Apr 30 , 2020

We Need to Talk About Freelancers: debate hosted with Broadcast

  • When: 30th Apr 2020, 11:30-12:45
  • Organised by: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Online
  • Price: Free
  • Age: 18+

ScreenSkills and Broadcast are partnering on a live debate to discuss how the industry engages production freelancers and the biggest challenges facing that community. We Need to Talk About Freelancers will explore many of the issues highlighted as a result of the production shutdown associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Topics will include:

  • recruitment
  • training
  • working patterns
  • payment.

Speakers will span unscripted and scripted television and include BBC Content chief operating officer David Pembrey, Channel 4 deputy director of programmes Kelly Webb Lamb, Firecrest Films managing director Nicole Kleeman, New Pictures head of production Christine Healy and Magnus Temple, chief executive of The Garden Productions. They will be joined by a trio of freelancers: Jane Merkin (Dangerous Borders, Carry on Brussels); Elliott Swinburn (Love and Hate Crime); and Geri O’Donohoe (Celebs Go Dating, Sink or Swim for Stand Up 2 Cancer).

This session is open for freelancers to view and contribute questions via a moderator.

The debate will complement the wide-ranging slate of free training sessions for freelancers 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 event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

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.