Production Manager training - Children’s TV

This full-time 5 day course will give experienced PCs, junior PMs and PMs working in children’s TV the knowledge needed to take the next step into Production Manager roles, or to take on more challenging projects with confidence.

The training runs as follows:

  • Tues 16 Nov 10:00 - 16:30
  • Thurs 18 Nov 10:00 - 16:30
  • Tues 23 Nov 10:00 - 16:30
  • Thurs 25 Nov 10:00 - 16:30
  • Tues 30 Nov 09:00 - 12:00
  • Fri 3 Dec 09:00 - 11:00

Attendance at all sessions is required so if you are currently working you may need to seek permission from your employer to attend.

There are 15 places available, and we expect demand to be high so please take time to ensure you are eligible and answer the application form as fully as possible. 

You will need to upload your CV as part of your application.

This course is offered for free thanks to contributions from the Children’s TV Skills Fund. 

Who it's for

Experienced PCs, junior PMs and PMs working in children’s TV.

The course would also be relevant for anyone working at AP level or above who are looking to move into production management.

What it covers

Day 1 Budgeting & Scheduling - 10am - 4.30pm

  • Breaking down treatments  
  • Creating production schedules
  • Creating a budget
  • Managing an Excel cost manager
  • Purchase orders, invoices, expenses, petty cash/per diems, assets, recoverables
  • How to deal with overspends

Day 2 Contract Law - 10am - 4.30pm

  • HR Basics
  • Negotiation
  • Basic contracting – crew and artists

Day 3 Dealing with difficult people, Call sheets & Risk assessments - 10am - 4.30pm

  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Creating a Call Sheet
  • Reviewing a Call Sheet
  • Risk Assessment Considerations
  • General Health & Safety
  • What to do when things go wrong

Day 4 Post Production Management - 10am - 4.30pm

  • Clearances
  • Music
  • Archive
  • Release Forms
  • Compliance
  • Offline & Final Post
  • Delivery
  • Distribution
  • Press & Publicity

Day 5 9am - 4pm

Disability Awareness (run by thinkBIGGER!)   

  • Attracting disabled talent - getting your outreach right
  • Understanding reasonable adjustments and how to make them
  • How Access to Work helps disabled employees
  • Language & How to get it right

The session will include interactive elements where you will be split into smaller groups to work in break out rooms.

Child licensing and working with under 18’s (run by Alison Cresswell) 

  • regional difference in licensing
  •  working with chaperones
  • child protection
  • dealing with post-care 

Time to complete ScreenSkills e-learning modules 

  • Tackling harassment and bullying at work (approx. 30 mins)
  • Addressing unconscious bias: basic awareness at work (30 mins)
  • Coronavirus basis awareness on production training (approx. 1hr)


Hannah Gosney is an experienced Head of Production/Senior Production Manager.  She has extensive knowledge managing productions across a variety of scripted and 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. 

thinkBIGGER! are passionate about building equality in the screen industries. They support and manage initiatives for a wide variety of clients - including ITV, Channel 4 and PACT.

thinkBIGGER! trained Channel 4’s Bafta-winning team for the London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, putting novices on national screens. Presenters like Ade Adepitan, Alex Brooker, Daraine Mulvihill and Arthur Williamson now have high-profile screen careers. 

Alison Cresswell is the country’s leading expert on child licensing, performance, health and safety, welfare, compliance and legal guidelines. She is executive director for ACE (Children) and is “the font of all knowledge when it comes to working with under 18s”. Her company offers training in current guidelines, editorial advice on difficult projects, advice on good practice and how to get the best out of contributors. Alison has an impressive CV of work in the children's TV sector and beyond.

This course is funded by the ScreenSkills Children’s TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK children’s TV productions.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘apply for ticket’ and follow the instructions to apply for your place: you must login or register before you are able to complete your application.

If you are no longer able to use your ticket, we ask you to please contact so that we can release and reallocate your place. Thank you for your consideration.



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