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Film London announce Equal Access Network initiative

Date posted: 31.01.2018

We have unveiled plans to help ensure the capital's screen industries reflect the city itself, and are calling on film, TV and post-production companies to help 150 Londoners from our growing talent pool - many of whom hail from under-represented communities - into paid opportunities throughout 2018.

Dubbed Equal Access, the three-pronged programme will engage with those seeking opportunities; employers looking to widen the pool of talent they recruit from and London-based organisations who are actively engaged with talented individuals from under-represented communities.

The Equal Access Network

Throughout 2017 we worked with companies such as the Ink Factory, Tiger Aspect, Molinare, Kudos, Michelle Kass Associates, Big Talk and Twickenham Studios, helping broker paid roles for almost 100 individuals. Work to date has included outreach work to engage with new entrants and early-career professionals; a scheme for parents and caregivers returning to work after a career break (in partnership with Creative Skillset) and an initiative offering paid placements with the Ink Factory, the powerhouse production company behind The Night Manager and The Little Drummer Girl.

Addressing demand

Our network of talent is continuing to grow thanks to our grassroots contacts and expert understanding of what the industry needs. This Equal Access work forms part of our response to wide-serious calls to address the rising demand for skills, as well as tackle the industry's startling lack of diversity. As well as building our talent pool and connecting with new training providers, our  key aim for the year ahead is to partner with even more London-based film, TV and post-production companies keen to help level the playing field and widen their talent pool. This could involve:

  • Committing to interviewing at least two candidates from our Equal Access talent pool for entry and junior-level positions
  • Providing access to inspirational speakers and mentors for breakfast masterclasses and other learning events
  • Working with us to develop and provide paid internships for new starters
  • Working with us to develop and provide paid 'returnships' for talented parents and carers re-entering the industry. 

Enriching the industry

Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: "London's screen industries are witnessing a golden moment, and this means there are more opportunities than ever before. Our Equal Access work seeks to capitalise on this boom but also to help sustain it, giving industry access to excellent below-the-line talent who might otherwise find themselves at a remove from the city's studios, editing suites and post houses. We know that different stories, experiences and outlooks enrich the industry and the content we create, and by helping companies cast a wider net when it comes to recruitment we hope to play a part in maintaining our industry's world-beating success. We have talent at our disposal and excellent contacts with training providers and academic institutions, so now we're calling on even more film, TV and post-production companies to work with us to ensure London's screen industries reflect the city itself."  

As well as brokering below-the-line talent directly with film, TV and post-production companies, we have a history of working with a range of training providers, charities and community groups operating across London. These have included Four Corners, Spiral, Signature Pictures, Creative Sparkworks and the Sara Putt Foundation.

Next steps

Find out more about the Equal Access Network

Get in touch at EqualAccess@filmlondon.org.uk 

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