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Step-up to Line Producer in Children’s TV

Training course - Step up to Line Producer in Children's TV - apply now 1

Are you looking to take a step-up to Line Producer in live-action Children’s TV and have experience in any of these roles?

  • Production Manager
  • Assistant Producer
  • Location Manager
  • Production Accountant

Is the next step in your career as a Line Producer in live-action Children’s TV?

If you answered yes, then this free to attend short course is for you.

Children’s TV has identified that there is an acute shortage of Line Producers for live-action productions. This course has been designed to fast-track industry professionals with related experience to become Line Producers.

In addition to the training course there are upto 12 funded ‘Step-up’ placements available for eligible participants.

The Step-up to Line Producer in Children’s TV training course will enable 24 participants working across the UK to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to step-up to Line Producer in Children’s TV.

This, free to attend course, is taught by a highly experienced Line Producer in Children’s TV and is aimed at ensuring that UK productions have access to a cohort of skilled and educated professionals who can bring increased value to the production chain.

Line Producers need to be equipped to understand the bigger picture on the production so that they can manage the budget and schedule, as well as managing the relationships within the production, and be the link with the production company and the commissioning organisation.

This training course will prepare participants with the knowledge they need to Step Up to Line Producer and the subsequent placements will enable 50% of participants to put that into practice.

This training is supported by the ScreenSkills Children’s TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK children’s TV productions.

The course is designed as 6 x 3-hour online sessions for up to 12 people.

The sessions will be scheduled as 2 per week to enable it to be completed quickly, whilst also leaving time to digest and reflect. The training will take place on weekends to ensure maximum availability for participants. The course will be run twice.

  • Session 1: Introduction to the role of Line Producer | Budgeting and Scheduling
  • Session 2: Recruiting Crew | Negotiating for Equipment and Facilities
  • Session 3: Scheduling
  • Session 4: Health and Safety
  • Session 5: Managing Artist and Crew
  • Session 6: Relationship with key team | Crisis Management | Wrap up and reflections

50% of participants (up to 12) will be able to access funded placements on live-action children’s productions. There will be ongoing support for participants during their placement.

The course is aimed at those who are committed to a career in live-action Children’s TV:

  • and have approximately 5 or more years professional experience in the industry – you could be working in:
    • children’s
    • scripted or
    • unscripted
  • and be currently working as any of:
    • Production manager
    • Assistant Producer
    • Location Manager
    • Production Accountant

Please note: if you are looking to transfer into Children’s from another genre we will be looking for demonstrable commitment to building your career in Children’s TV.

This training course is a fast-track opportunity for individuals who are looking to make Line Producer in live-action Children’s TV the next step in their career.

Course content includes:

  • Introduction to the role of Line Producer
  • Budgeting and Cost Reporting
  • Recruiting Crew
  • Negotiating for Equipment and Facilities
  • Scheduling – with support of 1st AD
  • Health and Safety
  • Managing Artists and Crew
  • Child licencing
  • Relationship with production accountant
  • Relationship with all departments
  • Dealing with commissioning company
  • Expectations of production company

By the end of this training course participants will have :

  • been trained by respected and established colleagues;
  • an in depth understanding of the role and responsibilities of a Line Producer
  • learned how to position themselves within both the operational and the creative process;
  • shared their knowledge, experience and concerns with colleagues and peers;
  • had the benefit of a peer support network;

This course will run ONLINE twice. We are currently inviting applications for the following dates:

Group 1: 6 x 3 hour online sessions – mornings 09.30 – 12.30

  • Saturday 29th January 2022
  • Sunday 30th January 2022
  • Saturday 5th February 2022
  • Sunday 6th February 2022
  • Saturday 12th February 2022
  • Sunday 13th February 2022

Group 2: 6 x 3 hour online sessions – mornings 09.30 – 12.30

  • Wednesday 23rd February 2022
  • Thursday 24th February 2022
  • Wednesday 2nd March 2022
  • Thursday 3rd March 2022
  • Wednesday 9th March 2022
  • Thursday 10th March 2022

Deadlines

  • Applications for course 1 close – 11pm on Sunday 8th January 2022 – they will be assessed on a rolling basis so early applications are encouraged
  • Notifications – by Wednesday 12th January 2022
  • Confirmation of attendance – Wednesday 19th January 2022

If you are unable to attend the current dates please do submit an application form and we will keep you informed if we open up further training dates.

About the placements

Upto 12 placements will be available as part of this training course . Participants who complete the course will be invited to express an interest in a placement.

The Children’s TV Skills Fund will contribute up to £10,000 for each placement offered. Productions must be contributing to the Fund in order to benefit from placement funding. Placements will be for a minimum of 10 weeks.

Placements are expected to take start within 3 months of taking the course. We expect placements to be from a mix of live action Children’s TV genres with a focus given to Drama and Entertainment. Placements will be sought across the nations and regions.

This course is delivered by HETV and film Industry Professionals and sector experts

Alison Grade | Course Director

Alison runs Mission Accomplished and regularly delivers training for ScreenSkills. She is an experienced Line Producer and Production Manager as well as a Nesta Accredited Creative Enterprise Trainer. She regularly delivers training that enables creatives to demystify and take charge of the numbers! She is the Course Director and part of the training team. Her company Mission Accomplished regularly delivers training for ScreenSkills.

Alan Fairholm | Course Tutor

Alan is an experienced Line Producer who started his career at Tyne Tees Television before moving to Zenith Entertainment where he worked across a large number of projects, firstly as a production accountant but quickly moving across to production management, Line Producer, Production Executive and finally as the Director of Production, working with all the UK Broadcasters. In 2006 he became freelance working as both a Production Executive and Line Producer. In 2009 he was approached by BBC Children’s to set up the production hub in the North East that went on to produce Award winning series including Tracy Beaker Returns, Wolfblood and The Dumping Ground which is still in production and is one of CBBC’s most popular shows. He is currently working with BBC Children’s as a Consultant Line Producer.

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This project is supported by the ScreenSkills Children’s TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK children’s TV productions.

Please note:

This course would normally cost participants £200, but thanks to funding from the ScreenSkills Children’s TV Skills fund, it is currently being offered to you free.

If you fail to attend we reserve the right to request reimbursement of costs, unless your place can be taken by someone else.

Applications are now open. Please complete the form below and we will be in touch on a rolling basis.