Hugh Warren

Producers, Hugh Warren and Patrick Schweitzer, explain how they progressed in their high-end television careers and how the industry is changing.

“There’s a real crossover going on now with gaming and the technology that they use,” says Hugh. “That’s quite exciting – there’s a merging of those cultures if you like and those technologies that can be liberating.”

The producers discuss the difference between working on US and UK productions. They also talk about how they prep and put a team together and give tips on getting on in high-end TV.

“Every step of the way, being freelance in the industry you have to motivate your own career progression because you don’t necessarily have a corporation or a company that will always look after you,” says Patrick.

About the contributors

Hugh Warren is a freelance television producer who produced recent high-end television productions Gangs of London for Sky/HBO, Hanna for Amazon and Hard Sun for BBC/Hulu. Previously he has produced many series including the first three seasons of the BBC’s Call the Midwife, BBC 3’s Thirteen, Spotless for Tandem/Canal+ and an adaptation of Dr Zhivago for ITV.

Patrick Schweitzer is an executive producer with Tall Story Pictures. His credits range from Ashes to Ashes, The Hour and Call The Midwife to the feature film Les Miserables.

About the event

The session, recorded on 29 July 2020, is part ScreenSkills High-end Television Skills Fund's series of online expert-led learning sessions, to support freelancers in developing their skills in high-end television during the coronavirus crisis. It was introduced by Kaye Elliott, ScreenSkills high-end TV director.

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