Intro to Production Management - £690.00

A hands-on, highly interactive 2-day course that will give you a solid grounding in the challenges of managing a substantial production including how to create a working budget, scheduling and planning the post-production and delivery.

The course is focused on broadcast television and cross-platform projects, and is taught through a series of practical tasks and exercises taken from real-life productions.  

Taught by an award-winning head of production, the courses takes you step-by-step through the key stages of a production examining both the practical skills needed to be a successful PM, as well as the 'softer' issues of liaising and managing your team, dealing with execs and series producers. 

Duration                     2 days
Class Size:                   8 maximum (usually 4-6)
Cost:                             £575 plus Vat


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Who it's for? 

Production coordinators and junior Production Managers who want to take on more responsibility with confidence, and progress to bigger, more challenging productions and roles.


Delegates should have experience at production coordinator, AP or producer/ director level or the equivalent.


By the end of the course trainees will be able to successfully manage the production of a programme or project from initial pre-planning to post production, and be able to demonstrate an awareness of how to budget and co-ordinate the compliance and rights issues surrounding common programme scenarios.

Course Content

• The Role of the Production Manager:  programme finance and rights, negotiation skills, the importance of maintaining a good working relationship.
• Health & Safety on Productions:  crews, contracts, release forms and production insurance.
• Pre-Production:  setting up key systems, negotiation, planning and logistics, setting up shoots during the production and managing locations.
• Creating a Production Schedule:  practical exercise
• Financial and cost control:  an introduction to creating budget outlines and creating a budget programme.
• Spreadsheet budgeting for a single programme and multi-platform projects.
• Keeping on track and trouble shooting.
• Budgeting practicals:  for single programme, series and online projects.
• The Post Production Process:  an overview of the editing/post facilities, responsible planning for delivery.
• Copyright and clearances, music and archive clearance, delivery and compliance.


Venue & Times

Location:             DV Talent
                            6 Waterson Street
                            E2 8HL

Times:                 10am - 5:30pm    (please arrive 15 minutes early for induction on the first day) 



Ally Jenkins is an award-winning head of production whose credits include the original landmark series of Coast, the Hairy Bikers, Cutting Edges, Channel 4's That Paralympic Show, Rip Off Britain, The One Show, as well as scores of multi-platform and ad funded projects. 


Do I need to bring anything to the course?
It’s advisable to bring a pen and some notepaper. Otherwise, all you need is a receptive mind and your energy and enthusiasm.

Is lunch provided?
We keep you replenished with teas, coffee, biscuits and fruit. We don’t provide lunch – although there are a number of sandwich shops, cafes, restaurants close by, as well as a supermarket.

What if I have to cancel?
If you cancel more than 10 working days before the course date, you will get a full refund. If you cancel with less than 10 days' notice, or once the course has been confirmed, the full course fees are still due. We will however endeavour to get you onto to a future course as and when we have a spare space. Although this cannot be guaranteed and will usually involve you being offered the place at short notice, we have a great track record of making sure people get their training – even it takes a bit of time.

What others say about this course

"Very useful course with great tips & devliered in a memorable and entertaining way"

Kate Boddington, Production Manager

"Very useful and informative. I now understand budgets and schedules better"

Elliott Bennett, Senior Production Coordinator 

"Was great. Spent time in all the areas we needed to and it was kept relative to us"

Sian Dyer, Production Coordinator 

"Really Good, Very useful & informative. I learnt skills concerning schduling & budgeting compliance & copyright issues"

Teresa Crawley, Production Coorinator 

"Very engaging, practical, professional and very helpful"

Fayn Mead, Production Coordinator 

"Detailed, wealth of knowledge and background from the tutor. I did not expect someone so experienced. Thank you"

Johnny Burreu, Production Manager

"Really informative- so much was covered in 2 days with exercises included so you can put into pratice what you learn"

Josh Davies, Production Coordinator 

"I found the course to be really useful. It is a lot of information but all really relevant. The real life scenarios and experiences were helpful as demonstrations of some of the future problems we could encounter and now avoid"

Jessie Anderson, Production Manager

"I thought it was great, very informative, covered the right amount of everything in the allocated time"

Athina Andrelos, Food Team Project Manager

"I found the course really informative and great to find out so much information from an experienced tutor"

Carolina Bodmer, Production Coorindator 

"Very enjoyable & informative, lots of information about shooting abroad & achive/copyright information"

Suzie Harris, Production Manager

"Loved it! really informative and covered so much in 2 days!"

Abi Beasley, Production Coordinator 

"Extremely informative & very practial way of teaching"

Ayodeji Ogunlade, Production Manager

'Detailed, wealth of knowledge & background. I didn't expect to have someone so experienced, thank you!'

-Jonny Burrell, Production Manager

'Really informative- so much was covered in 2 days with exercises included so you could put them in practice.'

-Josh Davies, Production Co-ordinator

'Very engaging, practical, professional and very helpful.'

-Fawn Mead, Production Co-ordinator

'I thoroughly enjoyed the course and found it very insightful. I feel I can now use my new found knowledge in the next stage of my career. The team looked after us very well.'

- Aine Doolin, Production Co-ordinator

'Very informative and in-depth. In my rule, I haven't yet had a lot of experience in scheduling so I found this extremely helpful.'

- Isabel Raby, Production Co-ordinator

'Fantastic, very informative and realistic with real examples. Also, friendly staff, constantly looked after.'

- Lisa Savage, Production Co-ordinator

'I was great because I wanted more information on the programming side of Production Management. I learnt a lot about what to consider when budgeting for a series. I was given practical tools and exercises and will definitely put it into practice.'

- Josephine Asante, Production Co-ordinator

'Great tutor and information. With practice, I feel very confident about putting what I learnt into practice.'

- Alex Merz, Content Partnership Manager/Assistant Producer

'Well-organised. Good vibe and Ally had really good knowledge.'

- Mutsa Marau, Account Manager

'Brilliant, Ally has so much knowledge and experience and I'm so grateful that she passed it on to us'

- Kerry Wordley, Production Co-ordinator

"Was very impressed and gained valuable information, was very informative and gained great new skills and understanding",

- Jeremy Quarshie- Halm, Production Assistant

"Easy to understand, informal but educational"

Laura Blackburn Jnr, Production Manager

"Very Informative course- a great trainer never holding back on information or scenarios"

- Nasreen Chafekar, Production Co-ordinator

"I've come away with a lot to thingk about, I've learned lots!"

Jessica Hamilton, Production Manager

"Very informative but in a fun, relaxed way"

- Jo Stockham, Production Assistant

'Very informative and very friendly and relaxed'

- Emily Gutierrez, Media and Music Licensing Assitant

'I really enjoyed being in with people that had the same experiences as I have'

- Marta Salafont, New media producer

"Very useful and great to talk though things with people who understand. Ally is great"

- Zoe Rippin, Production Co-ordinator

'Really informative. Brilliant to be taught by an experienced professional'

- Catrin Siriol, Production Manager

'Very informative, addressed key issues'

- Umza Iqbal, Producer

"Very informative, nicely paced and the break down of items discussed"

- Lucie Harris, Production Manager

"Has helped with my understanding of my job in TV"

- Alexandra Wright, Junior Production Manager

''It's been really useful getting practical tips and advice from a very experienced head of Production. Outlining concerns and key challenges of the PM role, and advice to overcome these.'' 

- Kate Elliot, Senior Production Co-ordinator 

''It was a real help hearing about past examples, so we could learn from experience. TV based but skils are transferable and will be use in third and corporate sectors.'' 

- Ben Chappell, Media Trust 

''The tutor's expertise and knowledge were invaluable in covering all aspects of Production Management. Her friendly and personal nature was very reasurring in putting my mind at rest about taking next steps in my career.'' 

- Vicki Lindsay, Junior Production Manager

"Fantastically useful - thorough revision of PM practises and introduction to new aspects"

- Harriet Doherty, Company Director


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