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AHTV one day masterclass

Event date Event time Event location
07/02/2018 9:30 am - 5:30 pm Barbican Centre Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

The AHRC and Edinburgh TV Festival (ETF) are delighted to announce the first edition of AHTV, a day of masterclasses, discussion and one-on-one meetings, to be held at The Barbican, London on Thursday 7 February 2019.

Aim of the workshop

The event aims to equip Arts and Humanities researchers with a better understanding of the television industry, and to create networks that enable them to identify opportunities for collaboration. For the TV industry, it provides the opportunity to access the skills, knowledge and expertise of AHRC researchers in a more structured and less ad hoc way.

The event itself will allow access to commissioners and other senior representatives in the TV industry, representing the BBC, Channel 4, Sky Arts, Nutopia and All3Media, with more to be announced. The event will provide you with the opportunity to attend:

  • Broadcaster session looking at the opportunities and challenges of working on arts and humanities programmes
  • Programme-Makers – analysis of arts and humanities programming from idea to broadcast
  • Marketplace of ideas – an opportunity to meet with programme-makers, commissioners and talent managers

The event’s keynote speech will be given by David Olusoga.


Attendance at this initial event is limited and has been limited to AHRC postdoctoral award holders only who have been invited to submit applications to attend.

Attendance is through an application process (deadline: 10 January 2018, 15.00). We are inviting applications from current AHRC award holders* with:

  • Interests in research on TV
  • Interests in careers within the TV industry
  • Interests in using TV to promote their research

It will be possible for either the PI or a Co-I or a named research assistant to attend; though only one representative from any one grant can apply.

*We anticipate their being high demand for places at this event, hence limiting it to current AHRC award holders for this first edition of the event. If demand is high we will look to open up future events to the wider arts and humanities community.

Application Process

Applications must be made via Smart Survey using the following web-link:  www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/6T6KP/  by 10 January 2019, 15.00.

Application Form

The Smart Survey application form will ask the applicant to provide:

  1. Contact details
  2. Responses to the following questions:
  1. Explain how your research interests and/or career plans relate to working in, or with, the television industry and outline any previous experience. How might the opportunity to attend the event support these plans? (within 300 words)
  2. Outline how your research is/could be relevant to the working in, or with, the TV industry? Describe your motivation for wanting to work in, or with, the television industry? (200 words)
  3. What area(s) of the Television Industry are you interested in working with or in? (100 words)
  4. Provide information about your interests for the Marketplace event (see Annex A for further information)

In addition you will also be asked to attach:

  1. CV and publication list (no more than 2 sides of A4 in total)

Assessment Process

Applications will be assessed by a small moderating panel made up of AHRC and ETF officers.  Up to 60 academics will then be invited to attend, and will be informed by 16 January 2019.

Applicants must ensure that they are able to attend the full timetable of events on Thursday, 7 February 2019, 9.30-17.30 (with a drinks reception to follow until 19.00.)

Assessment Criteria

We’re looking for candidates who have the potential to work well within or with the television industry, and who will make the most of the opportunities offered by the event. We are looking for:

  • A clear rationale on how the event will support research interests/career plans
  • A clear demonstration of how your current research is relevant to the TV industry
  • Clear evidence of industry knowledge and interest
  • Concise and articulate responses

In addition to the above criteria the AHRC may seek to ensure that there is a balance of candidates attending from across the UK, and across its remit.

Assessment Timetable



Application Deadline

10 January 2019, 15.00

Panel Meeting

15 January 2019

Applicants Informed

16 January 2019

Barbican Event

7 February 2019, 9.30

Successful Applicants

Successful candidates will be informed by email. AHRC will pay travel costs for attendees and, where appropriate, accommodation. Details will be sent out with outcome letters.


For any application queries please contact: CAD@ahrc.ukri.org

Annex A – Marketplace of Ideas

As part of the application process you will be asked to identify which type of TV industry professional you are interested in engaging with, the following gives a brief definition of the roles

Programme-makers: These professionals have been sourced from production companies, with a particular focus on development producers whose focus is to work ideas up into successful television programmes. They follow current trends, generate original ideas and are plugged into what commissioners are looking for. They will be invaluable partners for you if you are looking to develop your ideas. You may also want to meet programme-makers if you’d like to learn more about the realities of specific creative roles.

Commissioners: Commissioners are tasked with sourcing the very best programming for their broadcasters. Staying relevant and responding to the audience as well as a strong editorial sense contributes to the success of the programmes they commission and the channels that house them. Understanding what they want is key to the success of your ideas.

Talent Managers: Talent Managers are responsible for the majority of hiring that takes place in the TV industry. Depending on their remit, they can hire at a wide variety of levels from runners to heads of development. They will be able to give you invaluable advice on how best to access working in the industry and how to develop your career.

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