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I am a TV Production Consultant. In my downtime I run a group ticketing concierge company called MyCultureClub.com, and write about cultural and educational events.

COVID-19 LAMP & PCR TESTING INFO

What are the different types of testing available?

PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing is the most sensitive test that is currently available, it is able to detect active infection some days before the patient is infectious or symptomatic. it looks for genetic material from the virus and is generally a more sensitive test than others available.

It is seen as ‘the gold standard’ these, and used in the NHS daily. PCR testing has a turnaround time of up to 48 hours. It is performed in machines that cycle through different temperatures. As the process of changing temperature takes some time, the process is longer than other processes such as LAMP.

LAMP Testing is another form of genetic test, able to detect the RNA of the virus. It is a more recent development than PCR and is performed all at one temperature. It is generally faster and cheaper than PCR but is not considered to be as sensitive – but is still more sensitive than antigen testing. LAMP tests might be able to detect patients immediately before symptoms are displayed but this is unsure at present. Rapid LAMP testing can add a significant degree of confidence if performed before flying, for example, when all aboard have had a LAMP test prior to departure.

Antigen Testing is the fastest and cheapest of all lab tests for COVID-19. Unlike PCR and LAMP, the genetic material of the virus is not searched for, but rather the protein structures on a virally infected cell produced by COVID-19; usually the so-called ‘spike’ protein. Antigen tests often become positive after having had symptoms for a couple of days. Their use is particularly powerful when patients are attending communal events and a quick check needs to be performed to see if attendees are infectious with COVID-19. Furthermore, during winter months, when people often have symptoms of the common cold or flu, performing an antigen test will ascertain whether the condition is the coronavirus or not.

Antibody tests: When we get infected with COVID-19, our bodies make antibodies to fight the infection. The antibody test looks for the presence of these antibodies, which usually mean that we have been infected with COVID-19 in the past. This test uses a finger-prick blood test.

Read on if you want more science info…

PCR test

PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, is the most common form of testing in the UK and is seen as fairly reliable. A swab is taken from the back of the throat or the very top of the nostrils. Both are highly uncomfortable. The sample is sent to a laboratory to detect genetic material in the virus called RNA (the nucleic acid that converts DNA into proteins). RNA is collected as it carries the genetic information of coronavirus.

It is a time-consuming process involving a solution (aka reagent) which is added to the sample and then processed through various temperature steps in a thermal cycler so that it multiplies into larger quantities of DNA. Bioscientists can then see whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19) is present.

It takes around 12 hours which is why results take so long to be issued.

LAMP testing

“LAMP” (loop-mediated isothermal amplification) tests uses a swab to collect material from the throat and nose but this is not processed in a thermal cycler. It produces many more viral RNA copies without the need to heat and cool – a constant temperature is used.

The samples are then placed in vials of reagents (substances that produce a chemical reaction to detect the RNA), then heated in a special machine for 20 minutes. The sample is analysed to confirm the presence or not of SARS-CoV-2 RNA.

What are the limitations to LAMP Testing ?

LAMP is less versatile than PCR, the most familiar nucleic acid amplification technique. LAMP is useful primarily as a diagnostic or detection technique, but is not useful for cloning or many other molecular biology applications enabled by PCR. Because LAMP uses 4 (or 6) primers targeting 6 (or 8) regions within a fairly small segment of the genome, and because primer design is subject to numerous constraints, it is difficult to design primer sets for LAMP “by eye”. (Wiki)

What is an Antibody test?

Antibody tests are used to detect antibodies to the COVID-19 virus to see if it’s likely that you have had the virus before.

The test works by taking a blood sample  and testing for the presence of antibodies to see if you have developed an immune response to the virus.

Antibody tests differ to virus swab tests, which test to see if you currently have the virus. An antibody test cannot test if you currently have the virus.

There is no strong evidence yet to suggest that those who have had the virus develop long-lasting immunity that would prevent them from getting the virus again. (source GOV.UK)

What is a Lateral Flow test?

Lateral flow is an established technology, adapted to detect proteins (antigens) that are present when a person has COVID-19. The best-known example of a lateral flow test is the home pregnancy test kit.

The test kit is a hand-held device with an absorbent pad at one end and a reading window at the other. Inside the device is a strip of test paper that changes colour in the presence of COVID-19 proteins (antigens).

How to take the Test

Taking a lateral flow test usually involves taking a sample from the back of the throat near the tonsils and from the nose, using a swab.

The swab is dipped into an extraction solution. This is then dripped on to the device’s paper pad, producing the reaction that gives the result.

The result will be visible on the device precisely 30 minutes after the sample is applied. Unlike a PCR test, there is no need to send the sample to a lab.

What a Lateral Flow test cannot tell you.

  • if you’re immune to coronavirus
  • if you can or cannot spread the virus to other people

There is a different test to check if you have coronavirus now.

Whatever your antibody test result, you must continue to follow the same guidelines as everyone else to protect yourself and others from the virus.

How sensitive are the Lateral Flow & PCR tests?

PCR and lateral flow have different roles to play in controlling the virus, so it isn’t helpful to directly compare them in terms of how sensitive they are:

  • Lateral flow is useful for finding out if a person is infectious now, and able to transmit the virus to others. The level of sensitivity is high enough to detect the vast majority of these cases. Lateral flow testing is less likely to return a positive result outside the infectious window.
  • PCR is useful for confirming a suspected case of coronavirus, where the person is already self-isolating and is showing symptoms. Higher sensitivity of PCR means it can identify genetic material from COVID-19 even after the active infection has passed.

The different levels of sensitivity are therefore appropriate for the ways they are used.

How accurate are Covid tests? 

Tests are never 100 per cent accurate, and vary in their “sensitivity” and “specificity”.

Sensitivity means the proportion of carriers of the virus who are correctly identified;

specificity refers to the proportion of non-carriers who are correctly identified.

So 100 per cent sensitivity would mean no false negatives, while 100 per cent specificity means no false positives.

What is the Test to Release scheme for International Travellers ?

From 15 December 2020, international arrivals are able to opt in to ‘Test to Release’.

Test to Release is a scheme to allow travellers to be released from quarantine early after taking a COVID test when they return from a UK Gov RED country (a country not on the travel Corridor list).  The test should be booked before the traveller arrives home and can be carried out at one of the Collinson drive through test centres.  

More info on the scheme can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for-international-travel

By law, all tests used for the purpose of shortening the self-isolation period for international arrivals must meet certain minimum standards.

Providers must also complete a declaration that their tests meet these standards. (gov.uk link)

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ITV DELIVERY GUIDELINES

GUIDELINES

https://www.itv.com/commissioning/articles/producers-guidelines

ITV CODE OF CONDUCT
https://www.itv.com/_data/documents/pdf/Code%20of%20Conduct%20(May%202018).pdf

ITV COMMISSIONING COMMITMENTS

TECHNICAL ADVICE

The first point of contact is Bill Brown, Head of Media Standards, who is responsible for ensuring delivered content meets ITV’s technical delivery standards. Contact bill.brown@itv.com or telephone 020 715 66542 or 07917 577 700.

DELIVERY FORMATS & TECH GUIDELINES

https://www.itv.com/commissioning/articles/technical-guidelines

The only acceptable delivery format is an AS-11 UK DPP file.

please refer to Schedule D and ITV Technical Specification for the Delivery of Television Programmes as AS-11 DPP UK files or contact ITV’s Content Operationsteam on contentoperations@itv.com

ALBERT SUSTAINABILITY

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Close Contact cohorts protocol

Close Contact Cohorts and increased screening for COVID-19 – protocol for TV production

Scope

1. This document builds on the industry wide guidelines (TV Production Guidance Managing The Risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Production Making) which outline a high-level framework for the effective assessment and management of Coronavirus (COVID-19) risk in TV production.

General comments

  1. The guidance in this document specifically addresses an approach to support the resumption of production activity which unavoidably requires interaction within the current social distancing boundary. It sets out arrangements whereby pairs and/or small groups of people would be able to interact in much closer contact. This approach is only appropriate where all other mitigation measures are not feasible, and remains in addition, rather than a replacement for, the rigorous wider risk mitigation and hygiene measures that are set out in the broader guidance.
  1. While this protocol currently applies to England and NI, and will apply in Scotland from 30 July, you should always consider whether there are local restrictions in place in your area or advice in place at the time, issued by the respective Governments, public health and health and safety authorities in the relevant jurisdiction in which the production is taking place. If so, you should first read the guidance relevant to your area as this may supersede guidance in this document.
  1. This document considers how the establishment of close contact cohorts (CCCs) supported by increased screening for this group, through the establishment of routine of PCR testing (hereafter “PCR tests”), may be introduced as a key element of a risk mitigation plan. This protocol represents recommended minimum practice but other factors may dictate an enhanced level of provision. The CCC mirrors the concept of ‘fixed teams’ in the British Film Commission’s Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production.
  1. It is important to make clear this document provides guidance for how a CCC regime can be used as part of the wider risk assessments and safety measures that will need to be in place. It provides a framework for how to mitigate the risk where small numbers of people, a cohort, will need to breach the prevailing social distancing measures within the course of their work, through additional cohort screening. A cohort will be as small a number of people as possible who unavoidably need to be in close contact with each other. This can include both cast and crew, depending on the nature of the production.

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The screening regime proposed will decrease the likelihood that someone with the virus will be within the cohort. This testing would be on a regular basis (weekly) alongside other daily screening routine checks for symptoms etc. This approach offers a reasonable and sensible level of risk mitigation but it cannot eliminate risk.

  1. This mitigation process is different from the concept of creating a COVID-free ‘bubble’ which this guidance does not specifically address. The bubble relies upon more stringent testing and quarantine to be applied prior to entering the, very controlled, bubble environment. The bubble approach would only be appropriate where the risk of COVID needs to be controlled to an exceptionally low level due to significant vulnerabilities of others within the bubble or other commercial reasons that could impact production delivery significantly.
  1. This protocol outlines
    • ○  Key principles
    • ○  Testing provision
    • ○  The process

Prior to arrival on Production
During Production
Screening tests during production Positive test results

○ Adopting the principles of socially distancing whilst working within close contact cohorts

Key principles

8. The following key principles should be considered to establish if the CCC approach would be an appropriate risk mitigation.

  1. a)  This approach should only be considered when all other mitigations have been considered and discounted as appropriate for the situation including adapting editorial onscreen requirements.
  2. b)  Close contact periods must be restricted to the shortest time practicable.
  3. c)  Expert H&S and Medical advice will need to be sought before a CCC approach is implemented and the rationale must be set out in a detailed risk assessment.
  4. d)  Each CCC of individuals must be kept to the absolute minimum number of members possible. Members should, as far as possible on set, only mix with other members of the same cohort.
  5. e)  A number of CCCs may be established on a single production dependent upon the interaction requirements of cast overall.
  6. f)  Mixing or swapping between CCC should be kept to an absolute minimum. Someone can only be a member of one CCC at any one time and if someone wants to move from one CCC to another the full process for joining a CCC has to be adhered to.

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  1. g)  Consultation with those involved throughout the process of setting up these close contact cohorts is of paramount importance; individuals should clearly understand the situation and the effectiveness/limitations of the risk mitigations being introduced and where possible any requirements in relation to CCCs should be established at the casting stage. Productions should consider engaging with union representatives of those in the CCC to ensure that the implications of working in close contact cohorts are well understood.
  1. h)  CCC members should be easily identifiable as a member of a specific close contact cohort (e.g. colour coding groups).
  1. i)  All social distancing and other risk mitigations must be complied with by cohort members when not engaged in the specific interaction required for the production.
  1. j)  Any members of a proposed CCC or their household members (including if CCC members have caring responsibilities) who have COVID-19 vulnerabilities should be identified prior to production and appropriate adjustments made, with input from suitable experts if required to help further mitigate the risk to vulnerable groups.
  1. k)  Consideration should be given to the levels of social contact outside the production for members of a CCC and any limitations to this that may be considered appropriate, these should form part of the consultation with those involved. As a minimum members of CCCs should adhere to the wider government guidance that is in place at the time – particularly in relation to social distancing – but productions may want to review on a case by case basis and put bespoke measures in place if appropriate
  1. l)  Consideration should be given to how you quantify and record exposure of members of the CCC to each other – so accurate records of those who have worked in close proximity are readily available.

Testing provision

9. The appropriate testing for this purpose is a test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. These tests are commonly referred to as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. Swab samples taken from the nose and back of the throat or saliva samples are examined to look for the presence of genetic material from the virus. Samples (particularly swabs) should be collected by a trained operator; analysis is undertaken in an accredited laboratory. A positive test shows that the person being tested has a current, COVID-19 virus infection. The test can take from less than an hour to several days to get a result.

  • ○  For accuracy and an effective result testing/ sampling should be completed by a trained operator in line with approved methodologies and sent to an accredited laboratory.
  • ○  Suitable consent will need to be sought from the individual to undertake the test.

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○ Test results will need to be handled and managed in line with good medical practice and data privacy regulation

10.A flow chart that provides overview of the process is attached as appendix 1.

The process

Prior to arrival on Production

11.Prior to arriving on set those who are part of a CCC group will undertake a PCR test.

12.The PCR testing should be undertaken so that the time between sampling and entering the CCC is as short as is practicable. With current testing provision that will generally mean approximately 48 hours before arriving on set but that may vary depending on testing availability and timings of test

results. The result of the test must be available before CCC entry and a positive result will preclude entry.

13.CCC members will be asked to adhere to social distancing requirements during the time between their test sample being taken and their arrival on set following their test result in line with the prevailing government guidance in place at the time.

14.CCC members should all confirm;

  1. they and their household members are COVID symptom free
  2. there is no reason why they should be isolating (e.g. recent closecontact with people positive with the virus or displaying symptoms)

15.If their pre-production test is positive CCC members will need to inform the relevant test and trace official body and self-isolate for at least 7 days from when symptoms started (if symptoms are displayed). Anyone who has a positive test but does not have symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days and follow any other up to date guidance from test and trace.

16.In line with all those working on the production all other risk mitigation measures should be followed, such as those applying to travel and accommodation. All standard daily screening measures should also be adhered to.

During Production

17.If a member of a CCC displays any of the symptoms of COVID-19 at any time during the production all members of the CCC will need to self-isolate and be tested.

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19.However if a cohort member displays symptoms and then tests negative, they should wait until they are symptom free before returning to production.

20.If cohort members who are symptom free (but are isolating having taken a test because another member of the cohort does have symptoms) test negative, they can return to production provided they do not develop symptoms.

Screening tests during production

21.A regular testing programme should be introduced for the duration of each CCC. This will increase the chances of identifying infected people who are either pre-symptomatic (before symptoms start) or asymptomatic (no symptoms) and therefore limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission to others in their CCC.

  1. a)  As standard this would be a minimum of weekly. Risk assessment of an individual or the production may indicate that more regular testing of the cohort is appropriate
  1. b)  The test would normally be undertaken at the production location but that is not necessary if testing can be done competently and more conveniently elsewhere.
  1. c)  As testing is part of the regular screening programme there would be no need for an individual to isolate in the time period between a routine test and receiving the results (as long as they remain COVID-19 symptom free during this period).

Positive test results
22.All members of that CCC must self-isolate for 10/14 days and be symptom free

before they can recommence activity on production, in line with government requirements.

23.Testing does not need to continue during a 10/14-day self-isolation period although all CCC members will be asked to undertake a new test before re- joining the CCC as if they were entering the CCC for the first time.

24.In the event of a positive test for a member of a CCC, appropriate health advice should normally be sought by the Production to investigate the precise circumstances and provide expert guidance.

25.Consideration should be given to circumstances where a CCC member tests positive, completes self-isolation and is symptom free but continues to test positive. Government guidance permits a return to work but people may continue to test positive for as much as 60 days after infection. Advice from an appropriate health professional/ virologist should be sought in such circumstances.page5image349726816

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Adopting the principles of socially distancing whilst working within CCCs

26.Whilst those within these groups are not being asked to isolate there is an expectation that they will, in good faith, maintain the key principles of social distancing throughout their daily life during the filming period;

  • ○  stay at home as much as possible
  • ○  limit contact with other people
  • ○  maintain social distancing when outside the home
  • ○  wash their hands regularly
  • ○  make productions aware of any particular risk that their householdmembers are exposed to27.As a minimum CCC members will be required to adhere to the prevailing Government guidelines, but assessments can be made on a case by case basis to determine whether further measures may be appropriate.

Source : BBC Downloads http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/safety/documents/health/covid19-close-contact-cohorts.pdfpage6image348648912

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Appendix 1page7image1141044224

ITV Covid Guidelines – Close Contact Cohorts and increased screening for COVID-19 – protocol for TV production 13/07/20

SUMMARY

It sets out arrangements whereby pairs and/or small groups of people would be able to interact in much closer contact. 

This approach is only appropriate where all other mitigation measures are not feasible, and remains in addition, rather than a replacement for, the rigorous wider risk mitigation and hygiene measures that are set out in the broader guidance.

Risk Mitigation – close contact cohorts (CCCs)

The establishment of close contact cohorts (CCCs) supported by increased screening for this group, through the establishment of routine of PCR testing (hereafter “PCR tests”), may be introduced as a key element of a risk mitigation plan.

Risk Mitigation – weekly testing

The screening regime proposed will decrease the likelihood that someone with the virus will be within the cohort.

This testing would be on a regular basis (weekly) alongside other daily screening routine checks for symptoms etc. 

This approach offers a reasonable and sensible level of risk mitigation but it cannot eliminate risk.

These tests are commonly referred to as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests – Suitable consent will need to be sought from the individual to undertake the test.

With current testing provision that will generally mean approximately 48 hours pre-entering set

Risk Mitigation – Social Distancing

CCC members will be asked to adhere to social distancing requirements during the time between their test sample being taken and their arrival on set following their test result in line with the prevailing government guidance in place at the time.

Note; The CCC mirrors the concept of ‘fixed teams’ in the British Film Commission’s Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High- end TV Drama Production.

A cohort will be as small a number of people as possible who unavoidably need to be in close contact with each other. 

Info : ITV Producers guidelines

COVID RA Guidance

UK Broadcast Covid Information 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Risk Assessment Guidance – Basic requirements

1. Specifically consider people at higher risk of harm 

is anyone ‘clinically vulnerable’? – Do they require a personalised risk assessment ?

2. Heighten precautions for everyone at work

Good practice is to : ‘Wash your hands more frequently and at least for 20 seconds each time. Use soap and water or a hand sanitiser when you: get home or into work, blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food’.

A raised temperature is one of the most common signs of developing COVID-19. If you choose to introduce temperature checks.appropriate protocols will need to be developed and due consideration given to any potential data privacy issues.

Check contact details and emergency details are up to date

Ensure production team are up to date on training, and that this is detailed through the RA process

If someone displays symptoms, they should self isolate, or return home from work. They should order a home test. 

https://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).

What is close contact ?

Close contact is defined in guidance, accurate at the time of this update guidance, as;

● having face-to-face contact with someone (less than 1 metre away)

● spending more than 15 minutes within 2 metres of someone

● travelling in a car or other small vehicle with someone (even on a short journey) or close to them on a plane

Additional requirements in the event of multiple outbreaks in the workplace

If you have more than one case of COVID-19 in the workplace, you should contact your local health protection team to report the suspected outbreak (find your local team through – https://www.gov.uk/health-protection-team).

3. Reduce the number of people involved

This is a key control to managing the risk and should be considered before a more detailed risk assessment, key considerations should be;

● Minimise workers needed on site to complete the work activity.

● Maximise technology to enable roles and activities to be done from home and remotely wherever possible.

● Segregate people within the working area to minimise close contact and maintain

social distancing as far as possible.

4. Consider editorial ‘on camera’ requirements 

A key risk to consider is how the creative and editorial requirements of the production are met and agreed with Commissioning Networks within the parameters of the current restrictions. Key considerations should be;

Changes to script and scenes to take into account social distancing.

● Changes to set to take into account social distancing.

● Use of ‘green screens’ to ‘down the line’ to support minimising numbers on production.

● Scripts should be provided as early as possible to support with planning.

● Directors and other relevant roles may need to be brought on earlier in the planning and prep for production to establish what is required to deliver the production within the restrictions of managing the COVID-19 risk.

5. Consider mental health and wellbeing

Those having to work from home may experience social isolation while those having to come to a studio or location may be fearful of the risk of becoming infected. It is therefore essential that overall wellbeing and mental health are considered within the risk assessment for production and that those responsible understand the wellbeing needs and requirements of their teams.

The Film and TV Charity is committed to supporting the film and TV workforce in returning to production after COVID-19 and provides many useful resources for production along with support routes for the workforce.

6. Feedback loop

It is important to ensure there that production teams are reporting any shortfalls (and successes/learnings) to ensure the risk assessment process is effective and actively reviewed.

On a production basis it is important to have a clear procedure for raising concerns, you should also consider if an explicit commitment that no one will be sanctioned for refusing to work in an unsafe environment would support people in raising concerns.

Credit : BBC. ITV, Production Guild

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– Antonia Hurford Jones (Executive Producer)

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ABOUT Sian Gwilliam

I am the Founder of Production Company BLOODY NORAH TV.

Check out our website here.

I have 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.

I have strong relationships with UK, US and International production companies and networks / broadcasters.

I’ve worked with teams and budgets of all sizes. Working in Sport and Unscripted I have set up and consulted on projects internationally.

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

International Producers I worked with on the development and production of Game of Games;

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

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

I’m confident in launching, consulting and running the most difficult of productions both in the UK and internationally.

I have 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.

I pride myself on my team management skills and always work in a calm and pragmatic manner. I am not daunted by any situation and I possess a friendly manner, which is always key in keeping a handle on all situations. I thrive on the challenge of creating and launching new projects.

I have held senior management 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).

I am 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, ran a ground breaking digital multi-platform event. This series was run by a 24/7 production crew, so I understand the importance of communication skills across all team and broadcaster departments.

I have 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.

I have 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 I am confident I can manage any programme despite budgetary or schedule restrictions.

I’ve 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

WHY WORK WITH ME

  • 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

WHY SET UP PRODUCTION HUBS ?

  • 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

INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTION CONSULTANT SERVICES

  • 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

INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTION CONSULTANT DELIVERY

  • 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

LOCAL TAX INCENTIVES

  • 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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