Join us for Focus on Factual, Thursday 11th November

Posted on 18th October 2021

We are delighted to be hosting our first in-person event in over two years this November, as we invite people from the across the North East's screen industry to join us for Focus on Factual on Thursday 11th November, 5.30pm - 9.30pm at Base Camp, Middlesbrough.

Do you work in the North East screen industry? Looking to get your big break or are you just starting to dip your toe into the industry? Are you thinking about a career change and looking to cross over to factual from drama or video journalism? You may want to work on hard-hitting tear-jerkers such as BBC’s Ambulance or see yourself on location as a Shooting AP for Countryfile. No matter your background or experience in the industry, or what your goals and aspirations are, our Northern Film + Media Crew Academy: Focus on Factual event is an amazing opportunity to hear all about the joys and challenges of working in factual TV production from top industry professionals.

There are a plethora of incredible opportunities coming up in the North East and many of these will be factual roles. If you want to get yourself on any of these factual productions, then this is your first step.

You must be 18 or over to book on this event and living in the North East. Preference will be given to those in the Tees Valley area. To book your free place, please visit our Eventbrite page.

The Event

Hosted at Base Camp, Middlesbrough, we are hugely excited to have a top-quality panel of speakers to share their knowledge at our first in-person learning event for almost two years.

The brilliant speakers on our panel are:

Duncan Gray – Founder of Twenty Six 03. Duncan has been responsible for bringing some of the most popular, memorable and ground-breaking entertainment shows to TV audiences in the UK and the US over the past 25 years. He is credited for developing and later serving as Executive Producer on Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast, as well as commissioning Britain’s Got Talent and overseeing The X Factor for ITV as Controller of Entertainment.

Emma Sheldon – Director of Production in Entertainment, Fulwell 73. Emma is an experienced Director of Production with a demonstrated history of working in the entertainment genre of the broadcast media industry. Skilled in production management, media production, live events, entertainment, sports presentation, gaming and digital media, Emma has produced live shows in both broadcast and digital content for over 20 years and currently heads up the entertainment department at Fulwell 73. She has previously produced live comedy for Netflix, live music for the BBC, Channel 4, Apple, Red Bull, MTV, and a multitude of other bands and brands, as well as coverage of the Rugby World Cup.

Emma is passionate about team building and always strives to put the best team together for a project. Her finance knowledge along with her management skills ensures that projects stay on time and always in budget.

Mark Robinson – Creative Director at Wise Owl. Mark created Shiver in 2007 – ITV Studios’ first label and the maker of series including Come Dine With Me. Mark has worked closely with many of Britain’s best-loved television stars including Peter Kay, David Jason, Robson Green and Trevor McDonald.

Thanks to a combination of the A1 and LNER, Mark has managed to live in County Durham throughout his career in television.

Our panel will share their experience and engage in a roundtable discussion panel during the event. They will let us in on their expert knowledge of the unique benefits and challenges of factual production in the North East, touching on topics such as the BBC’s announcement of £25 million of commission funding for the region, followed by a short Q&A.

Afterwards, our invited industry professionals including Melanie Rainbow, Production Manager at Fulwell North, Fulwell 73’s North East base, and Alan Fentiman, a local self-shooting Producer-Director legend, as well as our panellists will break out to a session of networking opportunities for experienced crew and new entrants alike. For anyone considering roles in factual, this event is not to be missed.

Click here to book your space.

This Tees Valley Screen event would not be possible without the support of the Tees Valley Combined Authority and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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