Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

This week NET-WORK-PLAY opens submissions to 'ACCESS' 2015, a valuable learning and mentoring program for emerging producers seeking further career development within the professional production and creative sectors. ACCESS was first initiated by AIDC Ltd in 2014 and will be presented this year in collaboration with the generous support of Endemol Australia.

AIDC’s new event, NET-WORK-PLAY, marks the start of a search for new business models to complement the traditional documentary financing models that have been a focus of the organisation’s previous events. By opening up the fold to startups and entrepreneurs working on technology-focused or customer-facing products or services, NET-WORK-PLAY is set to break ground with new creative collaborations that defy traditional industry models.

NET-WORK-PLAY Industry Programs Manager Amanda Hawley said; "Creating career opportunities for emerging creatives and fostering fresh and innovative talent remains a top priority at AIDC. We're thrilled to partner with Endemol Australia to bring back the ACCESS development initiative to NET-WORK-PLAY in 2015". 

In the lead-up to NET-WORK-PLAY 2015 (23-25 February), the ACCESS mentor program will call for submissions from which a candidate shortlist will be drawn. All shortlisted candidates will receive access to all aspects of the event, as well as exclusive mentor sessions with key event speakers and other professionals. During NET-WORK-PLAY 2015, one candidate from this shortlist will be selected to undergo a 4-week internship position with Endemol Australia, including travel and living expense support.

Endemol Australia, formerly known as Southern Star Entertainment, is the largest independent television production group in the country, producing some of Australia’s best-known drama, entertainment and children's programs. On a global scale, the Endemol Shine Group is the world’s largest independent TV, cross platform and digital production entity producing worldwide hits across all genres of scripted and non-scripted entertainment.

Endemol Australia‘s CEO Janeen Faithfull said “This internship is part of our renewed commitment to help build the next generation of factual talent.  We’re excited to partner with AIDC and looking forward to meeting some of the best and brightest young producers in the country.”

NET-WORK-PLAY is presented by AIDC Ltd, a 27-year-old peak organisation for the factual film and television industries. AIDC’s annual events have a strong reputation for bringing the Australian and international factual content industry together for an extensive conference program and marketplace. AIDC defines ‘content’ as television and streaming product, with an emphasis on documentary, specialist factual, unscripted programs and factual entertainment.

For further information about ACCESS contact Amanda Hawley on +61 (08) 8 7324 9987 or [email protected].

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