High End TV Drama New Producer Programme

What is the HETV Drama New Producer Programme?

The HETV Drama New Producer Programme aims to increase and stimulate the HETV producers talent pool across the UK, while at the same time benefiting the whole UK drama industry. The programme is supported by the High End TV Levy Fund to enable existing excellent producers to step-up the next wave of HoD’s into producing drama.


“Losing in-house freelance producing talent, as a result of the HETV boom, shone a light on the need to sensibly progress senior level freelancers into producing, so we can future proof the industry, and support the volume of not just home grown drama, but inward investment shows as well." Sam Jukes-Adams 

Who can apply?

The  fund is open to all High End TV Levy paying productions or production companies with a High End drama show starting after 1 April 2016. 


What should the programme cover?

A Word © Fifty FathomsThis is a fully paid High End TV drama production-based placement programme with agreed on-screen credit of at least Co-Producer for those taking part. The placement experience covers the following aspects of production:

  • Financing
  • Broadcaster / financier meetings / calls 
  • Budgeting and scheduling 
  • Casting
  • HoD interviews 
  • Prep full time
  • Shoot full time
  • Post 
  • Final post – attendance of all key stages of final post and sign off procedure 
  • Publicity and key deliverables understanding
  • International delivery

Candidates who complete their placement will be awarded a minimum on-screen credit of ‘CoProducer’ subject to broadcaster and/or financier approval.


Sherlock © Hartwood FilmsCreative Skillset's High End TV Levy Fund will cover 2/3 of the placement costs up to a cap of £40k. The production budget must provide a minimum of a third of the placement costs. Funding will be released in milestone payments on completion of Prep, Production and Delivery of programme masters to international parties. 

Planning your application


Criteria for the senior HoD grade candidates

Ten years’ minimum industry experience and a minimum of three consistent credits in a senior role within scripted Film or TV Production, and or Factual Production. Senior roles considered are Producer, Script Executive, Story Producer, Line Producer, Associate/Co-Producer, 1st AD, Location Manager, Factual Producer, Factual Series Producer, Factual EP, Factual Line Producer/Production Manager, Production Executive.

minimum of three candidates per placement must be interviewed and details of the candidates presented as part of the application process, including CVs. We will provide CVs of those in our Producers Pool to be assessed as part of the selection process.

Placements must not begin before your application is approved. Please allow one week to hear the outcome of your application from Creative Skillset.

Contact us

For more information please contact:

e: HETV@creativeskillset.org

t: 020 7713 9800


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