Sat 11th 9:15am - Sun 12th Sep 2021 5:30pm

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The course is packed with useful information and resources, giving you the confidence to hit the ground running in a busy production office environment. Chris Lane

This course has shown me what it takes to work in film production, and I feel much more confident about my skills and making the transition from broadcast TV into film & HETV. Bernadette D'Mello

Dates: 11th and 12th September 2021 

The training will is taking place over two cohorts, each with 12-15 participants. The July session has now passed.

Fees: £100 + booking fee and VAT

Each day will run from 09.15 to 17.30. There will be breaks during the morning and afternoon, with an hour for lunch.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is designed for recent production graduates, experienced runners, producers’ secretaries and production secretaries who are keen to gain skills and knowledge to pursue career pathways in production coordination and production management.

How will it benefit my career?

Successful applicants will gain an opportunity to undertake a high level of quality training with an experienced production coordinator/manager and thereafter for trainees to access a continuing online community and resource which will equip them with the knowledge, skills and strategies. It will enable participants to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively take on the role both in the UK on both domestic and international productions.

Course Delivery

This course is delivered online by an expert tutor and supported by our Virtual Learning Environment. This course covers a range of core practical, organisational and logistical skills and knowledge which are required by the role.

Course Overview

This programme will ensure that participants will gain core skills, resources and understanding of the responsibilities regarding the administration of the production office related to the role of production secretary for film and HETV production.

Day One

- Role of production secretary and production pathway
- Set up of production office
- Travel, accommodation and shipping
- H&S
- Clearances
- Recces, readthroughs and rehearsals

Day Two

- Final Draft
- Mental health
- Production communications and US studios
- Production paperwork
- Shoot and wrap
- CVs and finding work.

This training will allow trainees to:
- share knowledge, experience, best practice and address concerns with colleagues and peers
- identify and prepare for career pathways relating to the role of production secretary
- learn through simulation away from the pressure of everyday production
- benefit from an immediate and long-term support network and resources online

Course Tutor

With 20 years’ experience in film and television, course tutor Emma Mallett has worked across a broad spectrum of productions, working her way up from her first job as Production Runner on Thomas the Tank Engine to Production Manager on upcoming Apple HETV series Invasion. A Production Coordinator for many years, Emma has been employed across all budget levels: from low budget feature Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa to independent films The Invisible Woman and Rush to large studio pictures Maleficent, Me Before You and Quantum of Solace.


As part of the training for the second group of trainees in September, Netflix will be offering trainees an interview with a production executive from the UK series team. The interviews will provide practice in interviewing for production secretary roles.

Following the interviews, and depending on timing, production needs and suitability of trainees, Netflix hope to be able to offer a small number of paid placements in the production office of one of their productions. NB this is not guaranteed.


The application process will by application form. We will also ask you to complete and return a diversity monitoring form which will be processed separately from your application. Please send the diversity form as an excel document as this will help us in compiling statistics. Please send your forms to [javascript protected email address]

The deadline for receipt of applications is 9am on 17th August 2021.

Need help with funding for training?

If you are looking for help to cover course fees there are several organisations that may be able to help you. For more information, click here.

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