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TV Fast Train 16 May: booking now open

TV Fast Train logo for 2012 TV Fast Train will serve up a wide range of taster training sessions and masterclasses at BBC White City on Wednesday 16 May 2012. BECTU will be taking part.

25 April 2012

Booking for TV Fast Train, the free training day for freelances hosted by the BBC Academy, is now open. Tickets will be released in three phases: Wednesday 25 April from 10am, Wednesday 2 May from 9pm and Saturday 5 May from 11am.

This year's creative line-up, which puts key TV skills and people centre-stage offers something substantial for everyone - whether you have three or 333 boadcast credits to your name!  Visit this site for the full programme of practical sessions and masterclasses.

The event also provides freelances with an opportunity to take stock of the support they need to manage their careers.

Contracts masterclass

BECTU will be taking part, with assistant general secretary, Martin Spence, set to deliver a masterclass on contracts from 14.30 - 15.30; join the session for advice on how to avoid the pitfalls. 

BECTU officials will be on-hand throughout the day to update attendees on the union's services, including a new and improved public liability insurance policy which freelance members can access for  a single payment of £21. More info here.

Beverley Hills will also be joining us to deliver 1-to-1 CV advice so be sure to arrive early to book your slot!

Launch release

The BBC Academy confirmed plans for the return of  TV Fast Train in March (launch press release below). Wednesday 16 May 2012 is sure to see 400-plus freelances flock to White City in London for a day bursting with training sessions and masterclasses.

Academy Announces Top Names for TV FAST TRAIN

The BBC Academy has today (26 March) announced some of the top industry names confirmed for this year’s TV Fast Train (Wednesday 16th May 2012 at BBC White City).  These include:

  • Danny Cohen, BBC1 Controller; 
  • Zai Bennett, BBC3 Controller;
  • Karl Warner, Executive Editor BBC Entertainment;
  • Google’s Peter Barron;Andrew Jackson, Commissioning Editor,  Channel 4; 
  • Ruth Wrigley, All3Media, and
  • Colette Foster, from Endemol’s Remarkable Television.

Sarah Wood, executive producer, Fast Train, says:

‘This year’s TV Fast Train will build upon the huge success of last year’s event.  We will have a range of exciting drama and comedy sessions as well as amazing factual sessions and masterclasses.  We are thrilled to have some of the biggest names in the industry involved – this year’s Fast Train will be one not to miss.’

 As well as adding the new genres of comedy and drama to this year’s Fast TrJain, another over-arching theme will be interactivity.

TV Fast Train will again be produced in partnership with Skillset and in association with a range of industry partners, including The Indie Training Fund, DV Talent, VET, ShortCourses@NFTS, BECTU, Skills2Film, The TV Collective, Pact and ThinkBigger!

Fast Train has established itself as a hugely popular free training event in the media calendar.  Freelances get the unique opportunity to sample a wide range of training and masterclasses with  industry leaders.  Both last year’s event for television and the earlier 2012 event for radio freelancers saw tickets snapped up within days and over 300 delegates attending each event. 

Tickets for this year’s event, which is set to be the largest yet, will be available from late-April.

Further information:

Stephanie Metcalfe. E:

T: 0208 752 5592:

Notes to Editors:

1. The BBC Academy is the BBC’s centre for training.  It houses the Colleges of Journalism, Production and Leadership as well as the Centre of Technology. The BBC Academy aims to put training and development at the heart of the BBC by equipping both BBC staff and freelancers with the skills they need for a lifetime of employability in an ever-changing media landscape. 

We aim to share as much of our training as possible with the wider broadcasting industry for free.  We also offer some of our courses on a commercial basis, both within the UK and abroad.

2. Skillset is the Creative Industries’ Sector Skills Council (SSC). SSCs are licensed by government to be independent, employer-led, UK-wide organisations. They actively involve trade unions, professional bodies and other stakeholders in their industries.

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