Managing excel cost managers

24 Feb 2022, 09:00-11:00
Application deadline
14 Feb 2022

This session is part of the ‘Mind Your Business’ strand which offers training in a range of finance, HR and business affairs related areas, giving you the tools you need to thrive in your chosen field in unscripted TV.

It can be daunting to make the step up to become a Production Manager, becoming responsible for keeping track of the production budget using your cost manager and ensuring the production doesn’t go overbudget.  This course is designed to prepare you for that next that step and will guide you through the process to give you the confidence you need in managing your unscripted TV cost manager.

The course will include practical exercises as well as guidance and the chance to ask questions throughout.

Who it's for

This course is aimed at Production Co-ordinators and Junior Production Managers looking to take the next step in their career, or those who want to brush up on their Excel cost manager skills for unscripted TV.

By the end of the course you will learn how to look after a cost manager to keep the production on budget and schedule.

What it covers

  • Understanding Excel cost managers 
  • Creating basic Formulas
  • Dealing with overspends
  • Q and As


Hannah Gosney is an experienced Head of Production/Senior Production Manager.  She has extensive knowledge and experience of creating and looking after budgets and schedules across a variety of unscripted genres.  

Starting out as an Office Runner Hannah quickly worked her way up the ranks working on extreme sports shows and commercials to remote and hostile shoots among others, to specialise in factual, factual entertainment and natural history programmes.  Credits include The Mekong River with Sue Perkins (BBC 2), Flintoff’s Road to Nowhere (Sky One), Wild Shepherdess with Kate Humble (BBC 2), Wales: Land of the Wild (BBC 2) and Veganville (BBC Three)

Throughout her career she’s been passionate about nurturing and training crew and understands the importance of best practice in the industry.  With this in mind she now focuses her time on providing training for the media industry with an emphasis on those working in production.  She has a Level 3 Train the Trainer qualification and is a Level 3 qualified ILM Coach & Mentor.

If you are no longer able to use your ticket, we ask you to please contact so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration. 

This course would normally cost participants to attend, but thanks to funding from the ScreenSkills Unscripted TV Skills Fund, we are able to offer it to you for free. If you fail to attend, we reserve the right to request reimbursement of costs, unless your place can be taken by someone else.



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