BBC Studios revisits Assistant Producer Accelerator Programme
Following the inaugural programme in 2021, and another in 2022, BBC Studios Productions has launched its third successive Assistant Producer Accelerator Programme (APAP).
The scheme offers 12 researchers one-year contracts to supercharge their careers by providing training and experience for them to become assistant producers.
Across the three separate cohorts in 2021, 2022 and now in 2023, 41 individuals have been offered one-year contracts to work within a tranche of departments across BBC Studios, including factual entertainment, natural history and documentaries, in its various regional bases.
All received bespoke training in developing their practical content-making skills in scripting, storytelling, pitching, development and self-shooting whilst also learning more about areas such as leadership, team management and mental health awareness.
Three of last year’s APAP graduates were chosen as Broadcast Magazine’s Hot Shots this year whilst two APAP graduates were selected to be part of the 2023 Edinburgh TV Festival’s One to Watch.
The programme receives over 700 applications each year and those successful receive a masterclass every month with senior programme makers, commissioners, and other industry experts. There is also a dedicated APAP director, who curates the programme and is in regular contact with all the APs, be they past or present. The inaugural APAP was led by Donna Taberer and Sarah Wood.
BBC Studios Productions CEO Ralph Lee said: “I’m really pleased that we can commit to supporting an industry-leading third year of this unique initiative that continues to develop talent from across the nation, representing a broad range of backgrounds. The APAP is one of the most sought-after opportunities in content creation in the UK and its alumni are destined to become trailblazers across our industry.”
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