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Studios are gearing up to make production facilities more accessible under a programme developed by the TV Access Project (TAP).

Sky Studios Elstree has hosted the first of four planned training sessions outlining studios’ responsibilities and the measures they can introduce to improve access, as laid out in TAP’s Production Buildings Audit Checklist.

Disability consultancy Proudlock Associates detailed practice measures such as dropped kerbs, accessible parking spaces, visual contrast on stairways and having quiet spaces on site.

TAP has signed 19 studios and post houses as ‘TAP Activators’, committing them to prioritise disability training and appoint an access lead. Of these, Warner Bros Leavesden, 3 Mills, Fifty Fifty and Envy, were among attendees at the inaugural training session.

TAP, which is backed by all major broadcasters, has a target of establishing a fully inclusive and accessible industry by 2030 and its efforts in its first year of operation were recognised in co-leads Ally Castle and Tanya Motie receiving the Achievement of the Year Award at last week’s Women in Film & TV Awards.

Further training sessions will take place at Dock 10 at Salford’s Media City UK (18 January), Cardiff’s Wolf Studios Wales (21 February) and at a Glasgow site (date to be confirmed). Interested parties can contact for more details
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