The Screen Industries Growth Network (SIGN) and Screen Yorkshire are delighted to announce that thirty writers, directors and producers have been selected to participate in the second edition of FLEX – their ground-breaking development hub for creatives from across the UK, with a specific focus on Yorkshire and the Humber talent.
The group of creatives, selected through a competitive application process, came together for the first time in July at The Electric Works in Sheffield for an induction event facilitated by industry specialist coach, Kate Maxwell.
Jo Schofield, Senior Talent Executive at Screen Yorkshire, said, ‘We’re incredibly lucky to have another fantastically talented, and genuinely exciting cohort on FLEX 2. I can’t wait to see how the programme will continue to break new ground in storytelling and challenge boundaries. I’ve every confidence these creatives are going to smash it.’
After introductions, Kate led the group of storytellers through a series of exercises and team building activities, to help inspire and connect the second FLEX cohort as they embark on their agile storytelling journey.
Throughout the six month programme, which is funded by SIGN, participants will be guided by showrunners, commissioners and innovative creators to give them insight into the landscape of the platforms where their stories will sit.
Alongside this, individuals benefit from regular development support from Screen Yorkshire’s specialist industry team. The next steps for FLEX include participant driven team formation, followed by allocation of their development bursaries, meet the commissioner sessions and further in-person events and showcases.
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