Category Archives: TV Opportunities

Opportunity | Get Funding for your Short Film with Film London


London Calling and London Calling Plus are back! Building on over a decade of experience and numerous industry and festival awards, Film London's annual short film schemes will produce 20 films this year. Both initiatives offer far more than production funding; the schemes also deliver a comprehensive programme of training and expert mentoring, helping to nurture and champion the capital’s most exciting new and diverse breakthrough talent.

Shorts produced through last year's scheme include the BAFTA nominated Three Brothers, actor Riz Ahmed's Sundance–selected directorial debut Daytimer and LSFF and Aspen Shortsfest winning Two Dosas.

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Opportunity | Get Ready for a Career Behind the Lens with TriForce Creative Network & Creative Skillset


Interested in working behind the camera on TV projects such as Humans, Poldark, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Jekyll and Hyde, Mr Selfridge and This is England 90? The TCN have teamed up with Creative Skillset to support emerging talent from under-represented backgrounds getting into training placements in TV. Trainee Finder covers all areas behind the camera, from sound to the art department to lighting and hair and make-up.

Through the Trainee Finder programme production companies across the UK get the chance to hire the best trainees in the business. Trainee Finder is closed to general applications right now, but by coming through the TCN programme you can still apply.

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Want to write comedy for TV? WriterSlam submissions now open


Building on the success of  the MonologueSlam UK initiative for actors, WriterSlam UK is an initiative to help TV production companies and broadcasters access new and established writers from diverse backgrounds and support them in their career development, providing tangible outcomes for participants with a structured and accessible programme over 2015.

The second WriterSlam will take place on 19th November at Theatre Royal Stratford East and is supported by Creative Skillset, Tiger Aspect, ITV, ITV Studios, BBC and Hat Trick. You might have literary representation, you might not. You might have written for theatre, or for short film, in your bedroom, or even just in your own head. ANYONE can enter.

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Opportunity | Apply for BBC’s ‘New Director’ Scheme


In collaboration with Creative Skillset and Directors UKBBC Writersroom and BBC Drama have put together a new ‘on-the-job’ training scheme for directors early in their career.

Over the next year, 12 drama directors will be mentored on one of the 4 flagship continuing dramas (EastEnders, Holby City, Doctors & Casualty); and, as part of their training, they will receive a full credit on one episode of their assigned programme.  If the director has shown that they can meet the standards required, the show aims to hire them within 9 months for a full directorial commission. 

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Opportunity | Join GoThinkBig’s Film Production Crew


GoThinkBig is looking for aspiring directors, producers, screenwriters, cinematographers, sound mixers, editors and production desigers to join their film-making crew. See below for more information:

Only 14% of UK films were directed by women. And of those, just 14% had female writers behind them.*

GoThinkBig thinks it's time to shift the balance. We're looking for talented young men and women who feel the same to join our crew.

We're looking for 3 crews of 18-24 year olds to join a week long film making experience from 8-15 October at the BFI London Film Festival. You'll have the amazing opportunity to write, shoot and direct a short film based on the theme ‘The Time Is Now’, inspired by the rally-cry of new film SUFFRAGETTE. the film was written, directed and produced by a female team and hits cinemas on 12 october.

To help you make it, top talent from the BFI Film Academy will show you the ropes in everything from writing and storyboarding to directing and operating the cameras.

And when the film's ready, you'll get a chance to see it unveiled during a screening of SUFFRAGETTE at the BFI London Film Festival.

To apply, click here

Job Alert| Runner Position at Lightbox Media



Lightbox Media is a new TV and Media company dedicated to producing the highest quality non fiction content for the international market. There is a current vacancy for a runner; the contract is 6 months with the possibility of promotion afterwards. Lightbox have signed up to the CDN diversity pledge and are very keen to meet and recruit people from all areas of life. Please see job description and details on how to apply below:

Job Specification

  • The Runner position at Lightbox is an entry level position. LB has signed up for the CDN pledge and we are keen to meet and recruit people from all areas of life. The successful candidate will be given a LB mentor who will help and guide during the contract and will ensure that during the contracted period, the runner gets introduced to all departments and production activities. 
  • 6 month contract, paid, @£400/week plus oystercard zones 1-4 


  • To assist the Director of Operations and Production Managers with all administrative duties to ensure the smooth running of the relevant production(s)
  • To assist the Office Manager with all administrative duties to ensure the smooth running of the office


  • To Director of Operations and Production Managers. Works closely with Office Manager 


  • Working to the Production Managers and Production Co-Ordinators to ensure efficient administration within the production(s). 
  • Clean driving licence essential as some driving work included for location filming
  • Office reception work – answer telephones, meet & greet, photocopying, transcript typing, order stationery and couriers, arrange and cater for meetings
  • Assist the Office Manager – set up new starters on computers; troubleshoot IT problems; maintain print supplies for printers and photocopier; order kitchen and toilet supplies; liaise with contractors.

Unusual Challenges/Circumstances:

  • Long hours on occasion during busy periods of production and where necessary to ensure smooth running of the production process. 
  • Some Location and Weekend work.

Person specification:

  • An ability to communicate effectively with all people within and outside the company, both verbally and in writing as appropriate. 
  • Ability to pay attention to detail as well as take an overview of the situation.
  • Experience of working as part of a team, maintaining good working relationships and knowing when to refer to others. 
  • A good operational knowledge of computer systems and editing software. 
  • Knowledge of and experience in handing cameras, domestic and professional ones.
  • An ability to adapt to changing priorities and circumstances as appropriate (this may include working flexible hours or weekend working depending on deadlines). 
  • An ability to work well in a high-pressure environment, working to tight deadlines.
  • Maintaining integrity and discretion despite pressure from time and peers. 
  • Knowing who/where to go in order to get what you need. 
  • Giving help, advice and information to others as needed. 
  • Capacity to multi-task over several on-going projects or areas of production and able to define priorities. 
  • Confidence to recognise and deal with arising problems. 
  • The ability to think clearly, logically and objectively. 
  • Passionate about film and tv production, a desire to be part of it, and to do well.

To apply, email your C.V. to:

Good luck!

BAFTA Seeks Crew Members for Skills Development Programme


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced the call for applications for BAFTA Crew, the professional networking and skills development programme for below-the-line film and television practitioners. Applications are open at to individuals from across the UK and, for the first time, to professionals living in London. The deadline for applications is Thursday 19 May 2015.

BAFTA Crew aims to support career progression by connecting crew talent with their peers and established industry figures throughout the country. The initiative is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Funds, and run in partnership with Creative England in the English regions.

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Job Alert| Channel 4 Is Looking For On & Off Screen Diversity Executives


Channel 4 are looking for people to fill two new roles: On-Screen Diversity Executive and Off-Screen Diversity Executive. See below for more information: 

There’s a lot of chatter about diversity. Now it’s time to change things.

Yes, our programming has done a lot to reshape how people think about diversity through the years. Think Educating the East End. Cucumber. The 2012 Paralympics. The Undateables. But now we’re taking it a whole lot further. Our 360° Diversity Charter will put diversity at the heart of everything we do, on and off-screen. You’ll be key to making that happen – by working closely with indies and our own commissioning teams, supporting them to deliver our strategy. And by making sure that disabled, BAME, LGBT and socially disadvantaged people can access all kinds of roles at all levels. So use your passion for bringing Britain’s diverse creative talent into TV. Change Channel 4 – and our industry – for good.

On-Screen Diversity Executive: As well as a strong broadcasting background, you’ll need brilliant networking skills and experience of working with indies.

Off-Screen Diversity Executive: A good knowledge of the indie sector is a must, plus the ability to partner businesses in creating bespoke diversity solutions and initiatives.

To find out more and apply, visit

Closing date: 24 April 2015.

Good luck!


ITV1 This Morning – Makeover Casting Call


Do you lurk in the shadows of your glamorous sister? Does she steal the limelight with her stylish wardrobe and amazing figure? Do you want to be transformed for a special event? If this sounds like you fear no more. This Morning are here with their very own ‘Fairy Gok Mother’ ready to twirl his wand and give you the perfect makeover. Cinderella will go to the ball! If you want a makeover this Friday, get in touch by 1pm Wednesday 18th March 2015.

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Opportunity| Open newsroom day hosted by CDN


Reposted from Broadcast

Broadcasters will open up their newsrooms to 500 budding journalists and news producers from under-represented backgrounds in an event organised by the Creative Diversity Network (CDN).

The CDN Open Newsroom Day will be held on 16 October in the regional and London newsrooms of the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, ITN, Sky and CNN. Those attending will take part in workshops and will learn about the range of skills needed for news production.

The CDN has contacted various institutions such as schools, colleges and local groups to ask them to put forward suitable individuals with an interest in carving out a career in news.

Senior editorial figures within the broadcasters were brought together to devise the day alongside the CDN News Industry Working Group.

Michael Jermey, chair of the CDN News Industry Working Group and ITV director of news and current affairs said: “There has been a huge amount of enthusiasm across the broadcasters to offer a really enjoyable and informative day, with real access and insight, demonstrating a joint commitment across all members to open our doors to aspiring journalists from under-represented backgrounds.”

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