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Channel 4 Launches Post-Production Development Programme

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Channel 4 has launched the UK media industry’s first post-production development programme.

4 Post Production (4PP) will offer five mid to senior level people from underrepresented backgrounds the chance to progress their careers in post-production. Over six months they will receive mentoring from senior figures in the industry, bespoke skills gap training and shadowing and placement opportunities.

Developed by Channel 4's Creative Diversity team in partnership with award-winning Dialogue Editor and Dubbing Mixer Emma Butt, the programme will offer career development opportunities to five mid to senior level post-production craft and technical talent, in positions with Channel 4’s production company partners.

The first-of-its-kind programme was devised following a panel session hosted by Channel 4 and Emma Butt earlier this year, which discussed diversity, equity, and inclusion in post-production. Emma has over 12 years’ experience in the industry and has recently written a paper on the lack of diversity within the post-production sound sector in TV, supported by the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity.

Channel 4 Creative Diversity lead, Neila Butt said: "Following our session on representation within post-production we wanted to translate our conversation into action. We feel the Progression placement developed during the Black to Front project was a real success in making meaningful change. When Emma approached us about this issue, we felt it was something we should take action on and lead the way, and we hope that this kickstarts a change across the industry."

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