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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.

RED camera workshops from Guild of British Camera Technicians

This one-day course from the Guild of British Camera Technicians and supported by the High End TV Levy Fund introduces 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 will run as follows:

  • Liverpool - 6 February
  • Manchester - 7 February
  • Leeds - 8 February

 For more details and to apply visit the GBCT website.

Production Accounting training from Production Guild

The Production Guild are running an intensive five day course, supported by the High End TV Levy Fund, to help those working as Assistant Production Accountants move up to the position of Production Accountant. This course will run both in Salford and at Pinewood Studios as follows:

Salford - 26 February - 2 March 2018
Pinewood Studios - 19 - 23 March 2018

Click here for more details and to book.

Closing date for applications: noon on Monday 29 January 2018.

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, supported by the High End TV Levy Fund. The first cohort of returners has already undergone their initial training. Read about it here.

The next cohort, covering Wales, Bristol and the South West, includes a placement on Poldark and applications are invited until 17 January. Further training will be offered in Manchester, with placements including Victoria, filming in Yorkshire in 2018, and applications for this close on 15 February.

Returners interested in taking up a place on the scheme should contact Media Parents

Regional Boot Camps for new entrants

Regional boot camps will be delivered in January by Producers Forum in Birmingham, Calling the Shots in Bristol, Screen Yorkshire in Leeds and Sharp Futures in Manchester for up to 50 participants per region. These are open to anyone over 21 and looking to find out more about working as a crew member in High End TV. Following an application process successful candidates will take part in practical sessions, hearing from heads of department and meeting former trainees as well as learning about the process of prep and production. 

Click on the links below for more information and to apply.     

The Producers Forum - Birmingham - 8 & 15 January  

Calling the Shots - Bristol - 18 & 19 January

Screen Yorkshire - Leeds - 17-19 January          

Sharp Futures - Manchester - 13 & 14 January

Director Stepping Up scheme for TV Drama with NFTS

This is a free-to-join programme 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.

For more information on the scheme and how to apply, please follow this link.

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

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, supported by the High End TV Levy Fund, 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.

Participants 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. 

Read a blog by MediaXchange's CEO, Katrina Wood, about Module 1. Module 2 of the scheme took place in October 2017 and was featured in Broadcast (paywall link).

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 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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