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With support from the College of North East London, a Tottenham based film company, ACTV, has created around 30 local jobs and extended the work of the Creative Connexions project, a course designed to address an under-representation of minority ethnic people in mainstream media.

ACTV (African/ Caribbean TV) was initially supported by a European funded project known as New Media Business Support that is currently running the Digital Arts Centre (DAC). Set up by Vernon King, ACTV came to DAC for help to safeguard three staff positions. The DAC project provides free expert guidance and support to individuals and small businesses hoping to break into the creative industry or new business media: as a result Vernons company, ACTV, has now taken off in a big way.

ACTV currently hosts Channel 271 on Sky Digital. Channel 271 is a community channel that provides a platform for up-and-coming film makers within the creative industry. In fact, ACTV has just completed a debate on Gun Crime, which was sponsored by CONEL & DAC, New Nation & Ravensbourne College. The aim of the programme was to look at the cause and solutions of gun crime in our community.

The company has created around 30 jobs in the last year. Many of these positions have been filled by some of the students that were involved in the Creative Connexions project, an innovative training course run by CONEL and the Bernie Grant Trust with editing classes based at the Digital Arts Centre.

Danny Donaldson, Project/Centre Manager of the DAC said, I am really pleased that our Centre has been able to help a small company to grow. The media and film market is highly competitive and for ethnic minorities, particularly difficult to break into. It is great that ACTV is now so successful that it hosts its own channel on Sky Digital, which also gives something back to the local community. I am a strong believer in strengthening the root to bear the fruit.

Notes to Editors:

1. For further details on ACTV, contact 0208 809 7700

2. The Gun Crime debate panel included Michael Eboda, Editor of the New Nation, Courtney Griffins, one of ten black QCs in the country and Reverend Nimms of the Haringey Peace Alliance. To view the debate, see ACTV, channel 271 on Sky Digital.

3. DAC provides free expert guidance in all areas of business support to individuals and small businesses hoping to break into the creative industry or into new business media. The main criteria for eligibility is that they must live in the North London area. The DAC houses three AVID video editing suites, networked Macs installed with the latest software and two fully equipped Digital Pro-tools and Logic Recording Studios. For further details call 020 8801 5981.

4. The Creative Connections course, run by CONEL and currently in its third intake, offers hands-on training in camera work, research skills, non-linear editing, video and radio production, TV and radio broadcasting, IT and personal development.

The training course is offered under Section 37 of the Race Relations Act, which supports positive action training where there is a proven under-representation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic people in employment, including technical and production areas of the media industry.

The Creative Connections Project Team recently achieved a Highly Commended Award at the Regional Finals of the National Training Awards.

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