TV and film industry unites to launch new fund for unscripted TV

A new fund which will address skills gaps and shortages in unscripted television across the UK and build a bigger pool of off-screen crew and talent in the nations and regions is announced today by ScreenSkills with broadcasters, SVoDs and Pact. The new Unscripted TV Skills Fund will invest matched contributions from broadcasters and productions to … Read more

BAFTA announces restructure of senior management team

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced a restructure to its senior management team. The executive team, including the newly formed role, executive director of PR & communications, will report into BAFTA’s chief executive Amanda Berry OBE & chief operating officer and managing director of BAFTA enterprises, Kevin Price. The new … Read more

VERO Studio creates immersive jungle environment for Channel 4’s Lucy, the Human Chimp

 Channel 4’s Lucy, the Human Chimp documentary aired in April with a mix of archive footage and newly filmed ‘jungle’ reconstructions, with the latter made possible by Bristol-based virtual production studio VERO.  The film, which tells the real-life story of chimp Lucy’s return to the wild after being raised in human surroundings, required cutting-edge technology to … Read more

WFTV launches Four Nations Mentoring Scheme

The Four Nations Mentoring Scheme is designed for women looking to take a significant step in their career. 41 mentees have been selected from across the four nations take part in the 2021 programme. It runs for six months, during which time each of the participants are paired up with senior industry professionals for six … Read more

BlueBolt’s majestic VFX for The Great

BlueBolt was lead VFX studio for The Great, the satirical, hour long, comedic drama. Broadcast on Channel 4, The Great follows the unlikely rise and spectacular reign of feminist trailblazer Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning),the longest reigning female ruler in Russian history. Created by The Favourite co-writer, Tony McNamara and produced by MRC Television for … Read more

Nina Kellgren BSC

Eyes wide open Clapperboard / Nina Kellgren BSC Eyes wide open Clapperboard / Nina Kellgren BSC BY: Valentina Valentini Lead image: Up on the crane during the shoot of Solomon & Gaenor Nina Kellgren BSC was recently named most prolific female cinematographer by the British Film Institute. Though this was not the path she thought … Read more

Maverick TV uses Canon kit on C4 reality series Escape

Maverick TV included a range of Canon’s broadcast equipment in its kitbag as it headed into a variety of inhospitable environments for C4’s new reality show Escape. To bring the story to life in locations as diverse as jungles, deserts, mountains and frozen tundra, the team relied on kit including: the CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS … Read more

Camera Corps Gets off to a Flying Start in 2017

Camera Corps, the broadcast industry’s leading supplier of speciality camera systems, reports a flying start to 2017, partnering with IMG Productions in a highly innovative project for the BDO World Darts Championships. “Channel 4 UK secured an agreement in summer 2016 to become the new terrestrial home of the British Darts Association’s 2017-2018 BDO World … Read more

Panasonic uncovers Secret Little Lives and projects huge images

A total of 25 Panasonic remote cameras were used to capture key childhood moments for Channel 4’s The Secret Life documentary series. The observational documentary, filmed on AW-HE6OS cameras, follows groups of four, five and six year olds to see how they react to different situations, make and break friendships, learn how to share and … Read more