What would you like to do next?
I’m making the move into script development by reading scripts for production companies and independent producers, and building up my network of writers. I want to bring my experience from Channel 4, English literature training and a passion for good writing together, to see a project from first draft, or even pitch, through to trailer.
Could you do this job forever?
Yes, as there are still so many stories to tell and writers that need to have their voice heard. With new writing schemes and competitions popping up, it’s clear that there isn’t a dearth of diverse talent, just a need for programme makers and influencers to open the doors a little wider.
New production companies are springing up all the time, as producers and former commissioners go independent, which will hopefully make more opportunities. It’s a great time to be in the industry and I don’t see the drama bubble exploding any time soon, especially with the likes of Netflix, Amazon and other international companies keen to co-produce.
What do you feel is the natural career progression for someone in your current position?
In my current position as a producer, you might go on to become an executive producer, working more on campaigns and shoots, then eventually take on a head of production role. If you work in scripted drama for TV or film, you’d become a script editor and then a creative producer.