Centre of Screen Excellence: Elstree opens for recruitment

Recruitment launches today for students to the UK’s second Centre of Screen Excellence which is designed to support the production hub at Elstree, Hertfordshire. ScreenSkills has joined forces with Elstree Screen Arts Academy (ESA), Elstree Film Studios and the National Film and Television School to create the Centre of Screen Excellence: Elstree at ESA, the … Read more

Book now for ScreenSkills’ Industry State of Play assessment

Two years after the publication of its first iteration, the ScreenSkills Assessment 2021 aims to provide a snapshot of skills issues affecting the UK screen industries and related potential solutions. During this online event, they will present the results of industry research looking at the period from January 2020 to January 2021, a time dominated by … Read more

ScreenSkills responds to new research showing only a quarter of screen workers are from working-class backgrounds

ScreenSkills has called for greater collaboration on improving social mobility in the UK screen industries as new research shows that only a quarter of people working in the sector come from lower socio-economic backgrounds, compared to 38% across in the workforce as a whole. The research into class diversity in the screen industries was undertaken … Read more

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

ScreenSkills’ Creative Careers Programme reaches more than 120,000 young people in 2020/21

More than 120,000 young people, 900 schools and 200 careers advisers have engaged with the Creative Careers Programme in the last year despite the challenges of COVID-19 restrictions. This includes 461 schools who participated in the Discover! Creative Careers Week 2021. The initiative – which aims to build awareness of the jobs that exist in the … Read more

ScreenSkills Mentoring Network to award £130,000 for mentoring programmes

The ScreenSkills Mentoring Network is applying the lessons of lockdown communication to new collaborations by encouraging organisations to facilitate more inclusive mentoring partnerships. This has been made possible through use of virtual meetings over the past year. Just over £130,000 is being made available to support new mentoring partners to reach under-represented groups with a … Read more

ScreenSkills launches free online module to tackle unconscious bias

This online module from ScreenSkills is designed to help you understand what unconscious bias is, how it might manifest itself at work and how to challenge your assumptions to promote greater diversity and inclusion. People working in the screen industries are in the privileged position of making content that reflects the experiences and shapes the … Read more

Industry unites to launch new fund and transform investment in training 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 has been announced by ScreenSkills with broadcasters, SVoDs and Pact.  The new Unscripted TV Skills Fund will invest matched contributions from broadcasters and productions to address skills shortages, build a more inclusive workforce … Read more

Apply now for ScreenSkills and Talking Point’s virtual production industry session

Talking Point presents the course as part of the ongoing ‘Industry sessions, demystifying virtual production and pre-visualisation in film’. Virtual production has quickly become an established part of the feature film production process. This session will provide an opportunity to see how it is implemented, the possibilities it creates and how it works effectively hand … Read more

Producer and director Daniel Dempster praises his ScreenSkills bursary

With credits on shows made by some of the UK’s leading independent production companies, producer and director Daniel Dempster is achieving big. A ScreenSkills bursary helped him progress even further. Daniel’s repertoire extends all realms of the film and television industry,  from The Rap Game and First Dates to SAS: Who Dares Wins to Come Dine With Me. He was helped … Read more

ScreenSkills CEO Seetha Kumar looks ahead after a turbulent year

The end of the financial year coinciding so closely with the anniversary of the first lockdown of the pandemic led ScreenSkills CEO Seetha Kumar to reflect on the lessons of the past year and what was achieved. Kumar said: “I want to start by looking forward. The screen industries have bounced back with remarkable resilience … Read more

Educators hear from industry experts at ScreenSkills Select Congress 2021

Award-winning experts from the UK and international screen industries gathered to share expertise and current intelligence with more than 150 educators at the inaugural ScreenSkills Select Congress 2021. The Congress brought educators and industry memebers together to discuss the big skills challenges and opportunities facing the UK’s screen sector with the aim of supporting educators … Read more

Point of View: Supporting Trainees

If I could ask the industry to do one thing to support trainees, it would be… “To encourage crew to look upon trainees as a golden opportunity to train the next generation of creatives and allow trainees to learn by doing rather than just watching. By utilising them and making them feel part of the … 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

Anita Overland announced as ScreenSkills Film Skills Council chair

Producer Anita Overland, whose industry credits include The Iron Lady and the recent Small Axe, is to be the new chair of the ScreenSkills Film Skills Council. She succeeds Iain Smith, of Applecross Productions, who has recently stepped down after 12 years’ service with ScreenSkills and its previous incarnation as Creative Skillset. Announcing the appointment, … Read more

ScreenSkills launches Film Forward programme for BAME film professionals

ScreenSkills has launched a new programme designed to support change in the UK film industry by helping upcoming productions extend their talent network of experienced Black, Asian or minority ethnic professionals ready for the next stage in their career. Film Forward will match film professionals who have at least five years’ experience in a variety of below-the-line roles with … Read more

Health and Safety: Safe Shooting

A positive outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the increased global attention towards health and safety within social and professional environments. But has it been enough to transform the film and television industry to avoid the tragic and high-profile deaths of American camera assistant Sarah Jones and British camera operator Mark Milsome? The overall … Read more

More than 60,000 students sign up for Discover! Creative Careers Week

More than 750 secondary schools and colleges have signed up to take part in the online Discover! Creative Careers Week 2021, which takes place from 1 to 5 March during National Careers Week. The initiative – which aims to build awareness of the jobs that exist in the creative industries to ensure a more inclusive … Read more