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Written by Jack Hopkins on 19th October 2017

It can be hard getting your first break in the entertainment industry. But, with the industry thriving, there are more opportunities than ever before.  In this week’s blog we’re going to explore the state of the entertainment recruitment playing field and how it’s adapting.

There have been significant strides to provide more chances for young creatives to flourish in 2017. Young directors like Michael Pearce, Rungano Nyoni and Francis Lee were all given opportunities to showcase their outstanding work at the BFI Film Festival. The same can be said about women in the theatrical sphere, growing and improving their status as leaders of some of the most successful theatres in the UK and Ireland.

But, there is still a major problem with the amount of women being employed in key roles within the entertainment industry.  Personified by the fact that Kathryn Bigelow was the first female to win a Bafta for Best Director…in 2010! Paul Greengrass, director of The Bourne Supremacy and Greenzone, has been speaking at the BFI Film Festival. He mentions that ‘diversity is a profound challenge and we have to do much better, including addressing our lack of women directors as a matter of urgency.’ Ellie Kendrick, who has recently starred in Game of Thrones, is an ambassador for Creative England’s Shortflix Scheme. They are also striving to give opportunities to underrepresented youngsters who are struggling for their first chance in the industry.   

There has also been a shift in industrial recruitment processes. The BBC, for example, announced in September that they will remove educational information from applications and purely focus on experience. This, they hope, will level the playing field and eradicate the elitist agenda that the BBC are occasionally labelled with. Although this somewhat undermines the importance of education, it does, like some of the above efforts, open the industry up to those that may not get that initial chance.

Things are improving, and the ever-changing entertainment industry means that there are always opportunities in a field we all love!

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Written by Jack Hopkins on 11th October 2017

MIPCOM is back which means a return to the beautiful Cannes for a few days of industry leading speakers, innovative announcements and exclusive screenings. Running between the 16-19th October, its networking opportunities make it a crucial date in anyone’s diary. Here’s a few things at MIPCOM 2017 that have caught our eye.  

There’s a variety of world famous stars attending the event to give talks on the media industries and their careers. Catherine Zeta Jones is just one of the icons there, addressing the attendees of the Women in Global Entertainment Power lunch. Gordon Ramsay is also attending, talking about his techniques and processes that have kept him in the limelight for over 25 years. The HBO Chairman and CEO, Richard Plepler, will also be there to pick up the renown Variety Vangaurd award for his international growth of the HBO brand. 

Industry professionals also make the pilgrimage to the event, publicising their upcoming projects to likeminded individuals and potential clients. Sumi Connock is the Creative Director at BBC Worldwide and is looking to showcase its new formatting programme to stir up interest in the brand. Another professional that’s off to Cannes is Charlotte Walls, the co-founder and CEO of Catalyst Global Media. She’s there to talk about how the film and television financing worlds are merging into one holistic business.

Exclusive screenings are always popular and continue to be one of the most significant parts of MIPCOM. It therefore seems to be a fitting stage for the launch of David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II, featuring the music of Hanz Zimmer and a one-off masterpiece by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. The BBC are also taking their adaption of Jessie Burton’s thriller, The Miniaturist, to MIPCOM which is set to turn a lot of heads. As is Michael Portillo’s new venture, Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain, set to air on Channel 5 after his hugely successful documentary series Great American Railroad Journeys.

Have an amazing time if you’re off to sunny (we hope) Cannes and we hope you fit everything in!

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Written by Jack Hopkins on 4th October 2017

It’s that time of year again when British people buy into one of Germany’s main exports, Oktoberfest.  It’s a festival that runs at the beginning of October, focusing on beer, beer and more beer. With the widespread success of Oktoberfest in the UK we wanted to look at which German exports have struck a chord with film and television audiences around the world.

Most audiences would have first seen Diane Kruger in Troy, portraying Helen of Troy. Since then, she has gone on to star in films all over the world. Her roles in Inglorious Basterds, Unknown and more recently The Infiltrator, with Bryan Cranston, have boosted her prestige in the UK and we can’t wait to see her in something again soon. The German actress was awarded Best Actress at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for her role in In The Fade, the German entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.

Many will remember Downfall for its iconic Hitler scene which has been repeatedly parodied over the years, featuring hilariously edited subtitles and contemporary subject matter. The gritty war drama was also very successful at the box office, winning the BBC Four World Cinema Competition in 2005 and picking up a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in the same year.

One of the most notable German exports in recent years is Deutschland ‘83, a stylish drama that depicts the conflict between West and East Germany in the 1980s. It was broadcasted by Channel 4 in 2016, receiving huge critical claim and viewing figures in the process. The series became the highest rated foreign-language drama in UK TV history with it’s second episode boasting an incredible 2.5 million viewers.  Its suspenseful charm was also recognised at the 2016 Emmys, with the series collecting the acclaimed International Emmy Award.

These are just a few of our favourite German media exports. Alongside Oktoberfest, what are yours?

                                                                                                                                   

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