PACT Indie Diversity Scheme
Looking for a job in TV? WANT TO WORK IN London or Liverpool?
Apply to join this six-month, entry-level scheme and get your foot in the door at some of the best independent production companies ("Indies"), alongside training and support from PACT, the trade body which supports independent production companies and distributors.
The salary is London Living Wage for the London positions, and UK Living Wage for the Liverpool position.
- Application deadline: 16th July
- Interviews: w/c 9th August + w/c 16th August
- Scheme start date: 27th September
NB: You don't need to be based in London or Liverpool to apply for these positions but you do need to be willing to relocate.
What roles are on offer?
We are recruiting for seven trainees at:
Hat Trick is an indie who have a long history of making classics including Father Ted, Have I Got News For You and Derry Girls. Its group of companies have a great slate of varied content across Comedy Entertainment, Drama, Comedy, Music and Podcasts.
Hat Trick is looking for a versatile Production trainee who is interested in a career in production management. Your duties will vary and could include office running, working with our production planning team and working directly on production. They aim to rotate the trainee across at least 3 productions to give a wider genre experience.
Types of tasks could include: general office and location running, supporting the production team with logistics and paperwork, helping with the set up of development run throughs and pilot shoots, researching travel and accommodation, helping to prepare call sheets, getting a good practical understanding of all the stages of production.
They are looking for someone with a great organising mind, good communication skills, great attention to detail, an ability to organise your own time and workload, patience and the ability to remain calm.
There might also be an opportunity to work on their podcast strands on titles including Holy Sh!t, Chatting with Chorley and The Real Sex Education.
From the company’s inception, Nutopia has been at the forefront of the industry creating a new genre of television – the ‘megadoc’ – which combines epic cinematography and action-driven drama with high-end documentary and A-list talent. The first of these was the Emmy Award-winning America: Story of US. Recent broadcast successes include BBC/PBS series Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer; The World According to Jeff Goldblum, quirky host-led social history for Disney+ and lavish drama-doc The Last Czars for Netflix.
Nutopia is also looking for a versatile trainee whose work might include: researching and booking travel/organising transport and accommodation for crews, researching online, from books and in-person with experts, then summarising/presenting findings, going on runs to collect equipment/props, supporting the PM team with logistics and paperwork.
NB: this role will likely not involve any time on location as Nutopia has a range of international productions taking place at the moment but none in the UK.
However, there will be opportunities during the placement to spend time with the Development team, Post Production department and Operations/front of house team, in order to get a fully rounded understanding of life in a busy, premium unscripted TV company.
South Shore is an independent production company based in London and Cardiff. Their aim is to create ground-breaking programmes that surprise and delight audiences. Launched in 2019, they have already delivered a number of ground-breaking projects for UK broadcasters, including Cooking with the Stars, Extreme Food Phobics, Secret Spenders and The Academy.
South Shore is looking for a Development Junior Intern. You will be part of South Shore’s development team, helping to create, develop and pitch big, exciting, returnable formats for TV networks and streamers in the UK and around the world.
The job will involve: generating ideas for TV shows, researching a wide range of topics and helping to pull together materials for documents, meetings and tapes.
You should have a passion for all things TV, be bursting with ideas and have a wide range of interests that will help bring something new to the team. Further education and writing experience will be beneficial but not necessary.
Argonon has two placements on offer at two different companies. They are looking for a trainee to work in Factual Entertainment at Studio Leo in their London office and they are also looking for a Scripted trainee at Leopard Pictures in Liverpool.
Leopard is led by Kristian Smith running teams in the North and London. Leopard has created critically acclaimed scripted television programmes alongside an ever-growing slate, which spans drama, comedy, film and children’s. Working with award-winning writers, directors and actors, Leopard strives to tell popular stories for UK and International broadcasters and platforms. The Liverpool-based scripted trainee’s tasks will include Script reading and writing reports, research, proofreading and generally assisting the development team.
Studio Leo is a new production company in the Argonon Group led by Claire Collinson-Jones specialising in high-quality popular factual content from documentaries through to formats. The company launched last year and its first commission, Inside Tesco 24/7, is currently on Channel 5. Their PACT trainee can expect to help develop new show ideas, design treatments, create sizzle reels, assist on location, log footage for the edit and create social media content.
Little Dot is an award-winning digital content agency and media network, specialising in creating meaningful connections between premium content and digital audiences. They are made up of over 300 digital experts across the UK, LA and Germany. They work with the world’s most recognised TV, sports and consumer brands, creating content for more than 500 social channels globally and delivering 6 billion views per month.
They also run their own digital broadcast network of more than thirty channels across social platforms and OTT video-on-demand services; licensing over 15,000 hours of hand-picked long-form content and watched by over 400 million viewers in 2020.
Little Dot are recruiting for a runner who will be based in the office, supporting the Head of Production’s team, and the logistics that enable content to be made. With exposure to the entire production cycle, the successful candidate will need to demonstrate that they are super organised, with buckets of initiatives, an appetite to learn and an avid consumer of digital content.
This job will involve assisting the day-to-day working of the office. May include tasks such as photocopying, lunch runs, managing petty cash, ordering stationary, and covering reception.
Blink and Outline both form part of the Tin Roof Media Group. As part of this role, you will work across both companies.
Blink Films is a BAFTA award-winning production company based in London. Blink has produced over 400 hours of factual, documentaries, features, factual entertainment, drama-doc and comedy programming. Blinks’ content includes: Diana: Truth Behind the Scandal, Decoding the Great Pyramid and Dunkirk: The New Evidence.
Outline is an indie dedicated to creating factual entertainment series and formats for British and international markets. Over the years, their innovative approach has seen them create returning series and build strong programme brands like Health Freaks, Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes and Million Dollar Intern. This job could involve: collating research for new show ideas, writing and designing treatments, assisting the production team at the office or on location.
Applications closed 16/07/21