Production Lab 2019/20




The deadline for applications was 31st October 2019.




Production Lab


Free High-end TV Production Masterclass

For Production Assistants, Production Secretaries and APOCs


Everything you ever needed to know about high-end TV drama production… but were too busy to ask.


This ScreenSkills Production Masterclass, led by Production Manager Imogen Gay (Peaky Blinders, Top Boy), and delivered by thecallsheet is a one-day deep dive for Production Assistants, Production Secretaries and APOCs working in high-end TV drama as well as factual Production Managers and Coordinators looking to move across into HETV.

The free course, supported by the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK high-end TV productions, is designed to give junior production crew a more comprehensive knowledge of standard practice across the industry. It covers all the crucial parts of the job including schedules, working with scripts, crewing up, casting, read-through, rehearsal, tech recces, equity contracts, call sheets, progress reports, timings and wrap. You’ll also take home an indispensable 100-page Production Lab handbook to keep as a reference guide on future jobs (full contents listed below).


Production Lab runs in London, Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow and Manchester. There are up to 25 places on each and the deadline to apply is October 31.

The deadline for applications was 31st October 2019.




Production Lab testimonials:

“As somebody that has been in the industry for a few years, I found the course super-useful. In most productions there’s not enough time to train and this course gives you a clear idea of what needs doing from pre to post.”

Nico, Assistant Production Coordinator


"I found Production Lab incredibly helpful. It gave me a much deeper understanding of the production process and has helped me be more confident and proactive on my current  job. Since attending Production Lab, I've been using the handbook every day for reference. It's been an invaluable tool."

Flavie, Production Secretary


Key dates for Production Lab:

Deadline for applications: 31st October 2019

Successful applicants contacted by: 9th November 2019

London Masterclass: 23rd November 2019

Belfast: 30th November 2019

Cardiff: 18th January 2020 (TBC)

Glasgow: 25th January 2020 (TBC)

Manchester: 8th February 2020 (TBC)


The deadline for applications was 31st October 2019.



Course Leaders

Imogen Gay, Production Manager. Credits include Peaky Blinders, Top Boy, Press and Guerrilla. Imogen has worked in high-end TV drama and film for Netflix, BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky Atlantic. Matt Gallagher, Matt is the author of Breaking into UK Film and TV Drama and has delivered, led and talked at industry training programmes and events for The Oscars, Warner Bros., Film London, ScreenSkills and Into Film.

About ScreenSkills

ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based creative industries - animation, film, games, television including children’s and high-end, VFX and immersive technology. We work across the whole of the country to build an inclusive workforce with the skills needed for continued success, now and in the future.


Additional Sponsorship and support from: 24/7 Drama, Facilities by ADF, Audiolink, Media Access Solutions & Setkeeper



Testimonials for the course tutor:

"Imogen has a wide depth and breadth of knowledge in film and TV production. These assets are a great help in bringing together a tight and organised production team. As well as that, she takes the time to share her knowledge & train the up and coming members of the team. In an increasingly busy industry such training is invaluable in guiding & preparing production crew for their future roles."
Daniel Toland, Co-Producer (Strike Back, Behind Her Eyes)

"I’ve worked with Imogen a lot and have found her broad range of production experience and expertise in managing the production office a great asset.  She has patiently and diligently trained and encouraged the production department to develop their experience to ensure that all tasks are completed, and the department works effortlessly alongside all other departments and services the production as it should. 
Sasha Harris, Line Producer (Origin, Guerrilla)
Full contents of the handbook and the topics covered on the day:

Pre Production: Setting up the office – what does the office need to run efficiently from day 1 (templates, accounts, arranging the office); Distribution; Diary; Tech Recce & Production Meeting; Read Through & Notes Sessions; Rehearsals; Casting; Contracts; Filing from Prep for delivery; Insurance

Production: Script; Schedule; Call Sheet; Progress Report; Clearances; Trucks and Equipment

Post Production; Wrapping the paperwork and delivering to the production office; Assets



Feedback from the Production Lab pilot event (February 2019)

“The best production training course I have ever attended – so much crammed in and so unbelievably relevant to the day to day aspects of working in production. The templates are a god-send. Thank you very much. Lots to go away and put into practice”.
Emma, Production Secretary.

“An absolutely fantastic course that covers all of the essentials you need to know about when it comes to drama production. There was plenty of time to answer questions and a relaxed and fun environment. Imogen is the perfect person to learn from, we were very lucky to have her running this amazing course”. 
Annalise, Production Coordinator

“Production Lab was like sitting down with a production Manager on a one-to-one and soaking in 20 years of their experience in a day. Exhausting but brilliant!”
Sarah, Production Assistant. 

“As somebody that has been in the industry for a few years now, I found the course super useful. In most productions there’s not enough time to train. This course gives you a clear idea on what needs doing from pre to post production.  The (80 page) booklet is an amazing document to go back to during a job.”
Nico, Assistant Production Coordinator

“Precise, helpful course with a knowledgeable speaker and great content.”
James, Production Secretary

“Production Lab was completely brilliant! I’d recommend it to any junior production staff wanting to learn and clarify things they’ve already learned in the workplace.”
Molly, Producer’s Assistant.

An amazing and informative day which ran seamlessly from start to finish. Leaving with a whole new confidence in the workplace and looking forward to using my new skills and hopefully step up!”
Isabelle, Production Secretary

“This was the most interesting and complex course I’ve taken in the industry. Even though it was only one day, it was very well structured and explained.”
Irina, Assistant Production Coordinator


The deadline for applications was 31st October 2019.