NFTS Leeds: Running Your Own TV Production Company: Online

Short course


This course is delivered in partnership with NFTS Scotland & NFTS Cymru Wales

Due to the popularity of this training we have created 2 separate courses, one concentrating on FILM and this one, which concentrates on TV.  Both 2-day courses are aimed at those moving out of full-time employment into the freelance independent sector, and at people who are contemplating starting up their own companies and this particular course is delivered online.

Packed with useful information, it aims to help you set up business as a freelancer or as a small production company. Areas include:

What should your "core" business be?
How to set up your business structures
How to become a freelancer or start your own company
What you must do as an employer
Accounting systems and managing them
Approaches to total production budgeting, production fees and umbrella deals
Long-term financial survival and business plans
The legal framework for business and production
Knowing the market place for pitching yourself and your projects

Please note that both courses concentrate more on the specifics of running a media based company as opposed to the content that they produce so should be applicable to all, but use examples and references from either FILM or TV as their building blocks

About the Tutor:

Executive Producer, Tracey Gardiner has been developing, selling and making factual programmes and feature films for over twenty years. After 16 years at FulcrumTV she left to develop ideas through Iridescent Films and work as a freelance executive producer.

Tracey developed and produced through Iridescent a three part series with Simon Reeve on pilgrimage for BBC2 with Lion Television, was the executive producer on a one hour observational documentary, Keys to the Castle, which won a Scottish RTS in 2015 and a Scottish BAFTA in 2014 and is now working on the fully funded feature documentary 100 Men.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £325
Corporate Rate: £565


As part of our work to diversify the screen industry workforce, there is reduction in fees of up to 50% made available by our partnership with the BFI for freelancers with disabilities, who are ethnically diverse or from lower socio-economic backgrounds

Please state ‘APPLYING FOR ADDITIONAL BFI FUNDING’ at the end of your Why do you want to attend?’ statement in order for your submission to be considered


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, participants must come prepared to present their short/medium term business plan to the group.

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

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