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ScreenSkills has named its 19 ‘leaders of tomorrow’ – its selection of mid-level crew who will be offered a three-year tailored programme to prepare them for senior roles in the industry.

Funded primarily through high-end productions’ payments into the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund, the programme has a drive to improve diversity among leadership roles. More than half of the cohort are BAME, three-quarters are female and two in five are based outside London.

The candidates were picked from more than 100 submissions from senior industry figures. Each will be assigned a mentor or champion, up to three part-funded placements per year, skills-specific, leadership and management training, masterclasses, networking opportunities and tailored individual support and advice from the High-end TV Professional Pool.

The BBC has funded two of the places, with Netflix and Sky Studios each funding one.

The 19 are:

  • Ola Kaminska-Omozik, Accounts, Northern Ireland
  • David Crewdson, Art dept, South West
  • Hannah Lewis, Assistant director, London
  • Heather Crompton, Camera, Yorkshire
  • Charlotte Richardson, Costume, North West
  • Rianna Charles, Costume, South East
  • Rachel Erskine, Edit, Scotland
  • Emma Marie Cramb, Edit, London
  • Victoria Nugent, Hair and make-up, Wales
  • Annie Little, Hair and make-up, London
  • Sanjay Sharma, Production, London
  • Jamie Lee-Aird, Production, Scotland
  • Cory Townsend, Locations, Scotland
  • Kiri Degon, Post-production, London
  • Payam Hosseinian, Post sound, London
  • Florence Watson, Production, London
  • George Thompson, Production sound, London
  • Chris Bullock, Production sound, South East
  • Monika Chowdhary, VFX, London
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