Sian Gwilliam is the founder of BLOODY NORAH TV.

View the website here.

Sian has worked on a variety of broadcast programmes and consultancy projects. These range from long running Primetime Unscripted, Live Studio, Features, Physical & Adventure Game shows, Fact Entertainment, Comedy Panel shows, Cookery Shows, Quiz Shows, Documentary, Sport OB, Live Music, Live Events, Fixed Rig and Reality shows.

She has strong relationships with UK, US and International production companies and networks / broadcasters.

She has worked with teams and budgets of all sizes. Working in Sport and unscripted formats Sian has set up and consulted on projects internationally.

Sian launched, delivered and managed the International roll out of NBC hit format Game of Games, and Fox hit format Mental Samurai.

She worked with WBITVP developing and rolling out Game of Games to these territories;

Germany | Spain | Portugal | Australia | Thailand | Finland | Sweden |UK | Dubai / Lebanon | Greece | Italy | Belgium | France | China | Canada | Hungary | Latin America | Phillipines | Tunisia

Sian spent time consulting on the set up of international hubs in Europe for Producers and 3rd parties.

She is confident launching, consulting and running the most difficult of productions both in the UK and internationally.

She has extensive experience in budgeting, scheduling, recruiting and managing teams, overseas filming, multi-cam, live OBs, PSC, OB, UHD, archive, compliance, insurance, H&S, and working with high profile talent and contributors.

She prides herself on her team management skills and always work in a calm and pragmatic manner. She is not daunted by any situation and she possess a friendly manner, which is always key in keeping a handle on all situations. She thrives on the challenge of creating and launching new projects.

Sians key roles;

International Consultant (Warner Bros International), Production Consultant (Syco & Shed), Head of Production (Outline Productions), Deputy Head of Production (Shine), Production Executive (Magnum, Olga, Alaska, STV, Studio Ramsey, Second Star, Electric Ray, Aphetor), Production Executive (Endemol), Unit Manager (Initial).

She is dedicated to managing teams to work to tight budgets and creative schedules, maintaining communication between all departments, developing project branding, working with cross-platform departments, and delivering consistent style, design and editorial themes.

Having worked as part of the  the Executive team on Big Brother and together with the formidable team, she ran a ground breaking digital multi-platform event. It involved a 24/7 production crew, so she understands the importance of communication skills across all team and broadcaster departments.

She has dealt with my fair share of compliance issues and am constantly looking for new ideas and quality in my work and enjoys using my creative skills to ensure that each programme is on budget, gets recommissioned and thrives on teamwork.

She has also worked closely on project managing and consultation appraisals for companies, so can locate where potential problem areas for productions (hopefully). Having started in low Budget television she is confident she can manage any programme despite budgetary or schedule restrictions.

She has been key to the teams on these primetime shows (and worked on many pilots and the development of many large scale entertainment projects);

Game of Games (International), Masterchef (BBC2), Big Brother (C4), Celebrity Big Brother (C4), The Bafta Film Awards (ITV/BBC), Fame Academy (BBC), The Paralympics (BBC), The Commonwealth Games (BBC), Bring The Noise (SKY1), House of Tiny Tearaways (BBC3), The Priory (C4), The Simpsons Quiz Show (C4), The Lottery Show (BBC1).


Setting Up Production Hubs


  • I am a positive and creative thinker, I’m fast moving, have good judgement and strong communication skills
  • I have the ability to manage my own time and workload, including being able to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines in a fast-paced environment


  • Running a production hub ensures strategic development of crews and production space, in line with the needs of the market
  • They are key to streamlining production knowledge of formats between Producers and Technical teams
  • They offer a way to secure investment in the production, or fast track a network commission
  • The production incentives landscape is highly active, and countries offer tax incentives for setting up large scale productions


  • Knowledge and latest information of local tax incentives;
  • Knowledge of government relations for production development and infrastructure
  • Knowledge of business practice locally
  • I can advise on the planning of master leases of facilities
  • I have experience / expert knowledge in physical production management
  • I have knowledge of production facilities and service companies and vendors in diff markets
  • I can provide contract management, negotiation skills, business development
  • I have extensive experience and knowledge of production processes across Europe
  • An understanding of COVID-19 restrictions in production spaces and during filming


  • Planning, structuring and delivering project research, analysis, budgets, business plans and recommendations in the form of written deliverables, and client meetings
  • I can assist in the running of client meetings and facilitating project workshops between small stakeholder groups
  • I am continuously learning and and keep up to date on relevant market trends, industry news, and technical tools
  • I can make informed business decisions, and lead with confidence and influence in the context of TV production
  • I have an understanding of the production business environment and the challenges needed to enhance my clients competitive advantage
  • I have a strong network of industry professionals and contacts


  • High-end TV production can offer countries economic impact, employment, work-force, skills and infrastructure development, and benefits such as screen tourism and national branding
  • I can apply knowledge of corporate income taxes, VAT, PAYE, NIC and obligations arising under the Foreign Entertainers Unit (FEU)
  • I can research the best financing plan, whilst looking at local incentives covering up to 25% of eligible expenditure
  • Many countries around the world offer sizeable and refundable R&D Research & Development tax credits where a business is undertaking eligible R&D activities (as prescribed in the relevant tax law of that country)


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Covid-19; Reads & RESOURCES

If you have any articles or guidelines that can be added to this post, please leave a comment with the details or the link below. Many thanks.







Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: guidance for employers and third-party healthcare providers (gov.uk)

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) (gov.uk)

Testing Guidance – Annex A: employer’s legal obligations (gov.uk)

Private providers of coronavirus testing (gov.uk)

NHS Test and Trace in the workplace – (gov.uk)

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) FAQs for (Directors UK)

Supporting our workforce during the Covid-19 crisis (screenskills)

HSE Film, Television and Broadcasting (HSE)


Altour Travel Guidance during Covid (Altour)

Performing Arts GOV UK – Covid-19 guidance (gov.uk)

Managing your workplace during Covid (HSE)

Making your workplace COVID-secure during the coronavirus pandemic (HSE)

British Film Commission Covid19 Guidance (BFC)

COVID-19 Guidance for Location Filming in London (Film London)

PACT Covid-19 guidance

Covid symptoms: What are they and how do I protect myself? (BBC)

Coronavirus where you live in the UK: Check the number of cases in your area with our interactive map (ITV)

Next phase of NHS coronavirus (COVID-19) app announced (gov.uk)

gov.uk website

The Trace App (NHS)

Wired Website

COVID-19 production restart in Beijing — Follow up Q&A with Director Weiwei Si

Posted by POP Jun 5 · 4 min read

U.K. Film and TV Union Bectu to Consult Members This Week on Proposals to Restart Production (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety, May 5, 2020

British Production Sector Moves Forward Gingerly as Filming Resumes

Variety Magazine, Jun 17, 2020

UK Finalizes COVID-19 Production Guidelines – Read Them In Full

Deadline, May 31, 2020

​“Everyone took a Covid test”: ‘Eiffel’ producer on restarting filming in Paris

Deadline 11 JUNE 2020

Pinewood remains open

statement 25 March 2020

Industry Guidelines & Info

If you have any articles or guidelines that can be added to this post, please leave a comment with the details or the link below.
Please note this is not an ‘approved’ list, this is a collated list of published guidelines from UK industry bodies. Please refer to the publisher/ industry body with any feedback relating to the documents and information below. Many thanks.


Brighton-based creative agency Tilt has created a short film to demonstrate how productions can follow Covid-19 shooting guidelines.

BBC Info on Antigen testing here

Antigen testing Q&A

Industry resources and advice (via the BBC)

Please note the BBC or SGC is not responsible for the contents of external websites.

Pact have produced a variety of resources and information including the COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme and Self Employed Income Support Scheme. They are also producing a series of weekly webinars for their members rounding-up the latest sector-specific updates and answering questions. Find out more on the website

ScreenSkills are working with WiFTV, BECTU and RTS to set up a wide programme of free remote training including workshops, meet ups, mental health support, financial and career advice and coaching and counselling. Find out more on the screen skills website

The Film and TV Charity offer financial assistance, wellbeing support, and advice. They provide 24/7 mental health support to the industry via the Support Line 0800 054 00 00 or using Live Chat. They have also set up the Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund. The fund will be open to those working in production, distribution and exhibition. Visit the Film and TV Charity website

Creative Scotland have announced two new Bridging Bursary programmes – a Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund to help sustain creative practice by freelance creative professionals who have lost earnings due to the cancelation of work as a result of COVID-19 and a parallel Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund will provide similar one-off bursary support to self-employed screen sector workers. Visit the website

Northern Ireland Screen have collated information and resources relevant to the Northern Irish animation and television production industry. Find out more on the Northern Ireland Screen website

Creative England has collated advice from across the sector to provide guidance to those in the creative industries who are affected by the Coronavirus and its fallout. Visit the website

Creative Cardiff is sharing useful resources, links and information to support, inform and signpost the creative community in Cardiff. Visit the Creative Cardiff website

Equity has created resources to help members understand their rights to the different kinds of financial support available during the Coronavirus pandemic and how to claim. Visit the website

Directors UK has produced a thorough FAQs for members on their website.

BFI has a Q&A with information and guidance for freelancers, exhibitors and productions. Find out more on the BFI website

IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed have useful guidance on their website.

TV Production Guidance:
Managing the risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in production making (Version 1)


British Film Commission – Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production.

This document is intended to provide high-level guidance to manage COVID-19 specific risk in producing film and high-end TV drama in the UK.

BFI industry advice and guidance on Coronavirus COVID-19


APA Covid 19 Shooting Guidelines

APA Version 1.5 -3rd June

APA Covid 19 Office Guidelines

APA Version 1.5 -3rd June

Film London COVID-19 and Code of Practice

Film London

HSE Website – Film, TV and broadcasting



Guidance for Safe Working in Post-Production and VFX, produced in consultation with, and endorsed by, the British Film Commission Recovery Group.

1 June 2020


APA Safety Posters


Social Distancing – What You Need To Know 


First Option Safety Consultants – Covid19 Production Info Graphic


Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: When and how to use masks

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Q&A: Masks and COVID-19

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Face coverings and face masks during the coronavirus outbreak

Health & Safety Executive (HSE)


Resuscitation Council


UK Screen Alliance – daily health declaration template


Read law firm Wiggin’s Returning to Production

Wiggins Law Firm


HMRC updates to support employers and payroll agents through the Coronavirus pandemic

HMRC – Download document here


Covid-19: help and advice

Film & TV

Covid19 Resources

Women in Film & Television UK

Production Guild Covid 19 advice

Production Guild

The UK Screen Alliance Guidance for Safe Working in Post Production and VFX during the COVID-19 Pandemic was produced in consultation with the following organisations:

The British Film Institute Screen Sector Task Force, The British Film Commission, COVID-19 Recovery Group Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport HSE (Health & Safety Executive), Pact, BECTU, Several US Studios, 5A Studios Aquarium Studios, Automatik VFX, Boom Cheat, Cinesite, Clear Cut Pictures, Envy, The Farm, Fifty Fifty Post, Fitzrovia Audio Post Production, Framestore, Glassworks, Gorilla TV, Grand Central Studios, Halo Post, Hireworks, Independent Post, Jellyfish Pictures, LMH, Lipsync Post, Molinare, Moonraker VFX, MPC, Roundtable Post, Salon, Silversalt Restoration, Storm TV,Technicolor, The Finish Line, West Digital, Wiggin

If your company has found this Guidance document useful and would like to be added to the list above please contact UK Screen Alliance

Guidance for Safe Working in Post-Production and VFX during the COVID-19 Pandemic


Here is a link to some interesting articles about TV Production and Covid19 in general.


Please check that any of the links and guildelines are the most up to date by checking with the respective industry body or company.  I cannot be responsible for providing any out of date information.

Always check you are working to the latest Government and industry regulations.

Check your COVID 19 Protocol is up to date, and that you have a company and network approved risk assessment and insurance in place before any production or filming starts.


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I have extensive experience sourcing Studios and spaces in and around London. I can help you finding your ideal locations for a shoot, negotiate fees, terms and permission and if required manage the location during the shoot.



P R O D U C T IO N  &  E V E N T   C O N S U L T A N C Y

What I Can Deliver

  • Management from client briefing through to delivery all processes, procedures and operational requirements associated with production or event
  • Act as a point of contact for clients and all operational enquiries
  • Ensure the swift receipt and review of risk assessments, method statements and other supporting Health & Safety documents
  • Produce detailed pre and post budgets and cost monitoring
  • To attend management, department and event specific meetings with colleagues, clients and contractors
  • Work with the Senior Management, clients and operations with the creation and implementation of creative and innovative event strategies

I have:

  • Minimum 27 years experience
  • Experience of managing productions
  • Experience of working directly with key clients and stakeholders
  • Contacts with the most talented and respected production persons in the industry
  • Experience of producing pitch decks, feasibility reports, design tenders, designing budgets and schedules
  • Experience of compiling risk assessments, working with all Heads of Departments

What You Get;

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Highly organised, able to multi-task and deal with high volumes of work
  • Manage multiple stakeholders effectively and considerately
  • Solution-focused approach and ‘roll up the sleeves’ attitude
  • Flexible and trustworthy
  • Expert use of MS Office packages, including Excel, PPT and Word
  • Confident with digital platforms including social media and marketing and PR departments
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ALASKA TV – Executive / Consultant – Studio Entertainment Format

OLGA – Production Executive – Development – Studio Entertainment Format

BBC EVENTS – Production Executive – Various Live Events

STUDIO RAMSAY – Production Executive – Development Factual Ent Series

MAGNUM – Production Executive – Studio Pilot

LOVE PRODUCTIONS – Production Executive-  Development Live Music Series

STV – Production Executive – Development Natural History Series

APHETOR – Consultant – Development Physical Game Show – International Shoot

OUTLINE PRODUCTIONS – Production Executive – Fixed Rig Reality Series

SECOND STAR – Producer – Development Music Fact Ent Series

WARNER BROS INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION (WBTIVP) – International Consultant – NBC – Primetime Series Ellen’s Game of Games

WARNER BROS INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION (WBTIVP) – International Consultant – FOX – Primetime Series – Mental Samurai

ELECTRIC RAY – Head of Production cover

SECOND STAR – Line Producer – Music Entertainment Show

STV – Line Producer – Physical Reality Series International Shoot

SONY TELEVISION – Production Executive – Physical Adventure Format –

OBJECTIVE MEDIA GROUP – Production Executive – Crime Recon Documentary 

RACONTEUR ASSOCIATES – Production Executive – Fact Ent Make over series


TWENTYSIX03 | SKY 1 -Line Producer on the new Primetime Friday night music studio based & comedy show for Sky 1 (Studio Show) OLGA TV | ITV Production Exec cover for Head of Production on The Paul O Grady Show (Studio Show)
FOUNDER Creative Bus Stop : Cultural Event Listings website for London Kids (Entrepreneur) EVENT CONSULTANT Millfield OM Foundation Ball for 1200 people at The Grosvernor House Hotel, 2015 (Event)
OUTLINE PRODUCTIONS. Head of Production. Worked closely with MD’s Laura Mansfield and Helen Veale restructuring the company. SYCO |SHED MEDIA | Production Consultant. Working with Executives at SHED, producing a presentation and budget for a unique, large scale, long term project. (Reality/ Event)
SHINE | Deputy Head of Production SHINE | DONT MOVE IMPROVE Production Executive on this new series for ITV1. TX 2005 (30×45). (Location Show)
SHINE | DIAL M (PILOT) Line Producer on this studio pilot for BBC1 Entertainment( 1 x 45 STUDIO). SHINE | THE SIMPSONS QUIZ SHOW Line Producer on this first series studio show for C4 (1 x 45 STUDIO). TX 2004. (Studio Show)
SHINE | BUILD A NEW LIFE Production Executive on this first series for C5. TX 2005. (12 x 60). (Location based) SHINE | MASTERCHEF – GOES LARGE Production Executive, Developed and negotiated this first studio & location based series. BBC2. TX 2005. (30 x 30)
SHINE | NICE HOUSE, SHAME ABOUT THE GARDEN Production Executive, First Series of this features show for C5. TX 2005 (8 x 30). (Location based) ITV | THE MINISTRY OF MAYHEM Line Producer for the production of titles and graphics for this new ITV Saturday morning children’s show. Producer – Steve Kidgell (Studio show)
INITIAL (Part of Endemol)46664 THE CONCERT  Production Manager – International Clients and crews for this worldwide event based in Cape Town on 29/11/03. Producer – Lisa Chapman (Music/ Events) 2DTV | ITV BOGNOR OR BUST  Line Producer for 2DTV on this pilot for the ITV Network, hosted by Angus Deayton. Giles Pilbrow – Producer, Joanna Beresford, MD.  (Studio show)
FULL FRONTAL FASHION Production of PSC shoots for London Fashion Week, 2003. (Location/ Event) DARRYL MACQUEEN | ITV SATURDAY MORNING SHOW PITCH Budget Consultation for Darryll Maqueen on this pitch for the ITV network.  (Studio show)
ITV CHILDREN’S PILOT Consultation for a leading animation company on this project for the ITV network.  (Studio show) AT IT PRODUCTIONS : SELECT-A-BEAU Line Producer for these 9 shows for Sky’s music channel FLAUNT, working to AT IT Executive Producer – Chris Fouracre (Music/ Studio/ Events)
LION TELEVSION | FASHION HOUSE: Production Consultant for Lion Television on this reality based fast turn around show for C4. Working to Series Producer – Nikki Wardell (Reality/ Event) AT IT PRODUCTIONS| T4 (SATURDAY AND SUNDAY) Line Producer for AT IT Productions, overseeing the new infra-structure and designing production systems for T4 for Channel 4. Working to Executive Producer – Tamsin Summers and Head of Production – Paul Day (Music/ Events)
C4/ ENDEMOL : BIG BROTHER 3 TITLES Producer working with Titles Director Chris Howe for Endemol UK Head of Reality – Phil Edgar Jones  (Studio show) ENDEMOL |CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER TITLES Producer working with Director Chris Howe for Endemol UK Head of Reality – Phil Edgar Jones  (Studio show)
C4/ UMTV : BOYS AND GIRLS TITLES Producer working with Director Chris Howe for UMTV Executive Producer – Chris Evans  (Studio show) UMTV | TERRY & GABY TITLES Producer working with Director Chris Howe for UMTV Executive Producer – Chris Evans (Promo)
ITV/ TALKBACK : DESIGN WARS Production Consultation for Talkback’s ITV reality, daytime commission working with Series Producer – Wendy Rattray (Location/ Reality) C4/ UMTV : BOYS & GIRLS – (SAT SHOW, FRIDAY SHOW, E4 SHOW) Line Producer – Boys & Girls Live Saturday Show. Boys & Girls Friday. Boys & Girls Do It With Dougie. Series 1 of Live Primetime Entertainment show for Channel 4 – 2003. Series Producer – Rob Clark  (Studio show)
ENDEMOL |CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER 2 Unit Manager – working closely with the Executive Team and all production staff and crew on the prep. and production of Series 2 of the 24 hr daily coverage and daily live shows for Channel 4. Editor – Helen Hawken  (Studio show) WALL TO WALL | CELEBRITY EDWARDIAN COUNTRY HOUSE Unit Manager – Budget preparation of this Wall to Wall proposal for Channel 4.
ENDEMOL | FAME ACADEMY LAUNCH SHOW Unit Manager – Budget development and consultation for this BBC1 Event. MD – Laurence Jones  (Studio show) ENDEMOL| BIG BROTHER 3 Unit Manager – Management of 3 management teams, covering daily shows, Live Eviction shows, and location and house supervision. Exec.P – Phil Edgar Jones
INITIAL | THE BAFTA FILM AWARDS 2001& 2002 Production Executive & Production Manager ( 2001 show ) of these Initial Events. Broadcaster, BBC1 & Sky One contact for all budgetary issues. Producer – Lisa Chapman INITIAL | FEAR FACTOR ( DEV) Budget and broadcaster negotiating /approval. EP – Tim Hincks
INITIAL | SPY TV ( DEV) Budget and broadcaster negotiating / approval. EP – Dominic English (Location Show) INITIAL | Q AWARDS Production Executive. Overseeing commission negotiation and production set up. Producer – Katherine Allen  (Event show)
INITIAL | PRODUCTION EXECUTIVE : Working to MD – Laurence Jones developing, staffing, managing and negotiating Music Events and Music programme proposals and factual ent. Productions – often last minute problem solving! (Location/ Events/ Studio/ Reality) INITIAL | C4 BREAKFAST SHOW PILOT Unit Manager of Endemol/ ITN bid for new C4 breakfast slot. Working closely with ITN HoD to produce 2 hr pilot within very tight schedule. Editors – Dominic English & Peter Barron  (Studio show)
INITIAL | BAR WARS Production Manager – Set Up 2nd largest international location based production for Initial Television. C4 & E4. EP – Tim Hincks (Location) INITIAL/ THE PEOPLE’S AWARDS | BBC1 Production Manager – Initial for BBC 1 Second largest TV & Music Event of 2000 recorded at Royal Albert Hall. Series Producer – Martin Scott (Event Show)
RDF TELEVISION | ALL SORTS Production Manager -RDF for Channel 4. 60 x 30 mins comedy lifestyle for Daytime. EP – Matthew Frank (Location Show) API | BBC : PARALYMPICS, SYDNEY Production Manager -BBC 12 x 1 hour full coverage of 2000 & 1996 Paralympics from Olympic Park. EP – Gary Imlach (Event Show)
RDF TELEVISION |ONE SMALL STEP Production Manager -RDF for Channel 4. 1x 180 mins live studio show about the Apollo Landings. EP – David Frank (Studio) ABSOLUTELY PRODUCTIONS. THE JACK DOCHERTY SHOW Production Manager -Series for Absolutely Prod. for C5. EP – Phil Edgar Jones (Studio Show)
GINGER TELEVISION |C4 : THE PRIORY Production Manager -Ginger TV for C4 (LIVE Series ) 1 hour celebrity chat show- multi camera OB with live music, presented by Zoe Ball & Jamie Theakston. EP – Phil Edgar Jones (Studio) C4/ INITIAL (part of Endemol) : DO NOT SLEEP Production Manager -Initial TV – 4 hour LIVE show for C4Later TX 23.12.00 from Sound Republic. Producer – Jo Pilkington (Studio)
GINGER TELEVISION | BBC1 : RED ALERT & NATIONAL LOTTERY : Production Manager -Ginger TV for BBC 1 Multicamera Studio Lottery Show (LIVE Series) with Lulu. EP – Dave Granger (Studio) VTV | BBC 1 : PARALYMPICS, SYDNEY Production Manager – working to Editor on this daily coverage for BBC Sport. EP – Trevor Morris (Event/ Sports)
RDF TELEVSION : DREAM TICKET Production Manager -RDF for LWT Series 10 x 30 minute Travel Show. EP – Matthew Frank (Location) API TV : COMMONWEALTH GAMES ’99, MALAYSIA Production Manager -API TV for Worldwide Daily Highlights programme, produced in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. EP – David Mannion (Event/Sports)
INTERFERENCE/ C4 : PINK PLANET Production Manager – Pilot Gay travel show for C4, Just TV and Interference Productions. (Location/ Travel) ACTION TIME : 1 TO 3 Action Time for Sky One – Production Coordinator. EP – Peter Usher (Studio)
HYBRID | NRG. Presenter, Aerobics show for HYBRID TV. (Location) ACTION TIME | THE LIVE SIX SHOW Action Time for Sky One – Production Coordinator. EP – Peter Usher (Studio/ Location)
TWI | OLYMPIC TELEVISION ARCHIVE BUREAU : Archive researcher, working in this department at TWI. (Event/ Sports) TWI | ATP TENNIS : Production Assistant, on this international show for TWI.
ACTION TIME | STARSTRUCK Production Coordinator on this pilot. Action Time Ltd., HYBRID/ HOME TRUTH’S : Production Manager, children’s studio show. Action Time for Carlton. Producer – Lisa Edwards. (Studio)
HYBRID | TELL TALES : Producer, children’s shows for HYBRID TV. (Studio) API TELEVISION : PARALYMPICS, ATLANTA Researcher/ Coordinator on this 2 week daily highlight show for BBC1. EP – Trevor Morris (Event/ Sports)
TRANSWORLD INTERNATIONAL (TWI) Researcher and Librarian : various duties at this successful Sports Production Company (Event/ Sports) HYBRID TV (part of HTV West)Year Long Apprentice Program : Producer, Researcher, Studio Coordinator, Stylist, Floor Manager : worked with Sacha Baron Cohen on his first ever TV show. (Studio/ Location)


Sian Gwilliam

Mobile : +44 (0) 7958 385 929


TV Production Consultant, Executive Producer, Production Executive, Line Producer, Producer, International Consultant, Technical Consultant

Linkedin | Talent Manager | Production Managers Association

Please contact me to discuss your production needs. My rate is dependant on the length of day, production period and involvement.

I can work from my co-working office or home, and am happy to be scheduled in for all production meetings, and any other appointments.

I hold a full driving licence, first aid certificate, Covid 19 training and have Disclosure and Barring Service ( DBS ) certification for working with children.


  1. Source all technical crew – camera, sound, assistants, jib operators etc
  2. Source kit including HD camera, sound, Jibs, cranes, dollys, steadicams, cherry pickers, helicopters
  3. Source all stock
  4. Provide production Staff, runners, chaperones and airport meet and greet service
  5. Provide production support staff including art department, make up, wardrobe, caterers and security
  6. Location Finding & Studio Hire
  7. Budgeting, Scheduling & Call sheets
  8. Extras, contributors, audience finding
  9. Accommodation to suit any budget
  10. International Transportation: visas, flights, excess baggage, carnets
  11. Transportation within the UK: flights, trains, car hire, taxis, couriers
  12. Permits, Local Permissions, Police Permissions & Parking
  13. Health & Safety – Risk Assessments & any insurance requirements plus on site medical staff
  14. Post production: Full edit facilities, Online and offline editors inc. Avid & final cut pro, sound mixers, colourists, Voice over artists, scripts and all paperworkWhat I

TV Production Services

Myself and colleagues, offer productions from all over the world a stress free shoot, production or event in the United Kingdom.

These are the areas or Production I have expertise in;

Hiring production personnel for TV

Technical/ Camera Crew hire

Camera/ Audio and Lighting hire

Designers and Art Direction hire

Local crew

Location Sourcing and Management

Post Production & Graphics

Music & Archive Clearance

Hospitality & Wrap Parties

Studio Hire

Casting Agents & Talent Agents

Filming Permits

Health & Safety

Hotel and Travel

Unit Drivers and Airport Transfers

Visa Assistance

I am a one stop service for Film & TV Production no matter how big or small your production is.

With 20 years television experience, I am able to offer you a full range of services that will facilitate your production needs for television, film or events.

I can assist companies within the UK and from overseas with all your production needs.

As each shoot or event will vary in size and budget, my rates will be specific to your filming requirements. Please call or email today telling me exactly what you need and I will provide you with a tailor-made quote.

National Living & Minimum Wage – 2023

1st April 2023 – National Minimum Wage increases to £10.42 (9.7% increase).

 There’ll also be increases to the rate for 16-22 year olds as well as those on apprenticeships. 

You’ll find more information in our employers’ guide to minimum wage where we cover how to make sure your business is compliant.

What’s the real living wage?

The national minimum wage shouldn’t be confused with the voluntary London Living Wage and UK Living Wage, which is calculated based on real living costs and isn’t connected to the government.

Set up by the Living Wage Foundation, the Living Wage is a campaign that encourages employers to pay a wage that reflects everyday costs in London and the UK. According to their data, the ‘real living wage’ in 2022 is £9.90 for the UK (up from £9.50 in 2021) and slightly higher in London at £11.05 (up from £10.85 in 2021).

National living wage vs minimum wage – what’s the difference?

In April 2016, the government introduced a new minimum rate of pay for workers who are at least 25 years old – this is called the national living wage. And since April 2021 more younger people have been eligible for the wage as the threshold now includes anyone aged 23 and over.

While the rate isn’t necessarily based on the cost of living, the government set a target to increase the living wage to two-thirds of median earnings of all employees across the country by 2024. This was achieved in 2021 following recommendations from the Low Pay Commission.

So to summarise, the difference between the national minimum wage and living wage is related to someone’s age:

  • the living wage applies to workers aged 23+*
  • the minimum wage applies to workers aged 16 to 22
  • apprentices aged 16 and 17 get a different rate of pay

*The living wage is expected to include 21 and 22 year olds by 2024.

What is the current national minimum wage?

National minimum wage – under 25 threshold is now under 23

As mentioned earlier, the minimum wage now applies to workers under the age of 23. These are the rates from April 2022:

  • 21 and 22 year olds – £9.18
  • 18, 19, 20 year olds – £6.83

And from April 2023, the rates will be: 

  • 21 and 22 year olds – £10.18
  • 18, 19, 20 year olds – £7.49

What are the rates from April 2023? 

The national minimum wage and living wage rates from April 2023 are shown below.

Current hourly rate (from April 2023)% increase from 2022
National living wage£10.429.7%
21-22 year old rate£10.1810.9%
18-20 year old rate£7.499.7%
16-17 year old rate£5.289.7%
Apprentice rate£5.289.7%
Accommodation offset£9.104.6%

To check if you’re paying the correct minimum or living wage to your employees, you can use the government’s national minimum wage calculator.

For more information : https://www.simplybusiness.co.uk/knowledge/articles/2022/09/what-is-the-national-minimum-wage/

Annual leave policy 

What is annual leave?

If you employ people, they’ll have the right to a minimum number of days paid holiday each year. They can use this time to go on holiday, attend an event, or just have some time to rest.

Most employers allow staff to take a maximum number of holiday days a year, but it must meet the minimum number set by the government. In recent years there’s been a trend of employers introducing an unlimited holiday policy, although it comes with added complications.

As an employer, you should have a system for requesting holiday – either an online portal or using physical holiday forms. Staff can use the annual leave planner to request time off and keep track of how much holiday they’ve taken and how much they’ve got left.

The rules on how staff can request paid time off are usually set by a company holiday policy, covering issues such as notice, carrying over holiday, and what happens when two or more members of a team want to book holiday on the same day.

Who is entitled to holiday under your annual leave policy?

There are important statutory requirements when it comes to annual leave, and you’ll need to follow these regardless of what it says in your holiday policy.

The amount of leave your employees are entitled to will depend on the number of days a week they work.

If the employee works five days a week, they’ll be entitled to at least 28 days’ paid holiday (which can include bank holidays).

If they work part time, you’ll need to multiply the number of days they work a week by 5.6 to get their holiday entitlement. For example, if they work two days a week, they’ll be entitled to 11.2 days of paid holiday.

Remember that 28 days is the statutory maximum: even if employees work more than five days a week, they’re not legally entitled to more than 28 days’ leave – unless you choose to offer more.

If you’re not sure how much holiday your staff should be entitled to, you can use Gov.UK’s holiday calculator. It’s especially useful for working out holiday allowances for staff who’ve joined part way through a year.

Carrying leave over

The annual leave policy example generally requires that all annual leave is taken in the year to which it applies.

Towards the end of the year, many employers send a letter to remind employees to book and take their holiday leave entitlement.

However, there are certain ‘exceptional circumstances’ under which employees must be allowed to carry leave over, at their discretion.

The most common of these is an extended period of incapacitation, such as not being able to work due to illness or injury.

It’s important to remember that all employees have the statutory right to accrue holiday entitlement during periods of maternity, paternity, or adoption leave.

This document has been produced by Farillio so we can’t take responsibility for its contents. We’d recommend you take professional advice before making any important decisions based on its contents.

Tips for writing a reference for an employee & Staff Appraisals

If you’re going ahead and writing a reference, there are a few things to remember:

  1. It must be fair and accurate – the law says you must be ‘fair and accurate’ in your reference to protect workers’ rights, so if you give any opinions they should be backed up by evidence. 
  2. Keep it simple and to the point – a reference can be as short or long as you like, depending on whether you choose to write a basic or detailed reference, but make it simple to read and concise.
  3. Avoid irrelevant personal information – it’s against the law to include information on ‘protected characteristics’ when writing a reference, except on rare occasions where a characteristic is an ‘occupational requirement’. 

Further information on this link at Simply Business

What is a staff appraisal form?

A staff appraisal form is a document employers can use to record development discussions with their employees. For example, you might have an annual performance management meeting with each of your staff members to check in with how they’re performing against their individual and company objectives.

When it comes to what to write in an appraisal form, it should be a fair and clear communication of areas discussed in an appraisal meeting.

One element of your performance management policy

An appraisal form is just one element of a business’s performance management policy. If you don’t have a policy in place yet, it may be a good idea to write one.

Your policy should explain how line managers should be reviewing the performance of staff, for example: 

  • timely, honest, and constructive feedback
  • immediate feedback and development in cases of unsatisfactory performance
  • immediate praise for success and exceptional achievements
  • having regular one-to-one meetings, including a review of performance against objectives and expected behaviours
  • recording formal appraisal meetings (for example annually)
  • discussing development opportunities to help the employee improve

How to carry out an appraisal

An appraisal meeting should be part of your performance management policy. It’s designed as a formal opportunity for you to discuss the employee’s performance, usually against a set of objectives.

Normally objectives should be SMART – this stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. These targets should give your staff a sense of what they should be working on, how they’re going to develop it, and when it needs to be completed.

If it’s your first appraisal with an employee, you’ll usually discuss performance against the job description and any training they may have completed since starting in their role.

The appraisal meeting is part of an ongoing cycle of objective setting, performance review and feedback – not a standalone event. It may also be linked to your salary review process.

What should you discuss in an appraisal meeting?

Appraisal meetings are a chance for a line manager and employee to discuss:

  • what went well this year
  • what didn’t go so well
  • training needs

It’s important to remember the purpose of these meetings is around development, and they shouldn’t be confrontational.

Give your employees time to prepare

Make sure you give your employee advance notice of the meeting so they have time to prepare. For example, you may want them to complete a self-assessment document beforehand so they can think about what’s gone well and where they want to develop.

How to use our appraisal form template

Our appraisal form template, brought to you in collaboration with our partner Farillio, is an editable form in Microsoft Word format.

It’s ready to use for your business, so you can easily complete it as part of an employee’s performance review.

This appraisal form has sections for:

  • summarising your employee’s current performance and achievements
  • recording performance against key objectives
  • identifying development and training opportunities
  • career planning (for example if your employee is interested in developing in another area of the business or department)
  • overall assessment of performance – with examples of where objectives have or haven’t been met

As a manager, you’ll keep a copy of the form, give one copy to the employee, and keep a final copy in their personnel file.

IR35 Reforms – 2022 Sept mini budget

Here is a summary of the reforms from the September mini budget;

  • Rather than reversing IR35 rules as a whole, the new government aims to abolish the reforms of 2017 and 2021.
  • If the reversal goes ahead in April 2023 as planned, self-employed contractors and freelancers who work through their own limited company will once more be responsible for working out their own IR35 status.
  • The reversal is still only a government aim and isn’t yet law. It will need to go through parliament in the usual way, drafted in the next Finance Bill.
  • We have created this content for general information purposes and it should not be taken as advice. Always take professional advice

What is IR35?

  • IR35 is another name for the off-payroll working rules
  • Self-employed IR35 rules are designed to work out whether a contractor is someone who’s genuinely self-employed rather than a ‘disguised’ employee, for the purposes of paying tax.
  • That’s because contractors who set up and work through a limited company enjoy some tax efficiency.
  • While they don’t usually get employee benefits (like holiday and sick pay), they have flexibility and control over their work.
  • When a contractor is a ‘disguised’ employee, they’re taking advantage of the tax efficiency of working through a limited company, but otherwise they should be classed as an employee.
  • ‘Disguised’ arrangements benefit employers too, because they don’t have to pay employers’ National Insurance contributions (NICs) or give any employee benefits to contractors.
  • Smaller businesses are exempt, which means it remains your responsibility to determine your IR35 status when working for them.

What is classed as a smaller business?

End clients are classed as small businesses if they meet two of the following criteria, for two consecutive financial years:

  • annual turnover of no more than £10.2 million
  • balance sheet total of no more than £5.1 million
  • no more than 50 employees

Reference : https://www.simplybusiness.co.uk/knowledge/articles/2022/02/what-is-ir35/


BECTU TV rates

Employment Status Guidance – HMRC

PMA – Production Managers Association

TV Watercooler – Freelancer website for TV professionals (great for entry level)

Standard Broadcaster Budget Formats

HMRC Meal allowance rates


Holiday Pay Calculator




HMRC Employment Status Manual

WFTV – The leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK


PACT UK – Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television – the UK’s trade association for independent producers




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COVID-19 ISOLATING GUIDANCE  – ((18.JUN.21)- always check the latest guidelines from GOV UK when isolating, and advising production teams and crew to isolate.

Info on isolation due to testing positive from COVID-19 from GOV UK

What are Covid-19 symptoms ?

a new continuous cough

a high temperature

a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

What types of covid tests are available ?

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests

Lateral Flow Device antigen (LFD) tests also known as Rapid Lateral Flow tests

What happens if I have received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine?

While COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to reduce the likelihood of severe illness for those who have received them, we do not yet know for certain by how much they reduce the likelihood of a vaccinated person spreading COVID-19 to others.

What happens if I have COVID-19 symptoms or have received a positive COVID-19 test result?

Your isolation period starts immediately from when your symptoms started, or, if you do not have any symptoms, from when your test was taken. Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days. This means that if, for example, your symptoms started at any time on the 15th of the month (or if you did not have symptoms but your first positive COVID-19 test was taken on the 15th), your isolation period ends at 23:59 hrs on the 25th.

What happens if have a negative COVID-19 PCR test?

You can stop isolating as long as:

you are well

no-one else in your household has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19

you have not been advised to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace

What do I need to do if I am isolating at home ?

You should spend as little time as possible in shared spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas.

Use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household where possible

You should use separate towels from other household members, both for drying yourself after bathing or showering and for drying your hands. Keep your room well-ventilated by opening a window to the outside.

Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable should be supported to minimise their contact with other people in the household during this period, regardless of whether others have symptoms or not.

You should make sure you wash your hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and clean your home to reduce spread of infection.

Keep indoor areas well-ventilated with fresh air, especially shared living areas

What should I do to look after my health and well being ?

There are many sources of support and information, such as guidance on looking after your mental health and wellbeing and on supporting children and young people.

Every Mind Matters provides simple tips and advice to take better care of your mental health, including a COVID-19 hub with advice for those staying at home.

Remember by staying at home, you are helping to protect your friends and family, other people in your community and the NHS.

If you need medical advice

Health and care services remain open to help people with all health conditions, including COVID-19. Most people with COVID-19 will experience a mild illness which can be managed at home. Find out more about managing the symptoms of COVID-19 at home




  • NBCU / Covid Consultant
  • Snowglobe
  • ITV Studios / Covid Executive
  • The Big Breakfast
  • The Palooza
  • Get Me Out of Here
  • The Voice
  • Saturday Night Takeaway, Saturday Night Takeaway Drama,
  • Dancing on Ice,
  • Gary Barlow’s Night At The Museum and across all entertainment departments. Worked closely with ITV Risk Team.
  • Tiger Aspect / Covid Executive
  • Work across all labels/ scripted productions, Worked closely with Cat Fox HOP, and First Option Safety
  • Naked (part of Fremantle) / Covid Consultant/Supervisor
  • Tonight With Target, The Rap Game
  • Mitre Productions / Covid Supervisor
  • Ant & Dec social media shoots
  • Alaska Productions / Covid Consultant
  • Various development projects
  • ZNAKTV Covid Consultant
  • Masquerade Ball for FOX US
  • 2LE Media / Covid Consultant/ Supervisor
  • Language of Love for Channel 4
  • Next Of Kin / Covid Consultant
  • Primetime Pilot for ITV1
  • Entertainment One,/ Covid Consultant
  • Mousetrap for FOX US
  • LocazoPro / Covid Consultant


Info for Positive Covid-19 Cases in the Workplace

The Virus

The virus can be spread by an individual 48 – 72 hours before their symptoms appear. It is therefore important to ensure open communication with other crew, cast and contributors who may have worked in close contact. However, it is also important to ensure that the individual’s privacy is maintained as medical information is deemed sensitive personal data.


If you have recent onset of any of the most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19):

  1. a new continuous cough
  2. a high temperature
  3. a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia)

you and your household must isolate at home: wearing a face covering does not change this. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19.

Confirmed Positive Case

If a case is confirmed, those crew, cast and contributors who have been in close contact and/or in the same cohort, should be identified to the best of your abilities. Those individuals should be advised to seek medical advice and be asked to work from home for 10 days to monitor their symptoms, as a precautionary measure in conjunction with local health agency instructions.

What is a ‘contact’?

A ‘contact’ is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 anytime from 2 days before the person was symptomatic up to 10 days from onset of symptoms (this is when they are infectious to others).This includes anyone you have been within 2 meters of for 15 minutes or more. The same rule applies if you have been in a car or vehicle with someone.

Keep a Record

The recording of key dates, location of meetings, recces and movements of the crew, cast or contributor will help inform local health agencies and help the production to identify other staff/crew or cast members who may have been in close contact. 

Positive Result

positive result means the individual had COVID-19 when the test was done. If their test is positive, they must self-isolate immediately.

  • If they had a test because they had symptoms, they should keep self-isolating for at least 10 days from when their symptoms started. 
  • If they had a test but have not had symptoms, they should self-isolate for 10 days from when they had the test. 
  • Anyone they live with, and anyone in their close contact bubble, must self-isolate for 10 days from when you start self-isolating. 

Inconclusive Test

An unclear, void, borderline or inconclusive result means it’s not possible to say if the individual had COVID-19 when the test was done. Another test should be arranged as soon as possible. If the individual had a test but did not have not any symptoms, they do not need to self-isolate while they are waiting to get another test. People they live with, and anyone in their close contact bubble, do not need to self-isolate.

Self Isolating ASAP

They should self-isolate as soon as possible, if they are at work they should return home directly, and order a test online athttps://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test. If they don’t have access to the internet, a test can be ordered by calling 119 (in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or 0300 303 2713 (in Scotland).

It is important that they do not get too close to other people and maintain a minimum of 2m distance from others in order to reduce the risk of transmitting infection.


Isolating Guidance Gov UK


ICO Data Protection in the Workplace


Gov UK List of Covid Testing Providers


nations & regions productions uk

To count towards the regional production quota by hours, relevant productions must meet two out of the following three criteria:

(1) Substantive base

The commissioned production company must have a substantive business and production base in the UK outside the M25, and the production in question must be managed from that substantive base.

The base will be taken to be substantive if it is the usual place of employment of:

  • executives managing the regional business; and
  • senior personnel involved in the production in question; and
  • senior personnel involved in seeking programme commissions.

(2) Production spend

At least 70% of the production spend must be spent in the UK outside the M25.

Production spend should be based on the entire production expenditure including any funding from third parties and spend outside the UK, and excluding the cost of on-screen talent, archive material, sports rights, competition prize-money, copyright costs and any production fee (other than where some of the production fee is used to fund the costs of the production). Legal fees count as relevant spend.

(3) Off-screen talent

At least 50% of the production talent (i.e. not on-screen talent) by cost must have their usual place of employment in the UK outside the M25. Freelancers without a usual place of employment outside the M25 will nonetheless count for this purpose if they live outside the M25.



SWAB TEST. Patient and medical supervisor preparing for a COVID-19 nasal swab test. Image created by Russell Tate. Submitted for United Nations Global Call Out To Creatives – help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Why Quarantine is important

Quarantining will help prevent family, friends and the community from contracting coronavirus, as well as helping to protect the NHS

What is Test-to-Release?

Any Travellers arriving into the UK must undergo a mandatory 10 day quarantine as per current Government Guidelines. This quarantine period can be reduced to 5 days by producing a negative result using the government approved Test-to-Release scheme on day 5 of your arrival.

How the Test to Release scheme works

If you arrive in England from somewhere outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you must quarantine for 10 days on arrival.

Under the Test to Release scheme you can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test. If the result is negative, you can end your quarantine.

You cannot take a test until you have been in England for 5 full days.

The scheme is voluntary and applies to those quarantining in England only.

If you do not want to opt into the Test to Release scheme, you will need to quarantinefor 10 days.

What do I need to do to take part in the scheme?

To take part in the scheme you need to:

You will be asked to enter details of your test in the passenger locator form. You must do this to take part in the scheme.

When do I book the tests?

You should book your test before you travel to England. This is so you can enter details of the test when you opt into the scheme on the passenger locator form. If you decide to take part in the scheme after you have arrived in England, you will need to complete another passenger locator form.

Do I pay for the test myself?

Yes, You will have to pay the private test provider for your test. You will need to book an individual test for each person opting into Test to Release, including children.

The test provider will either send a test to your address or you can attend a testing site. You may leave your house to post your test or to travel directly to and from the testing site. You should follow safer travel guidance and avoid public transport if possible.

What do I do If me test is negative?

If the test result is negative you can stop quarantine as soon as you receive the result.

What do I do If I test positive for COVID-19?

If the test is positive you need to quarantine for another 10 days. Count the 10 days starting from the day after you took the test, or from when you first had symptoms if that is earlier.

People you live with in the UK, or people you are staying with, should also quarantine for 10 days from the date of your positive test.

You do not need to take the coronavirus test on or after day 8.

What happens if my test is inconclusive?

If the result from your test is inconclusive you must continue to quarantine. You can choose to take another privately provided test to find out if you can stop quarantine early.

You may be fined if you do not quarantine. The fine is £1,000 for the first time, up to £10,000 for further breaches.


GOV UK Guidance


Private Test Providers


Fill in the Passenger Locater Form


Travelling to Northern Ireland


Travelling to Wales


Travelling to Scotland


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