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BBC Studios Productions extends Assistant Producer Accelerator Programme

BBC Studios Productions is expanding its Assistant Producer Accelerator Programme and will offer one-year contracts to an additional 15 researchers.

Ralph Lee

The programme, launched last year by the UK pubcaster’s commercial arm, initially recruited 14 candidates to work in docs and science, factual entertainment, natural history and music. The initiative aims to equip researchers with the knowledge and experience required to step into the role of assistant producer.

The original cohort worked on projects including Top Gear, The One Show, Last Night of the Proms, Inside Culture, Imagine, Children in Need and Kelvin’s Big Farming Adventure.

BBC Studios Productions said it wants to continue attracting a broad range of individuals to the programme, with a particular focus on those from underrepresented groups.

BBC Studios Productions CEO Ralph Lee said: “The first cohort of APs to come through this programme are making a fantastic impact in production, so I’m delighted to be able to renew the scheme and offer this opportunity to fifteen more emerging editorial stars.

“We are committed to growing talent and skills in these key production roles across our genres and also ensuring that standout talent from across the UK and from all backgrounds are nurtured and given opportunities.”

Applications for the extended iteration of the programme are open until February 13.

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