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Channel 4 has launched what it says is the UK’s first post-production training development scheme and has also opened up its latest hunt for disabled talent ahead of next year’s Paralympic Games.

4PP – or 4 Post-Production - will offer six-month placements at indies for five people from underrepresented backgrounds who are in mid- to senior-level craft and technical roles.

C4 is looking for people with more than five years’ experiencer in their chosen job role. Each will receive mentoring from senior industry figures, bespoke skills gap training and shadowing and placement opportunities.

Among the mentors is dialogue editor and dubbing mixer Emma Butt, who last year accused the industry of being “complacent in accepting that craft and technical roles aren’t diverse and inclusive, instead of questioning why that might be.”

“This programme is the first step in addressing decades long imbalance and I’m grateful to Channel 4 for being the first to help progression in our sector,” she said. 

Applications are open until 31 May. To apply, visit here

Disabled talent

Meanwhile, C4 is looking for 19 disabled people to join the latest iteration of its Paralympic Production Training Scheme.

Lead Paralympic producer Whisper plus fellow sports indies Buzz 16, Gravity, IMG and Sunset & Vine will each offer 12 months training to participants, but the scheme is not limited to C4’s Paralympics offering.

It aims to grow off-screen disabled talent across entertainment, fact ent and factual too, with previous years’ alumni having gone on to work on shows such as Bargain Hunt, Ambulance and Geordie Shore.

Also taking on trainees are Brown Bob Productions, Firecrest Films, Mighty Productions, North One, Open Mike, Outline, Raise the Roof Productions, Red Sauce, True North, Waddell Media, Warner Bros., Worker Bee and 4Creative.

Applications for the entry-level scheme are open until 28 May, with the placements set to kick off with a one-week Think Bigger bootcamp in September. For full details, visit here

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