Netflix launched its first post-production training program in Asia to enable and accredit the creative community in India and South East Asia. In partnership with the Government of Maharashtra and Amsterdam Post Lab (APostLab), the program trains producers and post-production supervisors on the tools, techniques, systems and skills to specialise in complex episodic storytelling.
The first edition of the training program organised in Mumbai was attended by creative professionals from India, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. More than 30 attendees underwent a series of trainings on the technical, financial, managerial and creative aspects of post-production of series and were awarded a diploma from APostLab. They have also been added to the global Netflix freelance production roster for possible employment on future Netflix productions.
With the rapid growth of the Video-on-Demand industry in Asia, creativity, talent and skills training initiatives are increasingly important to the success of local creative economies. Netflix has over 100 new and returning originals across eight countries in Asia through 2019. Netflix is investing in Asian storytellers and amplifying their voices to the world. The training program continues Netflix’s contribution to the World Economic Forum’s ASEAN Digital Skills pledge to train workers in digital skills.
Gavin Barclay, Director of Post Production – International Originals, APAC, Netflix, said, “Asia is home to the world’s great creative centers producing some of the most compelling films and series of today. We are thrilled to launch our first ever post-production training program in Asia. With both local and global production industries increasingly shifting toward digital distribution, we hope that these workshops will help ensure the local production communities are enabled to thrive.”
Liza Diño, Chairperson and CEO of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) – “For the Philippines, we are eager and always on the lookout for opportunities and platforms that elevate the skills and expertise of our local talents to be at par with international standards, especially as we gear up to create and strengthen our audiovisual export industry. We truly welcome these initiatives and appreciate the efforts of Netflix to include Filipino talent in these training programs.”
Dr. Sorajak Kasemsuwan, Secretary-General, National Federation of Motion Pictures and Contents Associations (MPC) – “Thailand has so much great storytelling to offer, and we are thrilled that Netflix recognizes the potential of Thai talent and is taking the lead in leveling the playing field for the entertainment industry in Asia to play a bigger role on the global stage.”
Alex Sihar, Head of Policy Advocacy, Indonesian Film Board (BPI) – With online entertainment, we are increasingly creating global content for a global audience. We are pleased to partner Netflix and fellow creators across Asia to exchange best practices and develop our collective capacity. There is great potential in our region and we look forward to shining a spotlight on Asian talent” said.