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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.

Line Producer Training with TRC Media

Screen professionals looking to enhance their skills and make the move into the role of Line Producer for TV drama can apply for this training from TRC Media. The course will cover 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 offers participants training in three parts:

  • An intensive residential week of unrivalled training delivered by industry experts, which will take place in Glasgow from 4-8 December 2017
  • 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

The programme will be open to Production Managers, 1st AD’s and Production Accountants with a minimum of three years’ experience in drama or feature film production, based in the nations and regions of the UK.

Applications are now open and will close on 20 October 2017.

Return to Work for TV freelancers with Media Parents

Flexible working champion Media Parents is providing FREE return to work training for eight production freelancers in High End TV drama and one from Children’s TV, from early October 2017. The first cohort of returners has already undergone their initial training. Read about it here.

Applications are now open for regional training in Manchester or Bristol (depending on demand). The closing date for this intake is Friday 17 November. Contact Media Parents for more details and an application form. 

Script Editing for TV with Script Advice

Learn the skills necessary to get into the TV industry as a Script Editor and how to gain experience and deepen your contribution to the production of long running drama. This course from Script Advice breaks down the elements of a professional, creative and commercial television pilot, illustrating how to handle the components in order to benefit a script editor's own work and those of professional writers in the field.

It will be running in London over the weekends of 4/5 & 11/12 November 2017. Successful applicants will work with writers at the top of their game and meet industry executives in the field of drama development and production on a course run by Yvonne Grace, who has over 25 years experience in script editing.

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. 

Module 2 of the scheme took place in October 2017. Read a blog by MediaXchange's CEO, Katrina Wood, about Module 1.  

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 up-and-coming TV production professionals from around the UK will be able to meet and network regularly with the UK's leading TV drama production companies to develop new business relationships and opportunities.

This free programme is for individuals with two years experience in TV drama, feature film, TV comedy or continuing drama production and especially those in the roles of: 

Line Producer | Production Manager | Production Coordinator | Production Accountant | Location Manager | Unit Manager | Script Supervisor 

Stepping Up Programme with Sgil Cymru

Sgil Cymru are partnering with Wales Screen to deliver a new pilot scheme for a coordinated 'Stepping Up’ programme designed to address skills gaps and shortages across craft, production and technical grades and on behalf of a number of HETV drama productions in Wales.  

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. 

Continuing Drama Director’s Scheme with BBC Writersroom

This scheme run by BBC Writersroom selects drama directors and places them on one of four BBC Studios continuing drama shows (Holby, Casualty, River City and Doctors). 

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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