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Paul Frift and Hilary Bevan Jones’ Essential Tips for Being A Successful TV Producer

Earlier this year, DigitalTeapot14 attendees were fortunate enough to be part of an interactive panel with respected TV Producers Paul Frift and Hilary Bevan from Endor Productions. Together with Director and Actor Victoria Wood, they had recently completed filming Tubby and Enid at The Sharp Project. 

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Hilary has worked on numerous ground breaking and influential drama (“Cracker” for ITV and “Red Dwarf” and “State of Play” for BBC) and has won a primetime Emmy for the acclaimed HBO film “The Girl in the Café”. In 2006, she was also made Chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the first woman in its 60 year history to hold this position. Paul is best known for The Escape Artist, and Restless. He has also worked on such feature films as Aliens (1986), Empire of the Sun (1987) and Rob Roy (1995).

  • PREPARATION at every stage is key – always do your homework!
  • ANTICIPATE, anticipate, anticipate – The ability to anticipate is vital.
  • ATTENTION to detail – You have to be able to see both the bigger picture and pay close attention to the tiniest detail.
  •  ASSUMPTION is the Mother of all ‘screw-ups’ – An oldie but goodie.
  • NEVER assume that someone else has done something – Inevitably, they won’t have!
  • You need STAMINA – so look after yourself, eat, sleep and exercise
  • It’s a SERIOUS job, so make sure you are prepared for filming conditions – suitable footwear, wet weather clothing, sun cream, insect repellent etc.
  • Be PERSISTENT –  Never give up!
  • It’s all about HARD WORK – There is NO substitute.
  • RESPECT and learn from your colleagues especially those with experience.
  • Aim HIGH and follow your dreams – But also be realistic, don’t try to run before you can walk!

All photos courtesy of Neilson Reeves Photography