Developing Skills and Talent in the Creative Industries
Here you can find help and advice on the creative film / video and moving image industries. This comprehensive guide includes a list of links related to: careers, communities, courses, developing skills, funding, jobs and work experience.
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Want to break into the screen industry but don’t know where to start? Visit ScreenSkills to learn what to study, how to choose a relevant degree, get an apprenticeship or become a trainee, and how to approach employers
Need a portfolio that demonstrates your creativity? Visit ScreenSkills for advice on developing your portfolio in Animation, Costume, Games, Sound, Showreel, Visual Effects, Writing, & more.
Wondering what roles are available working in Film & TV Drama, Visual Effects (VFX), Games, Animation & Unscripted TV? Visit ScreenSkills to explore job profiles in the screen industry
Want to work in TV, be on TV, or pitch to TV? The Want to Work in Television website has useful advice, from pitching to running to acting
Interested in becoming TV or Film Production Runner? Visit the National Careers Service to find out about Production Runner careers
Interested in becoming a Producer? Up-and-coming producers and relevant senior crew will now be able to access a new bespoke Producer’s Handbook. The resource addresses some of the paperwork and jargon queries that producers may encounter when starting out in their new role and provides them with a handy reference guide to help them navigate their new grade. Visit ScreenSkills to read their Handbook to Support High-end TV Producers
ScreenSkills Masterclasses: Screen industry greats talk candidly about the secrets of their careers from their homes. TV commissioners reveal what makes a good pitch. Craftspeople share their top tips for success. These are videos of events commissioned during the coronavirus lockdown to encourage freelancers from the film, TV and animation industries in the time of crisis. Visit ScreenSkills to access the masterclasses.
Supporting Film Industry Resources
Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF): Founded in 2011, it’s an international film festival which takes place annually in York, UK, at the beginning of November. It a celebration of independent film from around the world, and an outlet for supporting and championing filmmaking. The festival is a BAFTA-Qualifying short film festival. This means that if your short film is screened or accepted into two or more of the BAFTA-Qualifying festivals, it may be eligible for a BAFTA. For further details, see the BAFTA website. ASFF is a hotbed for talent discovery and a key annual event for emerging and established filmmakers to meet alongside industry professionals. British and international films are in competition in their category for an award, alongside the Best of Festival Award, Audience Award and Best Screenplay. The festival programme is curated and culturally rich. We believe that great filmmaking has the power to change lives. Films have gone on to win awards at BAFTA and the Oscars as well as other festivals such Sundance, SXSW amongst others. Each year, ASFF attracts thousands of entries. One of the UK’s most exciting site-specific events, ASFF showcases over 400 international films from emerging and established filmmakers in various venues across the city of York. The programme also includes industry masterclasses, networking sessions and panel discussions. Visit the ASFF website to find out how you can get involved in the festival, or how to submit your film(s).
British Film Institute: (BFI): The UK’s lead organisation for film, television and the moving image who actively seek out and support the next generation of filmmakers. Visit the BFI website to find out about their courses, internships, jobs, and funding for film projects.
Creative England: They uncover, connect and back the best original storytellers; driving diversity, collaboration and growth in the creative screen industries. To nurture diversity and champion the best talent in the games, TV, film and digital media industries they provide direct investment and loans in addition to business mentoring. Visit Creative England to find out more about loans and business mentoring.
Film & TV Charity: The charity working behind the scenes of the UK film, TV and cinema industry founded in 1924. From research to writing, through casting and production, to editing, sales, distribution and exhibition, they support the lives of everyone involved. Today they offer a wide range of financial, practical and emotional support to people who have talent, spark and dedication … and yet find obstacles in their way. If you give your time and talent to film, TV or cinema, they’re here for you. Visit the Film & TV Charity’s website to find out more about how they can support you.
Film Hub North: A network of organisations committed to fostering a vibrant, flourishing film culture in the North of England. Led in partnership by HOME, Manchester, Showroom Cinema, Sheffield and Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne, we support and represent a wide-ranging group of exhibitors and filmmakers throughout the region. We award National Lottery funds on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network and BFI NETWORK. We provide funding and training that helps exhibitors expand their reach, develops local filmmaking talent and, ultimately, ensures that audiences in the North have access to a rich variety of cinema. Examples of their funding include talent development funding to help you make films, and exhibition funding to help you in screen films. Visit Film Hub North’s website to find out more about how they can support you.
Into Film: The annual Into Film Festival is the largest youth-focused film festival in the world. Curriculum-linked films are screened for free across the UK, with guest speakers and chances to meet with filmmaking professionals.The annual Into Film Awards celebrates young filmmaking talent, with categories designed to highlight the large pool of young creatives in the UK. They provide 5-19 year olds with inspiring opportunities to learn about and with film, and develop a passion for cinema. Visit Into Film to find out more about their opportunities and the Into Film Awards.
PACT: The trade association representing the commercial interests of UK independent television, film, digital, children’s and animation media companies. Pact supports its members with legal and business affairs advice and support, as well as a wide range of services and campaign work. Visit PACT to find out more about this trade association.
ScreenSkills: The industry-led skills body for the screen industries who work across the UK to ensure that film, television, VFX (visual effects), animation and games have the skills and talent they need. Visit ScreenSkills to find out about their apprenticeships, bursaries, career development, industry insight, mentoring, training and other opportunities.
Screen Yorkshire: Their ambition is to grow a world-class screen industries hub of international significance in the Yorkshire and Humber region. They deliver this vision by investing financially in productions; developing talent to create a skilled workforce; building best-in-class studios and fostering Yorkshire’s global reputation as an outstanding location for creatives. Visit Screen Yorkshire to find out more about their funding, training and other opportunities.
Sheffield Doc/Fest: An annual international film and arts festival and marketplace, with a mission to spark imaginations and empower our collective capacity for change through celebrating, championing and debating documentary film and art as a collective form of engagement. Through supporting and sharing non-fiction storytelling, Doc/Fest aims to provide a creative space for discovery, challenge and collaboration. As an internationalist and inclusive festival, we embody a commitment to equality and access for all our communities, bringing together established creatives, new voices, and our host city to shape and question stories of the world we live in. The Sheffield Doc/Fest Film programme offers filmmakers a place for inspiration, debate, growth and challenge and a relevant international platform to launch their films and art works. It engages audiences with a multitude of forms, ideas, ways of doing and thinking, through World, International, European and UK premieres, and through its historical and retrospective programmes. The festival screens over 180+ films of all lengths – with the 2020 programme encompassing works from 50 countries around the world, with 49 spoken languages represented. Sheffield Doc/Fest looks to question the boundaries of documentary through a programme that challenges trends, brings diversity and enriches debate. The festival invites audiences to engage with experiences and stories from different parts of our world and to join the makers in inspiring moments. Visit the Doc Fest’s website to join in the Festival or find out how to submit your film(s).
Women in Film & TV: The leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK and part of an international network of over 13,000 women. Members of the organisation come from a broad range of professions spanning the entire creative-media industry. They host a variety of events throughout the year, present a prestigious awards ceremony every December and run a mid-career mentoring programme for women. They also host networking evenings, collaborate with industry bodies on research projects and lobby for women’s interests. Visit the Women in Film and TV website for opportunities, festivals, funding and training.
BFI Film Academy: Age 16-25 and interested in film, or wanting to explore a career in film? Visit the BFI Film Academy for range of opportunities, workshops, courses and more.
BFI Film Academy Leeds: They aim to help train and inspire the next generation of UK filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16-19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality. Visit the BFI Academy Leeds website to find training for every film industry role, from writing to production, sound design, editing and camera.
Channel 4 Apprenticeships: If you’re new to the industry, apprenticeships offer the perfect way in. They’ll give you the experience you need to get on and a qualification to help you take your next step. Plus, you get £18,500 while you’re learning; so they make for a great alternative to university. Visit the Channel 4 website to find out about their Apprenticeships and when the deadlines are.
ITV Apprenticeships: A minimum 12 month paid programme within one of their departments, and during your time there you’ll gain valuable hands-on experience from working with industry experts. Visit the ITV website to find out more about their Apprenticeships and when the deadlines are.
Leeds City College – TV and Film BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: Are you aged 16 – 18? They offer an exciting free opportunity to study and achieve a qualification on the TV and Film BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Practice course. Enrolement fees appy if you’re aged 19 or over. To apply you’ll need 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, (including English language or equivalent). This creative programme is designed to teach you the technical skills needed to succeed in the media production industry. You’ll work to industry standard on client briefs. You’ll also gain an understanding of emerging technologies within TV and film and will leverage work experience and enterprise opportunities for personal development. Visit the Leeds City College website to find out more about the TV and Film BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma and to apply.
National Film and Television School (NFTS) Leeds: Opened in 2019, NFTS Leeds delivers a wide range of the National Film and Television School’s world-class training courses, whilst offering bespoke courses, designed and delivered to support the breadth of talent in Yorkshire and the North of England. NFTS Leeds is pleased to be located within the ITV Emmerdale experience in the city. Visit the NFTS website to find out more about their Film and TV courses.
Screen Yorkshire Boot Camp: A skills and knowledge development scheme for prospective new entrants into the film and television industry. It seeks to provide an enhanced and accelerated bridge between training and the industry through an intensive 3 day ‘Boot Camp’ programme. It’s aimed at individuals who are interested in a career in the film industry but who have yet to convert that interest into a regular stream of work. Applications are welcome from individuals who did not study a film-related subject but who have a demonstrable desire to enter the industry – a degree is not necessary. Boot Camp is FREE to attend to successful applicants. Visit the Screen Yorkshire website to find out more about Boot Camp and when it’s next open for applications.
Screen Yorkshire Film & TV Craft Courses: Those who successfully apply and complete the courses receive industry recognised UK craft certificates for film and TV. No previous film and TV experience is necessary, but training is an investment both for the candidate and the provider, so candidates must demonstrate a clear commitment to achieving a high level of proficiency and dedication to the craft. The courses are specifically targeted towards people who want to break into film and television. They want to address under representation within the screen industries by encouraging people to apply whatever their background. The courses have been designed in response to increased demand for these craft skills across the UK’s booming film and television industries, particularly in Yorkshire. They will provide students from any background with a clear pathway into the industry, developing their craft skills for the specific considerations of working within these industries. Visit the Screen Yorkshire website to find out more about Film & TV Craft courses and when the next deadlines to apply are.
BBC: How do you get a job without experience, but how do you get experience without a job? Work placements at the BBC – be it in a television studio, busy office or any other area of the business – are that missing link. The BBC provides over 1,000 work experience opportunities every year, right across the organisation: from Radio or TV to Business and Support. They are your chance to use cutting edge equipment, make contacts, and see how well your ideas are received. Visit the What We Do section on the BBC website to find out about the kinds of work they do – it will help you figure out which work placement to undertake. Visit the BBC’s website to find out more about work placements and when appliations next reopen.
Channel 4: Each year 4Skills invites passionate individuals to participate in work experience at the channel. We have opportunities available suited to those who are passionate about working TV and want to get their foot in the door of a UK broadcaster. We want to make our work experience opportunities open to all, therefore if you are successful it will not cost you a penny to take part! We will cover all travel and lunch costs, and hotel and dinner expenses costs for those based outside of London. We will be offering opportunities across our office locations which are London, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol and Glasgow, and have work experience in a number of departments such as 4creative, 4Sales, Marketing, Legal, Press, Audience Insights and more! Please note we only offer work experience on the weeks advertised on our website. Work experience will next be available in 2021.
Day 1 kicks off with an induction with 4Talent and useful office survival guide. Days 2 – 4 will give you the inside track on what it’s like to work for one of the many departments that keep them up and running. You’ll also get to work on your own brief so you’ll have something meaningful to flesh out your CV. Day 5 you’ll share what you’ve learned with the rest of the work experience crew.
Visit the Channel 4 website to find out more about their work experience opportunities and when applications are next open.
ITV Work Experience (Ages 14 – 17): They run week long placements 3 times a year. You’ll spend time with different teams from across the business (Technology, Studios and Broadcasting). You’ll also be able to take part in bespoke learning and development sessions that can help create your own ‘personal brand’, show you how to put together an ace CV and, give you the lowdown on how to interview like a pro.
ITV Work Experience (Ages 18 +): Looking to get your first break in the TV industry? You’ll get exclusive membership to the ITV Work Experience Talent Pools (ITV Studios Entertainment, Possessed, Potato, Shiver, Daytime, Soaps) and hear about placements on our ITV shows and across the business.
ITV Apprenticeship Programme (16 + years old): Apprenticeships are right up our street, and we’ve already had a number of people successfully complete our award-winning programme, with many securing great roles in our business.
ITV News Traineeship Programme (18 + years old): An unmissable opportunity to join our News teams on our nine month programme.
Mama Youth Project: Offers paid TV and media training programmes to 18-25 year olds from under-represented groups. Their partnership allows young people to develop their media skills on a range of projects, including the Sky One show, ‘What’s up TV’.
SKY: TV Operations, TV Engineering, Software Development, Technology
Sky Get into TV Operations: A week long work experience bootcamp giving you a window into the world of TV broadcasting. Enjoy a hands-on introduction to the roles available and what’s expected of the TV Operations team (their two bases are in London & Hampshire).
SKY Diversity Programme – Insight Week for Females: Fancy ‘Springing’ into tech’ with an insight week with the team that built the likes of Sky.com, Sky News, NOW TV and Sky Q?
Kemps Film, TV, Video: Register your profile on an international database of production companies, services and crew.
Screenskills Community Page: Showcase your work and skills alongside fellow industry professionals, or look at others profiles for inspiration!
Talent Development Schemes
BBC Three Pitch: Sheffield Doc Fest invite applications from emerging film-making talents from the North of England. Five filmmakers will be selected to pitch their documentary idea to a panel of commissioners, for the prize of a commission for BBC Three, and with the support of a Northern based production company. BBC Three is passionate about:
• Identifying and championing emerging filmmaking talent in the North
• Bringing new voices to the channel
• Bringing compelling content and stories rooted in the North to a BBC audience
BBC Three is also in the unique position that it can commission and broadcast documentaries of different shapes and durations and they welcome ideas for both short (up to 30 mins) and long form (up to 60 mins) films. As well as targeting directors, BBC Three are open up the pitch to include new talent who are keen to break into the industry. The successful pitch, chosen on the idea which is the best fit for the channel, will be housed by a production company and will work on the film at a level which enhances their experience of documentary making for television. To find out more about BBC Three Pitch and when applications reopen, visit Sheffield Doc Fest’s website.
4Talent 4Crew: Four people. One year. Endless possibilities to create. All expenses paid. You’ll go to some of the biggest live events and C4 Pop Ups. Why? So their audience can see them through your eyes. You’ll be a paid freelancer, conceiving your own original ideas while developing the experience you need to get a foothold in the business. Your output will appear on the 4Talent website and their social networks and you’ll be assigned a mentor who’s been there and done it all before.
4Talent Screenwriting: Creating the right conditions for new talent to flourish, to express its voice and bring it to a wider audience; these are the key drivers behind 4Screenwriting. It’s a hothouse for writers. Graduates from the course include those who’ve gone on to write for Shameless and Indian Summers for Channel 4 and Youngers and Banana for E4.
4Talent 4Stories: This initiative is about seeking out fresh perspectives and distinctive voices amongst new and emerging talent. It’s about nurturing that talent and giving it the platform it deserves to reach a wider audience. They’re looking for 3 writers and 3 directors to tell 1 big story from 3 unique points of view. The result will be a three-part series of half-hour, interconnected films which we’ll broadcast on Channel 4.
Channel 4 Production Trainee Scheme: For entry level talent who want to break into the media industry and are passionate about making television programmes – no experience is necessary. Applicants applying for this annual scheme may already have a degree in Film and Television (or related) or have some previous experience of the television industry through running, work experience or short term placements, but no more than 3 months. The scheme aims to offer opportunities to those currently underrepresented in the TV industry, so they are particularly keen to hear from disabled people, people from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic background and people from lower socio-economic groups.
Scratch Me: A filmmaking lab for people who don’t make films – yet! It’s a talent development programme for writers and writer-performers from a range of disciplines who want to experiment with the moving image. You might be a comedian, spoken word artist, scratch performer, theatre maker, social media storyteller or DIY filmmaker. Whatever your existing practice, the most important thing is your creativity. Scratch Me will help you realise your ideas on screen. Scratch Me is all about characters. Exciting, original, can’t-look-away characters. Over the course of a two-month programme of workshops, mentoring sessions and writing challenges, lab participants will develop a fully-formed character who has the potential to lead to a short film, TV series or feature film. At the end of the programme, our writers will collaborate with a team of emerging filmmakers to create a short scratch monologue film which will be presented to industry executives at a special showcase event. You’ll leave Scratch Me with a powerful new addition to your creative portfolio and the confidence to develop your film and TV skills further. Scratch Me is a Film Hub North and BFI NETWORK project delivered in partnership with Screen Yorkshire and SIGN (Screen Industries Growth Network). Visit Film Hub North’s website to find out when applications reopen.
Screen Yorkshire Beyond Brontes Programme: Designed to break down barriers that can prevent young people aged 18 – 24 from diverse backgrounds establish careers in the creative industries. Training is tailored to the individual and typically includes internships, careers information, one to one support, skills training and mentoring.
shortFLIX: A short film initiative for aspiring new filmmakers aged 18-25 who are not in full-time education, employment or training.They seek out ideas from creative, talented and ambitious young people that have the potential to make great short films for broadcast on Sky Arts.Their programme nurtures young talents via training, mentoring and script development support, with those commissioned securing a £10k budget and professional crew to make their film. They are particularly interested in applicants who may have had fewer opportunities to get started in filmmaking, including those who are currently underrepresented in the industry. No previous experience required.
Bankside Films: A London-based international sales and film finance company offering independent films, no matter their genre or budget, financial and distribution support for international theatrical release. The size of the fund depends on the scope of the project and the creative idea. To submit your film idea, contact Bankside Films via their webite.
The British Film Industry (BFI): They run the largest public film fund in the UK and, therefore are the biggest financial supporters of UK independent film. They invest over £26 million in the development, production and distribution of films. Amongst their diverse funds, they offer the ‘Short Film funding programme’ in collaboration with BFI Network which provides funding to fiction shorts and advice on finding screening opportunities, potential collaborators, festival strategies and other means of industry exposure. Eligible films should not exceed 15 minutes and can be provided with a maximum of £15,000 of funding. To find out more about their funding options visit BFI’s wesbite.
Creative England: They offer diverse funding and distribution support for projects of any size from shorts and features to high-end TV programmes. One of the funds that they offer is called the shortFLIX and nurtures emerging filmmakers via training, mentoring and script development support. To find out more about Creative England’s film funding options visit their website.
Doc Society: A non-profit organisation which works together with other funding agencies to offer different kind of funds enabling the creation of feature documentaries and shorts and connecting those to a global audience. To find out more about Doc Society’s funding options visit their website.
Film London: They support the creation of both feature and short independent films by offering substantial grants and training, allowing young filmmakers to get hands-on experience and get their craft noticed. To find out more about the different funds they offer visit Film London’s website.
Genera Quarters: Another award-based film funding agency is the ‘Genera Quarters’. Unlike the John Brabourne Awards you don’t need to apply with an existing production. A script and a budget breakdown of your short film will suffice. The award is presented every quarter but opens for application 365 days a year. Apart from receiving £5,000 when winning the award, every applicant receives deals and discounts from Genera’s growing number of partners to other competitions or film festivals all over the globe. The only downside is that you need to pay an admission fee. Due to current circumstances, Genera Quarters offers to showcase ready-to-go short films on the Made at Home platform for free. To submit your short film or find out more about the award visit Genera Film’s website.
John Brabourne Awards: If you already have a showreel but face obstacles to success, you can join ‘The John Brabourne Awards’ which offers financial funds up to £5,000 to UK-based filmmakers. The award is presented several times a year. Eligibility:
• At least 2 years working in Film and/or TV* (including aspects of digital broadcast). This doesn’t have to be consecutive.
• A talent for your chosen field
• A genuine need of financial assistance and support to overcome hurdles
• A commitment to progress their career
• Two referees working professionally in the film and/or television industries. If relevant, one referee can be from an educational institution. Visit the Film and TV Charity website to find out if applications are open and to apply for the John Brabourne Awards.
Liverpool Film Office: No matter your origin or location of your company, if you are planning to film in the region of Liverpool, you are eligible to apply for the Liverpool City Region Production Fund. It can fund up to 20% of the production budget with a maximum of £500,000 per production. International co-productions with Liverpool based producers are encouraged. To apply or find the detailed guidelines on this fund visit Liverpool Film Office’s website.
Screen Yorkshire Content Fund: Screen Yorkshire has been supporting the growth of the screen industries in the region through investing in content since 2003. We established the Yorkshire Content Fund for producers based in Yorkshire & Humber or for national and international production companies wishing to film or establish a base in the region. Open to TV, film, video games and digital sectors the fund typically invests up to £500,000 per project, providing this investment is matched on identical terms with an equivalent amount of private sector investment. Returns made on investments go back into the fund, allowing us to continue supporting content development and production in the region in the future. The fund receives no additional ‘top-up’ and, therefore, its continued ability to invest is dependent solely on the performance of the projects it invests in. Since the Yorkshire Content Fund was launched in February 2012, Screen Yorkshire has invested in over 40 projects including: Official Secrets, Hope Gap, Ackley Bridge, Fighting For A City, Yardie, Ghost Stories, Dad’s Army, Swallows and Amazons, Testament of Youth, National Treasure and Peaky Blinders. Visit Screen Yorkshire’s website to find out more about the Content Fund and to express your interest.
Screen Yorkshire Indie TV and Film Development Fund: Totalling £200,000 it distributes awards between £2,500 – £25,000 to help independent TV and film production companies to develop new content. It is funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the LEP through its new Creative Catalyst programme which was established in response to Channel 4’s relocation to Leeds and broadcaster commitment to increase commissioning in the Nations and Regions. Visit Screen Yorkshire’s wesbite to check when applications reopen.
BBC: Jobs in TV & radio
Call Sheet: Connecting TV & Film Industry Professionals. The Call Sheet is an online directory of over 50,000 people, including BAFTA and OSCAR Award-winning talent. To gain access to the jobs board register (for free) on the website.
Channel 4: Around 250 Channel 4 jobs will be based in Leeds and the National HQ will house a range of creative, digital and technology departments.
Creative Access: One of the UK’s leading diversity organisations. It fills a gap in the current creative landscape by helping young people from under-represented communities to secure both jobs and paid training opportunities in creative companies.
ITV: Jobs in TV
ITV: Runner training & runner jobs
Mandy Jobs for Cast, Crew & Creative Professionals: Auditions for actors, dancers, singers; jobs in film, music, TV production and stage; voiceover work and casting calls for extras.
Project Noir: An art collective and creative networking group for people of African, Caribbean and Asian heritage that includes writers, presenters, film crew and photographers. They circulate job opportunities including entry-level positions amongst the network to support BAME creatives looking for work in the UK Film & TV industry.
Production Base: Find the latest runner jobs in TV, radio, theatre, film and commercial production. The industries they service are animation, commercials, corporate, film, mobile content, music promos, online, gaming, theatre, radio and TV, covering all grades of pre-production, production and post-production.
Radar Music Creatives: Connects the music industry with filmmakers, designers & photographers worldwide – commissions available.
ScreenSkills: Jobs in the UK screen industry
Simplestream: As the way we watch TV is changing, they work with leading media brands (Channel 4, Sony, Sky and UKTV) to create Next Generation TV services for broadcast, sports and media brands.
Sky: Jobs in TV, Internet & telephone services
Star Now: Be on TV: apply for acting jobs, extra jobs and TV Presenter roles.
Talent Manager for TV Jobs: Matching TV’s best people with the best TV jobs.
The Mill: A visual effects and content creation studio collaborating on VFX, digital and design projects for the advertising, games and music industries. We partner with the world’s best agencies, groundbreaking directors, creative firms and visionary brands. At its centre, The Mill is a creative culture of talented artists from multinational and homegrown backgrounds, nurturing innovation, flexibility and diverse ideas. This enables us to offer creative solutions across all our studios from London, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
UKTV: Multi-award winning media company with 7 channels: Dave, Gold, W, Drama, Alibi, Eden and Yesterday and on demand service UKTV Play.
Leeds TV and Media Companies
Air TV: One of the UK’s fastest-growing independent production companies and is now officially one of the best places to work in TV. Since we were created in 2015, our award-winning team has won commissions for nearly 200 hours of programming from UK broadcasters.
Channel 4: Leeds is the home to programme commissioners across a range of genres including comedy, daytime, entertainment, E4, popular factual and sport including Head of Drama, Caroline Hollick and Head of Sport, Pete Andrews.
Daisy Beck Studios: An independent television company producing quality Factual, Factual Entertainment and Event programming since 2013.
Duck Soup Films: A home for talent to accomplish their vision with ease and integrity. Producing bold, authored content for Film and TV, Duck Soup’s projects aim to take global audiences on an entertaining and thought-provoking journey exploring contemporary and resonant themes.
Fresh Cut: A leading video production company with production offices in Leeds, Manchester and London. Since 2006, they’ve helped brands and businesses tell their stories on TV and online with standout video content. From cinematic TV adverts to corporate video production, they create high quality video content to engage, entertain and activate audiences. The talented team of video experts turn ideas into visually compelling stories that deliver results.
ITV: Over the years the Leeds studios have been used for filming television drama, mostly for Yorkshire Television. These series have included Heartbeat, The Royal, Wire in the Blood, Married Single Other, Fat Friends, A Touch of Frost, Bodies and Where the Heart is.
Leeds TV: Local Leeds TV Channel.
Manto: They make videos. They write, plan, shoot (fly when they need to), design, edit and deliver. They love great stories, fascinating people and beautiful visuals. And more than anything they love seeing our work out there in the world, delivering unbelievable results.
Prime Studios: A thriving film and TV production facility in Leeds City Centre. Prime Studios has also been the base for music shoots for artists including Nicki Minaj and commercials for big brands such as Adidas, Aldi and Lloyds TSB.
Rollem Productions: Independent production company dedicated to producing high quality drama. Rollem is truly a writer led production company and is passionate about producing programmes about real people and real lives; programmes that are entertaining and high drama; that are relatable, innovative and original. As a Northern production company we’re dedicated to shining a spotlight on Yorkshire and the North of England through our productions and to nurturing the abundance of regional production, writing and acting talent that exists on our doorstep.
Screenhouse: A production, communication, and training company based in Leeds, UK, but working around the world. We are multi-award-winning producers in television, online, and beyond for UK and international channels. We have a strong track record of hundreds of television programmes, web sites, live shows and amazing science machines.
Sky: Leeds Dock is home to Sky’s Digital & Technology Services Campus spread over three dockside buildings, which are home to 650 members of staff focused on software and hardware development, including their world-leading Software Engineering Academy.
Studio81: The production centre at Studio81 (Leeds) is the UK’S first out of London facility to be dedicated to independent drama production.
The Garden Productions: Their aim is to make cutting edge, ambitious, distinctive factual programmes for major broadcasters in the UK and internationally. They’ve produced more than 300 hours of some of Britain’s most memorable factual television, topped industry peer polls and won numerous BAFTA, RTS and Broadcast Awards.
True North: The biggest unscripted indie in the North of England and home to some of the most creative and dedicated talent in television. Working across genres including factual, factual-entertainment, features, children’s, reality and more, diversity is part of their DNA.
True Vision: Produces award winning international documentaries, often human rights related, for BBC, Channel 4 and HBO.
Wise Owl Films: Television from the North and from the heart – embracing popular culture, social history and untold stories from the extraordinary to the everyday. The team’s social history output has seen a broad range of talked-about programmes – from hard-hitting documentaries to factual entertainment.
Worker Bee: Global broadcast TV in Manchester and Leeds. Factual Storytelling that fascinates and entertains. Part of Endemol Shine Group.