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LOOKING FOR A JOB IN TV? WANT TO WORK IN SCOTLAND?

Apply to join this eight-month, entry-level scheme supported by and get your foot in the door at some of the best independent production companies ("Indies"), alongside training and support from PACT, the trade body which supports independent production companies and distributors.

The salary is Scottish Living Wage.

  • Application deadline EXTENDED: 5th June at NOON
  • Workshops with thinkBIGGER! (15th/16th JUNE TBC)
  • Interviews: 19th - 30th June
  • Scheme start date: 28th August 2023

NB: All positions are based in Glasgow. You don't need to be based in Glasgow to apply for these positions but you do need to be willing to relocate.

We offer access support to disabled applicants, tailored to individual requests. If you have any access requirements or require an alternative format please contact application@thinkbigger.uk.com

PLEASE read our 'Tips for applying to Schemes' before you fill out your application!

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WHAT ROLES ARE ON OFFER?

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We are recruiting for trainees at:

  • About us

    STV Studios is one of the UK’s leading content businesses and is Scotland’s biggest production company. With offices in both Glasgow and London, the company has an impressive track-record of success and award-winning shows across drama, entertainment and factual, with commissions for multiple broadcasters and international streamers, including BBC One and Two, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BBC Scotland, Discovery+, VH1/MTV and Sky One. Current productions include The Firm for BBC Scotland, featuring internationally renowned lawyer Aamer Anwar and his fearless team of criminal law experts. Our longest-running series, Antiques Road Trip continues for the BBC as well as Game Show favourites Catchphrase for ITV and Bridge of Lies, presented by Ross Kemp. Continuing our love of antiques, we have recently produced our first series of The Travelling Auctioneer and The Edinburgh Auction House with our team currently producing the latest series’ of The Yorkshire Auction House, The Scottish Auction House and Great Auction Showdown. In drama, a second series of Screw depicting life in prison is coming soon to Channel 4 along with our new thriller Criminal Record for Apple TV+. Our team are also responsible for the genre-bending, immersive competition series Murder Island set by best-selling crime writer, Ian Rankin.

    What we are looking for

    The successful applicant will assist in several areas of production including research, setting up shoots, assisting on location and working with our post-production team.

    Key duties

    • Researching for production teams (across several genres)
    • Assisting with casting and working with programme contributors
    • Setting up and organising shoots as well as assisting crews on location
    • Edit support, fact checking and completing production paperwork

    Key skills

    • Enthusiasm for learning and gaining experience in various areas of television production
    • Ability to research, fact check and present findings
    • Confident working on both individual and team tasks in a fast-paced working environment
    • Excellent I.T., administrative and organisational skills
    • Ability to problem solve and remain solution focused under pressure
  • About us

    Studio Something is a broadcast & brand focused indie, striving to be in a category of one.

    After taking an opportunity 4 years ago, we’ve now produced 100 hours of TV, had numerous award nominations and millions of online views with a slate of charming, authentic factual and fact ent programmes. Something, to us, are stories with heart, crackling to life with magnetic contributors made by creative people with ambition.

    What we are looking for

    Studio Something is looking for a Production Assistant to work on the long-running, award-winning topical BBC Scotland football entertainment show ‘A View From The Terrace’.

    We are looking for someone with a passion for production with an interest in Scottish football to work alongside our established production and editorial teams. You’ll be transcribing interviews, preparing and attending shoots and you’ll be working in the studio each week as we record each episode. It's fast paced and fun. If you are passionate about starting a career in broadcast production and like your football with crispy pie crusts and wafts of the Gayfield air you might be just the someone we are looking for.We got an opportunity and we are built on offering opportunities to others.

    Key duties

    • Transcribing interviews & Preparing Paper Edits for VTs;
    • Supporting the production coordinator in pre-production of VT shoots;
    • Supporting the production coordinator in pre-production of studio record;
    • Production resource on VT shoots
    • Production Assistant on the studio record - supporting the floor manager
    • Social media content creation
    • Available to work weekends, when required.

    Key skills

    • Knowledge of Scottish football (preferable).
    • Clean driving licence (preferable)
    • Experience working with social media (preferable).
    • Ability to create social content (Adobe Photoshop, Premiere etc.)
    • Comfortable working with modern computer software e.g. Google Suite & Adobe Photoshop (preferable).
    • Comfortable with organising and cataloguing Hard Drives, Backing Up footage
    • Good communication skills and can work well with others
    • Confident in picking up the phone and communicating with contributors
    • An enthusiasm to learn!
  • About us

    Storyboard’s award-winning team brings a long track record in originating and delivering premium documentary, natural history, arts, science, history and factual formats. We are a company who see ourselves as aggressively progressive in terms of diversity both on and off screen and we’re proud to say that two of our productions have recently been shortlisted for awards in Diversity & Inclusion. Our mission is to give audiences here at home and around the world more of the emotion, entertainment and enrichment we all crave. We’re all about enabling exceptional people whatever their background and we aim to contribute to a cultural and environmental revolution and a better future. We’re proud to hail from Glasgow, Scotland and believe in thinking globally while living locally. Storyboard have recently been part of the NFTS and Amazon Prime Video Craft Academy and have worked closely with Creative Scotland and BBC Scotland on two productions from their emerging director’s scheme. We also regularly work with broadcaster on supporting emerging and diverse talent within our productions and have an ongoing partnership with Line Light.

    What we are looking for

    Storyboard would love to hear from anyone considering a career in production management or development, and if you’re interested in both even better. We value people who are multi-skilled and believe all roles within the company play a key part in our creativity and ensuring what we see on our screens.Culturally we take our work seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We strive to find new ways to do brilliant things. We are trustworthy and honest and take responsibility for our decisions. We take pride in delivering quality and value. We hold one another to account when it comes to kindness and respect. We foster high performance, freedom with responsibility and context rather than control.As the company continues to grow, we are defined by the energy, creativity and openness of the people who work with us. We love people who instinctively think for themselves, instinctively network and instinctively keep several balls in the air at once. People who thrive on this way of being help us to make new ideas happen and contribute to a great working culture. We strive to help set the benchmark for the best standards and practices in the industry.

    Key duties

    The role of the Co-ordinator includes the following tasks and responsibilities:

    • to provide administrative and organisation support to the Production Manager and the Production Executive
    • to provide support to the production teams by ensuring smooth running of the production office including ordering equipment and supplies, booking travel, accommodation and couriers.
    • to assist in preparing, updating and distributing production documentation including call sheets, schedules and scripts.
    • to provide administrative support associated with managing and monitoring production budget including purchase orders, expenses and petty cash.
    • to assist with copyright clearance and collage associated documentation to ensure that post production paperwork is complete and accurate.

    The role of the Development Researcher includes the following tasks and responsibilities:

    • to provide administrative and organisational support to the Development Executive
    • to assist in the research of potential programme ideas
    • to find and make initial contact with potential contributors in relations to ideas and potential access
    • to assist the development team in preparing and updating documentation including scripts and development decks
    • to provide administrative support associated with managing and monitoring ideas and their submissions to broadcasters.

    Key skills

    • Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
    • Excellent organisational, planning and IT skills.
    • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse range of people.
    • Works productively and collaboratively as part of a team.
    • Flexibility, especially when working with others to solve problems.
    • Handles detail and 'paperwork' accurately and efficiently.
    • can work calmly under pressure, using initiative and knowing when to refer to a more senior level.
    • Able to evaluate the best course of action when faced with a problem or a number of options.
    • Enthusiasm to learn.
  • About us

    Firecrest Films is an independent television producer with an outstanding reputation for award-winning factual programmes. We have an open and positive company culture which has been consistently recognised as one of the best in the TV industry. Our office is in the stunning Fairfield building in Govan, Glasgow, once the greatest and most successful shipyard in the world. We specialise in ambitious premium documentaries, making films and series for major UK broadcasters and streamers. Our programmes have achieved record ratings and high acclaim. In 2022 alone we won 11 eleven awards. Firecrest was named the best small independent production company in the UK at the 2022 Edinburgh TV Festival. In 2023 Firecrest was named one of the Best Places to Work in TV - the fourth consecutive year we've won this accolade. We're committed to growing the next generation of top television talent, both on screen and off. We invest heavily to develop and train tomorrow's top documentary directors, producers, editors and production managers. Many of our staff have been with us for a long time and helped us grow. We have a long and satisfying track record working with trainees who have joined through established industry training schemes, some of whom continue to forge successful careers in the television industry and sometimes rejoin us on freelance contracts in more senior roles.

    What we are looking for

    We would like to hear from individuals with a passion for factual programming who would like to work alongside our creative editorial teams. A good researcher watches a lot of television, is interested in people and can build good relationships. They have a keen eye for detail and are able to acquire an in-depth knowledge of any subject they are tasked with. They are persuasive and demonstrate tenacity to get the job done.

    Key Duties

    • The researcher role can be complex and varied, with many aspects to the job depending on the type of programme being made. Working alongside editorial and production management teams, the researcher will help realise ideas by finding the people, stories and locations to form the actual content of the programme.The skills and experience noted below cover most of the main areas required, with an understanding that trainees will need to develop many of these skills.

    Key Skills

    • Enthusiasm for factual programming, particularly observational/access-based documentaries, feature documentaries and current affairs/journalistic content.
    • Interest in a wide variety of current television output.
    • Desire to build a career in television.
    • Proactive and enthusiastic approach to working. With the ability to work collaboratively within their team and also motivated when working alone.
    • Excellent communication skills, including a confident telephone manner.
    • Resourceful and personable. Candidates need to think creatively when sourcing contributors, archive and stories.
    • Excellent attention to detail
    • Understanding of and ability to express opinions on inclusion and representation on screen.
    • Curiosity about the world and people
  • About us

    We are two factual companies working alongside each other under the Tinopolis umbrella. Our work is really varied across factual. Mentorn has a proven record across current affairs debate shows and we currently produce both Question and Debate Night for the BBC from our Scotland office. Firecracker has an equally successful history and the Scotland team have produced everything from true crime such as ‘Murder in a Small Town’ (Channel 5) to documentaries ‘Britain's Tourette's Mystery: Scarlett Moffatt Investigates’ (Channel 4) and are currently producing a reality series (Paramount+).We love being involved in this scheme - we’ve been part of it several times. We aim to encourage trainees long after their traineeship has ended. We’re hopeful the right candidate will build a career with us and go on to work their way up the production management ladder. Could you be that candidate?

    What we are looking for

    Production Coordinators are part of the production management team who look after the logistics of making TV - this include budgets, transport, schedules and health and safety. The production management team successfully works across both Mentorn and Firecracker which means the role is suited to someone looking for experience in varied genres. A good Production Coordinator is a team player who is responsible and able to work independently. They have a good eye for detail, strong IT skills and comfortable working with budgets and schedules. They can prioritise tasks and work well under pressure and manage deadlines. What is essential is to be organised, meticulous and pro-active, with a “can do” attitude. You’ll need to be good at problem-solving and thrive in a busy environment, getting things done efficiently and effectively.We want someone who’s enthusiastic about a career in production management and is prepared to get stuck into all aspects of the role (even the less exciting parts!). And a friendly, engaging manner is important, along with great communication skills and the ability to work well as part of a team.

    Key duties

    • Assisting the production Management team in the day to day running of productions
    • Assisting in the preparation of production documents such as call sheets, unit lists and post production paperwork
    • Supporting the production management team with logistical planning including booking travel for crews and booking equipment for filming
    • Keeping the production manager up to date with any expenditure and keeping detailed logs of financial transactions inc. credit cards, petty cash and invoices

    Key skills

    • Good organisational and time management skills
    • Good numeracy skills
    • Good communication skills
    • Competent across a range of IT software including MS Office and Outlook
    • Effective team work
    • Calm under pressure
    • Good upbeat attitude
  • About us

    Great story telling is at the heart of what we do at Raise the Roof, and we have built a reputation for being a forward-thinking company trusted to delivery high end productions with ambition and scale. We specialise in producing high quality, popular factual, factual entertainment, and factual television programmes for all the main UK broadcasters. Our biggest returning brands are sold around the world and include ‘Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas’, ‘Love It Or List It’ and ‘Escape to the Farm with Kate Humble’. In 2022 we produced 122 hours of television, including an eighty-part series for Channel 5, ‘Holiday Homes in the Sun’. For the sixth consecutive year we have been awarded television industry magazine Broadcast’s Best Places to Work in TV, and in 2023 we were delighted to be ranked fifth overall. Our ethos is to nurture creative and diverse talent. We are fully committed to ensuring our employees develop, grow and thrive and our offer of training, support and mentoring is exemplary. We have been working with PACT on their training scheme since 2017, as well as having vast experience supporting, developing and nurturing trainees and new entrants across other industry initiatives and partnerships. We are excited to welcome a new trainee again this year and launch a new career in television. We continually strive to ensure we are an inclusive company, and we are based in a modern, accessible building on Pacific Quay in Glasgow.

    What we are looking for

    We are looking for a Junior Researcher to join our team. The main aim of the role is to support the editorial ambitions of our productions and bring creative ideas to the screen, working closely and reporting to the other team members, such as Assistant Producer, Producer/Director and Series Producer. As a Junior Researcher you work within the editorial team in organising, planning, and researching what will happen during the programme such as sourcing contacts, contributors, and locations. You are also responsible for researching story points and ensuring research is verified and prepared for the production needs.Each production varies, but your main duties will include generating and developing ideas for the programme; organising, planning, and researching on screen contributors and locations, ensuring they fit with the editorial aims of the programme; forming relationships with a range of contributors and organisations; writing briefs for the senior editorial team and presenters, always checking everything is accurate; ensuring all paperwork is completed accurately before filming; working on location greeting contributors, briefing them before recording and making sure we get the best out of them; supporting the post-production process with fact checking.

    Key duties

    • Generating and developing ideas for the programme.
    • Organising, planning, and researching what happens during the programme, which can include for example, contributors and locations.
    • Fact checking, writing briefs for presenters and with the support ofResearchers/APs ensuring that there is adherence to appropriate legislation relating to the production.
    • Working closely with Researchers and APs to identify location requirements from scripts or programme outlines and assessing locations for suitability and cost, taking various factors into account including the need for any permissions and licenses.
    • Assessing contributors' potential suitability for inclusion in each programme according to its genre and format.
    • Working closely with Researchers and APs, Junior Researchers may be asked to recce locations and contributors to assess their suitability for inclusion in the programme.
    • Identifying relevant data, contributors, locations or archive material, props/materials etc. collating and assessing information from various sources and with the Researchers/APs ensuring that legal, compliance and copyright requirements are met, in conjunction with editorial and supported by the senior team.

    Key skills

    • you should have excellent verbal and written communication skills – the ability to both make potential programme contributors feel at ease is a must, as well as being able to explain ideas clearly.
    • You must be able to pick up the phone and talk with confidence.
    • You should be able to plan ahead and be organised, working across several tasks at once and using shared team systems to ensure accurate reporting and sharing of information.
    • You will be a creative thinker, brimming with ideas.
    • You need to be able to work in a fast-paced, ever changing environment and problem solve quickly, thinking one step ahead to find solutions.
  • About Us

    Lion Television Scotland has produced hundreds of hours of content for all Broadcasters from our Glasgow base since the company launched in 1999.Our productions include blue chip arts series such as Stolen: Catching the Art Thieves to long running BBC daytime hit, ‘Homes Under the Hammer’.

    Lion has worked with Channel 4, PACT and Think Bigger on various schemes throughout the past eight years. All our previous trainees are working as freelancers in the television industry. Lion has frequently featured in Broadcasts ‘Best Places to Work in TV’ survey.What we are looking for

    Lion is keen to hear from individuals who would like to take their first step in Production Management. We are looking for a dedicated and dynamic individual to work with our Production Management team. They will work closely with the Production Manager and the rest of the production team to help facilitate the pre-production, production and post-production across all our factual series.

    Key Duties

    The role of the Co-ordinator includes the following tasks and responsibilities:

    • To provide administrative and organisational support to the Production Manager.
    • To provide support to the production teams by ensuring smooth running of the production office Inc. ordering equipment and supplies, booking travel, accommodation and couriers.
    • To assist in preparing, updating and distributing production documentation including unit lists, call sheets, schedules and scripts.
    • To provide administrative support associated with managing and monitoring production budget Inc. purchase orders, expenses and petty cash.
    • To assist with copyright clearance and collate associated documentation to ensure that post production paperwork is complete and accurate.

    Key Skills

    • Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
    • Excellent organisational, planning and IT skills.
    • Can build and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse range of people.
    • Works productively and collaboratively as part of a team.
    • Is flexible and can work with others to solve problems.
    • Handles detail and “paperwork” accurately and efficiently.
    • Can work calmly under pressure, using initiative and knowing when to refer to a more senior level.
    • Able to evaluate the best course of action when faced with a problem or number of options.
    • An enthusiasm to learn.
  • About Us

    Based in Glasgow but with a thoroughly international outlook, we have produced high-quality factual, entertainment and daytime programmes for every major network in the UK. Many of these have been successfully exported internationally. Our most successful returning series is Money for Nothing for BBC1 with more than 300 episodes broadcast to date. Past work includes award winning documentary series about prisons, housing estates, hospitals, schools, food banks and pawn shops.What we are looking for

    Friel Kean Films is keen to hear from individuals who would like to take their first step in Production Management or Research. We are looking for a dedicated and dynamic individual to work with our small but highly talented team. They will work closely with the Production Manager and the rest of the production team to help facilitate the pre-production, production and post-production across all our factual/entertainment series.

    Key duties (Co-ordinator)

    • To provide administrative and organisational support to the Production Manager.
    • To provide support to the production teams by ensuring smooth running of the production office Inc. ordering equipment and supplies, booking travel, accommodation and couriers.
    • To assist in preparing, updating and distributing production documentation including unit lists, call sheets, schedules and scripts.
    • To provide administrative support associated with managing and monitoring production budget Inc. purchase orders, expenses and petty cash.
    • To assist with consent form collection, logging and reporting diversity stats and collate associated documentation to ensure that post-production paperwork is complete and accurate.
    • To assist in the smooth running of the production office including IT, management support, ensuring printers/telephony is working smoothly and liaising with our external support teams as necessary.
    • To assist with Albert collecting sustainable information throughout the production period and helping to implement our Green policy.

    Key duties (Researcher)

    • To provide support to the Editorial team.
    • To assist with the smooth movement of drives between location teams and our edit house
    • To learn from our existing editorial team how to fact-check voice-over scripts and prepare them in time for voice-over sessions
    • To assist our sales team with contacting outlets to find buyers for our Money for Nothing items and to collate sales lists and help with collecting PayPal payments
    • To assist our management team and help with developing ideas and putting together pitches
    • To assist with contributor checks using websites e.g. Factiva etc
    • To assist with calls to contributors informing them of transmission dates etc

    Key skills for both post

    • Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
    • Excellent organisational, planning and IT skills.
    • Can build and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse range of people.
    • Works productively and collaboratively as part of a team.
    • Is flexible and can work with others to solve problems.
    • Handles detail and “paperwork” accurately and efficiently.
    • Can work calmly under pressure, using initiative and knowing when to refer to a more senior level.
    • Able to evaluate the best course of action when faced with a problem or number of options.
    • An enthusiasm to learn.
  • About usRicochet are one of the UK’s leading production companies, under Warner Bros International Television Production, producing some of the nation's favourite television.

    Based in Brighton and Glasgow, Ricochet have produced multiple hit formats and factual series, many of which are successfully exported to the UK and the rest of the world.Ricochet’s biggest shows include The Repair Shop, The Bidding Room, Food Unwrapped and Sun Sea and Selling Houses and are currently in production with the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Ricochet are always passionate about working with talented, creative people.What we are looking for

    Our production trainees are vital and valued members of the Company. We hope that during your time with us you will discover which direction you want to steer your career, and acquire valuable skills that you can take forward. In other words, we want you to make the most of your time here. We therefore actively encourage you to:

    • Make contacts across the Company
    • Gain as much hands on production experience as possible even if that means giving up evenings and weekends
    • Contribute to ideas meetings where appropriate
    • Take an interest and get involved
    Key Responsibilities

    What is asked of you will be dependent upon which production you will be working on. Each placement will be tailored to your particular area of interest but as an indication, you could be expected to do the following:

    • provide administrative and organisation support to the Production Management tea
    • be assigned to specific productions where you will support the teams by ensuring smooth running of the production office including ordering equipment and supplies, booking travel, accommodation and couriers
    • to assist in preparing, updating and distributing documentation including unit lists, call sheets, schedules and scripts
    • to assist on filming days, as required and to support the production crew on location

    Key Skills

    • a genuine passion for TV
    • good communication skills both verbal and written
    • the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse range of people, including senior management
    • a flexible approach and able to work with others to solve problems
    • a team player with willingness to take the necessary initiative to get a job doone
    • highly proficient in use of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
    • experience in use of PhotoShop is advantageous
    • ability to communicate ideas effective and share information
    • an enthusiasm to urn
  • About Us

    Beezr Studios are one of Scotland’s leading production companies. We produce smart, popular and authentic TV and radio programming. While our key areas of focus are documentary, lifestyle and factual entertainment formats, we also have a long track record in comedy, music and arts. Our recent credits include Tool Club for Channel 4, The Tower for BBC1 and Wild Weekends on BBC 3

    What we are looking for

    Beezr are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated individual who are looking to follow a career in production management. The successful candidate will work to the Production Manager and will support the production team with pre-production, production and post production across our range of programmes.

    Key Duties

    The role of the Co-ordinator includes the following tasks and responsibilities:

    • to provide administrative and organisational support to the Production Manager;
    • to provide support to the production teams by ensuring smooth running of the production office including ordering equipment and supplies, booking travel, accommodation and couriers;
    • to assist in preparing, updating and distributing production documentation including unit lists, call sheets, schedules and scripts;
    • to provide adminstrative support associated with managing and monitoring production budget including purchase orders, expenses and petty cash;
    • to assist with copyright clearance and collage associated documentation to ensure that post-production paperwork is complete and accurate.

    Key Skills

    • good communication skills, both verbal and written
    • ability to work productively and collaboratively as part of a team
    • ability to adapt and provide a flexible approach to the changing demands of production
    • excellent organisational, planning and IT skills
    • able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse range of people
    • handles detail and 'paperwork' accurately and efficiently, even when working at speed
    • can work calmly under pressure, using initiative and knowing when to refer to a more senior level
    • able to evaluate the best course of action when faced with a problem or number of options
    • an enthusiasm to learn
  • About Us

    Based in Scotland and Northern Ireland, Tern are a multi-award winning TV company, telling great stories with passion, integrity and style. We make shows across the world, specialising in high-end documentaries, history, science, arts, adventure and popular lifestyle formats.

    What we are looking for

    Tern Glasgow is looking for a Trainee Production Coordinator. The main aim of the role is to provide administrative and organisational support to production teams across a broad spectrum of our factual productions. The Trainee Production Coordinator will report to the Production Coordinator and/or Production Manager.

    Key Duties

    The role of the Trainee Production Coordinator includes the following tasks and responsibilities:

    • to provide administrative and organisational support to the PM/PC
    • to provide support to the production teams by ensuring smooth running of the production office including ordering equipment and supplies, booking travel, accommodation and couriers
    • to assist the PC in preparing, updating and distributing production documentation including contact sheets, call sheets, schedules and scripts
    • to provide administrative support associated with managing and monitoring production budget including expenses and petty cash
    • to assist with copyright clearance and collage associated documentation to ensure that post production paperwork is complete and accurate
    • to assist the PM and PC to finalise production, such as returning surplus supplies and ensuring office files are complete and stored correctly

    Key Skills

    • good communication skills, both verbal and written
    • excellent organisational, planning and IT skills
    • can build and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse range of people
    • works productively and collaboratively as part of a team
    • is flexible and can work with others to solve problems
    • handles detail and 'paperwork' accurately and efficiently
    • can work calmly under pressure, using initiative and knowing when to refer to a more senior level
    • able to evaluate the best course of action when faced with a. problem or number of options
    • an enthusiasm to learn
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What role is right for me?

  • Researchers are part of the editorial team responsible for the creative content of TV making. They will typically work with an Assistant Producer and a Producer.Their tasks will vary depending on the genre of programme, which makes it a really exciting job role. For example, if you work in casting, you will be spending a lot of time on the 'phone looking for contributors to take part in your programme, conducting background checks and looking after them during filming. As the title suggests, the job involves researching content for the show – speaking to experts, reading reports and compiling briefs with facts.More experienced researchers can go on to specialise in different areas such as casting, archive, development or question writing for game shows.Transferable skills:

    • Creativity - are you a Tik-Toker? Do you create content for social media? Make short films? Have your own YouTube channel?
    • Communication - Have you worked in retail, customer service or hospitality? As a researcher you will be working with a range of contributors in the same way you would with a customer - being personable and using your initiative.
    • Writing - Have you written a blog, dissertation or a persuasive letter to your local MP? This will help when writing briefs, biogs and pitch documents.
    • Problem-solving - TV is fast-paced and can be unpredictable so being quick thinking helps. Have you organised a big event or started a podcast or other content where there were a lot of hurdles? Managed to shoot a film in lockdown?
    • Organised - Keeping organised notes and planning shoots are some of the daily tasks you’ll undertake as a researcher. If you’ve planned a day trip with friends or taken notes during a lecture then these skills will keep you organised in TV!
  • Production co-ordinators are part of the production management team who look after the logistics of making TV – this includes budgets, transport, schedules and health and safety.Production co-ordinators work underneath Production Managers, but will also work very closely with editorial staff (producers, assistant producers, researchers) to facilitate filming requirements.A production co-ordinator will book travel and hotels for crew and contributors, organise crew visas and filming locations. They will be looking after paperwork for production, such as release forms, and compiling a call sheet - a document issued for all filming shoots containing contact details, locations and schedules.Transferable skills:

    • Organisational – do you love to create a holiday schedule or planning events or a wedding? A co-ordinator keeps a team organised!
    • Finance – Have you worked in a bank? Looked after a university committee's budget?
    • Worked in retail? Production management are in charge of budgets and as a co-ordinator you’ll be working with invoices and cost monitors.
    • Problem solving - Unfortunately, as organised as we try to be, a TV shoot may not always go to plan. So we are looking for people who can think on their feet and find a train to replace that flight that was just cancelled.
  • Runners, Production Assistants, and Production Management Assistants are all brilliant roles to get your foot in the door in the industry and have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of production.

    In these roles you will be helping the smooth running of various departments, meaning you will have the opportunity to meet and observe various parts of the production process.

    Transferable skills:

    • Communication - Have you worked in retail, customer service or hospitality? In this role no two days will be the same and you will be comfortable working with a variety of people.
    • Finance – Have you worked in a bank? Looked after a university committee's budget? You may be in charge of office admin and petty cash so managing money is a great skill.
    • Problem-solving - TV is fast-paced and can be unpredictable so being quick thinking helps. Have you organised a big event or started a podcast or other content where there were a lot of hurdles? Managed to shoot a film in lockdown?
    • Learning quickly - and more importantly, an enthusiasm for learning new skills! Did you teach yourself a new language or craft hobby during lockdown? As a central part of the office you'll be taking instructions from a variety of team members so an ability to learn new skills is a great attribute

Still not sure?

You can take this ScreenSkills quiz to find out what role might suit you based on your existing skills.

ScreenSkills also has a wealth of resources on Starting Your Career in the screen industry, including Job Profiles and Career Maps.

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