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Leaders' Forum: Creating the Perfect Partnership
How do you find the right business and creative partner?
What arrangements should you make and when do you walk away?
This is an opportunity to get advice on what makes an effective partnership from media professionals with a variety of experience:
- Rob Jones, Founder and CEO of USP Content, has successful commercial relationships with Formula 1 and Tesco;
- Jane Ellison, Head of Creative Partnerships at the BBC, is responsible for a range of exciting and complex programming including ‘Shakespeare Lives’ and ‘World War 1 on the BBC’
- and from the law firm Simons Muirhead and Burton, James Greenslade gives advice about your partnership agreement.
All three will be using their personal and professional experience to answer questions from the audience and give their top tips for creating a strategic and successful partnership. Hosted by Caroline Elliot from Quattrain there will also be the opportunity to network with your colleagues and talk about the potential for collaborations.
Venue: Simons, Muirhead and Burton, 8-9 Frith Street, London W1D 3JB
Date & time: 26th January 2017, 1815 for 1830 - 2000
Cost: Free, but booking required - book your place at v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain
At a time when, more than ever, businesses are seeking partnerships for joint ventures, creative collaborations and business sponsorship as a way to bring in revenue RIG Leaders Forum is focussing on what makes a good partnership.
New Course: On-Air Drama - Writing for radio
Radio and other audio platforms offer a huge opportunity for new drama writers to pursue unusual and ambitious projects with a realistic prospect that they will be produced. This one-day course focuses on the special demands of writing for radio, exploring the best ways to turn those voices in your head into intriguing and suspenseful dramas.
- What kinds of stories work best for the ear?
- How does a writer grab the audience’s attention from the very beginning of a story?
- What are the best ways to to create distinctive characters and sustain suspense?
We also cover how to structure and present radio drama scripts, and how to go about pitching stories to commissioners and producers, both in the indie sector and at the BBC and Audible.
The course is led by writer Hugh Costello, and includes a session with Boz Temple-Morris of Holy Mountain Productions. Hugh is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter who has written more than two dozen audio dramas, and has worked with indies such as Big Fish and Whistledown Productions. Boz is a leading audio producer/director and recent winner of Best Drama Producer at the Audio Production Awards .
When: Friday 24 February 2017
Where: Central London venue, TBC
Cost: £130 + Vat - book your place at v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain
Course: The Radio Doc Will See You Now
A one-day course to get you started with some of the key techniques of radio documentary making. We’ll cover editorial essentials such as spotting an idea, building a narrative structure, finding the right contributors, using sound creatively to grab the ear, creating a big opening, avoiding the pitfalls. There’ll also be tips and sessions on pitching ideas. You’ll hear lots of inspiring audio, analyse the techniques used, and explore the form.
Course tutors: Deborah Dudgeon and David Prest of Whistledown.
Where: Central London. Venue tba
When: Friday 31st March 2017
Cost: £130 + VAT
Book your place at v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain
Course: Journalism for factual radio ...
A day course on journalistic principles as applied to general radio programme making. Principles of good practice, de-construct BBC Editorial Guidelines, give a user's guide to impartiality, libel and fair dealing, and advice on how to get out of a hole once you've fallen in it.
Date & time: 28th April 2017, 0930-1700
Venue: Central London, TBA
Places and prices: 18 learners, £130+VAT
* To book and pay for a place please go to the Bookwhen site at https://v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain, but please check your eligibility on this page before booking
Radio Journalism isn't all about hard news and breaking the story first. In this one day workshop, Husain Husaini of Wire Free, and David Prest of Whistledown will convince you that sound journalistic principles should be a part of every programme maker's approach to radio production. Telling the story straight, getting it right, being fair to all parties and still trying to push the boundaries isn't always easy and, occasionally, things can go badly wrong. We'll cover principles of good practice, de-construct BBC Editorial Guidelines, give a user's guide to impartiality, libel and fair dealing, and advice on how to get out of a hole once you've fallen in it. We'll also cover new and recent case studies, talk about the current journalistic environment and entertain with tales of daring do.
Who's it aimed at? - feature makers, producers, reporters, researchers (freelance or staff). The course will be designed as a good refresher for those already in the industry, but will also be inspirational for those wanting to break into it, or make a career change.
for more information about this course, please click here
The Audio Production Awards 2016
We are delighted to announce the winners for the 2016 Audio Production Awards, sponsored by Audible - and managed by RIG Events Ltd, the same people who bring you RIGtrain.
The winners are listed in full on the website at www.audioproductionawards.co.uk
THE WINNERS IN BRIEF
Stephen Fry was honoured with the Gold award, saying “audio is his life” whilst retired BBC Radio 2 presenter Desmond Carrington was given the Lifetime Achievement Award. Whistledown Productions took home the top Indie of the Year award, and James Shield, a freelance, won TWO awards.
BEST COMEDY/ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCER: Gus Beattie (The Comedy Unit)
BEST DRAMA PRODUCER: Boz Temple-Morris (Holy Mountain)
BEST MUSIC PRODUCER: Alannah Chance (Reduced Listening)
NEW VOICE AWARD: Jacob Pollard (Roundhouse Radio)
BEST NEWCOMER: James Shield (Freelance)
BEST NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS DOCUMENTARY/FEATURE MAKER: Christian Spooner (BBC Radio Merseyside)
BEST DOCUMENTARY/FEATURE MAKER: Hana Walker-Brown (Freelance)
BEST SOUND DESIGNER/ENGINEER: Steve Urquhart (Freelance)
BEST STATION SOUND PRODUCER: Chris Ward (Bauer Media)
BEST PODCAST/ ONLINE PRODUCER: James Shield (Freelance)
BEST MULTI-MEDIA PRODUCER: Kate Valentine (Digital Drama)
GRASSROOTS PRODUCTION AWARD: National Prison Radio
BEST READINGS/ AUDIOBOOK PRODUCER; David Roper (Heavy Entertainment)
NARRATOR OF THE YEAR: Daniel Weyman
BEST PRESENTER – SPEECH: Fi Glover (BBC Radio 4)
BEST PRESENTER – MUSIC: Cerys Matthews (BBC Radio 6 Music)
GOLD AWARD: Stephen Fry
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Desmond Carrington (BBC Radio 2)
INDIE OF THE YEAR: Whistledown Productions
Take Control of Your Media Career
Back from holidays and thinking about career choices and job possibilities?
You can increase your chances of promotion, seize new opportunities, give your cv a boost, improve your motivation and job satisfaction with the RIGtrain Career Development Scheme. This is a completely confidential service offering 'one to one' sessions that help you develop your career, talk through your aspirations and strengths while assessing your aims. Wherever you are in the profession and however experienced it’s essential to work through a plan for where you are now, where you want to get to and how to get there.
Specialist media training company Quattrain is offering four one hour sessions per individual that will focus on your requirements over the next four months - £78 per session incl VAT (ie £65 + VAT). These can be via Skype or in person depending on location. Caroline Elliot and Natasha Maw are experienced business coaches with a background in broadcasting, a range of contacts across the industry and an extensive knowledge of the media.
It’s time to invest in you, whether you are a freelancers or an employee of a RIG company, £75 a month will be a sound investment.