May 27 , 2020

Production after lockdown - working with the Covid-19 guidance

  • When: 27 May 2020, 16:00-17:00
  • Organised by: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Online
  • Price: Free
  • Age: 18+
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Consultation is still out on the guidance for returning to work safely in film and high-end television. We know there are already many questions about how ideas developed in industry working groups could work in practice. Here a panel with a wealth of practical hands-on experience in production including those who have been involved in the development of the film and HETV guidance will discuss possible solutions to questions that have been raised so far – and next steps.


Gareth Ellis-Unwin, head of film and animation, ScreenSkills
Gareth Ellis-Unwin joined ScreenSkills as head of film and animation to give back to the industry after more than 25 years as assistant director and producer across film and TV. He is the Academy and BAFTA Award-winning producer of The King’s Speech, Britain’s most successful independent film. As the co-founder of Bedlam Film Productions, his producing credits also include Steel Country, Kajaki: The True Story, Zaytoun and Exam.

Paul Greeves, managing director, First Option
Paul became MD of First Option, a specialist entertainment safety consultancy, having previously been head of safety at the BBC and an Army Lieutenant Colonel. He was a founding member of the standards committee for the National Compliance and Risk Qualification. Paul is responsible for all First Option’s operations, development and risk management based in London.

Christine Healy chair of the ScreenSkills HETV Skills Fund and head of production, New Pictures
Christine Healy joined New Pictures in 2016 as head of production. Previously she was a production consultant in the BBC Drama department working on Silent Witness, Undercover, Our Girl 2 and Red Water. Prior to this, Christine had a successful career as a freelance line producer in television drama, working on such productions including Doctor Foster, Indian Summers, Tommy Cooper, The White Queen and Line of Duty.

Emma Turner, continuing professional development lead, ScreenSkills (moderator)
Emma’s background is that of a BAFTA-nominated creative scripted executive and producer, working with companies including Fremantle (as svp global drama), Sony, EndemolShine, Fox and HBO Europe. She has worked extensively internationally and in the UK, producing dramas such as New Tricks, Holby City, Hollyoaks and EastEnders.

This session is open to all. Participants will be able to contribute questions via the moderator.

The discussion will complement the wide-ranging slate of free training sessions being delivered by ScreenSkills supported by its Skills Funds in television (unscripted, high-end and children’s), animation and film as well as the BFI with National Lottery funds.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘get ticket’ to reserve your place: you must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. A booking confirmation with a joining link to the session will be sent to you via email.

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