The Series Producer Fast Track Scheme - £1200.00

Our pioneering Series Producer training scheme is back!

This 13-day course is for experienced programme-makers taking their first step into a senior programme management role.

The course, which runs part-time over 6-months, is taught by some of the most influential programme-makers of recent years, will provide experienced producers with the key managerial, editorial and creative skills needed to be a successful network Series Producer.

Delegates will also have the chance to attend one of the main broadcast-industry festivals.

Duration                    13 days 
Class size:                  14

Cost:                             £1200 plus Vat



This scheme is heavily funded by Creative Skillset's TV Skills Fund - so participant fees are a fraction of the real cost.


Thank you to all who applied for the scheme. We have had over 50, very strong, applications for the course. 


To register your interest in future Series Producer courses email,

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Who it's for?

The scheme is open to producers, directors - or similar - junior SPs seeking to hone their network series producing skills.


You will need to have a proven track-record at producer level or the equivalent. 


By the end of the course, delegates will have a set of tools to help them put together and manage large production teams more effectively; run edits and build a narrative arc across a series; understand - and therefore be better able to manage - the logistics involved in a series, including budgets and schedules; have a better appreciation of the relationship between a Series Producer, Commissioner and Exec Producer/ MD; troubleshoot common problems Series Producers face on productions, and be more confident in handling key talent. 

Course Content

  • Making the transition from programme-maker to manager
  • Legal responsibilities and compliance
  • Negotiating and handling talent
  • Money matters – understanding budgets and schedules
  • Audiences and schedules
  • Storytelling and shaping a format
  • Generating ideas and successful development for network and international markets
  • Rescuing material in the edit
  • Inheriting and refreshing a series
  • Writing and overseeing commentary
  • Managing up: dealing with execs and commissioners
  • Commissioner sessions
  • Plus, the chance to attend one of the following festivals - GEITF/Televisual Factual Festival/ Sheffield Doc Festival


Venue & Times

Location:            TBC 

                            Although the majority of the training will be held in London, there will be some                                               regionally based sessions.

                            Successful candidates will get a contribution towards their travel and                                                            accommodation costs for attending the training workshops 

Key Dates:

  • Module 1 - 28 April - 2 May 2014
  • Module 2 - 7 & 8 June TBC
  • Module 3 - 19 & 20 July TBC
  • Module 4 - 18 & 19 September TBC
  • Module 5 - 25 & 26 October TBC

Please note dates may change or be added.


Taught by the makers of landmark series such as Jamie’s School Dinners, Dispatches, Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and The Apprentice as well as experts in specialist fields such as team management, and cross-platform


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.

What if I have to cancel?
Successful applicants will have to confirm their acceptance of an offered place by Friday 4th April. They will do this either by ensuring payment or a PO reaches us by that time. After that date, any unconfirmed places will be offered to applicants on the waiting list. If you do have to cancel after the 4th April, having confirmed your acceptance of the place, the full course fees will still be payable unless we can get someone else to take your place. 

What others say about this course 

‘DV Talent’s Series Producer scheme has been a fantastic asset for Betty.’
Emily Shanklin, Head of Talent, Betty

'A quick email to say how successful we found the SP course.'
- Charlie Bunce, Editor Factual Programmes, Talkback Thames 

‘The course was invaluable.'
Roger Bolton, Chairman, Flame TV

'We have been very impressed by the benefits of the SP course We have seen (our delegate) blossom.'
Harry Marshall, CEO, Icon Films

‘Many thanks. I’m delighted [the course] was such a success. It’s really exciting to provide a new training course that is so constructive..’
– Josephine Cocking, ITV


And a few of the delegates:

‘Rare to get a training course so in tune with our needs in this industry or so currently relevant’
Nickie Lister, ITV

'Cannot recommend this enough. I was able to apply the lessons immediately and they really worked. Fantastic.’
– Gordon Main, freelance Senior Producer

’Well thought out, well structured, excellent choice of tutors. The course has given me more confidence in my own abilities as SP.’ 
Euros Wyn, Series Producer, Cwmni Da

‘Really well organized, hugely relevant teaching with regard to the role of SP, with some fantastic tutors.’
– Sian Price, series producer, Studio Lambert 

‘I genuinely found the Series Producer course career-changing! I would definitely recommend it to anyone’
– Stuart Ramsay, Series Producer, Shiver (ITV)

Previous delegates on the Series Producer course 

  • Mark Saben, exec producer, Wall to Wall
  • Andie Claire, director of production, Icon Films
  • Mike Ratcliffe, series producer, Talkback Thames
  • Neil Smith, exec producer, Betty TV
  • Basi Akpabio, consultant and creative director
  • Paula Fasht, freelance series producer
  • Marc Sigsworth, exec producer, Prospect Pictures
  • Dickon Le Marchant, freelance series producer
  • Lisa Fairbank, managing director, Factory Films
  • David Vallance, freelance series producer
  • Natalie Hill, freelance series producer

and many more.



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