Warner Bros. has made the announcement in the week the state-of-the-art film and TV production facility, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, was inaugurated by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Launching in September 2013, Warner Bros. Creative Talent will support the next generation of UK creative industry’s talent with scholarships attached to work placements and mentoring, apprenticeships and training courses, giving young people of all backgrounds invaluable industry experience and insight across Warner Bros.’ UK film, TV, games and theatre operations.
The multi-layered, nationwide investment encompasses twelve scholarships at some of the country’s most respected higher education institutions, including three Prince William Scholarships in Film, Television and Games in partnership with BAFTA; six apprenticeships with roles ranging from set-lighting to post-production; two trainee positions on every Warner Bros. film production in the UK; 25 year-long training course places for young people at inclusive theatre company, Chickenshed; 20 work experience places for schools local to Warner Bros.’ London HQ; and five work placements on the upcoming West End musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with the most talented of the students receiving an additional three month placement.
In addition, following the British Film Institute’s recent announcement regarding its transformational plans for film education in the UK, Warner Bros. and Film Nation UK will be collaborating to inspire and educate thousands of school-aged children around the country about the film industry.
Kevin Tsujihara, CEO, Warner Bros. said: “The UK is known for world class creativity and innovation, and some of Warner Bros.’ greatest successes have been produced with British talent. Warner Bros. Creative Talent reinforces our global commitment to supporting the industries and communities in which we operate and our continuing investment in talent.”
If you would like to receive the latest toy trade news straight to your inbox, please enter your email address in the subscribe box above; you can also follow Toy World on Twitter and Facebook and request a print subscription here.