Scholars, apprentices and trainees selected for first year of investment in UK creative industries’ skills and training.

Warner Bros UK has recruited its first group of Warner Bros Creative Talent scholars, apprentices and trainees. The inaugural selection of young people will benefit from funding support and gain industry insight and experience across Warner Bros’ UK film, TV, games and theatre operations.

This year’s investment includes 11 scholarships at higher education institutions and six apprenticeships with roles ranging from set-lighting to post-production.

It also includes two trainee positions on Warner Bros’ UK film productions, Guy Ritchie’s Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Ron Howard’s Heart of the Sea.

In addition, there are 25, year-long training course places at inclusive theatre company, Chickenshed; 20 work experience places for schools local to Warner Bros’ London HQ; and five work placements on the West End musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with the most talented of the students receiving an additional three-month placement.

The eleven scholars are:

  • Rienkje Attoh (National Film & Television School: MA Producing)
  • Sam Coleman (NFTS: MA Games Design & Development)
  • Jonathan Emery (RADA: Technical Theatre and Stage Management)
  • Sam Flint (RADA: BA Acting)
  • Amanda Gardner (University of Hertfordshire: Film & TV)
  • Amy Hawes (Glasgow Caledonian University: MA TV Fiction Writing)
  • Charles Heales (Ravensbourne: BA Digital Film Production)
  • Sam Hughes (University of York: MA Post Production with Sound Design)
  • David Johnson (RADA: BA Acting)
  • Cassie Mitchell (RADA: Pg Dip Stage Electrics and Lighting Design)
  • Owen Robertson (NFTS: Production Design).

The six apprentices are:

  • Matthew Byrne (Production Assistant, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden)
  • David Cormack (Set lighting, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden)
  • Lewis Bulled (Plumber, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden)
  • Ella Bunce (Development Editor, Shed Media)
  • Rachel Erskine (Edit Assistant, Shed Media)
  • Femi Williams (Commercial Assistant, Shed Media).

Josefine Thieme and Sean Kisch have been selected as Camera Trainees on Heart of the Sea, while Simon Dunn and Jake Chilcott, Camera Trainee and Sound Trainee respectively on Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Announced earlier this year, the initiative is part of Warner Bros’ long-term commitment to the UK’s creative industries.