At ITV I'm the rights manager for commercial affairs for ITV network and what we essentially do is acquire rights from producers such as Talkback for the X-Factor where we buy transmissions for the ITV1 and the ITV2 transmission, plus we have exploitation online, so itv.com, we have 30 day catch-up on that website so it's my responsibility to make sure that our dot com team are aware that they have those rights and then they can make that content available for viewers online. My career at ITV started in 1998, I started here on a modern apprenticeships scheme at Granada TV in Manchester, as it was called then, in the HR department, I then went from there to the casting department where I was a casting assistant on lots of different ITV dramas including Coronation Street. I then moved to business affairs, in 2007 I relocated to London and then I came to work in commercial affairs and that's how I've ended up what I'm doing now. I really enjoy working at ITV, hence being here for 13 years, it's really good for opportunities to work in different departments, the environment's great because it's a nice creative atmosphere and everyone's really friendly and approachable and I hope to be here for much longer.
We all love sitting down in front of a great show, but have you ever thought about how our favourite programmes get on the box (or ITV Player) for that matter? There’s more to it than what goes on in the studio – our entire business comes together to deliver everything you see on screen. And with ITV’s Insight Programme, you can experience it for yourself.
Aimed at over-18s and EEA residents who have the right to work or train in the UK, the Insight programme is a great way for people looking to learn more about a career in TV. You might be a student looking to boost your studies with TV experience. Or a Media professional looking to develop your industry know-how. You could even be in the market for a career change or in the process of returning to work. As long as you can show us a genuine interest in the areas you’re applying for (and in ITV of course), we’d love to hear from you.
What can you expect?
For starters, you’ll have membership of the ITV Insight Pool. That means priority access to any Insight placements that become available across the business. These can be up to two weeks and pop up at any time.
You shouldn’t automatically expect to be offered a placement though. Insight placements will become available according to business availability and that depends on a number of factors (things like shooting schedules, how busy we are and the area of the business you want to experience).
You’ll be invited to join the ITV Insight LinkedIn group, a members-only community where you can hear about ITV opportunities and read about other members’ experiences with us. Once you’re on a placement you’ll enjoy the chance to get involved as well as shadowing, so you’ll really get to grips with what a role here entails. And not only this, ITV Insight is about more than voluntary placements, you’ll get to apply for paid roles, offered exclusively to our Insight members.
You’ll meet and learn from people who really know their stuff, build up a network of contacts and experience the inner workings of the TV industry. So you’ll be on a firm footing when it comes to making informed decisions about your career.
Remember, acceptance into the Insight Pool doesn’t guarantee a placement at ITV. Once you’re a member of the Pool, you’ll have access to the great opportunities offered through the LinkedIn group – but so will everyone else. That’s why it’s important that you make your CV relevant to the opportunities you’re expressing interest in. We want you to have the best chance possible of gaining a placement.
The ITV Insight Programme is a volunteering scheme, which allows you to get involved and gain hands-on experience wherever possible, for up to two weeks. Because of this all placements are unpaid and travel costs won’t be reimbursed. But of course if you’re offered a paid opportunity through our programme, you’ll be paid at least the Living Wage salary rate.
We're proud to be a ‘two-tick’ disability symbol holder, meaning we’re recognised for our support and retention of talented individuals with disabilities. This support, naturally, extends to anyone on a placement and we’ll do everything we can to make sure you have the support and adjustments you need to get the most out of your time with us.
How to apply
You have four windows of opportunity to apply each year, with the Insight Programme open in January, April, July and October. The range of placement areas on offer may change each time, so if your area of interest isn’t included, check the next Insight window.
Simply create a profile, upload your CV and complete an application form. We’ll be keen to hear what makes you tick. And of course, what makes you an ideal candidate for the ITV Insight Pool.
Once you’ve submitted your application, please be prepared to bear with us. Our Insight Programme is very popular and it takes time to read through and consider all your applications.
If you’re successful, you’ll hear from us within three months. If you don’t hear from us it means that you’ve been unsuccessful this time. We’d like to get in touch personally, but the high number of applications we get makes that impossible. For the same reason, we’ll be unable to provide feedback if you’re unsuccessful in your application.
Once you’ve joined the Insight Pool, you’ll be invited to the members’ only LinkedIn group. This is where Insight placements and paid opportunities are posted for you to express your interest in.
Insight steps - at a glance:
1. Apply online – make your application the best it can be
2. If successful, join the ITV Insight LinkedIn group – keep an eye out for placements and opportunities posted for just for members
3. When there’s one that catches your eye, send a relevant CV and short cover note to the specified email address – convince the team you’re the one
4. If you have convinced the business/production team you are the one, they’ll be in touch to discuss placement arrangementsApplications now open until 6 February 2015