THE NEW NAME
“When we talk barriers to entry in the screen sector, the problem is complex and multi-layered. In setting up The New Name Entertainment Fund, we want to simply invite New Names to the table – be that on or off screen – and help them to stay there.”
— NAOMI SCOTT AND JORDAN SPENCE
FOUNDERS OF NEW NAME ENTERTAINMENT
It’s our mission to seek out stories that want to be told, the ones that open eyes to new worlds. But this means nothing without fresh viewpoints, life experience, talent. We can’t claim to correct the sum of the problems in the screen industry but by playing to our strengths, we can create meaningful shifts for the next generation of emerging talent.
“AUDIENCE DEMAND FOR SHOWS WITH DIVERSE CASTS HAS GROWN FASTER THAN THE INDUSTRY’S SUPPLY OF SHOWS WITH DIVERSE CASTS”
To do this, we’re funding scholarships for promising students from working class backgrounds to attend top drama and film schools (initially LAMDA and the National Film & Television School, based on the strength of their diversity and inclusion programmes), and matching this with proactive mentoring, intentional community building and career development support.
We’re already supporting two scholarship students and are committed to supporting another two in the 2022/2023 academic year, with many more to follow over subsequent years.