Announced at the inauguration of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in April 2013, Warner Bros. Creative Talent is part of Warner Bros.’ long-term commitment to the UK’s creative industries.
A multi-year investment in UK skills and training, it builds upon Warner Bros.’ significant recent investments in Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden and Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter; in TV production company, Shed Media; in leading video games companies Rocksteady Studios and TT Games; in Soho post-production house, De Lane Lea; and in its first West End musical,Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; as well as many successful years of producing films, TV shows and videogames in the UK.
The programme supports the next generation of UK creative industries talent, giving young people of all backgrounds invaluable industry experience and insight across Warner Bros.' UK film, TV, games and theatre operations.
The first year has delivered eleven scholarships at some of the country’s most respected higher education institutions; six apprenticeships with roles ranging from set-lighting to post-production; two trainee positions on Warner Bros.’ UK film productions, Guy Ritchie’s Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Ron Howard’s Heart of the Sea; twenty-five, year-long training course places for young people at inclusive theatre company, Chickenshed; five work experience places for schools local to Warner Bros.’ London HQ; and five work placements on the West End musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with the most talented of the students receiving an additional three month placement.
As Warner Bros. continues to make more films, TV shows, video games and stage productions in the UK, as well as investing in state-of-the-art studios, it will be calling upon the very best talent the country has to offer. To that end, it believes that it is crucially important to invest in the next generation, so that there is a diverse pool of exceptional talent to work with, and ensures that Warner Bros. plays its role in helping to maintain the UK’s position as a global creative industries leader.