Jacquie Jones Memorial Scholarships awarded
Black Public Media (BPM) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) have selected the recipients of the Jacquie Jones Memorial Scholarships.
The US$300,000 scholarship fund pays tribute to the life and work of Jacquie Jones, the Peabody Award-winning director and former executive director of BPM, who championed diverse content creators before her death in early 2018.
The scholarships will be awarded to A Place to Learn, produced by Rachel Dickson and directed by Kevin Shaw, on the fight to save an elementary school with strong ties to Chicago’s black community; Through the Night, produced by Loira Limbal and Jameka Autry and directed by Limbal, a vérité doc on the current economy’s impact on working mothers and a childcare provider in New Rochelle, New York; Silent Beauty, directed and produced by Jasmin López, an autobiographical exploration of one woman’s family history of child sexual abuse and a culture of silence; and Gil Scott-Heron, produced by Yvonne Shirley and directed by Orlando Bagwell, about the iconic poet and musician and his personal and political struggles.
UKTV, Film London launch “All Voices” initiative
British multichannel operator UKTV and Film London’s Equal Access Network have launched a new initiative aimed at helping under-represented communities secure employment in the television industry.
Dubbed UKTV’s All Voices, the program will offer opportunities to work in paid, full-time roles on UKTV Original productions for up to 12 months to new entrants, mid-level professionals and industry returnees to help them develop and build their careers. The roles will be paid at standard industry rates and may cover a range of production positions – from executive producing to production management, to sound recording and production accounting.
Numerous production companies – including North One Television, Mercury Productions, Firecracker Films and Brown Bob Productions – have agreed to help shepherd UKTV’s All Voices initiative.
Throughout the year, UKTV will also host events with the goal of building connections between prodcos and potential employees. Additionally, Film London’s Equal Access Network will run a slew of masterclasses for employees across multiple disciplines.
There are also plans for graduates of the initiative to be mentored for an additional 12 months by industry professionals and Film London’s Equal Access Network will continue to provide ongoing support.
ITVS GE sends game show Catchpoint to Hungary
Hungarian broadcaster TV2 has commissioned ITV Studios Global Entertainment’s (ITVS GE) physical game show Catchpoint (pictured).
TV2 has ordered a 25 x 60-minute series, which is due to air in the territory later this year.
An original copro by ITV Studios labels Possessed and 12 Yard, the game show format features teams of two competing for a cash prize by answering multiple choice questions in front of a screen. A ball is then released from above the screen where the right answer is located. The closer one is to the right answer, the closer they are to the ball, making it easier to catch the ball and win the round.
Hungary serves as the first territory to commission the trivia game show after its premiere in the UK on BBC1.
The deal with TV2 was brokered on behalf of ITVS GE by EMEA sales manager James Meyer.