Prep & Wrap Campaign

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Bectu members from; Assistant Directors, Costume and Wardrobe, Hair, Make- Up and Prosthetics, Locations and Production are coming together to take action and change prep and wrap culture.  


What is Prep & Wrap?

Prep and wrap is the working time scheduled at the beginning and the end of the shooting day. Prep is scheduled before the shooting starts and wrap is scheduled for after the cameras stop rolling. The work done during this time is included in the daily rate.


Some productions expect some departments to work 90 minutes or more on top of the shooting day – with no overtime payment. This contributes to the long hours culture that we highlighted in our Eyes Half Shut campaign, where people in the departments named above reported regularly working 18-hour days. This has to stop.


It is customary for crew working in Camera, Grips, Lighting, Sound, Post Production and Facilities, Props and Art departments, to have zero minutes Prep & Wrap included in their daily rate on the deal memo. Bectu’s guidance on Prep & Wrap can be downloaded here.


What are we calling for?

In the TV drama agreement, there is currently no limit on the amount of prep and wrap that can be scheduled. We want to bring the TV Drama agreement into line with the Major Motion Picture agreement so that there is a maximum of 30 minutes prep and 30 minutes wrap each day before overtime payments kick in.


4 ways you can take action now:


1. Sign the pledge

Sign the pledge to support the campaign whether you’re in one of the named depts or not. When you sign the pledge, you’ll be sent a campaign pack with social media templates, posters that can be printed and sent out, and information on the campaign in due course. The pledge form is at the bottom of this page.

2. Celebrate success

Are you working on a production that has scheduled 30/30 or less? Great! Why not report it and help us celebrate the employers who are helping to reduce prep and wrap! Click here to report productions scheduling 30/30 or less. See all the productions that have scheduled 30/30 or less here.


3. Show your support

Want to show your support whilst on set? Contact Jessica Glashier or Nicky Britt to be sent stickers and posters.


4. Spread the word

Branches and members are using social media to spread the campaign message. Share their posts, and join discussions on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook


Other actions to take:


  • Challenge TV Drama Deal Memos that have more than 30/30 in the daily rate
  • Challenge any manipulation such as aggregated prep and wrap (where 30/30 is treated as 60 mins that can be used to prep or wrap) before signing your contract
  • Request no more than 30 minutes ‘prep’ and 30 minutes ‘wrap’ is included in your daily rate
  • Increase your daily rate if a day includes more than 30/30 prep and wrap
  • Speak to crew in other departments on the production about excessive prep and wrap – get them to join the campaign and sign the pledge.


Branches taking action!

Bectu Costume and Wardrobe Committee – Click here to see their official campaign page


The Hair, Make-up & Prosthetics Branch – Click here to see their official campaign page




Prep and Wrap Pledge



Productions that have scheduled 30/30 or less:


  • The English Game
  • Tinkertown
  • You Don’t Know Me
  • Extinction
  • Witchfinder
  • Chloe
  • His Dark Materials 3
  • Citadel
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Cursed
  • Motherland
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Bridgerton
  • Pennyworth 2
  • The Great
  • Beechham House
  • Gangs of London
  • Four Weddings
  • War of the Worlds
  • Brave New World
  • The Nevers


If you have any suggestions or want to talk about prep and wrap, get in touch with your branch or email [email protected] or [email protected]