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21 May 2024 - British film and high-end television - Oral evidence

Committee Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Inquiry British film and high-end television

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Start times: 9:30am (private) 10:00am (public)

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How can the UK film industry combat its workforce crisis?

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee's inquiry into film and high-end TV will continue with a session focused on skills, training and workforce retention.

Meeting details

At 10:00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry British film and high-end television
Chair at Screen Sectors Skills Task Force
Director at National Film and Television School
Director of Skills and Workforce Development at British Film Institute
At 10:50am: Oral evidence
Inquiry British film and high-end television
Chief Executive at ScreenSkills
Writer and Director
Chief Executive at Resource Productions
At 11:40am: Oral evidence
Inquiry British film and high-end television
Deputy general secretary and Head at Bectu
Chief Executive at The Film and TV Charity

During the session, Members will seek to understand the labour and skills challenges that threaten the UK’s film and TV production industry.

In the first panel, the cross-party Committee will question the Screen Sectors Skills Task Force, the National Film and Television School and the British Film Institute on the current skills crisis in the UK’s screen industry. MPs are likely to discuss the sector’s current skills needs, proposed plans to address them and the role the UK’s formal education sector can play in skills training.

MPs will then look at on-the-job training within the sector, hearing from ScreenSkills, Resource Productions and Myriam Raja, lead director on Netflix’s TV BAFTA winning ‘Top Boy’. The Committee is likely to investigate the effectiveness of the UK’s training schemes, the lack of diversity within the screen industry’s workforce, and views on apprenticeship schemes within the industry.

During the final panel, the Committee will question Bectu, the UK’s union for the creative industries, and the Film and TV Charity on the sector’s workforce retention crisis. Questions may explore the scale of the retention crisis and how it has been impacted by the industry’s working practices and employment conditions.

The Committee may also discuss the screen industry’s efforts to tackle bullying and harassment, as well as the racial and ethnic under-representation in the workforce.


The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

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