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Navigating the New Normal

Navigating the New Normal ran from October to December 2020. It was designed for Managing Directors, Business Owners and Senior Management Executives who lead indies based in the Nations and Regions.

The Covid-19 pandemic had a dramatic impact on all businesses and television indies are no exception. We designed a course to help maintain focus, direction, creative output, and team morale in uncertain times.

Aware of the sheer scale and size of the challenges facing creative business owners and senior level leaders, we created this course with industry leaders in mind. It also provided an invaluable opportunity for business leaders to connect.

The course covered a variety of crucial and fundamental topics including: Key Traits of Successful Businesses, Leadership Styles, Company Purpose and Vision, How Your Company Delivers, Internal Dynamics and External Relationships.

This programme also provided leaders of organisations in the broadcast industry with the knowledge, skills and tools to:

  • Assess the current strengths and weaknesses in their organisations
  • Identify key areas of focus
  • Build the optimal culture to achieve their objectives
  • Sustain resilience in their staff
  • Share experiences with industry colleagues
  • Work on their leadership skills and their organisations simultaneously

This training was for Managing Directors, Business Owners and senior management executives responsible for setting strategic company objectives.

The course provided a crucial and rare opportunity for industry leaders to connect on a personal and professional level. 

Megan Anderson is a specialist in team leadership who has worked with cross-industrial sector clients in more than 20 countries over 15 years, helping them with the challenges of leading cross-cultural and virtual teams.

John Letham was founder and CEO of film distribution business Park Circus. As a trainer John has worked with hundreds of individual clients and successfully supported industry programmes for organisations such as BAFTA, Film Distributors Association and Inside Pictures.

The training took place over October - December 2020. 

Format: 8 x 2hr training modules, over 8 weeks

Term Dates 2020

10am-12pm - Thursday 15th October

10am-12pm - Thursday 29th October

10am-12pm - Thursday 5th November

10am-12pm - Thursday 12th November

10am-12pm - Thursday 19th November

10am-12pm - Wednesday 25th November

Workshop (2h30m) - Tuesday 1st December OR Thursday 3rd December 

10am-11am - Wrap Session - Thursday 10th December

Due to the ongoing challenges faced by the industry, we delivered this course completely free of charge to the user. This would not be possible without the continuous support of our funders: Screen Scotland, BBC Nations and Regions and Channel 4. 


Interested in applying?

Navigating the New Normal ran from September to December 2020.

Leading Creative Companies is the updated version of this course.


Fourteen senior management individuals from across the Nations and Regions took part in Navigating the New Normal during 2020. Learn more about the delegates in our News section.

2020 Delegates

Jane Muirhead

Managing Director

Raise the Roof Productions

Colette Foster

Creative Director

Full Fat TV

Clara Glynn

Company Director

Hopscotch Films

Jim Brown

Creative Director 

B4 Films

Claire Mundell

Owner/Creative Director 

Synchronicity Films

Michael Fanning

Managing Director

Below the Radar

Sian Price

Creative Director

Yeti Television

Hannah Wylie

Head of Business Affairs

Bad Wolf

Emma Curtis

Head of Production

Firecrest Films

Jane Rogerson

Joint Managing Director

Red Sky 

Martyn Ingram

Managing Director

Wales & Co

Louise Bray

Co-Founder, Creative Director

Little Bird Films

Norma Wisnevitz

Chief Operating Officer

True North Productions

Tamsin Summers

Managing Director

Drummer TV

A course packed with take-away tips, delivered in straight forward and digestible chunks. Its both enlightening and entertaining and you leave feeling fully tooled up and ready to deal with any obstacles thrown your way!

A photograph of Tamsin Summers of Drummer TV
Tamsin Summers, Drummer TV

This course should be mandatory for all senior managers!

Emma Curtis, Firecrest Films

Navigating The New Normal has been an invaluable refresher and brilliant support during a challenging year, offering the perfect blend of theoretical and practical management and leadership training to help me tackle new and emerging challenges!

Claire Mundell

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