Big Light Productions has picked the first winner for their new apprenticeship programme. Ruddy-Williams Kabuiku (pictured, above), a graduate from the University Charles de Gaulle Lille 3, has beaten out a number of other candidates to secure the apprenticeship. The announcement was made by Big Light founder and CEO Frank Spotnitz.
Announced late last year, Big Light’s apprenticeship programme is run in partnership with the prestigious Serial Eyes postgraduate training programme for television writers and producers based at the DFFB in Berlin. Serial Eyes graduates are shortlisted to fill the spot at Big Light. Ruddy-Williams Kabuiku was selected from among a dozen graduates of the class of 2016-2017.
Having been selected as the winner, Ruddy-Williams Kabuiku will now spend three months at the indie’s London office, observing series development and the intensive writers room process that Big Light has pioneered in Europe. The apprenticeship comes with a €9000 (£8000) bursary.
“Big Light gives me an exciting opportunity to develop my experience in the writers’ room,” Kabuiku said. “I’m delighted to be have the privilege of working with one of the most respected television writers in the world, Frank Spotnitz.’
Big Light Productions, which has offices in both London and Paris, is a leading independent production company that was set up by Frank Spotnitz. The indie has produced such shows as The Man In The High Castle for Amazon, Medici: Masters Of Florence for Netflix and Ransom for CBS, Corus Global and TF1. Big Light is also in post-production on The Indian Detective, which originally landed at CTV and has since secured Netflix as its global broadcaster.
“Ruddy is a deeply gifted writer and we’re thrilled to have him join us at Big Light,” said Frank Spotnitz, who has taught at the Serial Eyes programme since its inception in 2013. “This apprenticeship reflects Big Light’s commitment to sponsor new talent and foster collaboration.”
While Serial Eyes’ Benjamin Harris added: “Frank and his team have been committed to providing our participants with first-hand knowledge of the writers’ room experience from Day 1. With this apprenticeship, they expand this training beyond the classroom and offer an important transition to the professional world”.