Production Assistants

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Television production assistants are responsible for providing administrative and organisational support to senior production staff prior to, during and after production of a programme.

Responsibilities of the job include:

  • clearing copyrights

  • booking studios, production equipment, performance and production staff

  • liaising with a wide range of people

  • organising meetings and interviews

  • preparing and distributing briefing notes and scripts

  • organising schedules and contracts

  • overseeing cues, timings and continuity during recording

  • budgeting.

Travel, long hours and tight deadlines can make the work tiring and stressful. Job security may be an issue as the work is frequently dominated by short-term contracts.


Qualifications and training required


There are routes into this profession for both university graduates and school leavers.

Any degree discipline is acceptable, although a relevant qualification in journalism, communications or media studies, humanities, English or business studies may be preferred.

The ability to demonstrate knowledge, experience or a genuine interest in television and radio is essential, and often more important than academic qualifications.


Key skills for production assistants


  • Excellent communication skills

  • Adaptability

  • Enthusiasm

  • Determination

  • Perseverance

  • Ability to work well under pressure

  • Organisational skills

  • Administrative skills

  • Budgeting skills

  • IT skills


Typical employers of production assistants


  • Independent production companies

  • Television companies

  • BBC

  • Channel 4

Experienced assistants may also work on a self-employed or freelance basis, particularly within the independent sector.


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