careers

RTS Isle of Man talk to students at careers exhibition

Sam Bowers from RTS Futures and film-maker and lecturer Athena Mendis discussed the opportunities available to young people in the media industry. 

Mendis teaches production and screenwriting at Queen Mary University of London’s Department of Film Studies Department. She has made short films and documentaries, which have been screened at film festivals around the world.

She is currently in pre-production on two short films, Losing Grace and Daughter and in post-production with a documentary on the Greek diaspora of North London.

Industry professionals offer advice and opportunities at the RTS Futures Television Careers Fair

Voltage Television executive producer Amanda Lyon, who looks after BBC Two hit Inside the Factory: said: “I’ve never felt I’ve missed out on anything by being female.”

She was talking at the Wonder women” session, which brought together successful female TV executives in conversation with presenter Ria Hebden.

BBC opens applications for Content Commissioner development programme

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The broadcasting company is offering six training placements for talented TV professionals with a disability, and those from black, Asian, and minority backgrounds, to develop their commissioning skills.

Now in it’s third year, the six-month programme will place applicants into one of the BBC’s commissioning teams, including BBC Two, Arts, Drama, Entertainment, Popular Factual and Specialist Factual.

Young TV talent kickstart their careers at the RTS Futures Television Careers Fair 2019

A record 1,400 tickets were sold for the late January event, which featured expert panels and presentations from some of television’s leading lights.

Forty broadcasters, production companies and industry bodies set up home in the exhibition hall, dispensing advice to a stream of people hoping to break into the industry.

IMG Studios – whose clients include the Premier League and World Cup Rugby –brought six execs to a session on sports production.

RTS Midlands Careers Fair 2019

Take a look at who will be there:

4 Talent, Anna Valley, Asian Network, BBC Birmingham, BBC Sport, BBC Three, BBC WM, BBC Young Reporter, BECTU, BFI, Connect 2 TV, Doctors, Film Birmingham, Inside the Edit, ITV, ITV News Central, Mama Youth Project, NBC Universal, Presenter Promotions, RTS Membership and Student Awards, Rural Media, Screen Central, ScreenSkills, Searchlight, Staffordshire University, The Mill, The TV Festival, Triforce Creative Network, University of Worcester and The Writers’ Guild

RTS Student Masterclasses: Camerawork with Phil Mash and Geraint Warrington

Phil Mash and Geraint Warrington (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Mash has worked widely on US series House Hunters International and also shot an interview with Stephen Hawking for US talk show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Warrington, who usually works in natural history on programmes such as Channel 5 series Ben Fogle: New Lives in the World, recently shot CBBC drama Wolfblood Secrets, his first outing as a drama DoP.

ScreenSkills Trainee Finder programme applications open

The ScreenSkills scheme invites 75 more recruits for film and 40 more for television, from a variety of backgrounds, to apply for the scheme that offers paid work opportunities across the UK.

Previous film trainees have worked on Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Peterloo, Stan and Ollie, and Lady Macbeth.

Applications open for Mama Youth Project TV training scheme

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The scheme offers candidates the chance to gain valuable training and get their foot in the door of TV employment, with 82% of Mama Youth Project alumni still working in the industry a year after the training.

With no industry experience necessary, Mama Youth Project encourages those from under-represented backgrounds to apply, having previously helped over 400 young people break into the competitive TV industry.