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Creative Skillset/ITF merger update

Following the announcement of the proposed merger of Creative Skillset and the ITF and our concerned response (published in Broadcast and in this newsletter) MITA members Matt Born (DV Talent) …

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Project Diamond publishes first results

Disabled people and the over-50s are the two most under-represented minority groups in the broadcasting industry, according to an initial report produced by the equality monitoring initiative Project Diamond. It …

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Creative Skillset and the ITF announce

Creative Skillset, the skills body for the UK’s screen based creative media, and the Indie Training Fund (ITF), the membership body providing training to television production companies and freelancers, have …

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MITA responds to planned merger of

MITA has issued a statement on the plan to merge Creative Skillset and the ITF. We think this is a troubling move. Creative Skillset, in particular, has hitherto served as …

New entrants scheme in visual effects

VFX house Double Negative has launched a new entrants programme offering successful applicants entry level pathways into the world of visual effects. The Greenlight programme is designed to give candidates the opportunity …

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Northern Ireland Screen and Into Film

Two screen-related projects have made it to the finals of this year’s National Lottery Awards. Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive is competing for the best heritage project for Unlocking …

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New funding for young people in

Creative Scotland and Young Scot have launched a new funding initiative to support the creative talents of young people in Scotland. The Nurturing Talent Fund will provide awards totalling £40,000 …

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Deaf people underserved by cinemas

A new report by the Independent Cinema Office has suggested that UK cinemas are not meeting demand from deaf audiences. The findings are the result of a series of focus …

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Survey into film watching habits of

Film Hub NI has launched an online public survey to find out more about how young people (under 30) across the six counties of Northern Ireland are watching films. The …

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NFTS appoints new director

Dr Jon Wardle has been appointed as the new director of the NFTS. Currently deputy director, he will succeed Nik Powell who has led the school for the past 14 …

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New research network aims to map

A new research initiative looking at gender in the media sector was launched at this month’s Making a Difference Conference hosted by WFTV and the BFI. The Research Institute for …

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Telling Stories: call for partners

MITA member Runaway Media recently completed its Telling Stories scheme, a Lottery-funded interactive project led by young people (16-25 years) who used the media to share experiences and points of …

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BFI appoints new diversity head

The BFI has appointed Jennifer Smith to the newly created post of Head of Diversity. She will be responsible for leading on diversity and inclusion across all BFI activity which …

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Screen picks top training schemes for

In April, Screen International, in collaboration with Creative Skillset, published a list of eight of the best industry training initiatives for under-represented groups. Among the list are: Filmonomics run by …

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Endemol CEO announced as new Creative

Richard Johnston, CEO of Endemol Shine UK, was appointed last month as the new Chair of Creative Skillset. Johnston takes over from ex-Chief Executive Dinah Caine, who has acted as …

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Channel 4 unveils latest diversity goals

Channel 4 will provide work opportunities to 40 TV programme directors from minority groups, as part of a new round of initiatives to improve diversity. The plan was unveiled at …

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BBC News announces £1m scheme for

BBC News has announced a £1 million scheme to recruit and train 12 journalists with disabilities. Over the next year, new positions will be created in BBC News’ Mobile and …