Director and co-writer of Creed, Ryan Coogler has been named as the first Warner Bros. Creative Talent Ambassador in the U.K.
“Having experienced firsthand the support and impact of programs similar to Warner Bros. Creative Talent, it is fantastic to know that passionate young people of all backgrounds are being given the chance to follow their dreams here in the U.K,” Coogler told Variety. “This can be a tough industry, and so we need to do what we can to bring talented young people into it.”
Through the Time Warner Foundation, in partnership with Sundance Institute, Coogler was able to develop his first feature film, Fruitvale Station, which went on to win the Grand Jury Prize and the audience award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
“I am thrilled that Ryan has become an ambassador for Warner Bros. Creative Talent, as he is the perfect example of the effect that a program like this can have on one’s life and career,” said Josh Berger, president and managing director, Warner Bros. U.K., Ireland and Spain. “We’re already seeing our talented young people taking strides into the industry, just a couple of years into the program, and I can’t wait to see what season three will go on to achieve.”
Watch Coogler talk about his start in film below:
Warner Bros. Creative Talent provides funding and training opportunities for film students to attend some of the country’s top colleges and universities, including Prince William scholars in film, television and games in partnership with BAFTA; apprenticeships at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden and Warner Bros. Television Production U.K.; trainee positions in Warner Bros. film production in the U.K.; training-course places for young people at inclusive theater company Chickenshed; work-experience programs for students at a school local to Warner Bros.’ London HQ; and work placements on the London West End musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
For more information on the Warner Bros. Creative Talent opportunities, visit www.warnerbroscreativetalent.co.uk/.