Contributor Privacy Notice

1 .    SCOPE

Like most businesses, we hold and process a wide range of information, some of which relates to individuals who apply for or we engage to take part in our productions. This Privacy Notice explains the type of information we process, why we are processing it and how that processing may affect you. 

The notice focuses on individuals who apply for and/or take part in our productions. And also covers information on those who have previously taken part in our productions.

This Privacy Notice is set out in this document (the Core Notice) and the Supplementary Information in the Annex to this document.  In the Supplementary Information, we explain what we mean by “personal data”, “processing”, “sensitive personal data” and other terms used in the notice. 


2 .    Personal data- what we hold and why we process it

We process data for the purposes of our business including for development, production, broadcasting, distribution and marketing. The Supplementary Information provides more specific information on these purposes, on the type of data that may be processed and on the grounds on which we process data.  See Legal grounds for processing personal data and further information on the data we process and our purposes.


3 .    Where the data comes from and who gets to see it

Some of the personal data that we process about you comes from you.  For example, your telephone number, name, age and email address.  Other personal data about you is generated in the course of you taking part in the production.

Your personal data may be seen internally by relevant people working on the production.  We may also pass your data outside the organisation, for example for casting, distribution and marketing purposes.  Further information on this is provided in the Supplementary Information.  See Where the data comes from and Who gets to see your data?


4 .    How long do we keep personal data

We do not keep your personal data for any specific period but will not keep it for longer than is necessary for our purposes.  In general, we will keep your personal data for so long as you involved in a production and for a period afterwards.  See Retaining your personal data – more information in the Supplementary Information.


5 .    Transfers of personal data outside the EEA

We may transfer your personal data outside the EEA to members of our group and processors in the US or, on rarer occasions, other jurisdictions in which we are established.  If you featured in a production, the data constituting your performance may be transferred out of the EEA for distribution and marketing purposes.

Further information on these transfers and the measures taken to safeguard your data are set out in the Supplementary Information under Transfers of personal data outside the EEA – more information.


6 .    Your data rights

You have a right to make a subject access request to receive information about the data that we process about you.  Further information on this and on other rights is in the Supplementary Information under Access to your personal data and other rights.  We also explain how to make a complaint about our processing of your data.


7 .    Contact details

In processing your personal data, we act as a data controller.  Our contact details are as follows:

Address: Optomen Television Ltd, 3-7 Ray Street Farringdon, EC1R 3DR. Phone 020 3227 5900

Our Information Officer is Verity Sutton Barrow. Email:


8 .    Status of this notice

This notice is for information purposes only and does not create contractual rights or obligations.  It may be amended by us at any time.



Contributor Privacy Notice- Supplementary Information


1 .    What is “personal data” and “processing”

personal data” is information relating to you (or from which you may be identified) which is processed by automatic means or which is (or is intended to be) part of a structured manual filing system.  It includes not only facts about you, but also intentions and opinions about you

Data “processed automatically” includes information held on, or relating to use of, a computer, laptop, mobile phone or similar device.  It covers data derived from equipment such as access passes within a building, data on use of vehicles and sound and image data such as CCTV. It also covers video, audio and images captured as part of a production.

processing” means doing anything with the data, for example, it includes collecting it, holding it, disclosing it and deleting it. 

Personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, health, sexual orientation, sex life, trade union membership and genetic and biometric data are subject to special protection and considered by EU privacy law to be “sensitive personal data”.

References in the Contributor Privacy Notice to work or services (and similar expressions) include any arrangement we may have under which an individual provides us services in relation to a production. We use the word “you” to refer to anyone within the scope of the notice. 


2.    What is “personal data” and “processing”

Under data protection law, there are various grounds on which we can rely when processing your personal data.  In some contexts more than one ground applies.  We have summarised these grounds as Legal obligation, Legitimate Interests and Consent and outline what those terms mean in the following table.

TermGround for processing Explanation
Legal obligationProcessing necessary to comply with our legal obligations Ensuring we perform our legal and regulatory obligations. For example, avoiding unlawful discrimination.
Legitimate InterestsProcessing necessary for our or a third party’s legitimate interestsWe or a third party have legitimate interests in carrying on, managing and administering our respective businesses effectively and properly and in connection with those interests processing your data. Your data will not be processed on this basis if our or a third party’s interests are overridden by your own interests, rights and freedoms.
ConsentYou have given specific consent to processing your dataIn general processing of your data in connection with the services you provide is not conditional on your consent, although there may be general exceptions to this.


3    Processing sensitive personal data

If we process sensitive personal data about you, as well as ensuring that one of the grounds for processing mentioned above applies, we will make sure that one or more of the grounds for processing sensitive personal data applies.  In outline, these include: 

  • processing being necessary for the purposes of your or our obligations and rights in relation to your engagement in so far as it is authorised by law or collective agreement;
  • processing relating to data about you that you have made public (e.g. if you tell us you are ill);
  • processing being necessary for the purpose of establishing, making or defending legal claims;
  • processing being necessary for provision of health care or treatment, medical diagnosis, and assessment of your working capacity; and (including (but not limited to) for infectious disease control and / or health
    emergencies such as Covid-19 or any other pandemic / epidemic); 
  • processing for equality and diversity purposes to the extent permitted by law.


4.    Further information on the data we process and purposes

The Core Notice outlines the purposes for which we process your personal data.  More specific information on these, examples of the data and the grounds on which we process data are in the table below.

The examples in the table cannot, of course, be exhaustive.  For example, although the table does not mention data relating to criminal offences, if we were to find out that someone working for us was suspected of committing a criminal offence, we might process that information if relevant for our purposes.  We may also require criminal background checks for certain roles – for example those working with minors. 

PurposeExamples of personal data that may be processedGrounds for processing
EngagementInformation concerning your application for or taking part in our productions and our assessment of it, your references, any checks we may make to verify information provided or background checks. If relevant, we may also process information concerning your health, any disability and in connection with any adjustments to filming arrangements.Legal obligation Legitimate interests
Contacting you or others on your behalfYour address and phone number, emergency contact information and information on your next of kin.Legitimate interests
Evaluating your potential role and enabling the creation, sale and distribution / broadcast of a production you are taking part in Information connected with your potential or actual participation including, the processing of images/ video/ audio of you. Legal obligation Legitimate interests
Physical and system securityCCTV images. Records of use of swipe and similar entry cards. Legal obligation Legitimate interests
Providing details in connection with your seeking to participate on other productionsInformation on your taking part in one of our productions. Consent Legitimate interests
Monitoring of diversity and equal opportunities Information on your nationality, racial and ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability and age as part of diversity monitoring initiatives. Such data will be aggregated and used for equality of opportunity monitoring purposes. Please note we may share aggregated and anonymised diversity statistics with regulators if formally required / requested. Legitimate interests
Disputes and legal proceedingsAny information relevant or potentially relevant to a dispute or legal proceeding affecting us. Legitimate interests Legal obligation
Day to day business operations including marketing and travel on our behalfInformation relating to your participation in a programme. This may include a picture or profile of you. Information regarding your travel arrangements and location. Legitimate interests
Maintaining appropriate business records during and after your participation in a programmeInformation relating to your participation in one of our productions. Legal obligation Legitimate interests

Please note that owing to the fact that you are appearing in one of programmes, on some occasions we or third parties will rely upon exemptions to data protection rules in relation to journalistic freedom, the right to artistic expression or more generally, the right to freedom of expression (as mentioned in article 85 of the General Data Protection Regulation and in various jurisdictions’ data protection rules, for example in the UK’s Data Protection Bill section on the exemption for ‘journalistic, academic, artistic or literary purposes’.


5.    Where data comes from

When you apply or participate in one of our productions, the initial data about you that we process is likely to come from you:  for example, contact details.
In relation to infectious disease control and national health emergencies, including but not limited to Covid-19 and / or other pandemics or epidemics, you may be required to provide us with information or a self-certification which includes sensitive personal data relating to your health and fitness to contribute on a regular basis as requested by us. In addition, we may require you to undertake testing such as temperature checks and / or antibody or disease tests either on location or any other place we designate during or outside working hours.
We shall either receive the results directly or require you to inform us of the results, and shall treat and process the information as sensitive personal data.


6.    Who gets to see your data?

Internal use: Your personal data may be disclosed within the Optomen Television to our employees working on your production. In response to infectious disease prevention and / or health emergencies (including, but not limited to Covid-19) we may also disclose personal data to other members of the All3Media group where your personal data and / or test results may need to be disclosed in specific circumstances for the health and safety of the wider workforce and the group as a whole. 

External use: We will only disclose your personal data outside the Optomen Television if disclosure is consistent with a ground for processing on which we rely and doing so is lawful and fair to you. We may disclose your data if it is necessary for our legitimate interests as an organisation or the interests of a third party (but we will not do this if these interests are over-ridden by your interests and rights in particular to privacy). We may also disclose your personal data where it is mandated by government regulation or legislation in response to infectious disease control and / or a public health emergency (including, but not limited to, Covid-19).

Specific circumstances in which your personal data may be disclosed include:

  • disclosure to external recipients of electronic communications (such as emails) which contain your personal data;
  • disclosure to broadcasters and distributors of our programmes;
  • disclosure of aggregated and anonymised diversity data to relevant regulators as part of a formal request;
  • if you have a filmed or an on-screen role, disclosure of footage, images, or audio recordings of you as part of the development, broadcasting, distribution and marketing of the production. Or, whether you have an on-screen or off-screen role, to allow us to credit your role.


7.    Retaining your personal data- more information

Although there is no specific period for which we will keep your personal data, we will not keep it for longer than is necessary for our purposes.  In general, we will keep your personal data until the show has been produced and for a period afterwards.  In considering how long to keep it, we will take into account its relevance to our business and your participation either as a record or in the event of a legal claim.

If your data is only useful for a short period (for example, CCTV), we may delete it. Some data, such as production footage itself and credit information, will be kept indefinitely as we have an ongoing legitimate interest in retaining the product. 


8.    Transfers of personal data outside of the EEA- more information

In connection with our business and for production, broadcasting, distribution, administrative, management, marketing and legal purposes, we may transfer your personal data outside the EEA to members of our group, data processors and other data controllers in the US and on occasion other jurisdictions. Some of our systems are hosted outside of the EEA.  We will ensure that any transfer is lawful and that there are appropriate security arrangements.


9.  Access to your personal data and other rights

We try to be as open as we reasonably can about personal data that we process.  If you would like specific information, just ask us.

You also have a legal right to make a “subject access request”.  If you exercise this right and we hold personal data about you, we are required to provide you with information on it, including:

  • giving you a description and copy of the personal data
  • telling you why we are processing it

If you make a subject access request and there is any question about who you are, we may require you to provide information from which we can satisfy ourselves as to your identity.

As well as your subject access right, you may have a legal right to have your personal data rectified or erased, to object to its processing or to have its processing restricted.  If you have provided us with data about yourself, for example your address, you have the right to be given the data in machine readable format for transmitting to another data controller.  This only applies if the ground for processing is Consent.

If we have relied on consent as a ground for processing, you may withdraw consent at any time – though if you do so that will not affect the lawfulness of what we have done before you withdraw consent


10.    Complaints

If you have complaints relating to our processing of your personal data, you should raise these with your key contact at the production in the first instance.  You may also raise complaints with your statutory regulator.  For contact and other details ask your key contact at the production.


 11. Status of this notice

This notice is for information purposes and does not create contractual rights or obligations.  It may be amended by us at any time.