Industry Leaders can show you how.
Jude Winstanley is a freelance, broadcast television Line Producer with over 20 years’ experience in programme making. Jude also founded and runs the free, TV jobs vacancy site theunitlist.com alongside the day job, produces events for the Royal Television Society and is currently consulting on the new Apprenticeships Scheme for 2017. Jude’s role sees her responsible for managing production teams from 3 to 50 people, creating budgets and schedules, location management, shoot setups, health and safety, kit & technology, recruitment, compliance, accounts, post production, in-job training and recruitment. She has also arranged overseas rescue of personnel under armed guard, setup shoots all over the world (and in a nightclub loo in Crawley) and once had Robbie Williams sing to her!
Lyndsay is an Executive Producer with television credits for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery Network and SKY. Her career began at ITV where she spent 10 years originating and producing hit programmes and documentaries, becoming one of the country’s youngest series producers aged 23, and part of Edinburgh International Television Festival EITF’s ‘Ones to Watch’ alumni. From ITV Lyndsay moved to Endemol, before founding her own company Ice Blue Media. She has served on the Board of Directors for Women in Film & TV (WFTV) and judged at the RTS Awards and International Emmys. Lyndsay is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and winner of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Success and Excellence in Education for 3 years running (2013-2016). Lyndsay is also Co-author of The TV Studio Production Handbook.
Jasmine is a multi-faceted TV producer, director, broadcaster and columnist who also Executive produces London 360 on the Community Channel and regularly reports on Arts and Culture affairs for Channel 4 News. Jasmine started her career as a production runner on Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast before joining MTV where she presented and produced major music flagship shows with celebrities for over 13 years before moving into journalism. As a result, Jasmine has outstanding industry contacts and access to music acts, media platforms and PR which enables her to deliver innovative and diverse TV & media that is strategically devised to entertain, promote and grow brands.
Abigail is a versatile Multi-Camera TV Director with experience as a Gallery Director on Channel 4’s 24 Hours in A & E, Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother and as an Outside Broadcast Director at the Champions League Final, Milan 2016. A graduate of the National Film and Television School, Abigail graduated with an MA in Producing and Directing Television Entertainment in 2012, and has since worked on complex productions, as a Stage Manager on the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, to more intimate shows such as Floor Managing on the London Live/Evening Standard and the UEFA Champions League Finals in Lisbon 2014 and Berlin 2015.
So you want to work in TV?
TV is undoubtedly one of the most exciting yet competitive industries to work in. No two days are the same and the scope of roles available are vast, ranging from production to editorial and senior management.
While there are many brilliant entry-level schemes and industry networks available to help you start your career in TV, ultimately, the key to sustaining a long and successful career in this industry will depend on who you know, how hard you work and how good you are as a freelancer.