Amazon Prime Video pledges £10m for UK film and TV training, in partnership with NFTS

Devil’s hour. Credit: Prime Video

Amazon’s streaming service Prime Video is investing £10 million over three years in a new training initiative, called Prime Video Pathway, to create jobs in the UK film and TV industry.

The multifaceted initiative includes working with the National Film and Television School (NFTS) to create a new academy program, which aims to offer places to 75 people a year, who will then have the opportunity to apply. for craft and technical roles on Prime Commissioned Video Projects in the UK. At least 50% of selected entrants will be from outside London.

Prime Video has also committed to fund and co-program two NFTS courses supporting the entry of diverse new voices into television and film production. The Prime Video Directors Workshop is a 12-month course for six students, starting in May 2022, to increase the number of people from underrepresented groups working in screen direction.

Prime Video becomes a co-sponsor of the NFTS Post-Production Supervision Certificate, a course designed to provide a foundation for post-production management. Prime Video will fund an additional intake of students starting in September 2022, doubling the number of people on the course.

The £10m will also fund an intensification program in all future Amazon Original UK productions, as well as Prime Video’s ongoing apprenticeship programs, with over 30 apprenticeship positions now open.

Prime Video’s investment in UK production has ramped up lately – the company is a partner in ScreenSkills’ apprenticeship scheme, funding half of the places, and recently secured its first long-term studio space deal term in the UK, at Shepperton Studios.

The Prime Video UK 2022/23 list includes Devil’s hour, Mammals, Jungle, The platform and The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power.

Milton S. Rodgers