BBC Studios has welcomed two factual content-makers to the latest intake of its Creator Residency project, designed to identify and nurture emerging talent.

Filmmaker Max Tobin and presenter and journalist Layla Wright joined the initiative in January and March respectively.

The Creator Residency initiative pairs emerging content-makers with experienced producers from BBC Studios’ own production teams or its invested indies, as part of BBC Studios’ drive to invest in and develop new creative talent within the industry.

The Residency is a paid placement.

Max Tobin will join the BBC Studios Factual Science team. A filmmaker and presenter from Birmingham, Max has been writing and directing short films since childhood. His latest film I Will Despise You won him the title of RTS Young Filmmaker of the Year 2021. In 2020, Max began branching out into presenting science focused TikTok posts on his account Ministry of Science which has amassed over 300,000 followers as well as a Snapchat and YouTube series.

He will be mentored by Zoe Heron, Executive Producer at BBC Studios Science Unit.

Layla Wright joined the BBC Studios Factual Podcast team. An award-winning presenter, journalist and documentary filmmaker who specialists in powerful TV and radio documentaries, Layla has presented and produced a number of hard-hitting investigations which have shaped both conversation and the UK news agenda, including her BBC Three documentary and BBC Radio 4 series False Hope? Alternative Cancer Cures. Her work has previously been shortlisted for Best Journalism at the BBC Radio and Music Awards, whilst she has also been nominated for Best Presenter at the Edinburgh TV Awards in 2021, the Young Journalist of the Year at the O2 Media Awards in 2019, and she was named as one of the Radio Academy’s prestigious “30 under 30” in 2020. Layla will be mentored by Creative Director for BBC Studios Factual Podcasts Georgia Moseley.

Sarah Farrow, Head of Talent, Unscripted for BBC Studios said: “Max and Layla are hugely talented and have already achieved an enormous amount of success: growing their own audiences and getting noticed by awards schemes. BBC Studios has the breadth of genres and profile within the creative industries to offer the skills and experience to supercharge their potential. We’re so excited to welcome them to the team and see what we can achieve together.”

The pair join the existing creators including Liv Little, Danielle Vitalis, Basma Khalifa, Ajay Tegala, Charlie George and Mary O’Connell with placements covering placements covering the factual, comedy and drama genres.

Jon Creamer

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