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As a TV production runner, you will work with the production team for TV productions assisting the senior members of the team, such as the Production Coordinator and Production Manager, in the filming of a television series, documentary or made-for-TV film.

What does a TV production runner do?
Your duties will include:
  • Answering regular telephone calls

  • Delivering post to individuals involved in production

  • Photocopying relevant documents and doing general administrative work

  • Driving cars, vans and trucks between filming locations and sets

  • Delivering equipment, e.g. tapes, cables and scripts

  • Getting everything ready for shoots

  • Assisting in the organisation a location for shoots

  • Hiring and calling-in props

  • Making and handing out tea, coffee and lunches

  • Ordering stock

  • Looking after guests

  • Picking up cast members

  • Taking messages and pass them on to relevant people

  • Writing down shot lists

  • Undertaking basic research
Skills & interests required for a TV production runner
  • A proactive attitude

  • Have a good understanding of the industry

  • Enthusiasm and motivation

  • Great interpersonal skills and strong communication

  • Excellent time management

  • Highly organised

  • Physical stamina

  • The ability to work well in a team

  • Confidence for networking with a wide range of people

  • Work well under pressure
What hours does a TV production runner typically do?
This is commonly a 9am - 5pm job, though unsocial hours and irregular hours are common depending upon the nature of the production. For instance, some TV series may require a lot of night shoots.
What environment is a TV production runner based in?
Working hours are unpredictable in this industry and often take up to six days a week during a production period. Shooting is often a 24-hour operation, which requires you to work nights, weekends and public holidays.
How much does a TV production runner travel?
Travel is common in the working day because you will need to transport equipment, pick up cast members and run general errands.
How much does a TV production runner get paid?
There is no set salary for this role, due to the nature of the job. For example, a job may not last longer than six-months. The Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) has recommended that runners are paid hourly rates between £7.50 to £13.38.
What qualifications does a TV production runner need?
There are no set qualifications required for this role, but a relevant Higher National Diploma (HND), degree or postgraduate qualification will be desirable for an employer. However, this is the kind of industry where work experience is valued very highly.

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