3 Months On: 5 positive signs of progress since February

It's not all doom and gloom on a Production Management front, three months on and the landscape is already changing

It can be tricky to keep up with developments in our industry, so we’ve rounded up 5 snippets of positive news for Production Management since “The Report” landed in February.

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Alison Barnett

In April, BAFTA gave an award to Kudos Head of Production, Alison Barnett in recognition of her achievements overseeing production management and operations of shows including Broadchurch and Life on Mars.

In her acceptance speech, Alison paid tribute to the production management teams in offices all over the country. “They don’t get the spotlight shone on them very often, but they deserve it, so I dedicate this award to them.”

Read our full article on this significant moment here.

After we highlighted Edinburgh TV Festival’s historic lack of inclusion of Production Management in its previous festival line-ups, the board has invited two influential Production Management heads to join its 2023 Advisory Committee.

Derek Drannan, MD of Nest Productions and Katie Brewer, Director of Production for BBC Studios join the festival’s 35-strong committee, providing the organisation with some much-needed Production Management insight.

Compared to the 2022 Advisory Committee which had no Production Management representation, the hope is that the yet to be released line-up for the 2023 TV Festival will include Production Management speakers on panels providing greater exposure to the industry of the relevant issues affecting our department.

Bectu launched a new campaign in April, known as “We’re Worth It” – aimed at establishing an agreed set of terms and better regulation of working practices for UK freelancers working in unscripted television.

The union is calling out for urgent action on a number of the areas that have been raised by Production is Broken and other action groups in the Unscripted department in the past few years.

Long hours culture, freelancer health and safety and mental wellbeing are all referenced as key concerns of the union, who have also supported an open letter from a Bectu member to UK broadcasters and production companies.

Read more in our article here.

A year on from it’s inception, the Film & TV Charity’s Whole Picture Toolkit is reported to have been successfully implemented in to over 70 productions and is being encouraged to be embedded in to all Banijay UK productions, specialist factual with BBC Content and is being trialled with Channel 4 and Sky.

The Film & TV Charity have been supporters of Production is Broken since we started last year, and we look forward to working with them in the future to promote the benefits of Whole Picture Toolkit to Production Management colleagues.

Latest figures of the downloads of our published report from February show it has been downloaded over 7500 times. The figures demonstrate the level of interest in the current state of the production management depart and the reach that the report has had in raising awareness of the issues.

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