The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has developed the Media Manpower Plan to address the media manpower challenges and develop a future-ready workforce. The plan aims to deepen core skills of media professionals, enhance the media industry’s attractiveness, provide better support for media freelancers and partner with key industry players and industry associations.

Programme List

  • Story Lab
    The Story Lab initiative aims to bring together talent from different backgrounds to incubate story ideas and explore innovative ways to tell stories across various media platforms, from film to broadcast and even games

    • IMDA-BFI programmes
      IMDA is planning to partner the British Film Institute (BFI) to create more avenues for local media talent to access international networks and learn global best practices. This partnership will see the BFI deliver a range of training programmes and masterclasses.

    • David Puttnam’s ProducersLab
      David Puttnam’s ProducersLab in Creative Producing and Financing (ProducersLab) seeks to nurture producers with the ability to work on scripts for episodic content across TV, online, and streaming platforms. It will equip producers not only with ideas and creative vision, but also with strong business acumen, financing and fundraising skills.

    • Story Lab Apprenticeship (SLA) programme
      The Story Lab Apprenticeship (SLA) programme aims to provide promising fresh media professionals with structured training and opportunities to acquire key skills and competencies across in-demand job roles in the media sector. These roles range from producing, to writing, digital marketing and content creation

    • WritersLab
      WritersLab is an inaugural programme of the Story Lab by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). Organised by LASALLE College of the Arts (LASALLE), this intensive scriptwriting programme aims to push the boundaries of scriptwriting and storytelling for television and online platforms by nurturing and developing the skills of committed Singaporean film and television writers

    • WritersLab: Script to Screen
      WritersLab: Script to Screen programme is an initative to provide WritersLab participants with opportunities to translate their stories to the screen. Selected participants will be able to collaborate with media platforms to have their story ideas or scripts produced into a pilot. The programme also provides a grant for the production of scripts.

  • Talent Assistance (T-Assist)
    T-Assist provides funding support for the capability development of media practitioners, in line with IMDA’s policy intent to grow a strong Singapore core of media talents in a flourishing media industry

  • Tripartite Standard on Procurement of Services from Media Freelancers (TS Media Freelancers)
    TS Media Freelancers sets out to promote stronger working relationships between companies and media freelancers. By implementing these standards, companies will distinguish themselves as progressive hirers that freelancers look for

  • Subsidised Mediation Service
    In partnership with the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC), IMDA will provide subsidies to media freelancers and Singapore-registered companies to allow them to resolve their disputes through mediation at SMC, on issues such as late or non-payment for services rendered. This initiative aims to encourage a better work relationship between media freelancers and their clients

  • Skills Framework for Media (SFw for Media)
    The Skills Framework for Media, jointly developed by IMDA and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), supports media manpower strategies by identifying pivotal media job roles, outlining possible career pathways, and articulating existing and emerging skills for media professionals

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