The Grierson Trust and Creators Counsel have announced a new partnership which will incorporate specialist legal and compliance training modules into the Grierson DocLab industry training and mentoring schemes.

The Grierson DocLab programmes offer industry-led training, mentoring, and bursary supported placements for new entrants, as well as specialist courses for more experienced professionals wanting to develop their careers in documentary and factual television. They are run in partnership with organisations including Prime Video Pathway, Netflix and leading independent production companies.

Creators Counsel was founded by media lawyers Prash Naik, Emily Barber and Sophie Argent who first worked together in Channel 4’s award winning legal department, where Naik was General Counsel.

Prash Naik, Emily Barber & Sandhiya Sophie Argent co-founders Creators Counsel said, “We are delighted to be partnering with the Grierson Trust to provide training & support across their DocLab programmes. We have over many years helped producers navigate the legal and ethical pitfalls that are part of factual and documentary TV production. We very much look forward to working with the Grierson DocLab team and sharing our expertise with the cohorts.”

Sylvia Bednarz, MD, the Grierson Trust added: “Our aim with DocLab is to provide the best-in-class industry-led training to broaden the talent pool and support the creativity and success of documentary and factual production. Partnering with the team at Creators Counsel will allow us to further enhance all of our DocLab programmes to ensure our trainees produce the highest standard of work and we’re looking forward to including their valuable input in the next round of programmes.”



Pippa Considine

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