Support for HETV professionals and new entrants during Covid-19

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The High-end TV Skills team continues to provide high quality training and resources for freelancers at this difficult time. We will be updating our online training provisions regularly so please check back to see the most up to date online training.​

You may also want to explore other ScreenSkills events. We also publish a weekly schedule of all ScreenSkills activity on our homepage.

Currently live

Coronavirus basic awareness on production training: this training is designed to give screen industry workers the knowledge to safely working on set and on location during Covid-19. Take the training.

Leadership and management training: This bespoke, industry-endorsed course for professionals working in high-end TV is available via Zoom for freelancers and HETV production teams. The course will cover team management, crewing up, managing performance, dealing with bullying and harassment, personality styles and recognising unconscious bias. The course is available for freelancers and production that pay into the HETV Skills Fund. Contact Jacqui Taunton Fenton to apply.

Mental Health Awareness Workshops for HoDs: The session will increase the awareness and understanding around mental health and will help managers to recognise the signs and offer support to people suffering from mental distress in the workplace and in the community. Read more and apply

Tackling harassment and bullying at work training: This online module from ScreenSkills is designed to help you recognise and address harassment and bullying behaviours in yourself and others. Take the training

Trainees and new entrants

The 2020/21 cohort of 112 HETV Trainee Finder trainees are actively taking part in weekly online learning sessions and regular online drop-in calls prior to starting paid placements on productions shooting across the UK once production is back up and running.

  • managing finances as a freelancer (by David Thomas Media)
  • mental health and stress management (by Alison Surtees)
  • production essentials (by Addie Orfila)
  • safe management of productions (by First Option Safety)
  • CVs and self-marketing

We will also be offering tailored support to our graduating 2019/20 trainees as well as our First Break new entrants. 

We will review and update this page regularly so please do check back in to see what’s new.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lewis Wood at, who will be happy to help with your enquiry.

Past events

Business Toolkit for Freelancers: this course is designed for professionals who have just joined the film and TV industry, as well as experienced freelancers who could use some business advice and tips on developing a successful freelance career in TV. Topics what will be covered include finance management, tax and national insurance, contracts, networking and pitching for work. 

Step up to Line Producing:  this programme is designed to help production managers step up to line producing. The course will focus on the role and key responsibilities of a line producer, covering all aspects of the role including setting up and managing a production, recruiting effectively, legal issues and contracts, scheduling and budgeting, working internationally and dealing with co-productions. 

Production Lab online:  a four-day online course with three-hour sessions each day. The masterclasses are designed to upskill production assistants, production secretaries and assistant production coordinators working or wanting to work in high-end TV. 

HETV learning session - Almost everything you want to know about being a HETV Director of Photography: This session has been delivered by industry experts, Emmy Award-winning director of photography Neville Kidd (Sherlock, Doctor Who, Outlander) and BAFTA-nominated producer and executive producer Marcus Wilson (Luther, Doctor Who, The A Word, Life on Mars). A video of this session can be watched here.

HETV learning session - Introduction to HETV post-production workflow: This session has been delivered by award-winning Rich Moss, founder of Cardif-based post facility Gorilla, who has worked with BBC Worldwide and HBO. He is joined by Rowan Bray, managing director of Clearcut, who has more than 30 years experience in post-production and who has clients including Disney+ and Netflix. 

HETV learning session - almost everything you want to know about the work of a script supervisor: the session was delivered by experienced Script Supervisors Jane Jackson (Black Mirror, The Honourable Woman) and Sylvia Parker (The Favourite, No Time to Die).  

HETV learning session – writing and developing international TV drama: a conversation with international drama writer Brendan Foley and Emmy winner Jeff Melvoin about the skills needed for UK-based writers to enable the UK to become the leading global content maker. 

HETV learning session – data management for HETV, back to the basics: a session aimed at camera trainees, and camera assistants working in the HETV industry who are keen to understand more about how the camera team works with the wider digital team. 

HETV learning session – every question you wanted to ask a post-production house: a session aimed at freelancers working in the HETV industry, who are keen to understand more about the post-production process and have questions relating to their up and coming projects

​HETV Learning Session - Almost everything you wanted to know about the work of an intimacy coordinator​: a session explaining the work of an intimacy coordinator, aimed at freelancers working in the HETV industry, who are keen to understand more about one of the newest roles in production​. 

​HETV Learning Session - Costume design, from casualty to Doctor Who and everything in between: a session for freelancers working in the HETV industry, who are keen to learn more about costume design and the process behind putting together a style and look for a specific show. 

1st AD Masterclasses:  four digital masterclasses delivered online for runners, 3rd ADs and 2nd ADs, and will cover the key responsibilities of a 1st AD including breaking down a script, producing a filming schedule and managing professional relationships in production. 

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