15 February 13
BAFTA’s Generation Next TV Forum will give you the tools to forge a successful career in television. Aimed at those on the first rung of the career ladder, will give you access to the best minds in the industry and help you leverage your skills and talent to get ahead.
This day-long session of masterclasses, panels, Q&As and networking will give you a better understanding of how the industry functions, the skills needed in the multitude of different craft roles, how departments work together, where there is money to be made and how to protect yourself from selling your birth right for a mess of pottage. Delegates will think about their skills and ambitions, and learn something invaluable about the creative industries.
By the end of the day you’ll have the contacts and confidence that will help put you in prime position to make your TV career really take off.
BAFTA TV Forum: Generation Next has been made possible by the generous support of David Wolstencroft.
Tone of the day
Insightful, aspirational, informative, interactive, honest; myth busting and aiming to de-mystify some of the terminology in television.
Who can attend?
Emerging talent working in the sector and those passionate about forging a career - new writers and directors, runners, researchers, assistant producers - including students and those not in formal education.
To kick off the day, Tim Hincks, President of Endemol will talk to you about his big break, what makes the best creative ideas, how to navigate your way through the industry and why working in TV is one of the best places to forge your career.
Endemol is the world's largest independent production company, with over 80 companies in 31 countries and is behind award winning shows such as Deal or No Deal, Big Brother, 8 out of 10 Cats and The Million Pound Drop as well as scripted drama and comedy including Bad Teacher and Ripper Street.
9-9.30am - Delegate Registrations
9.40am - BAFTA Welcome: Anne Morrison, Chair BAFTA Learning and Events committee
9.45 – 10.30am - Keynote: Tim Hincks (Venue: Princess Anne Theatre)
10.30-11.30am - Breakout session masterclasses (Venue: various)
11.30 – 11.45am - Coffee break (Mezzanine)
11.45-12.45pm - Breakout session masterclasses (Venue: various)
12.45-1.30pm - Lunch (Mezzanine)
1.30-2.45pm - Career Strategy & Tactics (Venue: Princess Anne Theatre)
3-4pm - So, what is it you do all day...? (Venue: various)
4-5pm - The Anatomy of a TV Show: The Undateables(Venue: Princess Anne Theatre)
5-6pm - Networking drinks (Venue: Mezzanine)
9.45 – 10.30am KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Tim Hincks, President, Endemol Group
As President of Endemol Group, Tim is responsible for the creation and commercial exploitation of content across the company’s worldwide network. This incorporates operations in 31 territories annually producing roughly 400 series in genres including entertainment, reality TV, game shows, comedy, drama, sport, kids programming, factual, docu-dramas and features. Endemol produces hits including the BAFTA Award-winning The Million Pound Drop Live and Big Brother, as well as dramas including Ripper Street and the BAFTA-nominated Black Mirror.
He’ll open the day with his views on how to be creative and how to navigate your way through the industry, in conversation with Journalist Boyd Hilton.
10.30 – 11.30am MASTERCLASSES
The aim of the masterclasses is to give an insight into the broad range of roles on offer in television and the skills required to succeed, with each masterclass led by industry practitioners. Delegates will be split into groups and attend masterclasses in line with their submitted preferences (where possible).
Idea generation: how to be creative
TV is all about new ideas. But how do you go about coming up with the next hit TV format? This interactive and fun session, led by a top development team, will take you through brainstorming techniques and set delegates a task to get the creative juices flowing.
Speakers: Adam Adler, Executive Producer, Objective Productions (The Cube, Reflex)
Nathan Eastwood, Head of Comedy Entertainment, Objective Productions
Stevie Miller, Development Researcher, Objective Productions
Call the Midwife - Delivering the Director’s Cut
Call the Midwife is BBC One's biggest new drama for nearly a decade and is watched by around nine million viewers in its Sunday night slot. In this session, BAFTA-nominated director Philippa Lowthorpe, alongside editor David Thrasher, talk through the process of working together on this heart-warming hit. They will deconstruct a number of key scenes to analyse how the director and editor can successfully collaborate.
Chair: Tara Conlan, Freelance Journalist
Speakers: Philippa Lowthorpe, Director
David Thrasher, Editor
This is the whole truth and nothing but...Documentary Directing skills
This session will focus on directing a documentary and the planning, passion and persistence required to make your film happen. It will look at the broad spectrum of documentaries and at the routes available to distribute your film, as well as delving into storytelling, access, new techniques and how to hone your directing skills.
Chair: Mark Atkin, Director of Crossover and Head of Documentary Campus Masterschool
Panel: David Clews, Head of Docs, TwoFour and series director Educating Essex, Channel 4
John Douglas - Producer/Director - Our War, BBC Three
Aysha Rafaele, Head of Docs, BBC
Understanding the deal: how to be business savvy and make money in television
This frank and fascinating session looks at the business skills you need in television, from what you might expect to earn, to intellectual property - guiding you through how to make good deals. The expert panel will be on hand to answer all of your questions, to shed light on any confusing legal jargon and prepare you for that first and future negotiation.
Chair: Lisa Campbell, Editor, Broadcast magazine
Panel: Mel Leach, Managing Director, TwoFour,
Sam Bain, writer Fresh Meat, Peep Show, Bad Sugar
Matt Angel, Head of Legal and Business Affairs, Syco
Steve Havers, Joint Managing Director, Mast Media
How to be a top researcher
Securing a job as a researcher is often the first key step on the career ladder and good research skills are the backbone of TV. Researchers develop programme ideas, are fact checkers, find contributors, locations and source archive material. The panel is made up of emerging talent in this area, who tell it like it is and offer advice on how to stand out.
Chair: Helen Veale, Creative Director, Outline Productions
Panel: Ed Ryland, AP, Hat Trick (Have I Got News for You),
Greg Jenner, Associate Producer/Consultant, Lion TV (Horrible Histories)
Louise Palmer, AP, Wall to Wall (Long Lost Family, My New Family)
Unblock the writer in you: The Perfect Pilot
A must see session for any aspiring writer. This session will examine what it takes to successfully pitch a series idea in a pilot script. How do you deliver a satisfying story in the first episode, as well as establish the potential for on-going comedy and drama? We will question writers, both new and established, about their route into television and their experiences to date, and a broadcaster about how they support talent and what they are looking for.
Chair: Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, BBC
Panel: Lisa McGee, writer, London Irish, Channel 4
Dominic Mitchell, writer, In the Flesh, BBC Three
Ben Boyer, Head of Development, Sky Comedy
Sam Bain, writer Fresh Meat, Peep Show, Bad Sugar
“The revolution won’t be televised, it will be digitised”
A new generation of broadcasters exists, with viewing figures to make any TV channel exec green with envy. SB.TV is the UK’s leading online youth broadcaster and Channel Flip is the most subscribed UK broadcaster on YouTube. So who needs a commission? Learn from the people who are going straight to their audience and creating fresh innovative content on a daily basis.
Chair: Alison Norrington, Transmedia storyteller, Consultant and Chair Storyworld Conference & Expo
Panel: Jamal Edwards, CEO, SB.TV
Sara Mormino, Director, YouTube Content Operations and NextLab
Elly Garrod, Head of Operations, Channel Flip
12.45 – 1.30pm LUNCH BREAK
1.30 – 2.45pm CAREER STRATEGY & TACTICS
A panel of careers advisers, talent managers and producers talk you through the perfect CV, routes into the industry and tackle the world of freelancing in television. Is your CV sending out the desired message to television and media companies? A CV is a powerful tool for self-promotion, it’s key to market yourself, your skills and experience as effectively as possible. The panel will share advice, tips and insight into the reality of becoming a freelancer, how to make it work for you and how to set your career on the right course.
Chair: Edith Bowman, broadcaster
Panel: Daniell Morrisey, Head of Talent, BBC Comedy
Elsa Sharp, Talent Manager, BBC Factual
Sara Putt, Managing Director, Sara Putt Associates
David Granger, Managing Director, Monkey Kingdom (Made in Chelsea)
3–4pm SO, WHAT IS IT YOU DO ALL DAY...?
Delegates will be split into four groups, and over the course of the hour will hear from two of the practitioners outlined below. These will be quick fire interviews getting to grips with two very different roles, to demonstrate the skills involved and to enable you to better understand the landscape of television. Even if you don’t see yourself in any of these jobs, it’s important to understand how they fit into the lifecycle of TV production.
Production Manager Melissa Hameed, NERD
Producer/Director Michael Fraser, Wall to Wall
Scheduler Philip Stagg, Head of Off Peak Scheduling, ITV
Commissioning Editor Sarah Thornton, VP, Production and Development, Lifestyle and Entertainment, Discovery
Press and publicity Jane Fletcher, Head of Press, Channel 4
Editor Charlie Hawryliw, Editor, ITN Productions
Script Editor Kam Odedra, Script Editor, Red Productions
Programme acquisitions Sarah Wright, Controller of Acquisitions, BSKYB
Sessions chaired by:
Donna Taberer, Head of Public Service Partnerships, BBC Academy
Caroline Meaby Director of Talent Schemes, Edinburgh International Television Festival
Tom O’Brien Head of Development, Room 414 Productions
Tara Conlan Freelance Journalist
4-5pm CASE STUDY - THE ANATOMY OF A TV SHOW: THE UNDATEABLES
The day will end with a compelling and entertaining case study of the audience pleasing, critically acclaimed Channel 4 factual entertainment series The Undateables.
Described by The Guardian as ‘sensible, sensitive and kind’, the panel will deliver a full analysis of how the show went from idea to screen. Where did the idea come from? How was it developed? How did Betty TV find the contributors and what support did they require during filming? The panel will talk through each process of the show’s journey to our TV screens - development, commissioning, production, post-production as well as delve into any challenges faced - so that Generation Next delegates leave with the complete picture.
Chair: Boyd Hilton, TV Editor, Heat Magazine
Panel: Liam Humphreys, Head of Factual Entertainment, Channel 4
Walter Iuzzolino, Creative Director, Betty TV
Sarah Spencer, Executive Producer, Betty TV, The Undateables, series 3
Lucy Leveugle,Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment, Channel 4 and Series Producer, The Undateables, Series 1
5-6pm NETWORKING DRINKS, MEZZANINE BAR
Join us for networking drinks at the end of the day - BAFTA TV and Learning and Events committee members will be present, along with some of the speakers from the event.
A chance to relax, chat and reflect on your learning at Generation Next.
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