Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Entertainment Production

Entertainment Production
Second semester
Main language of instruction: English

Other languages of instruction: Spanish,

Teaching staff


Entertainment is a fast growing format on TV. The globalisation of TV products has helped innovative TV entertainment programmes to grow quickly and expanded around the globe. However, TV entertainment includes a very broad variety of programmes, from quiz games to reality shows. This workshop looks into the different entertainment programmes with the main focus on late night talk shows and day talk shows.

The current situation affecting many industries globally is also having an impact on the TV entertainment industry. We are now starting to produce programmes in our homes and broadcasting them on mainstream channels.

During the workshop we will explore different TV entertainment programmes currently aired in the United Kingdom. The workshop also involves producing and filming a studio entertainment show for a TV channel.

The class will divide into small groups, each group will carry out the preproduction, filming and postproduction of a TV entertainment show.

Pre-course requirements

There are no prerequisites.


On completion of this module, students will:

  • Have a general understanding of the different TV entertainment programmes.
  • Be able to produce a programme’s bible, running order and camera plan for a TV entertainment product.
  • Be able to identify the crew’s and technical requirements to produce a TV entertainment programme.
  • Be able to split responsibilities to work quickly and more efficiently.
  • Be able to assign and undertake specific roles inside a production team.
  • Be able to carry out the preproduction and filming for a TV entertainment programme.


  • 02 - The ability to understand, accept criticism and correct errors
  • 08 - The ability of critical analysis, synthesis, concretion and abstraction
  • 11 - The ability to generate debate and reflection
  • 13 - The ability to create spoken and written communication
  • 14 - Knowledge and mastery of rhetoric and oratory to communicate own ideas
  • 16 - The ability to manage, analysis and reflect on content
  • 22 - Knowledge and mastery of the distinction between opinion and information / colloquial and cultured register
  • 27 - The ability to adapt to distinct audio visual publics and markets.
  • 31 - The ability to understand the financial systems of media groups and companies.
  • 35 - The ability to contextualize and critically analyze the products of the audiovisual industry
  • 41 - The ability to know how the distinct elemental agencies of the audio visual sector function
  • 49 - The ability to write fluent texts, step outlines or scripts
  • 53 - Lingustic ability in Catalan, Spanish and English

Learning outcomes

Skills outcomes:

-          Teamwork

-          Organisation

-          Communication

-          Adaptability to changes

-          Problem solving

-          Creativity

Teaching and learning activities

In person

Lectures. In lectures, lecturers/professors not only transmit content or knowledge, but also, and above all else, attitudes, motivation, skills and values, etc. They also ensure that participants can express their opinions and arguments to the other students. 2
Focused Praxis. Handing in occasional exercises to learn theory through practice. 0,5
Workshop. Advanced and intensive workshops of a longer duration, led by lecturers and/or foreign professionals, in which the language used is English. These culminate in the creation of a professional or semi-professional product which is also produced in English. 0,5

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

The seminar will be assessed for the group worked carried out. Thus, the mark will be assigned to the group.

Production documents (bible, script, running order, camera plans, crew and technical requirements): 40%

Final product (Late night talk show or day time talk show): 60%

Assessment criteria:

Production documents:

-          Cover all the information required

-          Structure and presentation

-          Writing

TV Entertainment Programme:

-          Structure and Content

-          Flow

-          Innovation

-          Communication within the team

Second assessment :

If any students fail to complete the final product successfully, or if they do not comply with the workshop’s attendance policy, they will have to present a written project. The details of this second assessment will be discussed individually with lecturer Roser Canela.

Bibliography and resources


-          Entertainment in the UK and good introduction to the programme’s bible (compulsory)

Chalaby, J.K. The making of an entertainment revolution: How the TV format trade became a global industry. European Journal of Communication. 26 (4), pp.293-309.


-          TV Factual in the UK (recommended)

Brunsdon, C., Johnson, C. Moseley, R. and Wheatley, H. 2001. Factual entertainment on British television: The Midlands TV Research Group’s “8-9 Project”. Cultural Studies. 4 (1), pp.29-62.

-          What is the Future of Television? Blake Morgan. Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/blakemorgan/2019/07/05/what-is-the-future-of-television/#1b37b63759de


Reading related to the future of TV entertainment due to COVID-19:

-          The future of Television from a distance. T.Duffy. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/future-televisionfrom-distance-tricia-duffy/

-          How the Late-Night Shows are handling Coronavirus Quarantine. M.Wright. https://www.vulture.com/2020/04/late-night-shows-nyc-coronavirus.html


Viewings (to get an idea of TV entertainment in the UK, find them on You Tube):

-          The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV) – Late night talk show

-          This Morning (ITV) – Day time talk show

-          Loose women (ITV) – Panel Show

-          The X Factor (ITV) – reality competition show

-          Gogglebox (Channel 4) – reality series

-          Don’t tell the bride (BBC) – reality series

TV Entertainment programmes produced during COVID-19 crisis

-          COVID-19: How the show goes on for late-night TV  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lbMAC9A0tY

-          Late-night talk shows adapt to the era of COVID-19  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg3axHX1hQw

-          COVID-19 Hit Close to Home for Bob Odenkirk  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qftxgii22LU

-          This Morning (ITV)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_fqQDr2kMg

-          This Morning (ITV)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qRiD752spk

-          Loose Women (ITV)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnvUDFkSZo4


Useful links

TV vocabulary (English): http://www.tv-handbook.com/Glossary.html    

TV vocabulary (English):  http://www.filmland.com/glossary/Dictionary.html