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‘The Great’ production team: bringing creative diversity on set

Posted on December 13, 2021


The producer of series 2 of ‘The Great’ approached Creative Access to find department trainees from diverse backgrounds ready to start their careers in the TV industry.

Partnership impact

Through a partnership with Creative Access the diversity of the crew was increased by 1% (of a crew of 300). Ten trainees from communities under-represented in the film industry were placed across every department, including hair & make-up, art, first assistant director, set decoration, post-production and script supervision.


All trainees were educated about the breadth of roles on set during the recruitment process. They attended an induction to ensure they could make the best of the opportunity on set at Three Mills Studio in Stratford. This session covered how to set goals, create an impact and navigate being a minority in the workplace.

About ‘The Great’

The Great, broadcast on Channel 4, is an Emmy / Golden Globe nominated comedy-drama starring Elle Fanning. It focuses on the rise of Catherine the Great to become the longest-reigning female ruler in Russia’s history.

“Creative Access is amazing! In an industry that typically relies on networking to hire, often to its detriment, this is an ideal opportunity to stop and think on how we want to ‘diversify’ the industry.”

‘The Great’ production team