‘How to be a better boss’ panel at EITF

Panel at EITF: Kaye Elliott, Alfie Johnson, Addie Orfila, Frith Tiplady and Pat Younge

The ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund supported a panel discussion on leadership and management skills at the 2019 edition of the Edinburgh International TV Festival. The session explored what professionals working in screen can do to become better bosses.

Following a brief introduction about the work of ScreenSkills and the High-end TV Skills Fund, the panel discussed dilemmas and scenarios faced by many professionals with managerial responsibilities.

The panel - chaired by Pat Younge, Managing Director at Sugar Films - consisted of ScreenSkills Director of High-end TV Kaye Elliott, Frith Tiplady,Executive Producer at Moonage Pictures and member of the High-end TV Skills Council, Addie Orfila, freelance line producer and trainer, and production manager Alfie Johnson.  

Focusing on issues such as bullying and harassment, the audience were offered tips on how to handle challenging situations. “Employers have a legal duty to protect workers from bullying and harassment. So however difficult, these issues have to be addressed,” Addie Orfila said.

The topic of the panel was inspired by recent ScreenSkills research findings. The Annual ScreenSkills Assessment found that almost half of employers surveyed by ScreenSkills are concerned about a lack of leadership and management skills in the industry. In response, ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund has recommissioned leadership and management training for freelance heads of department and production companies. Read more about the training here, or in Broadcast.


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