Creative Skillset's Series Producer Programme is back
Ready to make your first series?
Building on from this year's success which saw more than half of 2016's delegates getting series producer credits within six months, Creative Skillset is back to kickstart more series producer careers. Backed by industry and broadcasters, this programme is funded by the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 through the Creative Skillset TV Skills Fund.
Why do we need a Series Producer Programme?
Making the step-up from Producer to Series Producer is a big leap. Recent research has highlighted the stifling shortage of Series Producers (SPs) right across the country. Creative Skillset aims to help solve this serious skills gap.
Finding the next generation of brilliant and diverse SPs will help the industry win new business and find the hit formats which will travel the world. This programme will develop creative showrunners who will become the cornerstones of UK TV and maintain our reputation as the world’s best producers.
The Series Producer course has been an invaluable experience, one that has given me knowledge, confidence and belief that I am ready to make the step-up."
Harjeet Chokkar, Series Producer Programme 2016 participant.
What does the programme involve
This unique and prestigious year-long programme will offer participants:
- Unrivalled training delivered by industry experts (approx. 12-14 days)
- Masterclasses with broadcasters
- Mentoring by commissioners
- Continuous one-to-one support and career advice
- 'Money-can’t-buy' networking
It is open to new or aspiring SPs who are experienced producers with a minimum of three years’ experience at Producer/Director level in factual, features, specialist factual, factual entertainment and entertainment.
The support offered both by my Commissioner Mentor and the peer group will last far longer than the 12 month course.”
Tom Currie, Series Producer Programme 2016 participant.
The aims of the Series Producer Programme
The programme will develop delegates’ skills in:
- Developing and producing hit innovative new cross-platform content
- Storytelling and scripting
- Building on people skills and increasing awareness of personal style and impact
- Engaging with new audiences, new technologies and new platforms
- Understanding and exploiting international opportunities; distribution and funding
- Promoting diversity in programme making and building diverse teams
- Setting a vision and leading creative teams with confidence to deliver that vision
- Maximising social media and digital to promote your brand
The programme will build delegates’ networks, particularly at channel level.
When does it start and how can I apply?
The programme is open for applications from 21 November 2016 to Midday, 9 January 2017. We will also be holding open days to meet potential delegates and answer any questions. Delegates will be selected in January and the Programme will commence in February.
Applications are encouraged from under-represented groups particularly those from BAME (Black, Asian or minority Ethnic) backgrounds or those with a disability and from delegates right across the UK.
The SP programme was just what I needed to springboard me back to work after my second baby. It gave me great insight, fantastic networking opportunities and an invaluable new peer group. A brilliant, well thought out programme.”
Charlotte Smith, Series Producer Programme 2016 participant.
Got a question?
Your question may already have been answered in our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), read this here. If you have any further questions or would like more information, please email TVSP@creativeskillset.org or contact Programme Manager Donna Taberer.
*Creative Skillset's TV Skills Fund is the result of an agreement between UK broadcasters to invest in training for the freelance television workforce. The contributors are: BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.