Try the BBC Academy

If you have not yet discovered it, have a long look at the BBC Academy website, and in particular the College of Production. There is a wealth of useful information about working in broadcasting, and not just in the BBC.

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Guerilla Film Makers’ Masterclass

From Chris Jones:

The Guerilla Film Makers Masterclass 2013: Rise Of The Micro Crew is a two day event designed to get you making YOUR movie NOW! It will help you avoid mistakes, it will save you money and it will guide you through the seemingly infinite choices that lay ahead…

When – June 15th / 16th
Where – Regents College, central London
How much – £79 early bird (£135 normal price)

Full details

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New internships at Channel 4

From Martyn Thayne:

I have just come across some great intern and training opportunities that Channel 4 are running:

Production Trainee Programme

Production Training Talk

Continuity Internship

BAFTA crew

BAFTA Crew is a professional network that gives you access to the best established film industry talent and a network of fellow professionals.

Are you working in film or TV production or post-production in the English Regions? Do you want to join a professional network that will help to launch your career in the industry? If so, then join BAFTA Crew, a new group for the brightest crew talent in the English regions.

Deadline for applications February 18, 2013. Apply here.

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BAFTA survey responders criticise TV careers advice

Thanks to LSM graduate Jordan Livermore for this story:

“A new research report released today by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) reveals that young people are needlessly being discouraged from pursuing a career in film, television or games – with talented young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds and women at particular risk of being lost to these industries. Careers in film, television and games are popular first choices amongst young people………  However, one in five (20%) of all respondents found accessing careers advice difficult or impossible, and ……. the majority (64%) felt the advice was too general and almost half (49%) felt the advisor did not know enough about the industry in question.” Continue reading

Take the Fast Train North

This is a free training day for media freelancers in digital, radio & television, to be held in MediaCityUK on Tuesday 20th Nov 2012.

The day is produced in partnership with the BBC Academy and Creative Skillset. Many leading training providers (DV Talent, Indie Training Fund, BECTU, ITV, Futureworks, The Farm, Grand Scheme Media, BBC Writers Room, and others) are coming together to provide a free training day for TV freelancers. To be eligible, you must have been a media professional for a minimum of two years and/or have three broadcast credits to your name and be employed on a short term or freelance contract. You must verify your work history in the mandatory section to be considered for a place.

The day is backed by Pact, Bectu, Broadcast magazine, broadcasters and many independent production companies.

Full details and application

BBC Drama Production Writers Academy 2012

From Marcella Forster:

Do you want to write for EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City and Doctors? Do you want training across BBC One’s flagship shows and a springboard to write across the entire range of the BBC’s drama output?

Read all about this opportunity

Please let us know if you get the job!

Darren Scales Update

Hi there, Daz Scales here from Backyard Productions, a fan film group from the UK.  I also graduated with Masters in Media Production thanks to the University of Lincoln.

You might be interested to know that I am producing a series of video diaries of the production process. As well as detailing the progress I also pass on my ‘wisdom’ of making films for free (well almost free). 

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Producer wanted (Nottingham)

From Andrew Ogden at Broadcast Media Services:

“… is the annual job opportunity at BMS! This time I am looking for a Producer, so likely to be a graduate of yours with at least a couple of years’ experience of the professional working environment.”

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BBC College of Production

Thanks Tom!

From Tom Nicholls:

Short and fun clips covering some key skills and tips in TV & Radio Production are now available at

Essential viewing and in handy bitesize chunks.
For example: