Funding and Opportunities

Job opportunities

Development Executive - Fulwell North

Fulwell 73 are looking for a Development Executive to join their Fulwell North team, based in Sunderland.

This is a long-term role for someone who is ambitious about invigorating the North East with production and content creation. You should be creatively plugged into the area and be aware of who and what would make for great subject matter on-screen.

The ideal candidate would be someone who has produced television shows as well as developing them.

Senior Cinematics Artist - Atomhawk

Atomhawk are looking for someone to join Gateshead-based studio to lead a variety of motion graphics, animation and cinematic projects.

You’ll need to possess a creative eye and love for turning scripts and concepts into impressive pieces of animated and filmed content. To excel in this role, you must be highly skilled in CGI software and various aspects of visual storytelling.

Salary: £30-40,000


Costume Dresser - Emmerdale, ITV

Emmerdale, one of ITV’s most successful continuing dramas, is looking for a Costume Dresser to provide support to their costume department over a six-month period.

You will provide first line support for the costume production teams whilst filming on location or in the studio. This is very much an entry level position into the costume department and we are looking for self-motivated individuals eager and ready to learn and pursue a career in costume.

Closing date: Sunday 24th October

Original voices - Continuing Drama Writer - Emmerdale 3-month placement

As the success of ITV’s Emmerdale continues to grow, they are looking for brilliant fresh writing voices to experience working with the Emmerdale writing team.

Original Voices aims to attract candidates from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in the industry, including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities and disabled people.

Closing date: Sunday 24th October

Studio Production Manager Talent Pool - BBC's The One Show

BBC Studios Factual are looking for Production Managers to join their One Show talent pool who will help manage the busy studio team.

They’re after someone who is passionate about programme making, who thrives working in a dynamic environment and who will inspire their production management teams in thinking of new, commercial and innovative ways of working.

Together with the Studio team Series Producer, you will be responsible for scheduling and managing the studio team rota, as well as crew for the daily live shows.

This is a hybrid working role with 2/3 days in the London office as required.

Closing date: Friday 22nd October

Senior Operations Engineer - BBC

The BBC are looking for a Senior Operations Engineer to join their team at BBC Radio Cumbria based in Carlisle.

You will work closely with local programme making teams and the Team Lead, Operations Engineering (Newcastle) on technology matters and be an integral part of the radio station production team. As technical authority you will deal with enquiries from staff of all disciplines, and from professional contacts inside and outside the BBC.

Closing date: Sunday 31st October

Production Management Assistant Talent Pool - BBC's The One Show

BBC Studios Factual are looking for Production Management Assistants to join their One Show talent pool who will be a key point of contact and provides administrative support to the production team(s) in order to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the production.

You’ll work with editorial colleagues to deliver outstanding, distinctive content by supporting the delivery of editorial ambitions within operational and financial constraints.

This is a hybrid working role with 2/3 days in the London office as required.

Closing date: Friday 22nd October

Director of News and Current Affairs - BBC

The BBC’s Director of News and Current Affairs holds the UK’s biggest and most influential news role, leading almost 6,000 staff to deliver the most trusted news service in the world. Responsible for all the BBC’s UK-wide news and current affairs services, and the BBC World Service, you will deliver innovative and creative journalism to an audience of half a billion across the globe.

As Director of News and Current Affairs you carry the BBC’s news and current affairs brand to the UK and the rest of the world, imparting our core values of trust and impartiality. You will lead the industry in digital innovation to engage the audiences of tomorrow.

This is a hugely significant and important role within the BBC that will see you sit on the Executive committee and main BBC board.

Closing date: Friday 22nd October

Android Principle Software Engineer - iPlayer and Sounds - BBC

The BBC require a Principal Software Engineer for the iPlayer Mobile team. This role will see you become one of the technical experts in the Android engineering space.

You will play a key role in the technical direction of iPlayer, ensuring the application’s architecture is fit for the future.

This is a permanent, full time role with a flexible working location.

Closing date: Sunday 24th October

Impact Senior Manager, North - BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need are looking for a Impact Senior Manager to work across the northern region.

Working into the new Head of UK Portfolio, the primary purpose of this role is to provide senior leadership across the Children in Need North grant-making teams, leading and optimising all of BBC Children in Need’s grant-making and management within this geographic patch.

Can be based anywhere in the northern region. The team is based in Salford.

Salary: £40,400 – £52,000

Closing date: Wednesday 27th October

Head of Impact, UK Portfolio - BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need are looking for a Head of Impact who will manage their UK portfolio.

The role will ensure the charitable ambition of having the greatest impact for children and young people across the UK is driven successfully. They have a new Grant making Strategy and long term income development strategy which are focussed on sustainability and impact which require strong and visible leadership to develop further collaboration, partnerships and income generation within the foundation sector and wider. This is critical to insuring that their income diversifies, impact is amplified by working with others and they explicitly highlight our expertise as an organisation.

This role can be based anywhere in the UK, but will require regular travel, especially to Salford.

Salary: £49,001 – £65,000

Closing date: Wednesday 27th October

Script Editor Talent Pool - In House Drama Productions - BBC Children's

BBC Children’s are looking to increase their talent pool of Script Editors who can come and work on In House Dramas when needed.

The Script Editor will work in close collaboration with all stakeholders to ensure their creative vision is realised – collating notes and managing relationships with writers. You’ll be working with Producers and Executive Producers to take the scripts from premise through to completion and manage and update the script schedule, ensuring that scripts are delivered on time.

There is no closing date for this.

Assistant Script Editors Talent Pool (CDS Scripted) - BBC

The BBC are looking to increase their talent pool of Assistant Scripted Editors working on some of their very popular continuing dramas. You’ll be joining a pool and no work is guaranteed.

As part of a highly creative production team, the Assistant Script Editor will provide support to the Script department and advise on all continuity related issues, giving clear and concise notes. You will also provide support to the Script Producer as necessary.

There is no closing date for this pool.

Script Coordinators Talent Pool (CDS Scripted) - BBC

The BBC are increasing their talent pool for Script Coordinators working across their continuing dramas.

The role of a Script Coordinator is a junior and training role where you would report to a Series Script Supervisor, Line Producer or Script Producer. You will need to have the ability to adopt a flexible approach, manage a variable workload and adapt to the different working styles of colleagues.

There is no closing date to apply. Please note, you are not guaranteed work by applying to the talent pool.

Script and Story Editors Talent Pool (CDS Scripted) - BBC

The BBC are looking to increase their talent pool of Script and Story Editors working on some of their continuing dramas.

You will need the ability to adopt a flexible approach, manage a variable workload and adapt to the different working styles of colleagues in these roles.

To ensure you’re on the list, check out the link below.

There’s no closing date for this.

Researchers Talent Pool (CDS Scripted) - BBC

The BBC are always looking for new talent and are looking to grow their talent pool of Researchers for continuing dramas.

As part of a highly creative production team, the Researcher has a key role in maintaining the highest standards of accuracy and modernity in the assessment and research for all stories and scripts within the Script department.

There is no closing date to apply to the Talent Pool. You can get yourself included by following the link below.

Step Up - BFI

The BFI have launched Step Up, which aims to provide opportunities for creative and technical production crew from underrepresented groups to work on a production supported by the BFI Film Fund.

Applications are welcome from those who are ready to either step up in their department or step across from other creative industries (such as television, documentary and short form content).

Please note this is not an entry level scheme. There is no closing date, applications will be looked at every month.

Get Set - Prodigious

London-based Prodigious have just launched their Get Set programme, which will offer one on-set production runner role (paid) each month in London to candidates with little or no professional experience.

You will shadow their experienced producers and production managers, supporting them on set.

To apply, you’ll need to email a one-page CV and a paragraph about why you want to be part of the Get Set programme to


Training opportunities

Production Direct Training

Production Direct Training (PDT) is delivered by The Production Training Company and Imogen Gay, author of Production Lab book and course.

PDT will expand on the Production Lab programme; delivering it either as 1:1 or in small groups from different productions, where junior crew can discuss, compare notes and network.

For more information, please email

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Training - BIFA

BIFA have announced a suite of equality, diversity and inclusion training in partnership with ScreenSkills, which will see a programme of training sessions run from August through to March 2022.

This programme will include Unconscious Bias Training, Anti-bullying and harassment training and Fair recruitment and inclusivity in the workplace training.

Blue Lights Programming module - Channel 4

In 2019 Channel 4’s Legal & Compliance team launched a free interactive training resource to help equip production companies and producers to deliver creative and compliant programming.

The first e-module focused on Factual Programmes and is available on the 4Producers Handbook. Due to the success of the first module, the team commissioned a second module on Blue Lights programming. This e-module focuses’ on filming with the emergency services, so give it a go!

NFTS Scotland and NFTS Leeds

NTFS Scotland and NFTS Leeds have a number of different online and in-person short courses running across the next few months aimed at all different levels including:

Blender – October (3 days), Glasgow

Creative Directing for History and Arts Television – Thursday 14th and Friday 15th October, online

Motion Graphics and Titles – Monday 18th – Friday 22nd October, Glasgow

Funding opportunities

Emerging Indie Fund - Channel 4

Applications are now open for Channel 4’s Emerging Indie Fund 2021, an opportunity for indies in the Nations and Regions to receive slate development funding and increased access to commissioners and other departments within Channel 4.

The scheme aims to support the indie sector, and nurture emerging indie talent from the Nations and Regions and help them to grow their business through Channel 4 investment.

To be eligible for Emerging Indie Fund, companies must be a ‘true indie’ (in which no one broadcaster holds more than 25% of its shareholding), with a sole or primary office in the Nations and Regions, and a slate of content in development that is suitable for Channel 4. Turnover must be below £3m according to the company’s latest set of accounts.

Deadline: 9am, Friday 15th October

North of Tyne Investment - Creative England

If you are a freelancer or small business working in the creative industries (including screen, tv and film) located in Newcastle, North Tyneside or Northumberland, you will be able to access the new North of Tyne Combined Authority Investment programme which is run by Creative England.

There are two elements to this:

Equity investments of £25,000 – £75,000

Loans of £50,000 – £150,000

ScreenSkills bursaries

A ScreenSkills bursary is a cash grant to remove the obstacles to getting into the screen industries or progressing your career once you’re in.

You can apply for money to pay for most things that relate to work and continuing professional development, such as training fees, accommodation, care, disability access costs, equipment, software and travel.

The fund is open until 13th March 2022.

UK Global Screen Fund - BFI

The BFI have launched a one-year pilot fund designed to boost international development and distribution opportunities for the UK’s independent screen sector.

The £7 million fund will target support across the screen sector, including film, TV, documentary, animation and interactive narrative games content.

There are three strands: International Distribution, Business Development and Co-Production. Applications for the International Distribution strand are now being taken, with the other two strands to open in the next few months.

Other Opportunities

RTS North East and Borders Awards

The Royal Television Society Awards for the North East and Borders will be held on 26th February 2022 at the Gateshead Hilton.

Nominations for awards are now open. Entries may come from any media platform and must have been either aired on TV, distributed for non-broadcast or streamed online for the first time between November 2019 and December 2021.

Award categories can be downloaded from the RTS website.

Entry deadline is 5pm, Friday 19th November.

Market Trader - Creative England

Learn how to succeed at international film markets with Creative England’s Market Trader, an intensive business development programme for talented producers, who are looking to take their projects to market across the world. The programme is also open to sales and distribution executives who wish to develop their careers.

Applications are invited from producers based in the English regions outside of London and junior executives working in sales and distribution.

Closing date: Monday 18th October

NHS Heroes Casualty Writing Contest

As part of Casualty’s 35th anniversary celebrations they are launching an exciting opportunity for frontline medical professionals to have a chance to write their own shadow episode of Casualty. At least one successful writer will have full access to a BBC script editor and input from the Casualty team into their paid shadow script.

To be eligible for this scheme, you must be either working as a frontline medical professional or have worked or be retired from a frontline medical role.

Apply by 10am, Wednesday 20th October.

Talent Connect - Film Hub North

Every month Film Hub North welcomes pitches from Writers/Directors which will be accessed by producers who have been approved to access the Talent Connect folder. This is a way of north screen and film talent connecting and accessing each others work to produce something wonderful.

If you’re either a Writer/Director or Producer, make sure your listed in the Talent Connect database so you are able to access this scheme.

Film + TV Production Restart Scheme

The Film and TV Production Restart Scheme helps film and TV shows struggling to get insurance for Covid-related risks to get back into production.

The Scheme makes direct compensation available to producers that incur costs caused by coronavirus abandonment or delays to eligible pre-existing and new productions.


The BFI supports filmmakers and the screen industry in the UK and abroad. It has a number of different funding and grant schemes that may be applicable to you.

Their page is regularly updated, and it’s always worth checking to see if you meet any of the schemes’ criteria.

Film + TV Charity

The Film + TV Charity have a number of grants and access schemes available for people working in the industry. At the moment, their support schemes are all paused with the new programme being launched in Autumn 2021.

If you are in desperate need of financial support they do have support grants for immediate help. To see if you are eligible and to find out more, please complete their application form.

Funding Finder - BFI Network

The BFI Network has a useful directory highlighting funding opportunities for new and emerging UK writers, directors and producers.

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