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21 September 2017

2017 WFTV Mentee Nicole Volavka Selected for High-End TV Drama Programme

Directors UK and Creative Skillset’s High-End TV Council have announced a further four directors who have been selected to take part in the 2017 High-End TV Drama Directors Career Development Programme.

Launched earlier this year, the Programme aims to give directors a broader understanding and experience of working in High-End drama, and how they differ from lower-budget and continuing drama productions.

Amongst the four selected directors is 2017 WFTV Mentee Nicole Volavka. Nicole has over 10 years’ experience working across TV, film and commercials in the UK, Czech Republic, Croatia and Rwanda, and as part of the programme is working on BBC Studios’ Silent Witness, with Diarmuid Goggins (Casualty, Hollyoaks and Six Degrees).

The other selected directors are Afia Nkrumah, Nimer Rashed, and Kate Saxon.

More about the Programme

The High-End TV Drama Directors Career Development Programme follows on from the 2015 pilot scheme and aims to give directors a broader understanding of working in High-End drama from prep through to post. Earlier this year, as part of the scheme, Tina Gharavi and Samantha Harrie were selected to work on two of the UK’s most popular high end drama productions, Kudos’ The Tunnel: Vengeance and Neal Street Productions’ Call The Midwife.

Directors chosen as part of the programme will gain an insight into all areas of High-End TV drama including pre-production, shooting, and post-production; ultimately giving them the skill set needed to be able to direct an episode in the future. The directors will also have access to post-placement support from Directors UK, as well as networking and advice from the production company and the lead director.

As part of the scheme, there is also a commitment to give the placement director the opportunity to direct 2nd unit where appropriate, and therefore gain an on-screen credit to showcase their experience and help advance their careers within High-End TV drama.