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Live Debate: We Need to Talk About Freelancers

April 30, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

ScreenSkills and Broadcast are partnering on a live debate, free online, to discuss how the industry engages production freelancers and the biggest challenges facing that community. We Need to Talk About Freelancers will explore many of the issues highlighted as a result of the production shutdown associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Topics will include:

  • recruitment
  • training
  • working patterns
  • payment

The debate will complement the wide-ranging slate of free training sessions for freelancers being delivered by ScreenSkills supported by its Skills Funds in television (unscripted, high-end and children’s), animation and film as well as the BFI with National Lottery funds.


Speakers will span unscripted and scripted television and include BBC Content chief operating officer David Pembrey, Channel 4 deputy director of programmes Kelly Webb Lamb, Firecrest Films managing director Nicole Kleeman, New Pictures head of production Christine Healy and Magnus Temple, chief executive of The Garden Productions. They will be joined by a trio of freelancers: Jane Merkin (Dangerous BordersCarry on Brussels); Elliott Swinburn (Love and Hate Crime); and Geri O’Donohoe (Celebs Go DatingSink or Swim for Stand Up 2 Cancer).

This session is open for freelancers to view and contribute questions via a moderator.

To Apply

This session will take place online via Zoom. Reserve your place here. You must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. A booking confirmation with a joining link to the session will be sent to you via email.

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.


April 30, 2020
10:30 am - 11:45 am
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