£1.2m annual Netflix training ‘war chest’ and other scripted TV training developments

As referenced in the Guardian article a few days ago, here’s more detail on this Netflix training budget, from Broadcast [£]. Quoting ex-Production Guild chief Alison Small (now working directly for ‘Grow Creative UK’ / Netflix) on training:

“If we don’t have skilled top-class people at all levels from trainees to heads of department then that is a risk. Pay rates go up because there aren’t enough people and the result is the UK becomes less competitive and we could start to lose productions.”

Small dismissed the suggestion that Netflix’s £1bn content spend has contributed to rising pay rates by intensifying demand for talent.

“It’s true that there is a shortage but creating more job opportunities is a positive thing,” she said. “Netflix recognises that if it’s going to create content then it needs to make sure that it invests in the talent to be able to support that.”

Meanwhile, Variety is reporting that…

“Sky’s outgoing director of drama Cameron Roach has launched Rope Ladder Fiction, a Manchester-based independent production company.

The company’s focus will be on providing training and development opportunities to new talent and to create scripted content. It is already working with some of the industry’s most prolific broadcasters and commissioners on a range of projects, with the aim of production commencing in 2022.”

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