Tuesday 30 April 2013


New scholarships announced at today’s inauguration of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in the presence of HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of BAFTA

London, 26 April: On the day the state-of-the-art film and television production facility, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden is being inaugurated by TRHs The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Warner Bros. announce the creation of the Prince William Scholarships in Film, Television and Games.

The three annual Prince William Scholarships, applications for which open today, will assist talented people in need of financial support to study a post-graduate course in one of the three industries. Successful applicants will each receive up to £10,000 to cover their course fees and receive mentoring support, free access to BAFTA events around the UK, and a funded work placement within the Warner Bros. group of companies.

The partnership between BAFTA and Warner Bros. is a demonstration of both organisations’ commitment to investing in future talent. The Prince William Scholarships form a key part of Warner Bros. Creative Talent, a multi-layered nationwide investment programme in skills and training for the UK’s creative industries, and build upon BAFTA’s successful BAFTA Scholarship Programme, which began in 2012.

Applications for the Prince William Scholarships in Film, Television and Games, supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros., are now being accepted a bit.ly/BAFTAScholarships. The deadline for applications is Monday 17 June 2013.

Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said: “BAFTA is delighted to be partnering with Warner Bros. on the Prince William Scholarships in Film, Television and Games. Working together, we can provide vital financial support and industry experience to individuals whose talents might otherwise be lost to our industry. BAFTA’s President, HRH The Duke of Cambridge believes that everyone deserves a chance to shine, and we are immensely proud he has chosen to be associated with this initiative, which builds upon the existing BAFTA Scholarship Programme. We hope that the scholarship recipients will become the mentors of the future, and be in a position to give back to others from similar backgrounds.

Josh Berger CBE, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland and Spain, said, “To ensure continued success for the UK’s creative industries, we’re determined to play a key role in finding, funding and nurturing talent from all backgrounds. This exciting partnership with BAFTA will help us to do just that by providing opportunities for talented young people to not only learn about, but also experience the broad range of sectors that both organisations are renowned for.

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