Today, Netflix and the School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) at the University of Southern California (USC) announced an expanded partnership to conduct capacity-building efforts to help strengthen African storytellers through training sessions in South Africa and Nigeria.
The partnership, which began earlier this year and includes photo editing and post-sound projects, will continue to focus on post-production, as well as creative talent development projects including screenwriting and production.
These skills training and capacity building programmes are part of Netflix’s efforts to strengthen Africa’s creative industries by leveraging its network of local and global creative experts and other partners in the global creative community.
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“Africa is a very important region for Netflix, and it’s important for African Stories to be able to meet the growing demand for high-quality stories as we grow our production,” said Allison Triegaardt, Creative Manager of African Development at Netflix.
“Our Grow Creative partnership with USC is just one of the ways Netflix is leveraging our network around the world to help bridge the skills gap and upskill our seasoned workforce. It will also ensure the voices, stories and voices of our global audience and more diverse perspectives,” she added.
“This is an unprecedented and unique opportunity for USC SCA to work with Netflix Grow Creative in Nigeria, South Africa and Turkey to train these creative professionals and provide them with vital tools that they can incorporate into their own projects,” Associate Alan Baker said the director of international programs at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
“Through our design and teaching of special training workshops for almost 20 years, this is in perfect sync with our school’s ongoing global focus, aimed at developing and enhancing the skills of international filmmakers, writers, game makers and new media artists in multiple countries. skills,” he added.
The first two projects in Nigeria – picture editing and post-sound training – were conducted at the KAP Academy by SCA’s world-renowned editors and SCA faculty members Douglas Blush, Stephen Flick and Richard Burton.
This directly upskilled 36 young professionals and equipped them with professional software licenses for photo editing from Adobe and ProTools software for sound editing from Avid Technology.
In addition, KAP’s infrastructure has been further enhanced to ensure that training facilities are built to accommodate training. The upcoming hybrid program will be between 10 and 12 weeks in length and will be based on SCA’s established programs featuring a variety of Academy Award- and Emmy-winning SCA lecturers and experts and its 17,000+ alumni, working with local industry leaders Cooperate with the production company.
The courses are also aimed at existing talent in their respective fields who want the opportunity to further develop and develop their skills. SCA has hired Nigerian-American producer Adetoro Makinde as Project Director, responsible for the day-to-day creative and administrative operations of the project.
From October 2022, new training workshops will include:
- Producer Training – A 12-week blend of online and face-to-face training workshops for emerging South African producers, featuring international film and TV producers, led by Principal Lecturer Brian Donovan and Program Director Adetoro Makinde. Speakers include Schalke Burger (Savage Beauty, Reika) and Robbithorpe (material, tell me something sweet, do justice) and Cheryl Itok (Rise of the Black Earth, Raised Wolves, Tower of Darkness), James E. Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Seth Mann (Raising Dion, King Shaka, #Freerayshawn).
- Novel Adaptation Training: Adapting selected South African novels in collaboration with Ocher Media for intermediate and advanced screenwriters. The lead lecturer is Camille Tucker (The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of the Gospel). Speakers include Erika Green Stafford (New Amsterdam, How to Get Rid of Murder, Psychopath), Adele Lim (Raya and the Last Dragon, Crazy Rich Asians), Stephen Chebowski (The perks of being a wallflower, dear Evan Hansen), Uzodimma Iweala (stateless beast)
- Training the Trainers – Creative Producers: A unique training course with a dual focus, firstly to elevate the level of creative producers, and secondly to empower creative producers to pass on their skills to the next generation so they can do the same in turn. These workshops will be held in the Middle East, Turkey and South Africa.
- New adaptation: Masterclass in partnership with the South African Writers Guild in early 2023 – more details to be shared later.
USC SCA is one of the most prestigious schools in the world, studying all aspects of the film arts.Notable alumni include: Hwang Dong-Hyuk, founder of Squid Game; director Jon M. Chu Crazy Rich Asians; Shonda Rhimes, creator and showrunner Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and Bridgeton” Ryan Coogler, Director black panther; george lukas, creator star wars and Indiana Jones; Disney Marvel film producer Kevin Feige and Marvel film director Ron Howard Apollo 13, Beautiful Mind and How the Grinch stole Christmas.
Since 1929, the Academy has trained and inspired writers, directors, scholars, entrepreneurs, producers, animators and interaction designers who have achieved unparalleled mastery and prominence in film, television and new media.
Through this partnership, Netflix remains committed to investing heavily in Africa’s creative industries and talent over the long term.
Netflix strives to be a good partner for Africa’s creative industries and we will continue to create new opportunities to support Netflix’s business needs, help build the talent needed to support our production pipeline in key markets such as South Africa and Nigeria, and grow our story variety and diversity.