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Channel 4 and NFTS Online Masterclass and Training Sessions

Channel 4 and NFTS Online Masterclass and Training Sessions

In partnership with CH4

So You Want to Work in TV? is aimed at people looking to take the first steps into the TV sector or those who are in the early stages of their career and wanting to progress.

All the sessions will be hosted on Zoom. To see the full schedule of sessions and to book your place see below.


How to Get a Job in TV: Monday 10th October 12.00 - 13.30 *FULLY BOOKED*
We kick off the week with an essential session offering practical advice and insights on how to break into the tv industry. Our panel of experts will tell you all you need to know about where to look for jobs, how to make yourself stand out when you apply, what schemes and initiatives are available for new entrants and how to connect with the gatekeepers to jobs and build a network. Speakers will include Sara Putt (MD of Sara Putt Associates), Sallie Leak (Talent Executive at True North) and Cassandra Kyeyune (Talent Manager at training and consultancy company ThinkBIGGER).   *SOLD OUT*
A CV for TV: Monday 10th October 14.00 - 15.00 *FULLY BOOKED*
Your CV is your most effective tool in getting you through the door of a production company, so it has to be right. In this session, Rose Hibbert gives essential advice on how to write and present your cv and make it the calling card that lands you your dream job.  Rose Hibbert is the Head of Talent for Studio Lambert North. Studio Lambert are the makers of Gogglebox, Race Across the World and The Circle as well as many other popular shows. Based in Manchester, Rose is responsible for unscripted shows and her session will focus on that genre. BOOK YOUR PLACE
Intro to Working in Production with ScreenSkills: Tuesday 11th October 12.30 - 13.30
Are you looking to kick-start your career in the film and TV industry? Not sure how to get in or what role might be right for you? This overview will give you an introduction to working in production and how ScreenSkills can help you. BOOK YOUR PLACE
Confidence SurgeryTuesday 11th October 14.30 - 16.00

In this highly motivational session you’ll learn simple, practical skills that can be used to build up and sustain your confidence and self-confidence in any situation – be it an interview, starting a new job or learning new skills. Sasha Damjanovski is a coach, lecturer and an award-winning producer, director and writer with over 25 years of experience in film, TV, and business communications. BOOK YOUR PLACE

Managing Your Finances as a Freelancer: Wednesday 12th October 09.30 - 11.00
Freelancing gives you choice and flexibility, but it also means you have to get organised with your finances and think like a business. In this session, David Thomas will look at how the tax office treats freelancers, how to keep records while keeping your sanity, and how to get paid so that you don't run out of money. After the session you will have online access to useful templates and downloads to get you started. David Thomas runs a training business that helps creative freelancers develop their business skills. He hates paperwork. BOOK YOUR PLACE
How Channel 4 Can Help You Develop Your Career: Wednesday 12th October 14.00 - 15.30

From work experience to apprenticeships to production trainees to career progression, 4Skills supports a range of opportunities for people. Whether you want to work with us at Channel 4 or at one of the independent production companies that make our programmes, this session with the 4Skills team will go through some of those opportunities and how you can get involved, along with practical advice and insights. BOOK YOUR PLACE

So You Want to Work in Drama?: Thursday 13th October 10.30 - 11.30
There’s a role for everyone in Drama! Join Producer Adam Knopf (The Lazarus Project Sky, The Pact BBC, War of the Worlds Canal+/Disney) as he takes you through the many and varied roles on a drama production and gives inspirational advice on how to get your first opportunity. Having started his career in Cardiff, Adam will also be sharing his own experiences of breaking into the industry and rising through the ranks to the role of Producer. BOOK YOUR PLACE
Breaking Barriers: Top Tips to Help you Thrive and Progress in TVThursday 13th October 12.30 - 13.30
This practical session looks at some of the most common blockers to working in TV - be it financial, geographical, cultural or accessibility issues - and how you can navigate and move past them. Delivered by Vicki Lines-Gibbs, Creative Director at Gritty Talent, you’ll get practical advice and tips and hear from people who overcame their blocks and hurdles to starting their TV careers.  Gritty Talent is a Bristol based talent and technology company set up to nurture and connect talented people from under-represented groups into the media industry. BOOK YOUR PLACE
CV Clinic: Thursday 13th October 14.00 - 16.00
Sign up for a 1-to-1 with a Talent Manager who can give feedback and tips to improve your CV. Slots will be allocated on first come first served basis and this session is exclusively available for those who attended A CV for TV on Monday. 
So You Want to Work in Factual? Friday 14th October 10.00 -11.00
Factual (or Unscripted) covers an extremely broad range so it’s vital to know which companies make the shows you want to work on and where the opportunities are for new entrants.  Simon Broadley gives an overview of Factual production and how you can break in, whether it’s in development or as a runner on a fixed rig format.  He’ll also be in conversation with some recent new entrants to hear their experiences.  Simon has worked in Factual for more than twenty years with senior roles at the BBC, ITV and Sky and is the course leader on the Factual Development and Production Diploma at the NFTS.  BOOK YOUR PLACE
Online Tools to Market Yourself: Friday 14th October 12.00 - 13.00
In a digital world, you need to know how to use the right tools to get you and your work noticed – whether it’s a showreel, an online cv or a presentation for an interview. The good news is many of these tools are available free of charge if you know where to look. Alan Thorn from the National Film and Television School gives a vital guide to the websites and software that will help you sell your skills and make you stand out from the crowd without costing you a penny. BOOK YOUR PLACE
Writing for TV: Friday 14th October 14.30 - 15.30 *FULLY BOOKED*
This session for anyone interested in screenwriting, whatever their level of experience, and will offer advice to writers beginning to turn ideas into scripts and looking for outlets for their work. We will focus on the impact of developmental schemes as a way of providing pathways into the industry. Delivered by New Writing North, who run a range of development programmes for emerging writers based in the north of England. BOOK YOUR PLACE