We are delighted to announce that we are placing six of our academy trainees on CBBC's Wolfblood through our NFM Academy scheme. The initiative which launched in July this year promotes TV drama skills training in the North East with the aim of substantially increasing the number of local people working in the region’s television industry. Wolfblood will be taking on NFM Trainees across a number of departments with roles in Camera, Sound, Floor, Production, Make-up and Wardrobe. The placements will begin on 21 September and run for 12 weeks.
It's great to be working with the NFM Academy to fill the training opportunities on the forthcoming series of Wolfblood which will be shot in the North East later this year. It is very clear that with the number of productions running this year there is a shortage of suitable trainees available to fill those places in departments. I hope that the NFM Academy will be able to find the talent that we need from within the region.
Alan Fairholm, Line Producer.
Wolfblood is writer Debbie Moon’s first original TV show and it became an instant hit for CBBC when the first series aired. It was discovered by CBBC through an open call talent search run by BBC Writersroom in 2009, looking for original children’s TV drama scripts. Debbie was one of eight writers who were selected and made it through to an intensive development week, and as a result received mentoring which led to Wolfblood being developed, commissioned and produced by CBBC. Wolfblood has now run for 3 seasons with a 4th commissioned, and was nominated for several BAFTA awards in 2013/14. Debbie Moon won the Children's BAFTA Writer of 2014 for Wolfblood.
The NFM Academy currently has trainees placed on Beowulf with more productions in the coming months.
Peter Salmon, outgoing Director, BBC England said:
This is a terrific initiative which we are proud to support. The BBC has shown a massive investment in the North East over the past few years, with hugely popular productions located in the region, from The Dumping Ground to George Gently, and we are delighted to be able to support the local production base by creating attachments for the NFM Academy. The North East has a rich programme making heritage and is firmly back on the production map which is fantastic, both for the local economy and the creative industries.
A recent resurgence in British TV drama – helped in part by tax breaks – has generated a skills and crew shortage across the UK, and this is the first example of a regional project to address the problem and help grow the indigenous crew base. Ruth Palmer, TV Partnership Manager at Creative Skillset, the industry skills body for the creative industries said: “Our research and experience tells us that this skills shortage is a national problem and more needs to be done to grow and develop crew within key production hubs in the Nations and English Regions. The North East is leading the way in this pilot project, which we hope will be used as a model of best practice across the rest of the UK.
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