Alan Clements

The CEO of Two Rivers talks about making TV in the nations and regions.

The TV industry has been criticised in the past for limiting many jobs and genres to the London area, forcing freelancers to look for work out of their home regions or nations.

Things are changing rapidly though. Alan Clements, CEO of Two Rivers, based in Glasgow, is optimistic. In this video, he talks about the role of production hubs in Leeds, Glasgow, Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester and Birmingham.

He also answers questions posed by the online audience:

  • 17:52 – What can be done to change the fact that not a lot of production is going on in regions such as Birmingham?
  • 21:52 – What advice do you have for people who want to transfer into screen at a later age?
  • 25:12 – What kind of show do you plan to make in the future?
  • 29:47 – I have a lot of experience in edit but would like to get my first credit as a shooting AP. Do you have any advice on how to achieve this?

About Alan Clements

Alan Clements set up Two Rivers Media in 2018 and quickly began winning commissions such as Escape to the Chateau: Make Do and Mend (Channel 4), Frankie Boyle Live (BBC Two) and Becoming Scotland (BBC Scotland). Prior to this, he ran STV Productions where they produced Catchphrase (ITV), Antiques Road Trip (BBC One) and Safeword (ITV2 and MTV).  He's an honorary professor of politics and media at the University of Glasgow, sits on the board of the Edinburgh TV Festival and is the author of two books including the novel Rogue Nation.

About the event

This is a recording of an online event that took place on 10 November 2020. It was 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. Introduced by ScreenSkills training producer, Philip McCreery, it's part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient during Covid-19.

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