Factual Fast Track returns to Scotland, NI

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After the first Factual Fast Track Scotland and Northern Ireland, the program supported by the BBC, Channel 4, Northern Ireland Screen and Screen Scotland returns to Scotland and Northern Ireland in October 2022.

The one-year development program will be delivered by Glasgow-based training organization TRC and is open to senior producers and series producers with a proven track record of producing networked or regional series. The program is specifically designed to accelerate the careers of the most talented and creative factual producers in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Successful applicants will benefit from top-level industry training, paid production internships, industry curators and mentors, exclusive access to curators, insight into the processes and priorities of commissioning as well as individual support.

Factual Fast Track was originally designed to boost the careers and opportunities of the next generation of factual creative leaders across the UK and it has been well received by independent production companies working in these sectors.

“Factual Fast Track is extremely valuable to the independent sector in Scotland. Finding the right talent with all the key skills and experience we need for leadership positions in productions is a challenge. FFT aims to alleviate these issues and hopefully has produced a new group of senior, experienced and trained talent that we can work with in the future. Jeannot Hutcheson, Raise the roof

“It is vital that careers and talent develop in our industry. This is all the more important in a production community like Scotland/Northern Ireland, where a critical mass of skills is needed to make bigger and bolder productions viable and to ensure sustainable and meaningful growth of the sector. Gerry Costello, CBI

Applications for Factual Fast Track Scotland and Northern Ireland will open on Friday 14e October via the CRT website. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday 5e December.

Margaret Scott and Claire Scally, Co-Chief Executives of TRC, said: “We were delighted with the success of the first Factual Fast Track Scotland and Northern Ireland and we are delighted that our funders have recognized this and are supporting the return of the program. We look forward to continuing to support the development of key industry roles in Scotland and Northern Ireland through this reputation and career development programme.

Kate Phillips, Director of Unscripted, BBC, said: “The BBC is committed to supporting brilliant factual talent across the UK and so I am delighted that the Factual Fast Track is returning for a second year. This initiative will give talented producers the opportunity to accelerate their careers and work on remarkable content that reflects the lives of our viewers across Britain.

Jo Street, Head of Daytime and Factual at Channel 4, said: “Factual Fast Track is a brilliant initiative championing factual production talent in Scotland and Northern Ireland. It allows us to work more closely with production talent and identify the next generation of evidence-based creative leaders and I’m thrilled to support this fantastic program.

Richard Williams, Managing Director of Northern Ireland Screen, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the second edition of Factual Fast Track Scotland and Northern Ireland. With so many close ties between the two regions, the program is ideal for talents who want to gain experience and support in their careers. We look forward to the program continuing to nurture the careers of the next generation of talented producers and bring a higher level of factual content to the industry.

Dani Carlaw, Head of Unscripted at Screen Scotland, said: “Factual Fast Track 2022 exceeded expectations. Returning for 2023, it continues to build on the ongoing strategic development of Scottish senior creatives. Through close training of factual creative leaders, the program encourages the continued expansion of high profile productions in Scotland, increasing the range of our factual offering and its potential for screen sector growth.

Jon Cremier

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