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Supported programmes

Below are programmes, delivered by third party providers, that the High-end TV Levy Fund has supported. Please contact the provider directly for more details of each scheme.

Effective client relationships and negotiating skills from Every Sense

This one day course in London, Manchester, Bristol and Glasgow is for junior and line producers in VFX and facilities companies that service high-end TV productions.

Participants will gain skills, resources and confidence to take a more informed and proactive approach to developing effective client relationships and handling negotiations.  

Post and VFX courses from Image Eyes

Two courses from Image Eyes covering post production processes in high-end TV:

1. High Dynamic Range and Wide Colour Gamut for broadcast TV - suitable for roles such as colourists, online editors, MCR operators, technical managers, engineers or chief engineers.

2. Quality assessment of file-based broadcast TV programmes - suitable for roles that handle audio and video content within the production workflow to broadcast quality.

Click the links above for more details.  

High-end Drama Directors Skills Development Programme with Directors UK

This is a programme delivered by Directors UK to raise the bar of excellence amongst up-and-coming directors and to develop and diversify the directing talent in High-end TV drama.

Following a successful 2016/17 programme, where directors were placed on some of the UK’s most popular high-quality drama productions such as JamestownSilent WitnessPressThe Tunnel: Vengeance and Call The Midwife, the programme has been re-commissioned for 2018/19. Five directors will be embedded onto high-end TV drama productions for up to 12 weeks, with the opportunity to direct second unit.

Applications are open for this year's programme until 16 July 2018.

Find out more

New writers mentoring from Dancing Ledge

Commissioned by the high-end TV drama writers working group, the aim of the programme is to provide bursaries and introductions to eight up and coming writers across the UK to help progress their careers to becoming established high-end TV  drama writers.   industry-leading screenwriters Jimmy McGovern, Paul Abbott, Kay Mellor, Jed Mercurio and Sally Wainwright have signed up to each nominate and mentor an outstanding new talent of their choice. 

Dancing Ledge Productions will work side by side with the established writers, as they support the bursary winners to take their projects from idea and concept all the way through to providing second draft scripts.  

Hartswood West Writer's Award

Hartswood Film’s creative base in Wales, supported by the High-end TV Levy Fund, is investing in ambitious new writers to develop their ideas to pitch to the BBC who will have the first opportunity to commission the development. 

Hartswood West will join forces with BBC Writersroom Wales and Creative Skillset to find, develop and financially support two exciting, up and coming TV writers with a strong connection to Wales with support from Welsh writers Russell T Davies (Doctor Who, A Very English Scandal) and Cath Tregenna (Torchwood, Law & Order).

The award is open to Welsh writers, those living and working in Wales, and also those who can authentically depict Welsh stories and Welsh characters and reflect the culture of Wales in their writing, who have already started their journey as a writer and had at least one piece of work produced in any medium.

Find out more 

HETV Connect with

Improve your all-important networking skills with this development programme from Up to 50 selected up-and-coming TV production professionals from around the UK are able to meet and network regularly with the UK's leading TV drama production companies to develop new business relationships and opportunities.

Stepping Up Programme with Northern Ireland Screen

This programme from Northern Ireland Screen is aimed at crew with at least two years experience in their current role and who have been identified as ready to move up to the next grade on productions. 

Director Stepping Up scheme for TV Drama with NFTS

This is a free-to-join programme from NFTS to bring on the next generation of directing talent for High End TV drama.

The ten month programme started in May 2018 and is led by award-winning TV producer, John Chapman (National Treasure; Good Karma Hospital). The participants have undertaken a week-long bootcamp of workshops with top industry talent. They are now being placed on short-term placements on TV drama productions to put their learning into practice.

Line producer training from Indie Training Fund

This scheme from Indie Training Fund was for aspiring line producers (e.g. 1st assistant directors, production managers, production co-ordinators) and working line producers in high-end TV or children's TV drama. This free skills-based five-day programme includes workshops, masterclasses, networking opportunities and mentoring sessions.

The programme was delivered in London and Manchester in June 2018.

Support for social enterprise organisations

Five social enterprise organisations have been selected to receive specific project funding to support and inspire young people in filmmaking and production skills. 

Find out more

Mastering for broadcast and online from Digital Production Partnership

This sold out one day training and awareness day in March 2018 from DPP was to help heads of production and post-production professionals understand the impact of broadcasters' requirements for commissioning and programme deliverables. The day included live demonstrations of mastering tools and the opportunity to meet some of the companies developing them. 

RED camera workshops from Guild of British Camera Technicians

This one-day course from the Guild of British Camera Technicians introduced participants to the RED WEAPON 8K S35 (which has the new HELIUM sensor), its set up, use and workflow and will consist of a series of demonstrations, discussions and very practical shooting exercises.

Courses ran in Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds in February

Production Accounting training from Production Guild

The Production Guild ran an intensive five day course in Salford and Pinewood to help those working as Assistant Production Accountants move up to the position of Production Accountant.

Return to Work for TV freelancers with Media Parents

The High-end TV Levy Fund commissioned Media Parents to provide FREE return to work training for production freelancers in High End TV drama and Children’s TV. Cohorts were recruited from London & the south east, Wales and the south west and the north.

Read about the returnees experiences in the MediaParents blog.

Line Producer Training with TRC Media

This course from TRC Media for Production Managers, 1st AD’s and Production Accountants with a minimum of three years’ experience in drama or feature film production and based in the nations and regions of the UK covered the essential training required to become a line producer, as well as the opportunity to experience the role first hand on a drama production.

The programme offered participants training in three parts:

  • An intensive residential week of unrivalled training delivered by industry experts
  • A mentoring or shadowing opportunity on a film or television drama production
  • A two-day follow-up programme in March 2018 to address any additional needs as identified by placements/mentoring.

Advanced Writing for Drama with MediaXchange

The Advanced Writing for Television Drama Programme from MediaXchange was designed to build the professional writing skills and collaborative principles necessary for writers to succeed at the highest level in the competitive genre of primetime TV  drama. 

Read a wrap up of the scheme here. 

The TCN Incubator with Triforce Creative Network

Over 12 months, participants in this Triforce Creative Network Writers Incubator will engage in a hands-on writer’s initiative that will hone their talents and develop their professional practice. This exciting initiative aims to change the usual routes of access and mitigate the concept of ‘risk’ that is so prevalent in our industry when engaging with new talent. 

Read how the writers are getting on

Shadow Writers Scheme with Big Light Productions

This scheme from Big Light Productions enables intermediate TV writers the chance to gain more experience in writing for long-running TV series and to build collaboration skills with other writers. 


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