'Incredibly timely, practical advice for developing contacts and skills' Jo Taylor, 4Talent Manager at Channel 4 TV is a notoriously difficult industry to get into and progress within. There is no set career path and 70% of applicants rely on contacts to get a foothold. Based on the author's experience as a TV researcher, series producer and recruitment executive, this contemporary guide will help thousands of hopefuls break into TV. It is packed with inside information and advice from training bodies, HR executives, and people working in the industry at every level, including for example: Conrad Green - the multi award-winning British Executive Producer of American Idol and Dancing With the Stars (US) Tim Hincks - Chairman of Endemol (makers of Big Brother) Grant Mansfield - Chairman and MD of RDF Television Kate Phillips - Head of Development at BBC TV From the do's and don'ts of work experience, the role of the researcher, the 'seven stages of CV', pathways to series producer and how to move up the ladder, this is the TV job hunter's bible.
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Elsa Sharp has worked in TV for over 12 years, most recently, as Head of Creative Talent for Zig Zag, a leading independent production company.
'From work experience to moving up the ladder.' The Bookseller "If TV is your work ambition then this is a definite must-read." The Stage (June 2009) 'Sharp's book covers a good range of practical points such as the qualities and/or qualifications you need to work in TV, useful organisations, the value of work experience, building a CV and working up the ladder.' The Stage (July 2010)