Scholarships for ScreenSkills Series Producer Programme

Screen Scotland is to support television production companies across Scotland by providing two scholarships for up-and-coming producers on the highly successful ScreenSkills Series Producer Programme.

The scholarship will cover full fees as well as travel and accommodation for the programme which has developed a strong track record in training new series producers. The two new Scottish producers will join 87 alumni, including many who have since achieved award-winning success in the television industry.

The prestigious year-long programme, commissioned by the ScreenSkills TV Skills Fund with contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5, is designed to provide delegates with the knowledge, skills and networks to make the move from producer to series producer with confidence, and to develop the next generation of showrunners - the cornerstones of UK television. The Screen Scotland scholarships will cover all travel and accommodation costs for the chosen participants.

The programme is open to aspiring series producers who have a minimum of three years’ experience at producer/director level in factual, features, specialist factual, factual entertainment or entertainment TV in the UK.

Donna Taberer, Programme Director said: “The series producer is a critical role on any production. But it is also an incredibly tough role. I’m thrilled we have the backing from ScreenSkills’ TV Skills Fund and the broadcasters to run this invaluable programme for a fifth year.

“The Series Producer Programme has a great reputation throughout the industry and gets results. We’re a training intervention with diversity at its heart. We’ve always been strongly committed to supporting talent outside London and I’m delighted we will supercharge our commitment to the nations and regions in 2020. We’ve had 10 fantastic high-flying Scotland-based delegates in the past. And I’m delighted these two Screen Scotland bursaries will support two more delegates from Scotland to join next year’s programme.”

David Smith, Director of Screenat Screen Scotland said: “A key element of Screen Scotland’s purpose is to develop and foster talent in the individuals and companies working across film and television sector in Scotland. Series commissions from network broadcasters like the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 are highly prized, they provide long-term stability to production companies, but they are hard to develop. ScreenSkills’ Series Producer Programme has a proven track record in this area and the two places secured for Scottish producers by Screen Scotland will benefit the individual participants, their companies and the Scottish sector as a whole.”

Donalda MacKinnon, Director, BBC Scotland said: “The continued investment in the next generation of editorial leaders in Scotland is vital for our creative sector and I would encourage aspiring producers to grasp a great opportunity brought about by Screen Scotland and ScreenSkills, both important partners for the BBC”.

The programme offers participants:

  • Unrivalled training delivered by industry experts (approximately 14 days)
  • Inspirational masterclasses and behind-the-scenes briefing with broadcasters
  • Mentoring by commissioners
  • Bespoke development with continuous one-to-one support, career advice and coaching
  • Networking with fellow course members
  • Discounted/free entry to selected festivals and industry events

The training through workshops and masterclasses includes:

  • Developing, pitching and selling innovative new content
  • Storytelling and scripting
  • Leadership essentials –recruiting, leading and supporting diverse teams
  • Engaging with new audiences, new technologies and new platforms
  • Budgeting and scheduling
  • Legal and editorial compliance
  • Media handling and issues management
  • Presentation and public speaking

This investment forms part of the shared commitment to develop skills and talent between Screen Scotland and BBC Scotland through their Memorandum of Understanding, signed in February 2019, to build a sustainable television industry in Scotland and to improve the on-air representation and portrayal of Scotland and its people. Strengthening more senior editorial roles in unscripted television production through this investment will help attract and support the successful delivery of more ambitious factual projects from Scotland across all broadcasters.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 7 January.Selected candidates will be interviewed in February and all informed of results by March when the first block of training will commence. The programme director is available for one-to-one conversations about the programme and process. She can be contacted at

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About ScreenSkills

ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen industries - animation, film, games, television including children's TV and high-end drama, VFX and immersive technology. We work across the whole of the country to ensure that UK screen has access now, and in the future, to the skills and talent needed for continued success.

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