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Film London launches new ‘returnships’ initiative to help parents get back into the TV industry

Date posted: 28.03.2017

We are proud to announce the launch of a pilot return-to-work scheme for parents looking to get back into the TV industry after starting a family.

The initiative, funded by Creative Skillset’s high end TV levy, will initially offer five tailored, paid, one-month placements, which will run from April to June, 2017.

Five selected candidates will have the opportunity to undertake a returnship at a range of exciting companies including Peaky Blinders and Ripper Street indie Tiger Aspect, Peep Show producers Objective Media Group, Cuba Pictures, Molinare and Twickenham Studios.

The returnships would suit people with experience in a whole host of areas including business affairs, marketing, sales, script editing, production and VFX. Each tailored placement will be augmented by training such as CV-building, education on the digital landscape, high-end TV tax reliefs and sustainability, as well as becoming part of the Film London network with ongoing support and follow up sessions.

Adrian Wootton, chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “Our industry needs to make it easier for parents to return to work after taking time out to start a family. Otherwise we deprive ourselves of vital skills, experience and creativity at a time when high-end TV is booming. This might be a small step but it’s one in the right direction, and something I very much hope we can expand upon as we work to improve equal access to jobs and opportunities at every level of the industry.”

Applications are currently open for candidates with a track record in film or TV who have stopped work to raise a family but are looking to continue their careers, and we welcome applications from those groups currently under-represented in the industry, including women, black, Asian and minority ethnic, and disabled people.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 6 April.

Find out more and apply

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