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Sophia Slater

Intern Stories: Sophia Slater, Nine Lives Media

“Having people on board from different backgrounds sparks creativity,” says Sophia a former Creative Access intern at factual specialist Nine Lives Media in Manchester…

Keen to break into production, the University of Central Lancashire media studies graduate, who specialised in black identity and postmodernism, experienced several knock-backs before she finally secured a six month placement at Nine Lives Media through Creative Access. Sophia’s first assignment was working on Channel 4’s Dispatches. Placed in the Manchester-based indie’s development department, she also learned the ropes in research and writing pitches.

“If we’re brainstorming about a TV show centred around marriage, a Sikh AP’s background is broadly different from that of a white middle-class researcher, or from myself,” she says. “This diversity adds different levels and layers to the discussion.”

Without industry connections prior to joining the scheme, Sophia valued the masterclasses, which she likens to “being plugged into a creative hub”. She says: “They were a central point from which to network – and that’s great when you’re just starting. Having attended sessions run by Google on how social media can elevate TV, I can return to my team and point out new ways of creating and monetising content.”

Her ambition is to become a production director of factual observational shows and she is pleased that she was able to train in the north of England. “I’d love to make a series around my home town of Blackpool,” she says. “It’s so different from other towns in the north.”