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Opportunity| Welcome Back: helping BAME professionals get back into TV


welcome backReposted from BBC Academy 

Bookings are now open for Welcome Back - a brand new free event for BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) professionals on 5 November at BBC New Broadcasting House in London.

Delivered by the BBC Academy in partnership with The TV Collective and Creative Skillset, the event is open to 50 BAME professionals seeking to return to the television industry.

The last Creative Skillset census found that BAME representation in the creative industries has seen "a decline from 12,250 in 2009 to 10,300 in 2012. BAME people represented 7.4% of the total workforce in 2006, compared to 6.7% in 2009 and 5.4% in 2012".

A packed day will offer informative and insightful panel sessions, hands-on training and exclusive one to one networking opportunities

With this statistic in mind, Welcome Back aims to encourage, equip and empower BAME professionals to re-enter the TV industry with renewed confidence and up to date knowledge. The event will also provide a chance to network with industry execs and to gain practical help, inspiration and advice.

A packed day will offer a series of informative and insightful panel sessions, hands-on training and exclusive one to one networking opportunities with industry talent managers and series/exec producers. Danny Cohen, BBC director of Television will open the day and sessions will give access to senior figures from broadcasters and indies talking on a variety of subjects, such as career strategy, the commissioning process and the business of television.

By the end of the day, delegates will have the contacts, confidence and information to help them step back into television. 

This day is a Creative Skillset funded initiative and is supported by the TV Skills Fund.

For more information on the itinerary and how to apply, click here

Good luck! 

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Send your script to the BBC – Script Room now open for submissions

Deadline: 5pm December 16th 2013

BBC writersroom provides a unique open-door at the BBC for writers called The Script Room. 

The Script Room is a place where you can send your script to be assessed by our team of experienced readers. This is not a free script-reading service, but a means by which the BBC seeks out the best new writing talent, offering writers without a track record, representation, or contacts the opportunity to have their work considered by the BBC. Shortlisted writers will go forward to access a range of development opportunities with BBC writersroom. The window for submitting scripts will be open from November 18th 2013 until 5pm on December 16th 2013.

What we accept:

There are strict rules on what is and isn't accepted, so before sending in anything please read the Terms & Conditions before submitting.

How to submit:

Submissions to the Script Room should now be made online via the brand new e-submissions system here – Submit your script online.

Please read the E-submissions FAQs for full guidelines on how the new system works.  All scripts must be formatted as PDFs.If you are unable to submit online, please email to request a cover sheet no later than 3 weeks ahead of the Script Room deadline.

Deadline: 5pm, December 16th 2013

Find more information click here.

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BBC Three Launches Fresh Online for New Documentary Filmmaking Talent

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Reposted from BBC Media Centre

BBC Three has announced the launch of an exciting new initiative to find aspiring directors of the future with the creation of Fresh Online - a BBC online space which will showcase the country's best short-form documentaries.

Fresh Online will invite aspiring factual filmmakers to produce and submit their short films, which will then be showcased on a new Fresh Online website due to go live later this summer. The website will provide a platform for aspiring filmmakers to get their work seen, while also becoming the ‘go to’ place for BBC Three audiences interested in documentaries. A collaboration between BBC Three, BBC Documentaries and BBC Learning, Fresh Online will sit alongside the Fresh new directors scheme already run by BBC Three.

Zai Bennett, Controller of BBC Three, says: “I’m thrilled with the success of documentaries on BBC Three – from BAFTA-winning Our War and the Body Image season to the recent success of The Call Centre, the channel is committed to delivering documentaries on a diverse range of topics specifically for a younger audience. The Fresh directors scheme for up-and-coming filmmakers has played a vital role in BBC Three’s factual offering, and now we’ll be extending that with Fresh Online aimed at finding the directors of the future."

Fresh Online was announced at Sheffield Doc/Fest by Charlotte Moore, Commissioning Editor for Documentaries: “Fresh Online is a chance for us to find raw talent and the next generation of filmmakers. We’re looking for people who have stories to tell and something to say about the age we’re living in. Free from the pressures of schedules, budgets and viewing figures, it’s a chance to experiment, to create short films and to become part of a community of documentary makers in this country. It could be your first step on the road to an Oscar! We’re looking for films between two and 10 minutes long which give an insight into what’s really important for young people in today’s Britain."

For more information on Fresh Online visit


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Hollywood Director/Producer Tim Reid Hosts Film Making Course at the BFI

Date: 4th February to 16th February 2013

Course cost: Subsidised price of £100 before 18th January and £150 thereafter

Application criteria: filmmakers of a BME background are eligible

Deadline for applications: 25th January 

Multi-award Winning  Actor, Director & Producer TIM REID will present a 2-week intensive Filmmakers Workshop in partnership with the BFI Southbank [British Film Institute]  between Feburary 4th and February 16, 2013

The workshop creates a unique exchange where participants collaborate with top Hollywood and UK industry professionals to refine their filmmaking skills. The participants will culminate the programme by producing their own short narrative film to be screened at the end of the workshop in front of a UK audience.

Under the guidance of Director/Producer, Tim Reid, the participants will be exposed to the expert advice of other established industry professionals such as: award-winning cinematographer John Simmons, ASC, Ken Roy, a producer and post-production supervisor. Various UK industry professionals will also join the group to cover directing actors, marketing and promotion. Tim Reid aims to bring about more interaction amongst filmmakers of African descent globally. 


  1. The course will run from Monday – Friday between February 4th – February 16th
  2. To apply applicants must submit a CV and examples of their work to LMI at stating their suitability for the scheme. Deadline 25th Jan 2012.
  3. Filmmakers of a BME background are eligible to apply. The 2-week LMI Workshop is available for a subsidised price of £100 before 18th January and £150 thereafter.  

​The Legacy Media Institute (LMI) is based in Virginia, USA. LMI was created as a support system for diverse, independent film artists with a state-of-the-art facility providing training in filmmaking, business and media production.


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Channel 4 Launches Graduate Scheme for Future Leaders

Reposted from Channel 4 Press website

Channel 4 have announced  the Channel 4 Graduate Programme, which will offer graduate students hands on experience at the centre of the organisation whilst bolstering their CV with a Skillset Creative Media Leadership MA. The pilot programme opens for applicants in July 2012.

Three successful applicants will work within either the channel's Marketing & Communications department or Audience Technologies & Insight department for 20 months, gaining valuable experience within these business areas as well as a wider view of Channel 4 and the UK media industry.

In addition, successful applicants will have the opportunity to earn a post graduate qualification from Skillset in Creative Media Leadership, this will include modules in Media Strategy and Intellectual Property and Monetisation. To fulfil the MA, participants will complete a live Channel 4 project within their department.

Each Graduate will be assigned a member of the Channel 4 Executive team as a mentor who will guide them through the programme and further development their leadership qualities. Coaching will be provided by Rosie Ranganathan, Head of HR.

The Graduate Programme supports Channel 4's commitment to pushing the UK media industry to the forefront of the global industry by nurturing the leaders of tomorrow, ensuring they are equipped with the necessary skills and experience for success.

Channel 4 is committed to diversity of supply and as well as arming graduates with the tools needed to succeed in the media industry the programme will provide Channel 4 with fresh ideas from the rising stars of the television industry.

The Graduate Programme compliments Channel 4's existing schemes which include apprenticeships, internships, the Production Trainee Scheme and the Investigative Journalism Scheme.

Diane Herbert, Channel 4 Director of HR said: "Our initiatives help build careers for people passionate about working in the media industry regardless of experience or background. We're incredibly focussed on offering opportunities for people at different stages of their career, from all walks of life and truly reflecting the diversity of today's Britain within the Channel."

Gill Whitehead, Channel 4 Director of Audience Technologies and Insight said: "AT&I's team of analysts are leveraging big data to deeply understand our viewers in a world where TV viewing devices are digitally connected. The skills necessary are in very high demand and we want to nurture a new generation of talent, helping graduates develop highly sought after analytical skills, and applying them to the broadcast sector in a way that has never been done before."

Dan Brooke, Channel 4 Director of Marketing and Communications said: "Channel 4's award-winning Marketing and Communications department is top of the class for edgy, creative communications. The graduate scheme is a first class opportunity to learn from the people who make it all happen."

For more information on the Skillset Creative Leadership Award visit:

Also keep an eye on the Channel 4 jobs website to see when applications for the graduate scheme open:


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Creative Access – Paid Internships in the Creative Industries for BAME Talent!



New Deal of the Mind is working with Creative Access to provide opportunites for paid internships in the creative industries for young people from under-represented black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. The industries covered include FILM, ADVERTISING, PERFORMING ARTS, PUBLISHING, JOURNALISM, TV and RADIO. The scheme is being sponsored by the CEOs of many of the UK’s leaders in these fields (including ITV, Channel 4, Wall to Wall, HarperCollins, All3Media, Studio Lambert, Shine, Fresh One, Somethin’ Else, Two Four Media, Juniper TV, Mentorn etc) and will offer more than 300 internships / graduate roles in 2012-13.

Participants will receive information and access to:

  • More than 300 internships / graduate roles in the creative industries in 2012 – 2013.
  • Support from NDotM Staff including; creative sector employability skills workshops, help and advice to increase your chance of job success and mock interviews if you are selected by a Creative Access Partner for an interview.
  • Networking with other Creative Access members and information sessions covering all of the work of NDotM and the realities of working in the creative sector.

To be considered for the shceme, all you need to do is send an e-mail to and answer a short questionnaire (it will only take 5 minutes to complete). Once it has been received, you will be send information about Creative Access opportunities.

For more information, please click here.

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Channel 4’s Production Trainee Scheme Now Open for Applications

How can Channel 4 de-mystify the current myths about forging carees in media and make our industry more accessible and attractive to a diverse workforce? 

The plan that the 4Talent team hatched was to encourage established media companies to offer 12 month training programs which would be part sponsored by Channel 4.  Since 2003 we have successfully collaborated with a number of large scale media companies, including Diverse Productions, Objective, Raw, Company Pictures (makers of Shameless), Bwark (The Inbetweeners), Fresh One (Jamie Oliver) and Endemol.  

The roles are fully paid, and trainees will receive full time mentoring, training at Channel 4 and the opportunity to establish a network for themselves across the  industry.

Past trainees have worked in placements of up to 12 months as researchers, production co-ordinators, junior developers and assistant editors.  Past successes include a trainee becoming a Director on Hollyoaks. 


Current vacancies include:

Dragonfly – Trainee Production Co-ordinator – London

Keo – Trainee Production Co-ordinator – Glasgow

Matchlight – Trainee Researcher – Glasgow

Waddell – Trainee Researcher or Trainee Production Co-ordinator – Belfast


To apply and find out more information about the roles available this year, click here

Deadline: 22nd June 2012


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BBC Writersroom Launches ‘The Comedy Studio’ with the Cultural Diversity Network!

Reposted from The TV Collective


There is a prevailing problem in the industry when it comes to finding, keeping and developing Black and Minority Ethnic writers for TV and Radio Comedy.  The Comedy Studio is a targeted development scheme, working across the industry and broadcasters, bringing together a group of up to ten of the most talented writers with a real commitment to narrative Comedy.

The idea for this unique opportunity was conceived  by the Writersroom when the BBC’s Black and Asian Forum (BBAF) produced “An Audience with the Real McCoy”, an event to celebrate 21 years of the comedy sketch show and  look at  why it was so successful and how we could aspire to set up an initiative to seek out writers and new ideas.

Vice-Chair of the BBAF, Michelle Matheson says:  “It was brilliant to be able to celebrate the talents of the cast and production on The Real McCoy and use that as springboard to find new writers with fresh ideas…I’m even more thrilled that the initiative is now taking off and look forward to seeing what comes out of it.”

Kate Rowland, the BBC’s Creative Director, New Writing says: “ New talent and particularly writers are at the heart of  great comedy. BBC Writersroom recognises that certain writers are not  making their mark in the industry, so we hope that  ComedyStudio will give these  writers the time and space to interrogate their ideas working closely with BBC Comedy,  to create exciting new work.”

Selected writers will take part in a three/four day residential in Kent, between 15th – 18th October, where they can develop their ideas, craft and network with other writers and producers across the Comedy industry. This is a scheme for talented writers on the cusp of a career in television or radio, and as such applicants will need to have some form of professional experience under their belt – eg a full commission, production or professional showcase in theatre, radio, film or TV.

Writers must submit an original calling card script (written for any medium – TV, film, stage, radio), a comedy idea they would like to develop (at least one paragraph, and up to one page), and a biog or brief CV of previous experience. Writers will be selected on the basis of the ability shown in their script and the potential for development shown in their idea.

Email submissions with the subject header ‘CDN The Comedy Studio’ to:

This scheme is supported by CDN, BAAF, BBC Comedy Commissioning and The TV Collective.

UPDATE: The deadline for submissions has been extended to 9am on Monday 6th August – do not miss out on this great opportunity. 


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Steve November Head of Continuing Drama At ITV Talks Diversity & Opportunities for New Writers

The TV Collective recently interviewed Steve November, the Head of Continuing Drama at ITV, to discuss diversity, the future of ITV Drama and opportunities for new writers. 


Steve, tell us about your role as Head of Continuing Drama?

I am part of the ITV Drama commissioning team for the ITV network. I primarily take responsibility for continuing and long running dramas such as the soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street, Midsomer Murders, Law and Order, DCI Banks, Poirot, and Case Sensitive.  I also oversee some of our new dramas so it’s quite a broad slate of drama production.


You have recently launched a new writers’ scheme for BAME writers. Can you tell us the inspirations behind it?

The scheme grew out of discussions around ITV and was very much orchestrated by Miranda Wayland and Tanya Mukherjee, from our Diversity department, focusing on our responsibilities and activities in various areas of diversity. One of the things we were keen to do was to move things forward. There has been a lot of well intentioned discussion around these issues but it hasn’t always translated into productive action very quickly. We thought it was important to get something going that had a direct affect.

I think the problem is a lot to do with perception, and we need to break down the perception of television in general as being something of a closed shop. The notion that you have to know somebody, have a contact, or come from a certain type of background, all contributes toward a certain misconception about TV. Some of these perceptions hold water, but on the whole it isn’t true.

ITV is a commercial channel and we need to connect with and appeal to the biggest and broadest audience as possible and also represent our viewers, which also means having various different voices behind the scenes.

We hope to achieve this in a twofold way: first – to create access and opportunities in areas which have previously been considered as difficult to break into, and secondly to encourage talent from diverse ethnic backgrounds to think about television, and writing for ITV as a possible destination for them. One of our aims is to make people realise that TV writing is open to them, it is open to everybody, it is very meritocratic and ITV should be their first port of call. We want those diverse voices; we want to create a range of talent behind the camera to represent our audiences. This is not altruism; this is a genuine commercial tactic to engage with the broadest audience possible.

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Event| RTS Futures – Pitching in the Den: How to Get an Idea Commissioned

Date: Tuesday 29th May

Location: Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London, W1W 6JJ

Time: 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start

Price: £10.00 for RTS Futures Members (see below for how to book and become a member)

Have you got a hit TV idea? Not sure how to pitch it or who to pitch to?

Then come along to our interactive Dragon’s Den pitching session where you’ll find out everything you need to know about creating the perfect pitch and get the opportunity to meet those with the power to put your idea on screen.

TV Dragon and presenter Theo Paphitis hosts a unique session that’ll give YOU the chance to pitch YOUR ideas to five of the country’s most powerful channel commissioners and controllers.

Whether it’s a documentary idea you’re bursting to explore, a game show you think could make you a million or a brand new factual-entertainment format that’ll change the way we watch TV, then this is a chance to show off your creative talent to the very best in the business.

We want to hear your ideas ahead of the event because we’ll be choosing six lucky RTS Futures members to pitch their ideas to our panel. The panel will then choose one overall winner – whose idea showed the most promise – to be given a one week work experience placement with independent production company Twenty Twenty Television (makers of The World’s Strictest Parents and The Choir) to professionally work up and pitch their idea, and who knows, maybe even get it commissioned!

For our audience, you’ll find out what each channel is looking for and what makes a good idea and get a lesson in pitching from Theo himself. If anyone knows how to present an idea that can’t be refused it’s a Dragon.

Don’t miss this exciting and exclusive RTS Futures event and the chance to meet our panel:

  • Dominic Bird, Formats Channel 4
  • David Glover, Factual Channel 4
  • Angela Jain, Controller ITV2
  • Tom Edwards, Features/Factual Entertainment BBC
  • Phil Edgar Jones, Entertainment Sky

How to Book

This event is open to all RTS Futures members but is designed for those with no more than two years’ television experience.  The cost is £10.00.  To book a place you (and any guest/s you book a place for) MUST be a member of RTS Futures.  If you are an existing member please phone the Events Department on 020 7822 2820 with your Credit/Debit Card ready or email providing your name, postal address, email address and phone number (we will then contact you to request credit card details), otherwise please register as a member at before attempting to book.  Please note that tickets can only be purchased in advance and will NOT be available on the door.


For pitching and commissioning tips from expert Nicola Lees, check out her Scene Profiles pieces here and here

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