Bell Media opens Producer Accelerator Lab

The new program, announced earlier this year and targeted at mid-level Canadian producers, has set its first application deadline.

Announced earlier this year, Bell Media is finally opening its new Producer Accelerator Lab for applications.

Initiated to elevate the talent of emerging mid-level Canadian producers, the new two-part program is part of the $1.8 million Bell Media TV Skills Development Initiative.

The first component is a six-week broadcast internship, which trains up to six producers in a group-based curriculum at Bell Media’s Toronto headquarters. Participants learn about the fundamental operations of a Canadian broadcaster,  the business model and economics of Canadian broadcasting through rotations with internal departments. Producers will also attend an industry event or conference, as well as participate in case studies and coaching sessions.

Three broadcaster interns will then move on to an eight-to-10-month, senior-level production apprenticeship, working with either a top independent Canadian production company or Bell Media in-house productions to become more familiar with the roles and responsibilities of an Executive Producer.

“We are excited to launch a program that will assist mid-level producers in gaining greater knowledge and skills,” said Corrie Coe, SVP, Independent Production, Bell Media, in a statement. “The Bell Media Producer Accelerator Lab provides participants with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the inner-workings of a network, as well as a training placement at an independent production company to gain senior-level experience. The ultimate goal is for participants to leave with a better understanding of how to navigate our ever-expanding industry.”

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