A television production assistant (or PA) is responsible for the administration, organisation and secretarial work involved in producing a television programme. While duties do vary from production to production, the work includes assisting actors and the crew, issuing scripts, dealing with travel and accommodation bookings and sorting out enquiries and other paperwork.
A production assistant may work on different kinds of programmes, such as news and current affairs, reality television shows, soap operas, dramas and comedies. They are usually involved at all stages of a project, working alongside everyone from early stages until completion.
Production assistants can specialise in one particular area of assistance or be known by other names, such as production coordinator, script supervisor or production secretary.
Tasks often include:
Assistants can also be involved in:
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