Metro Screen and Screen NSW have announced a new scheme aimed at NSW producers looking to advance their careers – the Emerging Producer Placement (EPP) program.
Targeted at emerging producers with a track record in short form content, the EPP will provide producers with a unique opportunity to gain experience with some of Australia’s most respected production companies, in addition to working with the Production and Development team at Screen NSW.
Two candidates will be selected and paid to undertake a six month customised program. They will spend the majority of the time with production companies, with additional time at Screen NSW and attending key industry events. They will also work with a consultant to plan their career pathway.
The EPP aims to fast-track career opportunities by matching highly experienced screen industry practitioners with the hottest emerging producing talent in the state.
“Screen NSW was delighted to fund the research by Metro Screen into the most effective way to support emerging producers. This unique program, developed from this research, provides emerging producers with an understanding of the realities of both in-office production activity and project funding processes, and will prepare our future producers with hands-on experience of the key skills required for producing series and long-form content.” Maureen Barron, Chief Executive at Screen NSW
Metro Screen has a long track record of supporting and developing emerging screen talent in NSW. At the recent cast and crew screening of Metro Screen’s 2014 “Breaks” short film program, Maureen Barron announced the Screen NSW and Metro Screen partnership for both the EPP and the Emerging Filmmakers Fund. Both these programs had previously been managed by Screen NSW.
Kath Shelper, Metro Screen’s President, warmly welcomed the announcement; “The Emerging Producer Placement program is such an intelligent idea, based on substantial research conducted by Metro Screen. Our industry has a dire need for more skilled, creative producers and through this and the Emerging Filmmakers Fund Metro Screen and Screen NSW are working together to look after the emerging sector in NSW.”
The EPP program is currently accepting applications with a closing date of 30 April, 2015.
Click here for more information and an application form.