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About the “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program

Motivated New Yorkers who want to start a career in TV and film production, but have never had the opportunity, now have a proven way to get into the business.

The “Made in NY” PA Training Program is a collaboration between BWI and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. Our mission is to give unemployed and low-income New Yorkers the chance to work on New York sets and build careers in this dynamic field.

Since the program’s launch in February 2006, BWI has trained over 500 New Yorkers and placed highly-qualified PAs on more than 2,000 productions. Graduates have moved into advanced positions including Assistant Production Office Coordinator, Camera Assistant, Assistant Locations Manager, Grip, Field Producer, Set Decorator, Technical Operator and Unit PAs in sound, wardrobe and more. See who is hiring our graduates

“Made in NY” PAs are selected through a competitive admissions process and complete an intensive five-week skills training program taught by NY industry professionals. Hands-on training includes workshops at top vendors and studios, as well as the permitting office of Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME). Before certification, trainees prove their skills by working on actual productions. After certification, BWI provides two years of job placement and career advancement support.

Read about the “Made in NY” PA of the Month.

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