCreary, former PGA President and CEO of Revelations Entertainment.

Helen Curston has been appointed PGGB Director of Training to lead the £100k accredited programme, and takes up her role on 9th November. With a background in production, Helen gained more than a decade’s experience working at the BBC as a Producer and Director before moving into education, first as Lecturer at the University of Kent and then Programme Director for the University of Creative Arts’ BA (Hons) Television Production degree at Maidstone TV Studios, for which she gained ScreenSkills accreditation. She also led on the UCA’s partnership with the BAFTA Albert programme.

Helen Curston says: “I’m very excited to be joining PGGB as Director of Training. These are challenging times and honing skills through structured training is more important than ever for those creative professionals working day-to-day in this industry. I look forward to leading on the new Covid Supervisor Training programme as a first priority, to help productions cut through adversity and move forward safely and successfully.”

The High-Level Covid Supervisor Training will provide a thorough overview of the impact of additional Covid measures on each department involved in production and how the Covid Supervisor’s role brings these elements together. An international standard job description for the Covid Supervisor role will be defined that can be adopted globally and the programme will also include online modules that will be rolled out to a wider international audience. Trainees will become trailblazers, part of the project’s online hub to share best practice and future-proof production techniques as the pandemic continues and evolves.

A call for participants in the training programme will go out later this month.

Film and TV Production during Lockdown

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National restrictions begin in England from 5th November. Find out about the new restrictions and what you can and cannot do.

 The following guidance is provided from UK Government and provides confirmation that COVID-secure film and TV production, in studios and on location, can continue in England under the new regulations. This is detailed below:

 

Travel and logistics in England:

  • If you live in England, you cannot travel overseas or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted reasons, and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make.
  • However, you can and should still travel for a number of reasons, including travelling to work where this cannot be done from home.
  • This exemption covers all aspects of the production process, including scouting and recces. It includes travelling for work purposes within England and internationally. Staying in a hotel for work purposes is permitted.

 

Production activity in England:

  • Filming can continue to take place in the premises of businesses that are closed to the general public due to the new Health Protection Regulations. This includes work on films and television programmes.
  • Productions should always consider whether there are local restrictions in place where they are filming.

 

Production and travel in the UK Nations and Regions (Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales)

  • Film and television production is also permitted under current restrictions in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. For travel in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, you should refer to regulations and guidance from relevant devolved authorities.

 

The British Film Commission Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production guidance to reflect these amendments. The update Guidance is available to view and download here

Guru Live: Shaping Your Story

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Organised by BAFTA

Online, Free

Thu, 12 Nov 2020, 13:30 – 14:30

 

Storytelling is at the heart of what we do and runs across all crafts and mediums. Hear from the Guru Live panel as they discuss their creative approaches, how they generate ideas, shape narratives and engage audiences.

Speakers include:

Jack Attridge, creative director and co-founder of Flavourworks
Nainita Desai, composer, For Sama, Telling Lies
Lydia Rynne, writer Theatre/Film/TV (Hear Me Howl)
Sophie Reynolds, Producer and Founder of SONA films

Hosted by: Anna Bogutskaya

More speakers to be announced.

Click ‘Register’ to gain access to the Zoom webinar where this Q&A will be held. For further information on how to register, click here.

Lantern show in Birmingham celebrates new Netflix film

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A magical lantern show will be illuminated in Birmingham’s Chinese Quarter to mark the release of the brand-new animated film. Netflix’s Over the Moon will be celebrated in Birmingham from this Friday until November 15.

The show consists of over fifty giant lanterns across the two locations, all handcrafted by the Liverpool-based team who created lanterns for the Lumiere Festival.

It will be brought to life with a thrilling animated illumination of over 12,000 LED lights and will tell the story of Fei Fei and her trusty partner Bungee the Rabbit travelling to the Moon to find  Chang’e, the Moon Goddess whose legendary tale gave birth to the Mid-Autumn festival. Characters portrayed in the Installation include the mythical Jade Rabbit, Lunarian guardians Foo Dogs, luminescent Moon Frogs, and a rocket ship inspired by that built by the film’s lead character Fei Fei, along with her trusted companion Bungee. They culminate in a giant moon sphere bearing the images of Chang’e, Fei Fei and Bungee, along with a travelling rocket bike that can be viewed at ground level.

All lanterns were expertly made by Liverpool’s Lantern Company, with over 30 people in 5 locations working on each of them in a safe socially distanced manner. The immersive light walkway has been created in a way to be enjoyed outdoors in a socially distanced manner and in accordance with current Governmental guidelines.

Chu Ting Tang, Chairman of the London Chinatown Chinese Association (LCCA), said: “We’re delighted to be working with Netflix to shine light on the Mid-Autumn festival, an important part of Chinese culture. It’s great that a new film, co-produced by Chinese production company Pearl Studios, is celebrating the folklore of the Moon Goddess and we’re honoured to host the lanterns”.

Karen Baines, Head of Group Marketing and Communications at Shaftesbury, commented:   Over The Moon is a wonderful tale highlighting the value of determination and passion, qualities that Chinatown London’s tenants have shown in abundance over the last few months.

“This collaboration with Netflix showcases the destination’s appreciation of Chinese tradition and folklore. We are always looking for new and relevant ways to engage with Chinatown London visitors and create a mix of modernism and tradition which embodies East Asian culture, creating a home away from home. It is fantastic that this can be enjoyed both outside, and socially distanced, to ensure it is safe for all visitors”.

 

Source: www.birminghammail.co.uk

 

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BBC Two and BBC Nations offers co-commissioning opportunity for UK producers

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BBC Two and BBC Nations has today launched a new co-commissioning opportunity for suppliers based outside of London. The initiative offers guaranteed commissions that will increase representation on the channel from across the UK and also develop a sustainable, scalable pipeline from the nations.

Over the next 12 months, BBC Two and the BBC Nations (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales) will commission four major new series that reflect the lives of people across the UK.

With a commitment to co-commission at least one eight-part series from each of the Nations, the initiative seeks ideas of scale with the potential to become returning series from suppliers based in their respective areas, telling stories about lives and experiences from those locations.

Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two, says: “BBC Two already has great success working with Indies across the UK for series like This Farming Life, Cornwall; This Fishing Life and Saving Lives at Sea and we want more shows that celebrate the lives of everyday heroes with people firmly based in particular communities whose jobs or activities make them a vital part of their communities and environment. We are looking to build on this tone and storytelling to find major new brands that explore the lives of other types of work and activities that are based in different parts of the UK.”

Ken MacQuarrie, Director, Nations, says: “Exciting collaborations like this mean we can produce even more programming that reflects the lives of people across the UK and gives new opportunities to the production community in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.”

BBC Two has a rich heritage that showcases and celebrates local communities and is interested in bringing more local stories with national appeal to the schedule. The ambition is to find major new brands that are accessible and engaging, which explore the lives of other types of work and activities that are based in different parts of the UK. The series will be co-commissioned by BBC network commissioners from Factual, alongside a commissioner from the respective Nations commissioning team. The programmes will premiere in their respective nation before having a network launch on BBC Two.

Each Nation will set up an individual timetable for commissioning rounds, and will drive the specific editorial focus together with their respective Network commissioner. The commissioning briefs for each Nation, with full details of the process and timetable for that area, will be published on the BBC Commissioning site in due course. The opportunities will be communicated to producers in each Nation by email as they arise.

 

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

 

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Man Like Mobeen wins Broadcast award

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Man Like Mobeen has won Best Comedy Programme at the Broadcast Digital Awards 2020. Run by television trade magazine Broadcast, the awards focus on content from channels not considered ‘terrestrial’, and aim to “celebrate leading digital content from across the UK”.

The third series of Man Like Mobeen was already a special one, with the production team welcoming eight working-class trainees from Birmingham onto the set. Fresh blood has appeared to boost the comedy to the next level, with Guz Khan’s show drawing higher viewing figures and more iPlayer requests, and the series peaking at 600,000 viewers. The show has had particular success in attracting a new younger audience to BBC Three, rating above the average for under-35s on the digital channel.

Both on and off screen, the show champions original and diverse voices from the UK and offers a rare insight into working-class life as an ethnic minority. Set in Small Heath, Birmingham, Man Like Mobeen addresses issues such as food banks, religion and crime while also “delivering on humour”, according to one Broadcast judge.

There was no shortage of praise for Khan, who stars as lead man Mobeen, with one judge describing him “a total star” and another “a stellar talent”. Add into the mix that he helped convince the BBC, Endemol Shine and Film Birmingham to fund the training scheme, and this becomes a special series that embraces diversity in all forms.

Injecting new talent into the production has certainly done Man Like Mobeen no harm and perhaps this award will encourage similar schemes in the future.

 

Source: www.comedy.co.uk and www.broadcastnow.co.uk

 

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BFI Screen Talk: Letitia Wright

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Much celebrated Guyanese-British actor Letitia Wright will discuss her stunning performance in our opening film Mangrove (Steve McQueen), as well as her outstanding career to date.
Trained at Identity School of Acting in Hackney, Wright’s first leading role was as troubled teenager Jamie Harrison in Urban Hymn (2015) – a powerful drama that unfolded against the backdrop of the 2011 London riots. Over the past ten years, Wright has played dynamic roles in several feature films and TV series, including a charismatic turn as Shuri in Black Panther (2018), which brought her international recognition. She also appeared in British dramas Top Boy, Banana, Humans, Doctor Who and Black Mirror. Wright was listed among the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits for Urban Hymn and in 2019 she received the BAFTA Rising Star Award, as well as the Outstanding Performance award from the Screen Actors Guild for Black Panther.

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Filmmakers invited to free course with Eska Mtungwazi

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If you are 16-35, a filmmaker, emerging artist, writer, musician, poet, graphic designer or photographer, sign up to this free landmark course. Creative agency Louder Than Words welcomes Eska Mtungwazi as the lead tutor.

The Zimbabwean born, South London raised, award-winning performance artist, composer and producer Eska Mtungwazi will steer a host of free workshops and masterclasses with pioneering creatives behind the late Nigerian-British, Mercury-nominated TY. The genre-hopping, 3 times Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter worked collaboratively with TY for over two decades as well as many internationally renowned artists including Grace Jones, Zero 7, UNKLE and Tony Allen.

Explore Eska’s methodology, techniques and practice while creating a piece of published work during Black History Month.

The course will run 11.00-15.00 on Saturday 10th, 17th, 24th, 30th October
Please RSVP to info@ltwltd.com

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