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CHRC releases Training Gaps Analysis for Showrunners

March 30, 2009

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is pleased to announce the release of a Training Gaps Analysis (TGA) for Showrunners. This snapshot of training needs and offerings will help guide the film and television industry and its National Training Advisory Council (NTAC) in the effective deployment of the country's training resources.

The TGA was developed using a qualitative methodology for determining training needs based on case studies of Canadian TV series. The intent was to look for various organizational models by which the creative vision of a show is successfully delivered, some of which include a "Showrunner" and some of which do not.

The interviews revealed that in Canada the division of responsibility between the creative and production tasks differs widely, so much so that it is difficult to say that there is a "typical" model.

The report identifies "writing", "translating writing into the visual medium of television", and "organizational management" as the core competencies of a Showrunner.

All in all, the TGA identifies 8 training gaps and makes several recommendations for each of them.

This document can be found on the CHRC website.

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is committed to strengthening the cultural labour force, and strives to be at the centre of vision and forward thinking in the area of cultural human resources development. CHRC brings together representatives of arts disciplines and cultural industries in the cultural sector to address the training and career development needs of employers and cultural workers including artists, technical staff and managers. To become a member of CHRC please visit our website.

This project is funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program.

For further information please contact Geneviève Chassé (613-562-1535 x31;