Eon, Working Title, and Heyday Launch London School Specializing in Industry Skills

Some of the biggest names in U.K. film and TV have launched the London Screen Academy. The free school for 16-to-19 year-olds in the English capital will train a new generation of industry professionals. The launch comes as U.K. film and TV boom, but the British Film Institute has warned of a skills shortage.

Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson from “James Bond” producer Eon Prods., Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner from Working Title, Heyday Films’ founder David Heyman, and “The Last King of Scotland” producer Lisa Bryer are among the LSA founders.

They came up with the idea and have played an integral part in creating the curriculum. Under the free school system in the U.K., the department of education will fund the school, which will not charge students any fees.

The LSA founders want to turn out students who are ready to step straight into industry roles with lessons based on industry standards and working methods. The new academy is based in Islington, north London, and is accepting applications for 2019 when it will admit 300 students. That number will rise to 1,000. It will focus on various areas including film and TV production. The plan is to broaden out to include games and VR at a later stage.

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