And The Nominees Are…

Which shows have been your most talked about in the last year? Whose performances have kept you glued to the screen? Which production companies have been turning out hit after hit?

We want to know your favourites: whether they’re behind the camera or on-screen; established names or breakout stars; from actors to executives and from docs to drama; we want to know who’s made an impression on you in the last 12 months.

Let us know your standout individuals, production companies and shows from across the broadcast sector, and they could be in line for one of the industry’s top awards. For more details or to suggest a name, email the team on info@productionbase.co.uk, or get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


How To Become a Publicist

What They Do
A publicist is someone that is hired to represent and manage all media relationships for their client. They essentially as act as a barrier between the public, and the media. In order to be a successful candidate, you must have strong writing skills as you’ll be writing press kits, press releases, and emailing media professionals to secure interview time for your Artist, Politician, Actor, or Public Figure. In the production sector, you’ll usually be working to promote a particular film or TV project, or alternatively the on-screen talent. You will often create media campaigns and be supervising clients social media pages to make sure everything runs effortlessly, so digital experience on social media would be beneficial.

Formal Education
Those who go into the field of publicity usually have a BA degree in communications like Journalism, Marketing and Advertising, or Public Relations. Having knowledge of communications between the mass media and the public is essential to understanding how the industry works, and how you can successfully navigate using these to work in your favour. Being confident and having great social skills will be key when making those crucial professional relationships. You will also need to be flexible and well read, as you’ll be dealing with a wide variety of clients.

Read More


Inclusion Riders: What They Are & Why We Need Them

What is an Inclusion Rider?
An “inclusion rider” is a clause attached to an actor’s contract that makes stipulations about the diversity of the cast and the crew, in order to retain the actor services. It is essentially a contractual obligation that need to be adhered to by the company making the production – and it should ensure that diverse hiring in the film and TV projects they work on is guaranteed.

How Does It Work?
The idea was first coined by Stacey Smith, founder of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California at her TedTalk, as she spoke about the positive outcomes that come from this method. She believed it could be a way to tackle Hollywood’s diversity problems, by removing the conscious/unconscious bias that people face in auditions, interviews and hiring processes.

Read More


How To Become a Videographer

A Videographer is the person behind the camera, shooting all types of productions and events such as; corporate videos, B-roll footage for film and TV productions, weddings, business meetings, music videos and even Bar Mitzvas. Usually, the videographer will both shoot and edit the film, taking the project through to completion themselves.

High-end production equipment is no longer a necessity for Videographers because viral content doesn’t always need to be highly polished, and even entry-level kit can output professional HD quality footage. The only the thing that matters is what you’re shooting and how you frame it.

Thankfully due to the ever-increasing digital environment and cheaper editing software’s – becoming a Videographer is now more accessible to the masses. People are consuming more video than ever before, so there is a growing demand for content and an expanding industry for visual story tellers.

Read More


Network Across Rather Than Up

Network. Network. Network.
A word that has been drilled into our heads our entire careers. Here are some tips for anyone starting out in the creative industries.

When it comes to networking; actress, writer, director, and producer of the HBO hit series Insecure, Issa Rae offers a simple but effective solution for aspiring creatives.

“Who’s next to you? Who’s struggling? Who’s in the trenches with you? Who’s just as hungry as you are? Those are the people that you need to build with.”

Issa says she did not see herself being accurately portrayed in mainstream media, so she set out to fill the gap herself. She gained a massive following online through her mini-series The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl on YouTube, which garnered almost 20 million views.

Read More


How To Become a Producer

How To Become a Producer

What is a Producer?
A Producer is the individual that starts the entire production process of a TV series, play or film – they are the person responsible for finding a story a home and seeking out investors willing to fund the entire process, which will be crucial to the development of the story.

Things You’ll Need To Consider
First things first, you need to conduct a lot of research into finding a story that you think is worth producing. There are many forms that this can take, whether it is an original screenplay, a book, or just simply an idea that sounds incredible but hasn’t yet made its way on to paper (a lot of creative vision is essential to this process).

Secondly, a lot of time will be spent trying to get the rights to produce the story. Patience is needed for this, as it can months or years to secure the rights, and you are at the forefront of all the negotiations to bring the story to the screen.

Read More


How To Become a Location Scout

How To Become a Location Scout

What Is a Location Scout?
A location scout is essentially the director’s eyes and ears, and helps to develop the narrative by seeking out the perfect location. This is accomplished through finding a place that seamlessly follows the story at hand. The locations may vary from local suburban areas, to tropical islands in a foreign country.

The crucial thing to always keep in mind is the director’s intentions for the film, and the producer’s budget. If you sway too far out of the guidelines set by the producer then you risk bankrupting the film, or being told you aren’t fit to scout for that particular company. As a scout it is your responsibility to ensure that you are making the suitable decisions needed to help in the development process for the film, and to avoid pushing for a location that you have taken a particular liking to, despite it not having much relevance to the plot.

Read More


A Basic Guide To Editing Software

A Basic Guide To Editing Software

Software for professional editing: the pros, the cons and where to start from.
There are many alternatives on the market, but just a few are used by professionals and learning all the tricks of the trade takes time and experience. So what are your options?

Avid Media Composer
The undisputed industry standard for feature films and big productions, which is equipped with the most stable platform for the most complex workflows. Plus, with a complete set of tools to make the most of shared storage and multiple operators working on the same project, it is the go-to choice for post-production companies and editing studios dealing with large teams and complicated setups.

Read More


How To Kick-Start Your Career In Post Production

How To Kick-Start Your Career In Post Production

It takes a lot of time and work to shoot a feature film. But even when all the filming is done, the movie is only half-way through its path to be a finished product. The other half usually happens inside a post production house, where different departments work in synergy to put video and sound together into a blockbuster.

If you think post-production is the right path for you, here are the first steps to make your way into this world.

Figure out which department you want to work in
Most post-production companies structure their organisations (hence, human resources) along three main departments: Production, Editing and Sound. The first step, which you’ve probably already taken, is deciding which one of these is the right fit for you, depending on what you want your daily job to be like. Here’s an idea:

Read More


Meet The Speakers: Lisa Clark

Meet The Speakers: Lisa Clark

We return to The Hospital Club later this week for the latest in our long-running series of TV Networking events, featuring top programme-makers from across the industry. Along with Label 1’s Simon Dickson, we’ll be joined this time around by legendary comedy producer, Lisa Clark, who along with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, co-founded award-winning company Pett Productions.

Lisa Clark
Lisa has been producing entertainment and comedy shows for over 25 years – from the iconic The Big Breakfast in 1992 and the multi-award-winning live Saturday night show Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush, to the ground-breaking panel show Shooting Stars in the early 00s and, most recently the critically acclaimed sitcom Vic & Bob’s House Of Fools.

Read More