Running Your Own Production Company


This course is eligible for bursary funding.

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Are you looking to start your own production company? Join us on a brand new course developed in collaboration with exec producer and former managing director Lucy Baxter that aims to help anyone setting up their own production company. This course will take delegates stage by stage through the fundamentals of setting up and running your own film or TV company including being clear on the rationale for doing it, the logistics of registering your company, your responsibilities as a company director and an employer, the financials and business planning, overheads and how to evaluate them, finding the right partners - and which ones to avoid - and how to grow your business and what to do next. 

Anyone looking to start their own production company.



  • Why run your own company?

 Setting Up- Logistics

  • Different Company Structures
  • Legal Liabilities
  • Dealing with Companies House

 Financials & Business Planning 

  • Budgets & Cashflow
  • Having a Business Plan
  • Start-Up Funding

Overheads and how to evaluate them

  • Staffing- when to hire and who? 
  • Employer Responsibilities 

Growth and ... Not Growth

  • What if it all goes wrong? 

Lucy Baxter is an experienced managing director of Mandrake Films, an acclaimed TV and digital content production company. As well as founding and running the business, Lucy has worked as an executive and series producer, producer/director and production manager on wide array of shorts, features, news, drama series and documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, C5, and Al Jazeera as well as projects for cinema and digital release. She has taught at the NFTS, is on the board of Sheffield Doc Festival and is author of Running a Creative Company in the Digital Age

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 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.

Maximum 12 people.


10:00-17:30 (please arrive 15 minutes early for induction on the day)


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be in writing and must be received at least 10 working days prior to the course date or the full fee will be charged. DV Talent reserves the right to cancel courses at any time (e.g. if there are insufficient enrolments) without liability, and delegates will be offered an alternative date or full refund. In booking a course, you are acknowledging you have read and accepted our Terms and Conditions.