Indielab Accelerator has appointed Bafta Scotland’s Beverley McMillan to the new position of programme producer, charged with overseeing the expansion of Indielab in the UK’s nations and regions as well as into the games sector.

McMillan’s appointment follows on the heels of the launch in late July of Indielab West Yorks, a programme delivered in partnership with Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership to support the screen production industry and boost growth across West Yorkshire. The bespoke Indielab West York curriculum will consist of two strands: one aimed at TV, Film and animation production and the other at gaming.

McMillan, who will report to Indielab founder and managing director Victoria Powell, is based in Glasgow, where she will spearhead a new Indielab regional office. With 20 years of experience in the film, television, animation and games industries, her expertise spans training and skills development as well as events. As Indielab Accelerator’s programme producer, McMillan’s responsibilities will include developing new accelerators, events and training to support across the creative sector.

McMillan joins the accelerator programme from BAFTA Scotland, where she has served as learning and new talent events producer since 2013. There, her responsibilities included developing a learning strategy for BAFTA Scotland, working with world-class talent to deliver programmes capable of connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Victoria Powell said: “In 2021 as we move forward from Covid, the need to support creative content businesses in the UK is more urgent than ever. We have incredible talent in the UK, and in order to both sustain our global position, and grow from here, we urgently need to support new and early-stage businesses. We have a world-class team all focused and deeply committed to making that happen and we’re delighted to add Beverly to this team. Working out of Glasgow — one of the UK’s most exciting creative cities — she will help build and deliver a range of new programmes to support the UK’s incredible indie talent across UK screen industries”

Beverley McMillan added: “I’m so excited to be joining Victoria’s amazing team at such a pivotal moment for Indielab. It’s a crucial time for the sector and I relish the opportunity to work with such a well-respected organisation to help boost growth within the screen industries. Indielab was first into the acceleration space in the screen industries and still stands head and shoulders above what others provide. The level of innovation and commitment to excellence in the Indielab team stands out. It’s the reason I wanted to join them. I look forward to playing my part in growing the next generation of sector-leading accelerator programmes and events to support our creative talent in the UK’.

Jon Creamer

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