WTFN lures new staff in UK recruit

Aussie producers are inundated by applicants after an offer to recruit crew from Britain and fill staff vacancies.

Producers WFTN Entertainment has been inundated with applications since it issued an open call for unscripted staff from the UK.

WTFN, which produces shows such as Space Invaders, Bondi Vet, Paramedics, Code 1: Minute by Minute, has received over 60 applications in 24 hours since it promoted job vacancies for editors, producers, showrunners, post producers, field producers and production managers to UK crew through press such as Variety.

WTFN is prepared to spend up to seven figures towards flights, accommodation, work permits and salaries for 20 vacancies it has identified across its growing slate.

Steve Oemcke said, “In common with most production companies, we have a healthy core team and then staff up with the required freelance talent for the duration of series in production. However, the perfect storm of a buoyant domestic market, general skills shortages and our own increase in commissions, has left us with significant talent gaps. We are known for producing top quality, story-led factual and aim to maintain and build on this reputation. Therefore, it is important for us to find people, especially in post roles, who understand how to bring a story together.

“We have regularly worked with British freelancers, both on the ground in Australia and remotely in the U.K., often sight-unseen, and we know the U.K. talent base is amongst the best in the world.”

WTFN recently announced First on Scene for Nine, plus local rights for Guinness World Records.

Last month Screen Forever conference discussed ways of addressing crew shortages in production.

WTFN says potential applicants interested in relocating to Australia should send a CV and covering email to [email protected].

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