Workshop for TV-producers begins today

POSTED: 10/18/12 12:13 PM

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Ten television producers from Anguilla, St. Kitts, Nevis, Tortola and St. Maarten will be present today during Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams’ keynote address about the fight against HIV as a Caribbean leader at a workshop for young Caribbean TV producers at the Sonesta Maho Beach Hotel.
The producers attend a two-day workshop among their peers from the Caribbean who are expected to produce programs on priority issues in HIV prevention including multiple concurrent partnerships, low levels of condom use, gender-based violence, masculinities and homophobia.

The Unesco Kingston cluster office for the Caribbean is providing financial support for three training workshops one of which was already held in Antigua in August and the third will be in Jamaica in November. The objective is to develop the capacities of 30 young Caribbean television producers in the making of high quality TV programs, enable their ability to be part of an international network of TV professionals engaged in HIV prevention and increase the number of credible programs for license-free exchange worldwide.

Tomorrow’s workshop in partnership with the government of St. Maarten and its Aids program will be hosted by Dr. Allyson Leacock, the executive director of the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership with welcome remarks by Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Silveria Jacobs, and an introduction by Aids Program manager Suzette Moses-Burton, who is also the chairlady of the Caribbean regional network of people living with HIV.

Unesco’s wants to build the capacity of the producers from 16 countries to produce 30 high quality TV documentaries, which could be used for exchange with other broadcasters through its worldwide network which operates from the Unesco headquarters in Paris.

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