CREED DIRECTOR and co-writer Ryan Coogler has been appointed as the first Warner Bros Creative Talent Ambassador in the UK.
The studio’s program supports the next generation of UK talent, with scholarships that provide work placements, mentoring, apprenticeships and training courses.
The 29-year-old said: “Having experienced firsthand the support and impact of programs similar to Warner Bros Creative Talent, it is fantastic to know that passionate young people of all backgrounds are being given the chance to follow their dreams here in the UK. This can be a tough industry and so we need to do what we can to bring talented young people into it.”
Ryan was supported by the Time Warner Foundation in his early career, which enabled him to develop his first feature, Fruitvale Station.
Fruitvale Station, a biographical film based on the events leading to the death of Oscar Grant, a young man who was killed by a police officer in 2009, put him on the map as a formidable new voice, and won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
His 2015 release, Creed, the most recent instalment of the Rocky saga, scored a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Sylvester Stallone and has grossed over $167M to date worldwide.
Josh Berger, president and managing director, Warner Bros. U.K., Ireland and Spain, said: “I am thrilled that Ryan has become an ambassador for Warner Bros. Creative Talent, as he is the perfect example of the effect that a program like this can have on one’s life and career.
“We’re already seeing our talented young people taking strides into the industry, just a couple of years into the program, and I can’t wait to see what season three will go on to achieve.”