Television Production Coordinator

A television production coordinator is responsible for the administration, organisation and secretarial work involved in producing a television programme. You may work on different kinds of programmes, such as news and current affairs, reality shows, soap operas, dramas and comedies. You will usually be involved at all stages of a project, working alongside everyone from the early stages until completion.

 

Work Responsibilities

As a production coordinator, you'll need to:

  • Attend production meetings
  • Help to set up the production office with the necessary supplies
  • Type, edit, copy and distribute scripts
  • Organise travel arrangements for cast, crew and production executives
  • Organise accommodation for cast and crew
  • Type and distribute schedules, or call sheets
  • Assist cast and crew members, sometimes running errands for them
  • Run errands between the production office and other departments
  • Deal with accounts and expenses
  • Sort out enquiries and other paperwork
  • Set up relevant insurance cover and help with visas for cast and crew
  • Close accounts with suppliers and deal with surplus stock when the production is finished.

 

Entry Requirements 

This area of work is open to all graduates. You don't need a specific qualification to be a production coordinator, but the industry is very competitive and a degree in a media-related subject may be helpful.

To succeed in the television industry you need to be tenacious and enthusiastic. The ability to network is important, so that you can build up useful contacts that may lead to work opportunities.  

Skills and Interests 

You will need to show:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team and alone
  • Stamina, persistence, enthusiasm, motivation and a proactive manner
  • The ability to remain calm and level-headed under pressure
  • Initiative, flexibility, adaptability, common sense and problem-solving skills
  • Sound administrative and organisational skills
  • A good level of numeracy and fast, accurate word-processing skills
  • The ability to prioritise and cope with last-minute changes (e.g. to scripts). 

 


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