Working for Nothing in the Creative Industries
Working as an unpaid runner has for many years been one of the most common ways to break into the independent TV industry. BOP consultant David Lee presented a paper on this subject at the ESRC business seminar The Impact of Unpaid Internships in the Creative Industries at the University of Salford in November 2007. Drawing on his AHRC-funded doctoral research, David argued that, while the culture of work experience provides an informal method of skills training for graduates starting work in these sought-after sectors, it also acts against diversity in the creative industries, barring minority groups from entry.
The UK's Creative Exports
BOP Senior Consultant Richard Naylor was invited by the State Government of North Rhine West-phalia to give a presentation on UK creative export policy at the international congress in Essen on 17th and 18th September 2007. Read his presentation here.