London-headquartered producers advocacy organization Pact has relaunched its Indie Diversity Scheme, welcoming four new companies to the program for the first time.
Paused during the pandemic, the scheme is aimed at supporting young people from groups traditionally under-represented in TV – including ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities and people from lower socio-economic groups. The entry-level talent development program offers trainees a crucial start in the TV industry, as well as plenty of hands-on experience.
To date, it’s had an impressive retention rate – more than 77% of former trainees still work in TV or a related sector – with a strong focus on helping its trainees to find their next TV role when their placements end.
The class of 2021 will offer six-month paid placements to 11 participants – the project’s largest intake to date.
The up-and-comers will be hosted by new participants Argonon (through scripted label Leopard Pictures and factual production company Studio Leo), Nutopia, Tin Roof Media (through Outline and Blink Films), and South Shore. These four join the indies who launched the scheme in partnership with Pact in 2013: namely Endemol Shine UK, Fremantle, Hat Trick Productions, All3Media and Warner Bros.
“Putting last year’s Scheme on hold was a painful decision,” said Anjani Patel, Pact’s head of diversity and inclusion, in a statement.
“We are delighted that the Pact Indie Diversity Scheme is now back in business – it plays a crucial role in making the TV industry more diverse and we don’t want to lose momentum.”