Entertainment television is a tough game to get into. So how do you succeed in a genre where big ideas and big personalities dominate?
Ross McCarthy is the former Head of Unscripted at Buccaneer Media and previously Executive Producer and head of Development at Outline Productions. He is behind some of entertainment's most high-profile brands, from Health Freaks and Million Dollar Intern to Britain's Big Wildlife Revival and Desi Rascals. In this video he shares some tips on how to succeed in entertainment development.
The world of political journalism can be a tough career to get into. Regardless of your experience, Andrew Cryan of Sunday Politics London explains that there is still lots people can do. He says anyone with a good story can get it spotted and taken up by a broadcaster. Getting your own stories and creating a portfolio is the way to get jobs for Cryan.
Sound recording is a highly valued but often overlooked aspect of television production. Without it the work of camera operators, directors, actors and writers would mean very little. Unsurprisingly, then, it is a highly sought after role with plenty of competition. Wolf Hall's sound recordist Simon Clark has put together this helpful set of tips for anyone hoping to break into the business.
As an educational charity, part of the RTS focus is on providing information for young entrants into the television and media industry. Our Behind the Scenes series explores the production process of some of Britain's most popular programmes. From current affairs to comedy, panel shows and soaps, these films will offer a rare glimpse backstage of each production, highlighting all the different roles and giving a sense of what they involve.
"How do you climb TV's greasy pole – is it talent, hard work, luck or good looks?" asked Broadcast magazine columnist and entertainment producer Steven D Wright as he introduced the latest RTS Futures event, "From runner to superstar". Or, he added: "Is it class?"
"Luck is maybe the least important – it comes into play but as long as you're working hard and making opportunities for yourself [success] is not necessarily about good fortune," reckoned Sabina Smitham from online content producer and distributor Channel Flip.
On 26th January RTS Futures hosted its first ever entry level training fair. Some of the biggest companies in TV came to offer their expertise and advice on getting that first job in television. People from all backgrounds and experience came to find out more and get to know the people behind the brands. In case you missed it, here is some reaction from the evening's event.
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