Film London and Creative Access are to co-fund 12 entry-level placements for London-based creative companies looking for new animation talent. The initiative aims to fund 12 full-time training position paid at London Living Wage, providing 75 percent of the fee for the first six months, and 50 percent for six months thereafter.
The scheme seeks to address the level of diversity across the screen industries, offering a bespoke talent search service for companies who require trainees, connecting them with up-and-coming, graduate-calibre individuals from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. The scheme is open to all employers working across the animation industry, from film studios and television production companies to advertising agencies. Looking towards the future of British acting, filmmaking and innovation.
Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London and the British Film Commission, has said, “Analysis by Creative Skillset shows a challenging level of diversity in the production industry’s workforce, and with schemes like this we hope to ensure London’s rich, cosmopolitan make-up is better represented. This initiative, which is supported by the Mayor of London’s London Enterprise Panel, also bolsters our wider work to support the city’s growing animation industry by helping match the best possible candidates to the best possible trainee roles. This has the dual benefit of offering employers bright, fresh talent and the trainees themselves their first invaluable role in the animation sector.”
On Sunday, the main award season began with the Golden Globes. Among there were a wealth of British stars and productions up for prizes, some of the country’s finest film talent were celebrating. British actor Eddie Redmayne won best actor in a drama for his role as physicist Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. The movie, which took 12 years to make, won best film drama, with Richard Linklater named best director and Patricia Arquette best supporting actress. British actresses Joanne Froggatt and Ruth Wilson also collected prizes. The awards, which cover both film and TV, saw Froggatt win best supporting actress in a TV series for her role as the maid Anna Bates in Downton Abbey. Wilson was named best actress in a US TV drama for The Affair.
In the UK the creative industries bring £8.8 million an hour to the British economy, which is a record high thanks to Game of Thrones, the Olympic legacy and films including Gravity, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has claimed. A report by DCMS found growth of almost 10 percent in the creative sector, which they say is three times that of the wider UK economy.
The sector, which includes film, television, music, the arts, architecture, graphic design and advertising, was reported to be worth £76.9 million in 2013, after enjoying a boost from high-profile productions on UK soil. Among the factors boosting the industry in that year, DCMS highlighted the post-2012 Olympic legacy encouraging engagement with the arts and tax reliefs introduced for the television and animation sectors. The UK filming industry was also buoyed by commercial successes including Gravity, which entrusted much of its post-production work to London-based visual effects company, Les Miserables and Game of Thrones, which was filmed in part in Northern Ireland.
Sajid Javid, the culture secretary, hailed the results as proving Britain was a world leader, predicting tax reliefs might mean it continued to attract investment. The department also released its predictions for expected highlights of 2015, outlining the acts and productions it aims to boost the economy further.
Those with the official seal of approval include the new James Bond film, Spectre, and the latest installment in the Star Wars films and the BBC adaptation of J K Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. A new series of Downton Abbey, the fifth instalment of Game of Thrones and video games including Batman Arkham Knight also made the cut, along with albums from Ellie Goulding, Coldplay and Rita Ora. Books from Professor Mary Beard, Lynda La Plante and Robert Harris were also predicted to help the arts on its way to another successful year, on top of films Avengers: The Age of Ultron and Mission Impossible 5.
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