New producer mentorship programme launched

Five alumni from the New Producer programme, funded by ScreenSkills in 2016-18, have taken up the chance to be mentored by an experienced producer over a year-long period.

Les Misérables | Photo by Robert Viglasky | ©BBC Studios/Lookout Point

Louise Say, Kara Manley, James Levison, Ben Worsfield and Andy Morgan will undertake one-on-one sessions with a paired mentor as part of their continued professional development. Since completing the New Producers programme, which was designed to increase the high-end TV producers talent pool across the UK, the cohort has seen placements as co-producers on big budget dramas such as Sherlock, Safe, and Les Misérables.

Executive producer Marcus Wilson will take two mentees under his wing for between six and eight hour-long sessions across the year, with additional ad hoc support. The other mentors will be Colin Wratten, who produced the BBC’s recent hit Killing Eve, Fortitude producer Susie Liggat and producer of The Last Kingdom, Chrissy Skinns.

Participants expect the mentoring to be of “tremendous value”, with Louise Say adding: “The [New Producers] scheme has been amazing but inevitably there will be things when I do the job for real that I would love to have someone to ask advice from – and where it’s safe territory to do so.”

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