Applications for Series Producer Programme now open

The ScreenSkills Series Producer Programme has opened for applications. The programme, which has developed a strong track record in training new series producers, will have a particular focus for 2020. 

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The programme aims to recruit 25 new delegates, who will join 87 alumni, including many who have since achieved award-winning success in the television industry. Ten are now working in commissioning.

The year-long programme is commissioned by the ScreenSkills TV Skills Fund with contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5, and includes a range of training, masterclasses and one-to-one development. It is designed to give delegates the knowledge, skills and network to make the move from producer to series producer with confidence and to develop the next generation of showrunners who will become the cornerstones of UK television.  

Among Series Producer Programme alumni, 72% are series producing within a year and 85% have a series producer role within two. One in 10 reaches a senior creative role.

ScreenSkills is strongly committed to building a more inclusive workforce and the ambition is to substantially boost the number of out-of-London delegates this year.

To support this, MultiStory Media, part of ITV Studios, is offering two scholarships, which will pay the full fees and a contribution towards travel of two delegates, one based in London and one outside London.

Bella Lambourne, director of human resources and operations at EndemolShine UK and chair of the TV Skills Council that runs the TV Skills Fund, said: “The Series Producer Programme has done a fantastic job in developing new series producers who are making a real difference to the industry. This year, when television is quite rightly thinking about more production in the nations and regions, we wanted to make sure the programme is playing an even bigger role in developing talent out of London.”

Of the programme and its success, alumni Charlotte Smith, Channel Executive for BBC One said: “The Series Producer programme was just what I needed to springboard me back to work after my second baby. It gave me great insight, fantastic networking opportunities and an invaluable new peer group.”

Applicants must be experienced producers with a minimum of three years’ experience at producer/director level in factual, features, specialist factual, factual entertainment or entertainment TV in the UK.

The Series Producer Programme 2020 will be open until midnight on 7 January.

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