Equal Access Network
The Equal Access Network (EAN) was launched in January 2018 to ensure that the capital’s screen industries represent the diversity of the city itself, by helping new entrants, mid-level and returners to get in, stay in and return to the TV and Film industry.
There is a real demand for ongoing talent and a high demand for content for diverse audiences so there needs to be inclusive voices in front of and behind the camera. Broadcasters, production companies and distributors alike recognise this and are looking for new and alternative routes to reach and find people. In an effort to tackle the industry’s desire for inclusion, we particularly focus on under-represented groups by working with training providers, charities and foundations across London.
Our official EAN industry partners include HBO, StudioCanal, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Two Brothers Pictures, who work with us to ensure our industry reflects the vibrant and diverse population of London.
We see first-hand the industry’s enthusiasm for inclusion and for a diverse workforce, but appreciate the challenges of how to access this talent. We have positioned the EAN in a way that provides a link between training providers and their alumni as well as underrepresented talent with the companies or productions that are looking to recruit.
As well as helping to connect the network’s 400-plus members with productions and companies, the EAN also runs a number of other initiatives, including masterclasses, an annual New Entrants Course, which covers everything from development to post-production and intern/returnship schemes.
What does the EAN do?
We work with organisations and training providers to actively engage with talented individuals from under-represented communities, helping film, TV and post-production companies widen the net when it comes to recruitment. We offer career support and bespoke advice to new starter, mid-level and returning employees.
We work alongside the industry to help our EAN pool to get jobs, opportunities, internships and Returnships. In addition to providing paid opportunities, the scheme has acted as a launch pad for participants, with alumni securing further work within the industry as a direct result of their membership of the network.
We run monthly masterclasses on topics ranging from Producing to Animation and Theatrical Sales with leading industry figures and run an annual New Entrants two day course, with past speakers including Victoria Musguin-Rowe, Producer of Stephen: The Murder That Changed a Nation and Terry Bamber, Assistant Director at major feature films such as Skyfall.
Under the EAN banner we ran the first ever Return to Work Scheme for High End Television funded by ScreenSkills High End TV Skills Fund (Formerly Creative Skillset HETV Levy Fund), re-training participants and placing them in four week Returnships at Tiger Aspect, Carnival Films, Molinare, Cuba Pictures, Twickenham Studios and Objective Media Group. We have just announced our next Return to Work scheme for VFX and Post-Production funded by ScreenSkills High End TV Skills Fund, which will retrain 8 Returners and place them in Returnships at companies including Molinare, Milk VFX, DNEG and The Farm.
Who are the company supporters of the EAN and how do they work with you?
We have partnered with the following companies, who have agreed to work with us by considering our EAN pool when hiring for on set, in house roles and interns/returners for their companies. They have also agreed to be speakers at our masterclasses.
How do you work with training partners?
We have also partnered with training providers across London who work with under-represented groups to ensure that their trainees and alumni have access to jobs and opportunities. We engage with them regularly so that we can share best practice and to be up-to-date with industry needs.