Prime Video and Reelworld Screen Institute announced today the Reelworld Training Lab presented by Amazon Studios, a new training program for both Canadian producers and writers. The program will offer training and upskilling opportunities to racially diverse and Indigenous talent in Canada. Reelworld has a demonstrated expertise in educating, empowering, and employing talent in all areas of the screen industry in Canada. This program will foster a pipeline of Canadian production talent
and help support Amazon Studios’ projects in Canada. Reelworld Training Lab presented by Amazon Studios will start in Winter 2023.
“We are looking for producers and writers to help develop their skills and fill more roles on our Amazon Studios series developed and filmed in Canada. We believe Reelworld is the perfect organization for this given their track record in advocacy and training,” said Brent Haynes, head of local originals, Prime Video, Canada. “We want this program to deliver results, with more Canadian producers developing the skills and knowledge to work on our productions; new writers in our writers’ rooms, and have it create a deep and connected pipeline to our development and productions in Canada.”
“We are delighted to announce this collaboration with Amazon, a collaboration that holds immense promise f r advancing diverse storytelling in Canada,” said Tonya Williams, founder and executive director of Reelworld Screen Institute. “By leveraging the global reach and influence of Amazon, we have the opportunity to drive positive change in the Canadian entertainment industry. Amazon and Reelworld firmly believe that programs alone are insufficient in effecting real progress. Our shared goal is to establish a concrete path to actual jobs, as this is the key to achieving the impact we all desire and ensuring genuine change in inclusion and equity within our industry.”