Industry masterclasses, seminars, workshops, mentoring and coaching for individuals and groups

Planispheres is an established training provider which designs and delivers an innovative range of bespoke courses:

• Aimed at increasing understanding of how creative rights are exploited across film, television and digital platforms.

• Developing your relationships for future productions

• And are designed to help you understand the business side and become more confident in dealing with the paperwork involved.

Subjects covered can include:

Business skills, rights exploitation and professional practice
How creative rights are exploited in film, TV and digital platforms
Clearances, releases and consents, and how copyright and contracts work together
Setting up a production company
Acquiring options and securing underlying rights
Identifying potential partners and co-production companies to fit your project's profile

These subjects have been developed to respond to clearly identified needs within the industry, and the areas covered have been built up from content creators experiences in real situations.
Despite the explosion in the numbers of film and programme makers and the reduction in costs of making broadcast media - the professional standards, and the business and legal requirements for the industry have not declined.

We can design a specific session or module, to provide a broad overview and a grasp of detailed issues tailored for individual needs.
As well as answering questions as we go along, we give all participants an opportunity to have a Q&A on their individual projects.
Most one-day and half-day courses are a balance between theory and practice and include practical exercises and handouts.

Malcolm has a proven commitment to the creative sector, especially those involved with the exploitation of IP rights and industry contracts:
Erich Pommer Institute's best practice for clearing copyright, personality rights and music rights. EU & UK scholarships.
Peacefulfish Equity Investment Programme 'Closing The Gap' at the Investitionbank in Berlin. Creative Skillset 'Management and Leadership' bursary.
Global Negotiations the EU’s only programme on film negotiation. MPA scholarship.
Film Finance - Legal & Business Affairs II, NFTS.
International Copyright - UK, USA, Germany and France, Kings College London.
Approved by Creative Skillset and NFTS to run training courses for the Screen and Media Academies.
Trained by Connections to provide expert motivational and business support, by focussing on the right paths for achieving goals and preparing for change.

Industry clients include:

British Universities Film & Video Council. Malcolm was commissioned for the BUFVC's reference handbook ''Moving Image and Sound, Knowledge and Access' 2010 edition, circulated to over 270 Universities, higher education institutions and further education colleges. Malcolm's chapters cover the tenth anniversary of digital piracy, a users guide to creating virtual learning environments and making use of copyright content in higher education and research. Aimed at information specialists, academic service providers, students and teachers.

BECTU "Getting the most from your rights" Guest speaker for the Broadcasting Union's open event on rights exploitation.

Derby University visiting lecturer: 'Film finance and legals', BA (Hons) Film Production.

DiVA's Graduate Fellowship Programme, 'Film Business Workshop', supported by BFI, Creative Skillset Film Academy, Film Four, Focus Features, ICON Entertainment, Ruby Films, Vertigo Films & Revolution Films.

'Entrepreneurship Training for Creatives' Masterclasses, with University College for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester.

Enterprise Center, DeHavilland Campus, University of Hertfordshire visiting lecturer:  'Funding for micro businesses & SME's'

FDMX Workshops with the Knowledge Exchange for film, TV and digital media. Led by the University of Hertfordshire and supported by HEFCE. A partnership of four universities and a Further Education college in the East of England. University of East Anglia, Anglia Ruskin University, Norwich School of Art and Design West Herts College. FDMX'S Monthly web reports including key developments affecting filmmakers in financing, producing and distribution and a festival round up. Assisting in drafting the 'Need To Know – The Digital Skills Forum' report; Film Surgeries held at BAFTA, assessing project development and production strategies.

'Innovations for Success' Coach and workshop tutor on the leadership programme with CCC Media, designed to develop essential skills and prepare for the impact of new media and emerging technologies. Supported by London Development Agency, the European Social Fund and Ravenscourt Media.

New Producers Alliance Business and Legal Aspects tutor for the NPA's Intensive Producer Training course. Supported by the UK Film Council.

''Supporting Talent to Enterprise Programme' seminars with ABi, one of UK’s leading business development companies.
An initiative from Creative London supported by ITV, Prime Television, B3 Media, Salt Pictures, Westminster Kingsway College, 01zero-one, National Film & Television School.

UK Film Council's Digital Shorts Scheme with B3 Media Business and legal affairs advice surgery for projects in development, production and post production.
Supported by the Arts Council England and the UKFC's New Cinema Fund.

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