GEITF: How to be a Better Indie Survey


19th June 2014

Calling all Freelancers!

Do you want your voice heard?

This freelancer survey aims to highlight the best and worst practices in the independent sector and will form part of a major session at this year’s Guardian Edinburgh International TV Festival.

Your views will be discussed in a session entitled How To Be A Better Indie, taking place in Edinburgh on August 22nd and I would encourage you to take this opportunity to have your say and be part of this very important debate.

The deadline for submissions is FRIDAY 27th JUNE, so please return your surveys to us ASAP!

Take the anonymous survey here

We want to know where you enjoy working, which company has the best working conditions and where you feel most valued. Responses will be fielded directly to independent research company SPA Future Thinking, with replies remaining strictly anonymous.

We want to continue to make change within the industry, by exploring how to improve the way independent production companies work with freelancers, but we can only do this with your help!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Yours sincerely,

Lisa Campbell

Festival Director, Edinburgh International Television Festival



CV Writing Tips

If you are finding it difficult to write your CV for the TV/Film production industry – here are some starting tips of what to include pasted below. Downloadable pdf for your reference attached – TV CV writing tips


This list is designed as some pointers to get you started and is in no way exhaustive.

Before you start – it is worth considering if it more useful to have a number of CVs for different job roles. Each one must be consistent in style but make easy reading for an employer in whichever industry you are working. E.g. have one as a TV Runner and another as a web designer (although in that specific instance it would be useful to list your html skills in your TV CV).

* Call your CV filename ‘ YOUR NAME – YOUR JOB TITLE – YEAR‘ so that employers can easily find you if they save it in a folder.

* Put your full name, no nicknames. Then your location (rather than your full address, it’s better for posting in social media), email and your mobile at the top (ensure your email address is appropriate and NOT or similar),

* Put your job title at the top near your name. Employers want to know what you do very quickly and will spot it straight away.

* A personal statement should be a short paragraph. 2 or 3 lines on who you are, what you do and your current skills. Genre experience is also helpful. (Learn the difference between what is a genre and what is a technical format…)

* Next do some bullet points of your key skills e.g.
• Fluent French and German language skills
• Confident shooter using [name types of camera]
• Basic FCP / digitizing
• Live Studio & O.B experience
• Archive clearance

* Now list your credits (a ‘credit’ is just something you’ve worked on, and nothing to do with an on-screen credit). Each one should have the same format and should detail the following in bold to be easily scanned by an employer:

List your credits like this, starting with the most recent:
Production Name | Prod. Co. for Broadcaster | 
Your Role
One line is sufficient to describe the programme and include the broadcaster. 2 lines description max.

* If you are relatively junior, you could briefly mention tasks that were delegated to you by a more senior person.

* Keep all your TV work together and list anything else you think could be useful in an ‘other employment’ section after your TV work if you feel this is supportive.

* If you have credits on adverts or promos – list the brands or bands

* Briefly list your education. Bullet points are best.

* Any relevant training should go last right at the bottom and you should list exactly which course you completed and the date. So find out the name and governing body of the course. First Aid, Health & Safety, Hostile Environment courses are as important as technical equipment training.

* You can list your references if you want to. Be sure to ask the person whose details you will be including BEFORE you do this. Also, if you provide them as a reference in an interview, be sure to tell them before the potential employer actually calls them!

*IMPORTANT: In consideration of new GDPR data protection regulations, Talent Managers across the industry are requesting that CVs should include a statement of consent permitting them to continue handling them in the traditional way. Without explicit permission they will not be able to pass on your CV without coming back to you for further consent. Add this or similar text to your footer:

GDPR Statement: This CV may be kept on file and distributed for employment purposes

* Your CV should be around 2 pages long. One page if you are a Runner and no more!

*Check your spelling and grammar. Do not write “drivers license”, it is incorrect. Use these words: “driving licence”.

*Do not combine your student film making experience with your professional work.

*Name your CV . Give it your name and your job title. Do not say you are a Producer or Director or Editor if you are a Runner. If you are a runner, the PM wants to see your running experience, they are not interested in your producing or directing experience.

*Always write something in the email when you send your CV in application for a job. If you can’t be bothered writing to say what job you are applying for and why, they may well not bother opening the attachment!

*Be straight. Be honest. Do not big yourself up; it will not get you the job and you will be found out!


Creating a cover email

Photo Editor

The Role:
The Bloomberg Photo Service is looking for a weekend photo editor to be based on the London picture desk. The role consists of expediting photos for use on all Bloomberg platforms as well as receiving, edting and sending content to clients. In addition to having an excellent understanding of news, the position also requires excellent picture judgment, advanced knowledge and experience with industry standard editing tools and a thorough understanding of journalistic ethics. The position reports to the head of EMEA photos in London and is a contract role based on a 5 day week including Saturday & Sunday.

-Supporting internal platforms by fulfilling image requests and photo research for Bloomberg stories.
-Liaising with the TOP editors on photo content for all Bloomberg platforms.
-Prioritizing and updating images according to relevancy on Bloomberg platforms as news updates.
-Editing and processing incoming images to select the most relevant and newsworthy content for internal & external clients.
-Making appropriate editorial decisions on illustrative imagery on Bloomberg platforms.
-Reviewing and correcting image metadata to conform to Bloomberg guidelines.
-Researching accurate information for captions.
-Handling photographer assignment briefs.
-Gaining permissions for use on hand-out imagery & licensing imagery from third party sources.
-Monitoring the content and landing pages of Bloomberg platforms to keep the sites current, ensuring prompt elimination of any technical or content errors, or content that is out of date or no longer functional.
-Monitoring and updating the photo desk diary, assist with forward planning.
-Flag breaking news and upcoming events to assignments editor.
-Stay informed and well read on business, finance and political news.

-University degree preferred in a related field such as Photography, Journalism or Communications, Digital Media
-Excellent knowledge of image legal restrictions, licensing and permissions.
-Experience in editorial news photography.
-Fully conversant with content image management systems such as Photoshop, Photo Mechanic, ftp transmission, related software, etc. across Mac & PC platforms.
-Skilled at managing, using and creating content for social media platforms.
-Ability to maintain speed, accuracy and efficiency in fast-paced environment.
-Demonstrate strong knowledge of industry style of captioning, writing editorial cutlines for web platforms and IPTC standards.
-Strong working knowledge of global current events especially in business, finance and politics.
-Excellent writing skills, spelling and grammar.
-Foreign languages a plus, especially French, Spanish, German, Russian, Arabic, Italian etc.
-Ability to prioritize heavy workload and meet strict client deadlines in a global environment.
-Excellent verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills.
-Must be highly motivated, reliable, flexible and organized.
-Available for variable shifts

Legal Terms:
Promoting Equal Opportunities

Bloomberg employs over 15,000 employees in over 192 offices around the world. It is a company that is committed to an ongoing policy of attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified individuals without regard to race, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability. All staff are treated in a non-discriminatory manner in respect of all aspects of employment.

As part of Bloomberg’s ongoing drive for diversity and inclusion Bloomberg works with a variety of organisations to source interns from a variety of backgrounds. These include (from time to time):
– Bangladesh Football Association
– Career Academies
– WORLDwrite
– Kids Company
– ReachOut
– Employability
– Body + Soul
– Rugby Portobello Trust
– Blind in Business

Bloomberg also works with Blind in Business to encourage those who are visually impaired to apply and Bloomberg has joined MyPlus Consulting’s disability champions scheme in order to focus on recruiting and retaining individuals with disabilities. Bloomberg further seeks to identify and address areas of under-representation by running targeted forums which have recently included Women in technology and Black and ethnic minorities. The requirement for these types of forum are reviewed on a regular basis.

Internally in order to promote equal opportunities, numerous soft skill development opportunities are available on Bloomberg University (BU) to all employees. Available courses include mandatory harassment and discrimination awareness training for employees and managers, mandatory interview and hiring training for anyone involved in the recruitment process to ensure that a fair and consistent process is followed, and mandatory grievance training for all members of Bloomberg’s grievance committee. Those chosen to be Team Leaders also undertake a 15 hour ‘Leadership Fundamentals’ course, which specifically covers diversity and inclusion in a team context. These training sessions are further supported by a wealth of policies contained in Bloomberg’s Employee Resource Guide available on Bloomberg’s intranet.

In the course of submitting your application, you will be providing Bloomberg with your personal information. You consent to Bloomberg using that information for the purpose of considering your suitability for employment, as well as for general statistical analysis and reporting purposes, including candidate activity and demographic reports. Bloomberg will process your information in compliance with applicable laws on data protection.

If we do not employ you at this time, you agree that we may retain and use the information that we obtain as part of your application process so as to be able to consider your application later if a suitable position becomes available and, if appropriate, to refer back to this application if you apply again. If at any time you no longer want Bloomberg to consider your application, please let us know at Careers- Feedback, in which case your information will be stored securely for no more than one year from the date of notification and access to it will only be made if and to the extent necessary for legal and regulatory purposes.

Bloomberg is a global company and you therefore consent to Bloomberg processing your information on its servers in the United States of America. Bloomberg is committed to compliance with its privacy obligations and for that reason will apply the Safe Harbor Privacy Policy when processing your information on its US servers. If you are applying for a position outside the EEA and US, you agree that Bloomberg may also process your information on its servers in the country in which the relevant position is located. In processing data either in the US or any other country, employees of Bloomberg will only access your information where necessary:

-to consider your suitability for employment;
-for general statistical analysis and reporting purposes; or
-to comply with legal or regulatory obligations.

Tax and HMRC

Some four years ago, rumours began circulating that an accountant specialising in media freelancers had been raided by HMRC.  It was true:  HMRC confiscated all the company’s files, whether paper or on computer, and started writing to all the company’s clients insisting that they had been underpaying tax for years and must now review their accounts.

Unbelievably, the case continues.  A trial which ended four months ago resulted in a hung jury on the substantive points and HMRC is believed to be preparing to retry the case.   We have not named the company because of the ongoing legal action.

The Watercooler became the only permanent source of advice and support for around 4000-5000 clients, and a community of wonderful accountants quickly grew up offering their services.    BECTU stepped in and funded a public meeting which drew hundreds of frightened freelancers, and a few accountants and tax experts took up the challenge of representing them.

Most of the discussions and other information still exists on the Watercooler, but to avoid the risk of contempt of court the crucial material has been moved to secure areas and is accessible only to registered members.   However we believe that most of the people who needed advice and support have already joined so they should have access to the areas they need.

We will be compiling an easy list of the accountants who posted their details on the old Cooler so that anyone hoping to find a media-savvy accountant can easily do so, so please do check back.

Creative Producer


We are the successful campaign that helps young people make a difference on issues that are important to them. Our specialist production unit [Creative Resources] helps young people get their message across with dramas and factual films, music videos, publications, websites and posters. We have a separate team producing films for broadcast.

We’re looking for a skilled Creative Producerwho can apply their talent across several genres, including video production. They must be able to work easily with young people from all social and cultural backgrounds to develop, guide and ultimately produce effective films and other creative resources that do them credit, and achieve the objectives they desire. The Creative should have some demonstrable skillsin two/three of the following; video production, music production, script-writing, Final Cut Pro, Motion, InDesign, PhotoShop and website creation.

The Creative Producer must be prepared to travel extensively, and regard evenings and weekends as part of their normal work pattern, because this is when young people are often available. They will be entitled to time off in lieu for any additional hours they work. They must be able to work effectively and harmoniously in a creative team, and will be expected to work in other disciplines when necessary, and to provide support or resources to other parts of Fixers.

Producer, Features

Are you able to identify original and creative ideas for food, as well as ideas across a range of lifestyle genres?

Do you possess strong journalistic skills along with sound editorial judgement to ensure the programme maintains its integrity?

If the answer is ‘yes’ we have a fantastic opportunity to join our team on Lorraine as a Producer. We are looking for an experienced Producer who will mainly work overseeing all aspects of the food items on Lorraine, from researching seasonal ingredients and recipes and writing scripts, filming and editing, to securing new chefs for the show. You will also work closely with the rest of the team to source original ideas for Lorraine strands and specials. Lorraine provides a broad mixture of content across current affairs; entertainment news and consumer matters and you will be able to identify original and creative ideas across a range of lifestyle genres. You will be responsible for idea generation and then taking that idea from planning stage to production, helping to create a balanced show.

Ideally you will be a self-shooter with extensive VT filming experience of crafted feature VTs as well as possessing experience of directing single and multi camera location shoots. You will be an excellent communicator with strong journalistic skills and have a positive and flexible approach to your work and perform well under pressure, taking working to tight deadlines in your stride. Experience of having managed and reconciled budgets would also be preferred.

If you are up to the challenge, ITV is a great place to work. If you thrive in a fast paced environment where no two days are the same and you possess the creativity and innovation that will help us achieve our goals, then we’d love to hear from you.

Closing date:1st July 2014

Producer | Client Manager

Producer| Client Manager

Visual Communications Agency – Video – Reading

Changing Horizons is a successful visual communications agency, specialising in corporate video production based in Reading and London. We have an established client list spanning some of the most respected and recognised brands in the world. We seek a creative, flexible and highly organised Producer / Client Manager to join our team at a critical stage of growth.

Salary: Circa £30k plus bonus
Package: 25 days holiday

The role is to:

Produce and project manage client content from inception through to final production
Manage client relationships and win new business

You will predominantly be based in the Reading office, however there is flexibility to work from home from time to time.

Key Responsibilities

Using your creative ideas and your natural ability to quickly comprehend challenging and varied subject matter, you will develop scripts and storyboards to bring to life your clients’ requirements
Your excellent project management skills will enable you to coordinate the appropriate resources to ensure your clients’ needs are met and the projects are delivered on time and to budget.
Your personable nature will help put people at ease and get the best out them in all filming situations e.g. interviews, spoof sketches, voxpops with members of the public.
You’ll meet your sales revenue targets by multi-tasking different projects and nurturing existing client relationships with your professional ‘can do’ attitude.
You’ll grow our existing client list and secure new business in this expanding market. You’ll be challenged to call on your existing contacts and turn these opportunities into sales by arranging face-to-face client meetings and selling the agency’s unique skills and experience to prospective clients
You’ll be eager to develop personally within your role, learning new skills and continually improving the way you work
You’ll be an active team player within the agency

Skills, Knowledge and Experience


Degree educated
Minimum 3 years experience either with a background working with corporate clients in the creative industry (video / web / design) or with a corporate background in sales / marketing / trade marketing / PR / where video communication is frequently used.
Applicants should have demonstrable experience of delivering engaging and impactful communications (e.g. videos, conferences and events, advertising campaigns, social media campaigns, websites, training programmes) and be able to demonstrate their experience and understanding of video communication.
Natural sales ability with the willingness to go the extra mile to build strong client relationships
Proficient in Excel / Word / PowerPoint
Strong project management and multi-tasking skills
Excellent communication skills
Own car & driving licence


Apple Mac experience
Commissioning or using videos as a means of bringing life to communications
Ability to write scripts / press releases / pamphlets / websites
Experience of producing videos, managing film shoots, editing and knowledge of different filming formats

Personal Attributes

Diplomatic and enthusiastic
Creative & adaptable
Quick learner with a high attention to detail
Pro-active and customer orientated/problem solver
Thorough approach/ability to work under pressure and multitask
Good negotiator and team player

Tv: Communities Correspondent, BBC Look North, BBC

* Fixed term contract (12 months)
Job Introduction
We’re looking for a journalist to uncover and report on stories from Yorkshire’s diverse communities for BBC News’ flagship programme in the region, Look North. More than 15% of people in Yorkshire are from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background. As an organisation funded by the licence fee, the BBC has a duty to report news which interests all communities, yet in the past Look North has struggled to serve some of these groups.

About us

Look North provides news on BBC1 in Yorkshire ten times a day, including our main half-hour programme at 6.30pm which is the most watched news programme- national or regional- on any tv channel in Yorkshire. 2.5 million people watch Look North each week. That’s around half the adult population of Yorkshire, a diverse region including big cities like Leeds, Sheffield and Bradford; smaller towns in Yorkshire’s industrial heartland where coal, steel and textiles once dominated; and some of England’s most spectacular countryside including three national parks.

Role Responsibility
This is a senior position, working alongside four existing correspondents who specialise in business, politics, health and crime. It’s not a first job in journalism. Previous experience in tv is helpful, but you might work in radio or print at the moment and want to break into tv. If that’s the case we’ll offer training and a mentor. You will need to spot stories and trends, and turn them into compelling television. You will be a key member of the team in editorial discussions and will work as an advocate to underline the importance of community stories in a regional programme.

The Ideal Candidate
You’re an experienced journalist, keen to make a difference, with a detailed knowledge and understanding of Yorkshire’s diverse communities. Contacts who trust you are essential, as is the ability to know a good story and tell it. You’re a good self-starter who works well independently but also fits into a team. An ability to speak Urdu, Punjabi (Mirpuri/Pathwari) or Pashto would be useful.

We welcome interest from everyone irrespective of ethnic group but, as members of ethnic minority groups are currently under-represented in this type of role, we would encourage applications from members of these groups. Appointment will be based on merit alone.


As part of your application we would like you to answer the following question; ‘In no more than 400 words please suggest two ideas for stories from Yorkshire which you would hope to cover for BBC Look North in your first two months in this role; and how you might turn these ideas into compelling TV news reports.’ Please use section 9 of the application questionnaire to give you answer.

The closing date for applications is midnight onThursday June 26th.

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

To apply for this position, please click apply now. Please ntote; all applications must be made via the BBC Careers Hub – we are unable to accept direct CV’s/Applications.

To apply please see this job entry on Media UK.