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BBC Studios and Directors UK join forces to fund director mentorship scheme seeking under-represented voices

I’m delighted that EastEnders, Holby, Casualty and Doctors are opening up their doors to provide opportunity to train a new generation of directors on our sets.”— Deborah Sathe, Senior Executive Producer, BBC Studios

BBC Studios Productions has today announced that it is working with Directors UK, the professional organisation of screen directors, to deliver training opportunities across its Continuing Drama Productions over the coming year.

The scheme, which launches later in 2021, aims to find and mentor a number of directors from under-represented backgrounds to work across EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty and Doctors.

The mentorship is aimed at directors who already have some experience, whether that be short films, pilots, features or television, and are looking to develop their craft.

The mentees will experience dealing with the challenges of prepping, shooting, and editing in a multicamera environment, and will also be introduced to different aspects of the specific requirements needed to shoot each of BBC Studios’ continuing drama productions.

It will comprise of several different opportunities, including:

  • A workshop for four directors on EastEnders, plus mentoring for more
  • A workshop for four directors on Holby City
  • A workshop for four directors on Casualty
  • A trainee opportunity for directors at Doctors

Applications for EastEnders will launch first, with the aim to provide training and coaching for upcoming directors.

Deborah Sathe, Senior Executive Producer at BBC Studios, says: “I’m delighted that EastEnders, Holby, Casualty and Doctors are opening up their doors to provide opportunity to train a new generation of directors on our sets. We know that both the trainee directors and the shows will mutually benefit from the scheme. So many careers have started on the production floors of these shows and we are excited to welcome our next generation of directors.“

Andrea Corbett, Head of Career Development and Skills at Directors UK says: “Directors UK is delighted to be partnering with BBC Studios in this unique training and mentoring scheme that is genuinely seeking to not only source diverse directing talent but offer real opportunities for work and career progression. We look forward to working together to grow and nurture directors.”

To be considered for the EastEnders scheme, please send an email to directorscheme.eastenders@bbc.co.uk and you will automatically be sent a link to the application form

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