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Making the move from Production Coordinator to Production Manager can be a daunting step, with new PMs tasked with important decision-making, minute-by-minute, 24-7 responsibilities. From recruitment, and budgeting and scheduling to overseeing multiple shooting teams, edits, and delivery; managing well and building solid relationships are all key to the role. 

The need for confident, skilled PMs has been highlighted by extensive industry research by ScreenSkills and others. This course will help address this need with step-by-step comprehensive training in the key stages of a production; examining both the practical skills needed to be a successful PM, as well as professional skills such as managing a team. In addition, the course will offer training in the complex matters around insurance, legal and health and safety, both in-house and at broadcasters. 

This programme is supported by the ScreenSkills Unscripted TV Skills Fund, which invests in training for the unscripted workforce thanks to contributions from BBC, Channel 4, Sky, A+E Networks UK, Discovery UK, Channel 5, Netflix, ITV, Amazon and UKTV matched by production companies. 

  • Delivered by highly experienced Heads of Production, Production Executives and Production Managers  
  • Complete overview of Production Management – the role, functions and responsibilities  
  • Across 5 months and 8 days of face-to-face training, with additional online modules, masterclasses and mentoring  
  • Networking events  
  • Accessible to the UK nations and regions  
  • Applications are now open; training commences in March 2023  
  • The course fee is £750 + VAT; bursaries are available on request  
  • The course is supported by The Talent Manager 

This course is designed to support those new to the role of PM, boosting their confidence and consolidating skills, as well as offering a supportive peer network as they continue to build their careers. Areas covered will include: 

  • Pre-Production and scheduling  
  • Crewing, contracts & welfare  
  • Budgeting  
  • Managing effectively   
  • Insurance, legalities and health & safety  
  • Kit and locations –– UK and overseas   
  • Post-production 

DV Talent are particularly interested in recruiting those from groups currently underrepresented in Unscripted TV. 

 Each participant will be allocated a mentor to nurture them throughout the programme, providing technical, job-related support as well as wider career support. They will also attend networking events to help raise their profile in the industry. 

The training will be accessible to the UK nations and regions, across 8 days of face-to-face training with additional online modules and masterclasses. There is a particular focus on recruiting underrepresented groups and those from all socio-economic backgrounds. Bursaries are available to support travel and accommodation to our training facilities. 

The scheme is being run by DV Talent, the leading school for film and TV professionals, in collaboration with 

It has been commissioned and funded by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen industries. 

‘’We’re thrilled to once again be delivering much-needed training in Unscripted Production Management. It’s a crucial, multifunctional role holding a production together. We’ve updated a comprehensive course with proven positive results, that will leave our delegates feeling confident and competent when it comes to all aspects of PM, developing both their technical expertise, their soft skills and how to develop effective relationships with their seniors and team, as well as external organisations. By focusing our marketing and recruitment on under-represented groups we also aim to improve the diversity – including geographic and socio-economic – of skilled production talent’’ said Jon Durbridge, the programme manager.  

Sarah Joyce, ScreenSkills’ Head of Unscripted and Children’s, said; 
"Skilled Production Managers are in huge demand across Unscripted TV, and we’re thrilled to be working with DV Talent to support this important priority for both commissioners and producers of unscripted content. Thanks to investment from the Unscripted TV Skills Fund we look forward to seeing a diverse and talented group come together to learn from industry experts, connect with decision makers and support each other as the next generation of superstar PMs” 

Eligibility and to apply  

In total, the programme will be open to 30 participants between March and August 2023. 

Applicants will:  

  • Have at least one credit as a JPM or PM and be actively working in this role for the duration of the programme  
  • Be looking to consolidate their experience and skills so far and navigate the transition between PC and PM within a supportive group of peers  

Applications are now open. The closing date is February 24th, 2023 

For more information or to apply, click this link or email  

About DV Talent  

DV Talent is the UK's leading independent training provider and career agency for creative media professionals. We offer an extensive range of courses across film, TV and the digital media, taught by many of the creative industries' best-known and most influential filmmakers, developers, journalists and acclaimed TV producer/directors and series producers. Our clients include all the major Indies and Broadcasters, we are a preferred supplier to both the BBC and ITV, and we are known as the ‘’professionals' film and television school’’. DV Talent is a member of the Moving Image Training Alliance (Mita).  


The Talent Manager is the main recruitment platform and networking site for professionals working in the TV industry. It is used by more than 100,000 freelancers and over 3,000 production companies UK-wide, including the BBC and ITV. The TM has been at the forefront of initiatives to promote diversity in the TV industry, with a suite of pioneering recruitment tracking and reporting tools.  

About ScreenSkills  

ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the screen industries – film, television (including children’s, unscripted and high-end), VFX (visual effects), animation and games. We are supporting economic recovery and future innovation and growth across the nations and regions by investing in the skilled and inclusive workforce who are critical to the UK screen industries’ global success.  

Testimonials about DV Talent / PM training:  

‘Brilliant. The tutors have just a wealth of knowledge’  

‘Really thorough course structure. It went through in detail about many things a PM faces while working in the industry – Excellent – quality of coaching and mix of theory and practical exercises’  

‘Organised, interesting and engaging. Trainer was brilliant, clear and helpful. Excellent challenges’  

‘A fantastic course. The schedule and budgeting was especially useful and gave me a full insight into setting up a show from the start. I also found the tutor’s knowledge from her extensive career was very interesting and can use it to my own advantage when making decisions in the future.’ 

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