The MIPMC Research Group at Northumbria University provides a hub for staff and postgraduate researchers who are engaged with the analysis of the moving image and popular media in all its forms, from theoretical, historical, practice-based, industrial and empirical/sociological perspectives
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Neil Percival | Director of Employability

Publications and Research Outputs
My research has continued my interest in employment practices, precarious labour, sustainability of careers, diversity and workforce mobilisation in the film/TV industries. I’ve carried out a large research project surveying attitudes to unpaid work, and recently another project interviewing professionals about their reasons for leaving the TV industry. I’ve also recently co-written a journal article about the factors that trigger mobilisation to activism and resistance in the creative industries, with David Lee at Leeds University. My PhD, a longitudinal study tracking progress of 150 new entrants to the media sector over a two-year period, contributes to the same field.

I spent 15 years in the UK TV industry from 1992-2007, mainly as a freelance producer/director. I worked for a mixture of small indies and major broadcasters shooting, directing and producing factual one-offs and observational series. I also ran an online community for over 9,000 TV freelancers, gathering information about freelance working experiences and raising awareness of illegal employment practice. The community changed industry practice in relation to unpaid work experience through the impact of the 2005 ‘TV Wrap’ campaign.
At Northumbria I teach two professional practice modules on BA Hons Film and TV Production.

Publications and Research Outputs
Percival, N., & Lee, D. Get Up, Stand Up? Theorizing Mobilization in Creative Work. Television & New Media, 17. doi:10.1177/1527476420969909
Percival, N. (2020). Gendered reasons for leaving a career in the UK TV industry. Media, Culture & Society, 42(3), 414-430. doi:10.1177/0163443719890533
Percival, N., & Hesmondhalgh, D. (2014). Unpaid work in the UK television and film industries: Resistance and changing attitudes. European Journal of Communication, 29(2), 188-203. doi:10.1177/0267323113516726Recent Conferences & Talks
• Invited paper at Westminster Insight symposium on gender inequality in the media: ‘Gendered reasons for leaving the UK TV industry’. London, April 2019
• Invited seminar: TFTV Research Seminar, York University. ‘Get Up, Stand Up? Theorising Mobilisation in Creative Work’. (Collaboration with David Lee, Leeds University). November 2018
• ‘Why do workers leave the UK television industry? Insights into the sustainability of creative working lives, from interviews with those who have left the sector’. In: ECREA European Communication Conference, November 2018, Lugano (Switzerland).
• Conference panel chair and organiser: panel entitled ‘Breaking barriers: transitional stages in women’s careers in the UK film and TV industries’, CAMEo conference Sept 2018, ‘Care in the Media and Cultural Industries’ (Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies), Leicester University. Panel also included my conference paper: ‘Experiences of women leaving the TV industry’
• ‘Film and TV workers – unpaid work and collective mobilisation; insight from survey data into experiences, attitudes and resistance to unpaid work’. In: CAMEo conference 2017 ‘Mediating Cultural Work’, (Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies), Leicester University
• ‘Entry level workers’ disconnection from the collective memory of TV and film professionals in the UK: insight from survey data into experiences, attitudes and resistance to unpaid work’. In: ECREA European Communication Conference, 9-12 November 2016, Prague (Czech Republic).
• ‘Profession, passion, or play? Attitudes to unpaid work in the film and TV industries’. In: Work and Play: An Interdisciplinary Conference, 6th July 2016, Manchester, UK.



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