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Producer – TV or Film

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A producer is the manager responsible for the overall production of a television programme, a film or a theatrical show. This includes the budget, casting, location settings and special effects.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries vary, depending on:

Trainee producers can earn up to around £24,000 a year. With experience this can rise to around £45,000 a year.

Production Base website currently publishes rates for producers at a day rate of £250.00 and a weekly rate of £1375.00.

The Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) website also publishes recommended freelance rates of pay for members. 

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Look for vacancies in website www.mandy.com as well as in trade journals such as Broadcast and Stage, Screen and Radio Magazine.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
3618
7 %
RISE
2023
3870
  United Kingdom
2018
55293
4.1 %
RISE
2023
57569

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

If you are aged 18 or over you may be interested in The Network. The Network is held each year alongside the TV Festival in Edinburgh. If selected you would attend for four free days of masterclasses and workshops which will provide you with the skills, knowledge and contacts to start a career in TV. You can usually apply from January to April.

BBC Scotland runs an apprenticeship scheme for people who are keen to get into a career in the media industry. The closing date for applications is usually sometime in April or May. The one-year apprenticeship is based in Glasgow and pays £12,500 a year. Training takes place at Glasgow Kelvin College, BBC Scotland at Pacific Quay and on the job in various departments. It leads to a Level 3 Diploma in Creative and Digital Media. Applicants must have National 5 English and Maths, good IT skills and a keen interest in media. You must be at least 18 at the start date of the apprenticeship. There are usually only around ten places available, so entry is very competitive. The selection process includes an assessment day and tests in English and Maths. If you would like to find out more or check on application deadline dates visit BBC Scotland Apprenticeships.

Young Scot and Creative Scotland operate the 'Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund', which aims to support young people aged 11-25 and interested in developing creative or artistic skills. Both individuals and groups can apply for funding ranging from £50 to £1,000. For more information see the Young Scot website.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

BECTU Scotland (Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union)
E-mail: info@bectu.org.uk
Website: http://www.bectu.org.uk
Twitter: @bectu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BECTUOfficial

British Film Institute
Tel: 020 7255 1444
Website: http://www.bfi.org.uk/
Twitter: @BFI
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BECTUOfficial

Creative and Cultural Skills
E-mail: info@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

Creative Skillset Scotland
Tel: 020 7713 9800
E-mail: info@creativeskillset.org
Website: http://creativeskillset.org/
Twitter: @SkillsetSSC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creativeskillset

Creative Skillset works with the UK’s screen-based creative media industries to develop skills and talent from classroom to boardroom.

Edinburgh International Television Festival (EITF)
Tel: 020 7278 9515
E-mail: info@thetvfestival.com
Website: http://www.thetvfestival.com
Twitter: @EdinburghTVFest
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsEdinburghTVFestival

IWC Media
Tel: 0141 353 3222
E-mail: mailglasgow@iwcmedia.co.uk
Website: http://www.iwcmedia.co.uk
Twitter: @IWC_Media
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iwcmedia

National Film and Television School
Tel: 01494 671234
E-mail: info@nfts.co.uk
Website: http://nfts.co.uk
Twitter: @NFTSFilmTV
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NFTSFilmTV

Scottish Drama Training Network
Tel: 0141 270 8349
Website: http://sdtn.org/
Twitter: @SDTNtweets
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sdtnofficial/

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