Support for HETV professionals and new entrants during Covid-19

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The High-end TV Skills team is committed to providing 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

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. Read more and apply

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

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. Read more and apply

Leadership and management training: This bespoke, industry-endorsed course for professionals working in high-end TV will soon be 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 runs from 15-19 June (read more and apply) and 29 June - 3 July (read more and apply).

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. Read more and apply now

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. Read more and apply

Coming soon

We are working on creating online alternatives for the following training. Keep an eye on this page to sign up as soon as they become available.

1st AD Masterclasses: The second iteration of these four digital masterclasses will be 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.

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 every day so please do check back in to see what’s new.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lewis Wood at lewis.wood@screenskills.com, who will be happy to help with your enquiry.

Past events

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. 


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