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Where have all the PMs gone? Early conclusions from the Production Managers Survey and (historic and gendered) patterns of devalued work.

Wallis, R., Aust, R. and Van Raalte, C., 2023. Where have all the PMs gone? Early conclusions from the Production Managers Survey and (historic and gendered) patterns of devalued work. In: BAFTSS 2023 Conference, 03-05 Apr 2023, University of Lincoln, UK.

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Where have all the PMs gone? The importance of sustainable working environments in addressing persistent skills gaps in UK TV. Christa van Raalte, Rowan Aust and Richard Wallis The UK television industry has for years reported skills shortages impeding both quality of output and global competitiveness (ScreenSkills June 2022). The situation has recently been exacerbated by the influx of funding from streaming companies. The demand for high quality content represents a great growth opportunity for the industry; shortages of experienced, skilled professionals in key roles, however, represents a very real risk to our ability to respond to that opportunity and indeed to the sustainability of the British industry. The skills that consistently head the lists of shortages reported by organisations such as ScreenSkills, the BFI and the Work Foundation are those of experienced production managers (PMs) (eg ScreenSkills Feb 2022; ScreenSkills Sept 2022). The industry struggles to recruit to the role: more significantly, perhaps, it fails to retain the experienced PMs it has. This failure not only represents a level of wastage the industry can ill afford, it also represents a very human cost for those leaving the industry. Existing evidence suggests that for PMs, as for other television professionals the decision to abandon their careers is not taken lightly and is often taken with regret (Wallis et al 2019; Wreyford et al 2021). They take from the industry the skills and experience that are in short supply, because they feel the industry has left them no choice. This British Academy funded project explores the lived experiences of people working in production management roles, and, particularly, of those who have left the industry. We seek to understand what the industry can do to retain critical talent. This paper will present our preliminary findings from the study.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:Funded by Understanding the Production Management skills gap in UK TV. Conference theme: Sustainable Futures: Ethics, Responsibility and Care in Film, Television, Screen Studies and Practice.
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:38459
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:03 May 2023 16:56
Last Modified:03 May 2023 17:02


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