Published on: 20 June 2018 in Career Development

CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS: Announcing the new High-End TV Drama Directors Programme for 2018/19

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Applications for this scheme are now closed.

Directors UK and Creative Skillset’s High End TV Council are thrilled to launch the new High-End TV Drama Directors Programme for 2018/19. 

This programme aims to give experienced directors a deeper understanding and knowledge of working in High-End drama under the leadership of a mentor director and the support of the production company.  

Five extended 10-12 week paid placements will be offered with HE production companies and broadcasters across the UK, including Sid Gentle, makers of Killing Eve.

Following on from the success of the 2016/17 scheme, we know that this immersive experience works. It allows the placement director to be confident in the knowledge that they have skills required, whilst providing the supportive environment within which to put into practise directing on a larger scale under the guidance of a lead director.  

Directors UK plans to deliver the placements between June 2018 - June 2019.  As before, each placement will last between 10-12 weeks which will cover prep, production and edit of a typical ‘block’. The placement Director (PD) will join the production and work alongside its lead director (LD) as well as its producer and observe the whole journey a director takes. 

The long term aim is to equip the directors with the skills and confidence to become the future directors established within HE drama and working closely with the HE drama sector is of critical importance to achieve this end. 

This programme is open to experienced drama directors who may have worked in children’s, continuing drama, fiction, shorts or features. 

To apply please send the following to training@directors.uk.com:

The final deadline is 10am Monday 16 July, however Directors UK will begin reviewing applications as soon as they are received in order to start the shortlisting process. 

The scheme is open to Full Members of Directors UK. In light of our ongoing campaigns, we are particularly encouraging applications from BAME and women directors, as the industry recognises that both are currently under-represented within film and TV directing generally. Only 2.42% of TV drama is currently directed by black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) directors (Adjusting the Colour Balance) and only 14% of TV drama is directed by women (Who’s Calling the Shots?).