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BBCS Expands Assistant Producer Program

Following its first Assistant Producer Acceleration Program in 2021, BBC Studios Productions will offer fifteen other researchers one-year contracts to acquire the skills necessary to become assistant producers.

The first program saw fourteen applicants recruited to work in factual entertainment, natural history, entertainment and music, documentaries and science at BBC Studios Productions bases in London, Cardiff, Bristol, Salford and Glasgow. The assistant producer trainees worked on titles including Top Gear, The One Show, Last Night of The Proms, Inside Culture, Imagine, Children in Need and Kelvin’s great agricultural adventure.

Replicating the first year of the program, the new successful group will once again benefit from tailored training and mentoring as well as paid internships. Scholars with at least three paid broadcast or online credits who wish to become the next generation of Outstanding Assistant Producers are eligible to apply for the roles.

Applicants are particularly sought after among under-represented groups, including those who are deaf, disabled, or neurodiversified, those of Black, Asian, minority origin, lower socio-economic groups, the LGBTQ + community, and those with lived experiences. and varied skills.

Ralph Lee, CEO of BBC Studios Productions, said: “The first cohort of APs to participate in this program is having a fantastic impact on production, so I am delighted to be able to renew the program and offer this opportunity to fifteen other stars. emerging editorials. . We are committed to developing talent and skills in these key production roles across all our genres and also ensuring that outstanding talent from across the UK and from all walks of life is nurtured and given opportunities. “

Melissa Clay-Peters, Senior Talent Manager at BBC Studios Productions, said: “This is an important commitment, but as we have seen before, from BBC Studios to support the widest range of bright and diverse talent. We are delighted with the success of the first year of the program and I have no doubt that Assistant Producers will continue to be pioneers in our industry.

Reece Finnegan, one of the first year candidates for the Assistant Producer Accelerator program, working in entertainment and music added: “Being blind registered for television, it can often be difficult to find and access new opportunities. and develop his career. However, this program not only gave me invaluable experience in a range of fields across my gender, but it also increased my confidence exponentially while moving up to the AP level. So far I’ve worked on Strictly It Takes Two, where I’ve scripted shows, helped edit VTs, and in short, talented people; on the rebranding of Question of Sport, where I developed games and assisted on site; and in the Entertainment development team, where I pitched some of my own ideas to the commissioners.

The closing date for the Accelerator Assistant Producers program is Sunday the 13the February 2022. visit:

Jon Cremier

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