Intro to Production Management


This course is eligible for bursary funding.

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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. 

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.

• 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.

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.

Maximum 8 people but usually 4-6.


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