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24/08/2011

Fund For Scottish TV Talent On Way

A funding package for television and digital media is set to give Scottish talent and creative businesses a boost.
The Creative Edge partnership will be worth more than £1.4 million over three years with its aim being to provide training and development in television and digital media.
The four partners are broadcaster Channel 4, Creative Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and TRC media, the Glasgow-based training specialist, which will deliver the wide-ranging programmes.
The initiative is aimed at strengthening the talent and business base in Scotland in what is a priority sector for the Scottish Government.
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: "Television and digital media support 42,000 jobs in Scotland and make a valuable contribution to the success of our world-leading creative industries. The Scottish Government is committed to supporting Scotland's creative economy."
There will be six main strands to the project including, Gen Up: an intensive programme in which hand-picked emerging digital talent will learn from leading industry practitioners.
Meanwhile a Cross Creative programme will see a nine month initiative enabling creative leaders from Scottish digital companies to expand their knowledge and their networks. During which delegates will visit world-class Silicon Valley companies including Pixar, Ideo and Facebook.
The International Access initiative will organise field trips for Scottish producers to the US and Canada to meet top broadcasters and potential production partners in international territories.
Other training will involve a Format Developers Programme, International Access and creative breakfasts.
Carol Sinclair, Director of TRC media, said: "This is an exciting initiative that builds on the work we have done to help Scottish creative content companies take advantage of international markets and opportunities."
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