New selections for drama directors career development programme
A further four directors have been selected to take part in the 2017 High End TV Drama Directors Career Development Programme from Directors UK.
Launched earlier this year, the programme, supported by the High End TV Levy Fund, aims to give directors a broader understanding and experience of working in High End drama, and how they differ from lower-budget and continuing drama productions.
Directors Afia Nkrumah, Nimer Rashed, Kate Saxon and Nicole Volavka have now been selected as placement directors on three of the UK’s most popular high-quality drama productions: Carnival Films’ Jamestown, BBC Studios’ Silent Witness and Lookout Point/BBC Studios' Press. Earlier this year, as part of the scheme, Tina Gharavi and Samantha Harrie were selected to work on Kudos’ The Tunnel: Vengeance and Neal Street Productions’ Call The Midwife.
We’re thrilled to welcome Nimer onto the team for Press. Nimer is already a gifted director and we’re really looking forward to offering him the practical experience and guidance he might need to advance his career to the next level. Paul Gilbert, Producer of Press, at Lookout Point
The chosen directors will gain an insight into all areas of High End TV drama including pre-production, shooting, and post-production; ultimately giving them the skill set needed to be able to direct an episode in the future. The directors will also have access to post-placement support from Directors UK, as well as networking and advice from the production company and the lead director.
As part of the scheme, there is also a commitment to give the placement director the opportunity to direct 2nd unit where appropriate, and gain an on-screen credit to showcase their experience and help advance their careers within High End TV drama.