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July 2020 events

WFTV Running Productions Under COVID-19: Hair and Make-up with Nadia Stacey and Spob O’Brien
C19 Hair and MakeUp
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Nadia Stacey | Hair and Make-up Designer
Spob O’Brien | Hair and Make-Up Designer

In this session, BAFTA winning hair and make-up designer, Nadia Stacey will be in conversation with Co-chair of the Hair and Make-up Branch of BECTU, Spob O’Brien - discussing how the screen hair and make-up sector is adapting to new working conditions under the current Covid-19 production guidelines.

Spob and Nadia will explore some of the key principles of safe working practices and measures hair and make-up departments are implementing across the film and television industry.

You may find it useful to read the BECTU guidance, the British Film Commission and the Industry wide TV production guidelines before the seminar which you can find links below:

Bectu Hair and Make-up Branch Guidance

Production Guidance for Film and High-end TV Drama Production

TV Production Covid-19 Guidance

Guidelines for Commercials

Guidelines for VFX & Post

WFTV Meet the Commissioner: Sreya Biswas, BBC Commissioning Editor, BBC Specialist Factual
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Sreya Biswas | BBC Commissioning Editor, Specialist Factual

Have you got a fantastic idea for a ground-breaking documentary or series? Would you like to find out the best way to get your programme proposal commissioned?

WFTV Chair, Liz Tucker will be in conversation with Sreya Biswas, BBC Commissioning Editor, Specialist Factual finding out what makes great television and what you need to do to get that elusive commission.

Sreya’s department’s commissions include: Horizon, Secret Life of Landfill: A Rubbish History; Surgeons: At the Edge of Life; Five Star Renovation: Inside the Luxury Hotel, Last Chance Clinic; Reindeer Family and Me and The Great Butterfly Adventur:Africa to Britain with the Painted Lady.

Sreya Biswas
WFTV Meet the Talent Manager: Suzy Jaffe, Head of Talent, RAW TV
Suzy Jaffe
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Suzy Jaffe | Head of Talent, RAW TV

In this new strand, WFTV Chair, Liz Tucker, will interview leading talent managers from broadcasters and indies to give WFTV members a unique insight into what they need to do to secure their dream job.

In this first event, Suzy Jaffe, Head of Talent at RAW, will discuss the sort of skills that she is looking for, what you need to include on your CV and the experience applicants need to have to get a job at RAW; and if they don’t have the right background what can they do to get that experience. The session will finish with a Q&A for attendees.

Q&A: Doctor’s Pandemic Diary Filming on the Frontline
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Dr Saleyha Ahsan | Doctor & Producer
Sasha Joelle Achilli | Documentary filmmaker
Andrea Dewsbery | Television Producer

Join us for a very special conversation between Sasha Achilli, Director (Outbreak , Frontline) and A&E doctor and broadcaster, Dr Saleyha Ahsan (Dispatches - Covid19: Can the NHS Cope, and What’s It Like to Get Covid19).

In this session, Sasha will talk about the many challenges she faced filming her access documentary following Dr Francesca Mangiatordi as A & E Doctor, battling the coronavirus at the height of the pandemic in the hospital in Cremona, Northern Italy. At the end of the session, you will have the opportunity to put your questions to the speakers during the Q&A.

Italy’s Frontline: A Doctor’s Diary debuted on BBC 2 on the 29th June and is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer. It follows Dr Francesca Mangiatordi working in a hospital in Northern Italy that faced COVID-19 at the height of the pandemic. The documentary is narrated by Florence Pugh (Little Women, Fighting with My Family).

Filming on the Frontline
WFTV Online: Music in TV Production: The Basics, featuring guest Rights expert Alisha Lazare from C4
Music in TV Production
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Juliette Squair | Co-founded The Nerve
Alisha Lazare | Rights Manager, Commercial Affairs Department at Channel 4

Searching for the perfect music to enhance your production? Confused by the myriad of choices?  Budget and commercial considerations? Worried about rights and which ones to clear?


Join Music for TV Entrepreneur Juliette Squair for a 30 minute basic guide to music rights to arm you with the knowledge to make the best music choices for you and your production. Juliette will be joined by guest Rights expert Alisha Lazare from C4.

WFTV Online: Working with children in the entertainment industry
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Arlene de Cruz | Founder, creator and principal of PART-UK
Alison Foster | Team Manager for Child Employment & Entertainment Service within Leeds City Council and Chair for Yorkshire & Humberside Region for the National Network for Children in Employment & Entertainment.
Julie Cronshey | Head of Production at Darrall MacQueen
Tim Rogers, Child Protection Consultant

What are all the factors you need to think about when hiring and working with children in the film and TV industry?

This panel discussion will cover every stage of the process when working with young performers, from the initial  casting to the wrapping of a production.  


Panellists will explore the additional issues and safeguards that you need to be aware of when working with children. Often many different production departments and agencies may be involved, so it’s vital that all of them are up-to-date on the latest rules and regulations they need to follow.

Working with Children
WFTV Online: How to save money on Post Production
How to save money on post
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Chloe Dean | Post Production Supervisor

Chloe Dean has been working with Productions, delivering to ‘on demand’ for the past 4 years. Post Production has become something of a ‘Dark Art’ as the technology advances so quickly. Chloe will be giving an overview of how HD and 4K differ and how you can find ways to keep your post budget on track.

WFTV Running Productions Under COVID-19: Operating Under the New Safety Guidelines
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Jayne Chard | Producer at Hummingbird Films
Audrey Smart | Founder of Smart Advice Health & Safety

Join us for this new strand, which looks at all the factors we need to think about when starting up productions again in a Covid-19 world.

In this first session, producer, Jayne Chard will be speaking to Health and Safety Consultant Audrey Smart MSc Dip.2OSH CFIOSH FIIRSM FRSPH PgCE(PCET) about the new industry health and safety guidelines that have been introduced. They will explore the legal and practical issues around implementing new guidelines.

If you would like a better understanding of how these new guidelines will affect film and TV production, then please join us.

You may find it useful to read the British Film Commission and the Industry Wide TV Production Guidelines before the seminar which you can find links to here:

British Film Commission’s Covid-19 Production Guidance for Film and High-end TV Drama ProductionUK Broadcasters TV Production Covid-19 GuidanceAPA Covid-19 Guidelines for CommercialsUK Screen Alliance Guidelines for VFX & Post

Operating Under the New Safety Guidelines
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