ScreenSkills the industry’s skills body for the screen industries, has launched a new online series, Script to Screen, with 12 short modules giving a low-down on how shows get made.

The series is created and funded by the HETV Skills Fund and industry partners, for broadcasters, streamers and production companies to support people new to the screen industries.

Script to Screen was created by, and for, industry in a bid to create a series of universal learning that can be used as part of the induction processes to help screen professionals understand how scripted content gets made and what and who is involved in making it. It includes useful learning and tips to help individuals understand more about the scripted production process.

The programme has already gained the endorsement of Acorn TV, Netflix, BBC, Channel 4, and ITV. The series, which includes a comprehensive glossary of terms, can be accessed on any device, covering topics including The Production Office, How the Set is Run, basics of Post and VFX processes, as well as Your First Day, Set Etiquette and Confidentiality and Social Media. Individuals receive a certificate once all 12 modules are completed.

Kaye Elliott, ScreenSkills director of High End Television said: “We know that starting out can be daunting and the screen industry is fast-paced – there is a lot to learn very quickly. We created this series hand in hand with industry to support people starting out in their careers and give them the confidence to find their way through those first crucial months as well as to support hirers deliver unified learning across industry. We are delighted that there has been such a positive response to the programme already from so many broadcasters, streamers and indies. We hope that it will be a useful tool for any company to give their staff a fantastic introduction to world of scripted production.”

Eva Kelly, director of Rights and Production at Acorn TV said: “At Acorn TV we work with a broad range of producers and it is paramount to us that each production nurtures the same high level of values. The Script to Screen e-learning series will enable us to support our producers in creating an informed, healthy and happy workplace, providing crew with a consistent set of guidelines and a highly supportive training environment. I am sure these will prove to be a fantastic resource and we look forward to rolling these out across our programmes. As ever, ScreenSkills has demonstrated that it fully understands the needs of producers and crew.

Alison Small at Netflix said: ‘The launch of the Script to Screen e-learning series is great news for the whole industry and those seeking to enter it, and Netflix is proud to be a part of and endorse such a comprehensive and excellent resource.”

Jamie Ward, Heard of Learning Development, Channel 4 said: “Nurturing new entrants is incredibly important to us and we are delighted to support this new series which provides a unified set of learning and understanding for individuals first starting out in their careers. ScreenSkills has created a much-needed industry tool, and we look forward to rolling this out in due course.”

A spokesperson for ITV said: “The Script to Screen e-learning series is an essential suite of information for new entrants into the industry. An all-encompassing information tool which sits across all major broadcasters and streamers is a great thing, and ITV is delighted to be working alongside ScreenSkills and key industry players, to be a part of this new initiative.”

The Script to Screen e-learning series consists of 12 pieces of learning that between 5 and 10 minutes to complete and a certificate will be provided if all 12 are completed. These are:

How content gets made
The Production Office
How the set is run
Post Production
Your first day working on a production
Typical working day during the shoot
Freelance life
Set etiquette
Who is in charge?
Confidentiality and social media
The scripted production Family Tree
Glossary of scripted industry terms


Pippa Considine

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