News round-up: Canal+ & RAI team for ‘The Crunchers’; ScreenSkills predicts HETV spend growth; Paramount+ debuts Putin inner circle doc  

Canal+ & RAI team for ‘The Crunchers’ French broadcaster Canal+ and Italian public broadcaster RAI have jointly commissioned The Crunchers, a new 52 x 11-minute 2D animated comedy series targeting children aged 7+. Paris-based children’s entertainment content distribution company Kids First has picked up the global rights to series, which will air on Canal+ in France and […]

ITV & Amazon Prime Video join ScreenSkills unscripted fund

UK broadcaster ITV and Amazon’s Prime Video have both signed up to the ScreenSkills Unscripted TV Skills Fund, which was created to support skills and training development for the unscripted workforce. The agreement means that the two firms will pay a percentage of all unscripted commission budgets to the fund, which was launched by UK […]

ScreenSkills to fund training to support disabled UK talent and crew

UK TV skills body ScreenSkills is to fund training for new accessibility coordinators to support the hiring and working life of disabled industry professionals. The support comes via its high-end TV skills fund and follows a recommendation from a recent report made by the Underlying Health Condition (UHC) disabled-led pressure group, which was set up […]

ScreenSkills to invest $13m in high-end TV training for UK workers

UK TV skills body ScreenSkills has pledged to invest more than £10m ($13.1m) of industry contributions from its high-end TV skills fund to meet training needs in the sector. The investment of £10.1m in 2022-23 will be a notable increase in spending from £6.7m this financial year, which has supported 1,400 individuals to move up […]

‘Bleak’ ScreenSkills report highlights disability discrimination in UK animation

A staggering 74% of disabled animators in the UK industry believe that the sector discriminates against people with disabilities, according to a new report from TV skills body ScreenSkills. The Accessibility in Animation report paints a “bleak picture” of the sector, with other key findings including that the majority (56%) of disabled people do not […]

UK’s ScreenSkills highlights unscripted skills shortages

The UK unscripted industry is facing a shortage of skilled workers, according to a new report from the country’s TV skills body ScreenSkills.  The Unscripted TV Production In The UK: 2021 Skills Review report examines the sector’s skills needs and has identified a wide range of skills needs with a particular focus on shortages in the […]

Round-up: NATPE unveils 2022 calendar; BBC orders Tom Daley challenge for Comic Relief; ScreenSkills launches UK apprenticeships

NATPE unveils 2022 calendar The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) has revealed its calendar of events, both in-person and virtual, planned for the content community in 2022. NATPE has placed a focus on finding opportunities to bring the industry back together in-person and has scheduled multiple events in the US and Europe. Upcoming […]

UK’s ScreenSkills & Film and TV Charity publish mental health guidance

UK TV skills body ScreenSkills and The Film and TV Charity have partnered to launch Mental Health Training: Guidance for Employers, a new framework to support people in the UK film and TV sectors responsible for mental health training. The new guidance, which is accessible via the ScreenSkills website, offers employers – including freelancers and […]

ScreenSkills & Dancing Ledge reveal mentors for new writers initiative

UK training organisation ScreenSkills and The Responder firm Dancing Ledge Productions have unveiled four leading writers to mentor rising stars in the ScreenSkills New Writers Programme 2022. The four are: Joe Barton (Giri/Haji), whose mentee is yet to be confirmed; Chris Lang (Unforgotten), who will work with Abigail Rolling; Camilla Blackett (New Girl), who mentors […]

Netflix adds support to ScreenSkills UK unscripted talent fund

Netflix has become the latest industry player to support the Unscripted TV Skills Fund, set up by UK TV skills body ScreenSkills. The fund was launched in June this year to address skills gaps and shortages in unscripted television across the UK and build a bigger pool of off-screen crew and talent in the nations […]