Deadline Jan 07 , 2020

Series Producer Programme 2020

  • Owner: ScreenSkills
  • Location: UK-wide
  • Age: 18+
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The prestigious year-long Series Producer Programme, commissioned by the ScreenSkills TV Skills Fund with contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5, is designed to give its 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.  

The programme is now recruiting 25 delegates for its fifth year. Previous delegates have gone on to achieve award-winning success in the TV industry - ten who are now working in commissioning, including Charlotte Smith, Channel Executive at BBC One who said: 

“The Series Producer course has reconfigured my entire approach to making TV. It gave me confidence in my own ability when I needed it most, and a network of contacts that will stay with me for years to come. In short, it has been a career- and life-changing experience.”

ScreenSkills is strongly committed to building a more inclusive workforce and our ambition is to substantially increase the number of out-of-London delegates on the programme in 2020.

The programme offers participants:

  • Unrivalled training delivered by industry experts (approximately 14 days)
  • Inspirational masterclasses and behind-the-scenes briefing at broadcasters
  • Speed-dating with commissioners
  • Mentoring by commissioners
  • Continuous one-to-one support, career advice and coaching
  • Bespoke development
  • Discounted/free entry to selected festivals and industry events
  • Networking cohort of supportive colleagues

Delegates continue at their day jobs while on the programme.

How to apply

The programme is open to new or aspiring series producers who have a minimum of three years’ experience at producer/director level in factual, features, specialist factual, factual entertainment or entertainment TV in the UK. Applications will be open from 19 November to midday on 7 January. 

No applications will be accepted after this time. Selected candidates will be interviewed in February and all informed of results by March when the first block of training will commence. The programme director is available for one-to-one conversations about the programme and process. She can be contacted at

All applications are taken through the ScreenSkills website. In order to apply, log in or register for a ScreenSkills account, and click the 'Apply now' button on this page. 

Cost of this training:

  • London delegates £1,500
  • Out-of-London delegates £1,200

Reduced fees available on request. Multistory Media, part of ITV Studios, is offering two diversity scholarships, which means they will pay the full fees and a contribution towards travel of two delegates, one based in London and one outside London.

What is the MultiStory Media Diversity Scholarship?
There are two MultiStory Media Diversity Scholarships – one for a London candidate and one for an Out of London (OOL) candidate. The scholarships will cover the full fees for both candidates and also pay a contribution towards the travel and accommodation costs for the OOL candidate travelling to training, networking and events.

The scholarships are designed to support those from under-represented groups or for whom the cost is a barrier to applying, to access this acclaimed industry-led training programme. Our definition of diversity is the widest possible and we would therefore encourage applications that will bring different voices and thinking to the programme.

How to apply for the MultiStory Media Scholarship
Please complete the application form and explain in no more than 500 words why you are applying for the scholarship. This information will remain confidential and will only be used in line with our Privacy notice. Our privacy notice can be viewed on our website or you can ask us for a copy.

The decision as to who will be awarded the scholarships will be made by the SPP Programme Director and MultiStory Media. Their decision is final and cannot be challenged. No decision will be made on the Scholarships until after the interview process. You must be successful at the interview stage to qualify for the scholarship. We intend to make public the beneficiaries of the scholarships unless anonymity is requested during the application stage. This will not impact on any decision made.

You do not need to have worked for ITV or MultiStory Media to be eligible.

Every scholarship application will be fully and fairly assessed at the final stage. We may also contact you individually to discuss your circumstances.

Alternative bursaries available
If you are not awarded one of the MultiStory Scholarships, other bursaries are available. These do not cover full costs – but we can offer substantial reductions after considering your circumstances. Please do not let the cost of this programme deter you – apply and we will discuss what support we can offer to you.

If, after reading the guidelines, you still have a question or you need help in applying please contact the SPP Programme Director on

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