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Supported programmes

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

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 scheme is open to writers who have already started their journey as a writer and had at least one piece of work produced in any medium.  The award is to find voices with the potential to create exciting original content and to give them the leg up to have their own authored drama developed for TV.

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.

Find out more and apply by 10am on Monday 2 July 2018.

Line producer training from Indie Training Fund

This new scheme from Indie Training Fund is 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 will be delivered in London and Manchester in June 2018.

Application deadline is 29 April. Find out more. 

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

Flexible working champion Media Parents is providing FREE return to work training for production freelancers in High End TV drama and Children’s TV. Read about the first cohort of trainees here.

The second cohort, covering Wales, Bristol and the South West, includes a placement on Fortitude and has also just completed training. 

The final cohort were recruited from the north west. Read about this cohort here.

Director Stepping Up scheme for TV Drama with NFTS

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

The ten month programme will start in February 2018, ending December 2018 and will be led by award-winning TV producer, John Chapman (National Treasure; Good Karma Hospital). Successful applicants will undertake an intense ten month programme of individual training, coaching and mentoring allowing them to nurture their potential in today's HETV industry whilst also building on their creative directing skills.

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 is covering 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 is offering 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 is 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. 

High-End Drama Directors Career Development Programme with Directors UK

This is an expanded career development initiative from Directors UK to help progress and diversify the directing talent in High End TV drama. Six directors have now been selected and placed on some of the UK’s most popular high-quality drama productions: Carnival Films’ JamestownBBC Studios’ Silent WitnessLookout Point/BBC Studios' PressKudos’ The Tunnel: Vengeance and Neal Street Productions’ Call The Midwife.

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. 

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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