Business Charity Awards: Charity Partnership, Media & Entertainment - Warner Bros Creative Talent

For an outstanding partnership between a company in the media and entertainment sectors and a UK charity

What is the partnership?

Warner Bros Creative Talent brings together key charity and educational partners across film, games, television and theatre. The aim is to provide opportunities for talented people to access the creative industries, irrespective of economic and social background, ethnicity, capacity or other diversity characteristics that might pose barriers to entry.

What did the company do?

WBCT provides 14 scholarships every year at well-respected educational institutions in the UK and Ireland, across film, TV, theatre and games disciplines. It offers six apprenticeships at WB Studios Leavesden, post-production facility De Lane Lea and within WB’s television business. In collaboration with the partner ScreenSkills, WBCT places trainees on every WB film in the UK. Scholars are matched with a WB executive mentor, giving them industry insight, advice and connections. Educational and charity partners contribute expertise and support WBCT by teaching the scholars, apprentices and trainees essential skills to help them to succeed in the industry.

Why did it win?

WBCT has supported more than 300 people since it was launched in 2013, with 80 per cent of alumni now working in the industry; 18 alumni were credited on 2019 Bafta-nominated films.

What did the judges say?

"It’s great to see a collaboration of organisations within a sector come together in an attempt to open up their industry to those who might struggle to enter it otherwise," said Nick Appleby, leader of the corporate partnerships team at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. "The impressive outcomes show the clear impact of the partnership."

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