Writer / Producer / Director: Building a career as a ’Slashie’

Writer / Producer / Director: Building a career as a ’Slashie’

Wednesday, 22 September, 2021
6.00pm - 7.00pm

Location

Zoom Webinar
United Kingdom
RTS Futures
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Ever fancied writing and directing? Producing and acting? Or even juggling a TV job with a position outside the industry? It’s possible. 

Despite the received wisdom that to build a career in TV, you need to choose your path and stick to it, there are many people who are forging a a career down multiple avenues.

In this session we meet them. The ‘Slashies’. The multi-hyphenates. Those for whom one career path is just too narrow.

So what are the challenges of this type of career? What are the opportunities? Does it help you, or hinder you, when a talent manager sees that all-important slash in your job title?

Join us while we untangle the fact from the fiction, and learn from some of those who are making a success of doing a lot.

Panel
Dr Ranj Singh - NHS Clinician / Presenter
Helen Simmons - Writer / Producer
Sonny Hanley - Controller of Content Services, ITV

Kim Tserkezie - Writer / Actor / Producer / Presenter 
Host - Ed Gove - Journalist, Channel 4 News

Dr Ranj Singh: Ranj is a NHS doctor and TV medical expert. He is one of the resident doctors on ITV's This Morning, host of ITV's Dr Ranj: On Call, and co-host of the pocket Steths, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll, as well as a regular columnist for Attitude, Now, and Family Traveller, and a children's author. Alongside all of that, he is an NHS clinician specialising in the wellbeing of young people. 

Helen Simmons: Helen is a writer and BIFA longlisted producer who was named a Screen Star of Tomorrow in 2018. She has TV projects in development with multiple companies including NBCUniversal, World Productions, and Kinetic Content, and is writing features for Workshop Pictures and Ardimages. Helen runs Erebus Pictures alongside Stephanie Aspin, which received a BFI Vision Award last year, and the company has a varied slate of film and TV projects lining up to shoot next year and beyond. Helen is one of the British Screen Forum's Future Leaders, recently ran the Producers Roundtable campaign, and has spoken on panels for Broadcast, Screen International, BAFTA and WFTV.

Kim Tserkezie: Kim has worked as an Actor/Presenter/Writer/ Producer for over 25 years with a career spanning scripted comedy, drama and documentary. She is founder/MD of production company, Scattered Pictures.  In 2019/21, she was named as one of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK (Shaw Trust Power 100). In 2020, Kim won a Royal Television Society Award for best drama performance for her leading role in Obsession (BFI Network).  Other leading acting roles include Penny Pocket in BAFTA award winning children’s series, Balamory, and Lodger, a BBC TV comedy pilot which Kim also co-wrote and co-produced.

Sonny Hanley: Sonny is the 'Controller of Content Services' at ITV and has worked for the company for nearly 18 years in various different roles from Production, to Technology to Operations. His current role sees him responsible for the whole content supply chain from getting programmes into ITV, processed and delivered out to transmission; video on demand platforms and customers and clients around the world that buy ITV content. Sonny is also one of the co-Chairs for ITV Embrace, ITV's internal network for Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (B.A.M.E) colleagues who turn ideas into action, with projects, initiatives and activities centred around our 'Diversity and Inclusion Acceleration Plan' to make a real lasting impact.

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Ever fancied writing and directing? Producing and acting? Or even juggling a TV job with a position outside the industry? It’s possible.