Read about 2021 DocLabber, Joanna H's placement

Read about 2021 DocLabber, Joanna H's placement
2021 Grierson DocLab trainee, Joanna Hughes. Thank you to Wall to Wall and Twenty Twenty for supporting Grierson DocLab.

The opportunity to do my placement with Wall to Wall and Twenty Twenty is more than I could have hoped for as they make such iconic programmes that I’ve been watching for years.

Whilst I may have been doing my placement remotely, I learnt so much and felt so supported throughout. The talent managers got me involved on a variety of programmes and across different areas like casting and development. This has really helped me begin to focus in on what I’d like to do in the industry.

Working in casting, I got to research and reach out to potential contributors. Hearing from the Casting Producers that they’d interviewed someone I’d contacted and that they were excited for them to potentially be on the programme felt incredibly rewarding. Working in development on the other hand really appealed to my creativity. I thoroughly enjoyed brainstorming and researching ideas and then being trusted to write these ideas into a pitch. They really made me feel like a valued member of the team. For my final week and a half I got to work on Who Do You Think You Are which was so exciting as this is a programme I personally love. It was such a great insight into the amount of work and research that goes into making each episode and of course it was lovely bumping into a few other DocLabbers who were already working in their team.

Overall, it was just an amazing experience and I cannot thank The Grierson Trust and everyone I worked with at Wall to Wall and Twenty Twenty enough. And to be offered an extended contract in their development team was just the cherry on top!


Applications for 2022 Grierson DocLab are now closed and the team is assessing all submissions. If your production company would like to get involved in this year's scheme, get in touch.

Published: 21 February 2022

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