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Prime Video pledges £10M to support training, development in UK TV and film

Amazon’s Prime Video has announced the launch of Prime Video Pathway, a multi-faceted training initiative intended to open up access to jobs in the UK TV and film industry. In its commitment ...
March 3, 2022

Amazon’s Prime Video has announced the launch of Prime Video Pathway, a multi-faceted training initiative intended to open up access to jobs in the UK TV and film industry.

In its commitment to spend £10M over three years, Prime Video announced a collaboration with the UK’s National Film & Television School (NFTS) to broaden access to careers in film and TV as part of a new academy program. The academy will ramp up to having slots for 75 people annually who will be given the opportunity to apply for a range of craft and technical roles on Prime Video-commissioned productions in the UK.

Prime Video has also committed to funding and co-programming two courses designed to support the entry of new, diverse voices into TV and film production, including the Prime Video Directors Workshop, a 12-month course designed to increase the number of people from under-represented groups working in screen directing.

The academy program will open for applications soon, offering training for roles across physical production in such areas as production, art department, locations, camera, sound and accounting. Upon completion of the program, Prime Video, the NFTS and production heads of department will work with the participants to plan and support their next steps in the industry, with the aim of placing trainees on other productions. As part of the school’s commitment to investing in training across the UK, at least 50% of participants will come from outside London.

The £10m announced for Prime Video Pathway will support the programs outlined above as well as other initiatives, including a commitment to build a stepping-up scheme into all future Amazon Original UK productions. It also includes Prime Video’s commitment to apprenticeships, with more than 30 roles now open (including content producers, broadcast assistants and marketing executives) as part of Amazon UK’s 2022 expansion of its apprenticeship program.

“The UK is home to an extraordinary wealth of creative talent, and as our homegrown productions grow we need to support a sustainable and diverse talent pool with world-class training, and a new creative generation for the industry,” said Dan Grabiner, head of UK Originals, Amazon Studios in a release. “We are delighted to be committing £10m towards that goal today, and thank the NFTS and colleagues across the TV and film industry for their support in helping us fulfill our ambitious goals.”

“We are thrilled to work with Prime Video on this landmark collaboration, which will increase representation behind the camera and scale up the skills required by the many original productions coming down the track,” added Jon Wardle, director of the National Film and Television School. “A new generation will be offered life-changing opportunities to join the UK’s production juggernaut.”

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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