Equal Access Network
London is one of the world’s most diverse cities, as well as one of the best for film, TV and post-production.
The Equal Access Network seeks 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. In an effort to tackle the industry's desire for inclusion , we particularly focus on under-represented groups to ensure that the industry reflects the diversity and inclusiveness of our capital city.
Thanks to a £50,000 pledge from the Mayor of London, we are scaling up our work and expanding on our successes - by recruiting more training providers and employers across London and helping to grow the network’s pool to 300 members, getting 180 people into paid work over the next year.
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.
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