A new initiative has been launched by UKTV and the Film London Equal Access Network to offer full-time paid placements for under-represented groups in television.
The All Voices initiative will offer 12 year-long placements across multiple UKTV Original productions for new entrants, mid-level professionals and returners to the television industry.
Placements will be paid at standard industry rates and will cover all areas of production from running, sound recording, production accounting, production management, directing to executive producing.
North One Television and Firecracker Films are among the production companies that will help pilot the initiative and provide additional work placements to members of Film London’s Equal Access Network pool.
After the placements, the initiative will continue to assist graduates from the scheme with mentoring for up to 12 months, with industry professionals providing advice for CV building and networking with industry contacts.
“The TV industry is often seen as being elitist and not representative of the breadth of society,” said Richard Watsham, Director of Commissioning at UKTV.
“UKTV’s All Voices initiative has been designed to help break down these barriers and ensure that UKTV Original productions are made by a diverse team of people who truly represent the world we live in.”
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, added: “We are committed to ensuring London’s screen industries reflect the city itself by helping people, particularly those from under-represented groups, to access opportunities in the industry.”
“We are delighted to be teaming up with UKTV to launch UKTV’s All Voices initiative to do just that and are excited to follow the achievements of the talented individuals we work with through our Equal Access Network.”