“I definitely knew I wanted to work in TV but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do until the tutors at the university told me about this course. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to go into this industry.”
Paul Evans realised at an early age that he loved the world of performance, theatre and TV – but he also knew he never wanted to be centre stage and that making productions happen was his forte.
So when he discovered Edge Hill University did a degree in Television Production Management, he knew he had found his niche.
Paul graduated in 2011 and has since gone on to work on a host of TV series, including Channel 4’s 999: What’s Your Emergency?, Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food on BBC Two and Desperate Scousewives on E4. He’s currently involved in an observational documentary series for Channel 4 which will use groundbreaking access to its subjects’ social media networks to build a picture of their lives.
“There are lots of opportunities in this industry,” says Paul, “particularly as the role of production management is often overlooked by those looking for a career in television. It’s a great way to get into the industry and the contracts are generally longer. Most people opt for camera work or editing, but there is a huge demand for the organisational skills as well as the creative skills, and it can be just as exciting. You can work overseas, meet lots of new people, and I love not knowing what project is coming next.”
Paul is originally from Accrington in Lancashire, but now lives in London after he was offered a job there with a production company. His role involves everything from setting up shoots, co-ordinating foreign filming, dealing with finances, managing crew and checking for compliance issues with programmes.
And, he says, he’s never looked back since his first interview at Edge Hill – and that’s why he’s been going back to the university to speak to current students about the opportunities it has given him.
“I really enjoyed Edge Hill,” he adds. “I definitely knew I wanted to work in TV – I’d always had a fascination with it – but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do until the tutors at the university told me about this course. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to go into this industry.”
To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for BA (Hons) Television Production Management.