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Series Producer Programme

Series Producer Programme is a training programme for ambitious Producers based in the Nations and Regions.
  
Running from February through to October 2023, the Series Producer Programme will give delegates the knowledge, skills and network to make the move from producer to series producer with confidence and to develop the next generation of showrunners who will become the cornerstones of UK television.
  
SPP delegates will benefit from exclusive access to leading broadcasters and commissioners, in addition to in person and online training sessions, and guidance from an assigned industry mentor.
 
This is a highly competitive programme, with a total of 22 places available across the Nations and Regions. 
 
Series Producer Programme is a ScreenSkills programme delivered by TRC. This initiative is supported by the ScreenSkills Unscripted TV Skills Fund which invests in training for the unscripted workforce thanks to contributions from BBC, Channel 4, Sky, A+E Networks UK, Discovery UK, Channel 5, Netflix, ITV, Amazon and UKTV matched by production companies.

Series Producer Programme is a highly regarded ScreenSkills programme, which will be delivered by TRC throughout 2023. 

Series Producer Programme aims to develop the skills and confidence of the participating Producers/Directors enabling them to successfully transition into sought after Series Producers or Showrunners based in the Nations & Regions.  

Series Producer Programme is a training programme for experienced television professionals who want to progress from producer to series producer.

  • Applicants should have significant experience as a television Producer/Director.
  • Applicants must be based in the Nations and Regions. (Those based in London or the South East are not eligible)

22nd Feb           Intro Session (Online)

Feb/March        Theme 1      Creativity 
                                                   2 x In Person Training Session (Glasgow, 28th Feb/1st March)  

                                                   Online Workshops

April/May          Theme 2      People Management & Leadership
                                                     2 x In Person Training Session (Location TBC)

                                                     Online Workshops

May/June          Theme 3      Production
                                                     In Person Training Session (Location TBC)

                                                     Online Workshops

July/Aug            Theme 4      Business
                                                     2 x In Person Training Session (Location TBC)
                                                     Online Workshops

The course fee is £1250.

You may be eligible for a bursary. Bursaries have been secured for delegates based in Scotland and Northern Ireland from the relevant national screen agencies. We encourage applicants to explore all potential sources for local funding – screen agencies, local authority funding etc. The Series Producer Programme is an extremely competitive programme and production companies are aware of this. Previous delegates have had their place sponsored by their company or a company they have worked for in the past.

If local funding is not available, we will look at your case for bursary support. If you require a contribution towards your delegate fee please note this on your Application Form in Q1 - Eligibility, under "further details". For more information please contact the project manager: caroline.mcgonigle@trcmedia.org

Accommodation will be provided, where required, for the in person training sessions due to take place in Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol/Cardiff and Manchester.

A travel expense bursary is available. 

As well as gaining exclusive access to leading broadcasters and commissioners, delegates will receive training on a variety of topics including: Creativity, Production, Business, People and Leadership skills through a series of:
 
  • In person Training Sessions (held in Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol/Cardiff and Manchester)
  • Online Training Sessions
  • Online Masterclasses/ Workshops/ Case Studies from senior production/ broadcast personnel
  • Exceptional access to leading Commissioners
  • Increased industry knowledge, network and profile
 
Participants of the Series Producer programme will also benefit from: 
  • FREE Festival pass to attend either the Edinburgh International TV Festival or the Sheffield Documentary Festival.
  • An assigned Industry Mentor (an experienced and trusted advisor for six months following the programme).

To apply, please fill out this application form by Monday December 12th.

Alongside this application form, applicants are also required to upload (Word doc or PDF) their CV and a short written statement of support from a previous employer/referee.

January 2023                                             Shortlisting of applications 

17th, 18th, 19th, 23rd, 24th, 26th Jan      Online Interviews 

End of January                                           Successful applicants confirmed

February                                                     Programme begins

Please state your availability for interview in the application form. 

 

Deadline: Monday 12th december

Applications for SPP are open.

Here's what previous SPP participants have to say...

The Series Producer Programme was an integral part of my personal growth as someone from an underrepresented group preparing to step up. Not only did it provide me with a vital toolkit and senior industry connections, but it also gave me a group of friends to check in with from everything to salary expectations to work advice, a cheerleading squad and everything in between. The Series Producer Programme was the best thing I’ve ever done in my career.

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Caroline O’Neill

This programme has been invaluable. Its top class training, contacts, mentoring and continuing support have given me the tools and confidence to steer a new and complicated six-part documentary series to successful delivery - in one of my first SP roles. When I began the course I was a PD with decades of experience but still feeling overlooked: by the end I was on the radar of international employers and in a job I love. It has given my career an immense boost, and lots of gifted and generous industry friends. Apply!

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Stephanie Wessell

The Series Producer 2020 programme was a lifeline during uncertain times for the industry. It not only equipped me with skills and confidence to reach the next rung in my career ladder, but also introduced me to a group of peers with whom I am still regularly in touch with and who provide regular support, advice and laughs. It gave me faith in my industry again!

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Claire Judge

I’d strongly encourage anyone from the regions to apply for this programme. You’ll find yourself in a readymade community of peers who are on hand for support, advice and candid conversations. It’s incredible to be amongst uniquely talented producers drawn from all sorts of backgrounds and genres – a cohort whose connection reaches far beyond the course itself.

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Jude McCaffrey