RTS Midlands

Strictly Come Dancing: the masterclass

Head judge Shirley Ballas, dancer Giovanni Pernice and his celebrity partner from the 2018 series, Faye Tozer, joined the new executive producer, Sarah James and her predecessor, Louise Rainbow, to discuss the work that goes into producing the hit BBC One show.

Rainbow, who has been Strictly’s executive producer for the past six years, explained that pre-production begins in January, when discussions start on securing celebrities before the show’s launch the following September. 

RTS Midlands Awards

Khan won the Acting Performance (Male) and Outstanding New Talent awards, and was also named Best Writer, with the co-writer of Man Like Mobeen, Andy Milligan.

More than 300 people attended the awards ceremony, which was hosted by television presenter Trish Adudu, at Birmingham Town Hall in November.

ITV News Central took home a hat trick awards for News Programme of the Year; Journalist of the Year for Balvinder Sidhu; and Digital Creativity.

Aardman model maker Jim Parkyn shares his secrets of animation

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A crowd of animation fans were let in on those secrets and more at the very first “Animorsels” evening at Antenna, Nottingham in late October.

Aardman model maker Jim Parkyn was the star attraction at the evening event, which was organised by the Nottingham-based animation and production company, Bottletop and sponsored by RTS Midlands.

RTS Midlands launches its first Careers Fair

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Panel sessions took place throughout the day at the RTS event. “The secrets behind TV sport”, hosted by BBC WM presenter Richard Wilford, featured Sports Personality of the Year deputy editor Michael Jackson, BBC sports news correspondent Natalie Pirks and BBC Sport editor Jo McCusker, who offered advice to budding sports broadcasters.

RTS Midlands hosts commissioners day

The commissioners day offered informal chats, pitching sessions and networking. “We wanted an informal feel to the day as we wanted to encourage honest and open discussions between the indies and the commissioners,” said RTS Midlands Chair Caren Davies.

She added: “It meant that the indies could see numerous people in one day instead of having to go back and forth to London, which can be quite costly and time-consuming for some of the smaller companies.”

RTS Midlands is planning to host more of these types of events in the future.

RTS Midlands Careers Fair

Join us on Tuesday 16th October  to get all the latest tips, tricks and practical advice to help you land that all important first job in TV or Radio.

Alongside Q&A panel sessions with production teams and talent from the biggest shows and brands, there will be practical workshops on filming and technology; the chance to have a go at presenting; CV advice; the opportunity to learn about the different jobs and training schemes that are available and to network with the most influential creatives in the business.

RTS Midlands hosts Writers Guild of Great Britain

The Writers Guild was holding its AGM outside London for the first time at the Library of Birmingham, and was invited to network with RTS members and producers from the region.

Dorothy Hobson, vice chair of RTS Midlands, discussed the work of the centre and William Gallagher, deputy chair of the Writer's Guild and an RTS committee member, urged the creative people at the busy reception to share ideas.

Terry Stanton celebrates 50 years RTS service

Dorothy Hobson and Terry Stanton (Credit: Jenny Wilkes)

The TV veteran received a certificate from Midlands vice-chair Dorothy Hobson. “I hope to remain active to at least 2036 when it is my aspiration to organise a lecture for the RTS entitled ‘Television: the first 100 years’,” he said.

Terry Stanton’s interest in television began at an early age when his father bought a Marconi set to watch the funeral of King George VI in 1952.

RTS Midlands: Indie drop-in day

The networking event was a great opportunity for the RTS Centre to bring itself up to date on the progress of the many projects currently in production in the Midlands.

“We wanted to get a real insight into everything that is happening in the independent sector in the Midlands, so the RTS can work out how best to serve the sector,” said RTS Midlands Chair Caren Davies.

“We’re aiming to boost the profile of TV production in the Midlands and provide more opportunities where we can celebrate and showcase the rich diversity of the programmes that are made here,” she added.