Edinburgh TV’s Foundation selects talent scheme candidates

The TV Foundation, the charitable arm of The Edinburgh TV Festival, has selected the 105 successful candidates for its three talent schemes: Ones to Watch, TV PhD and The Network.

The charity runs the three schemes with the aim oft identify and nurturing the next generation of UK TBV industry talent.

Ones to Watch is aimed at those industry workers with three or more year’s existing experience in TV who are looking to make the next big step in their career.

They are selected from all areas of the industry, including  development, marketing, digital, journalism, writing and directing, with 63% of those who were chosen being freelancers and the rest coming from companies including Netflix, Studio Lambert, Nutopia and Little Dot Studios.

Of the final 30 selected, 73% are women, 43% are from BAME backgrounds and 23% are disabled.  The candidates will receive three days of bespoke sessions and training, and 12 months of mentoring from senior industry figures.

The Network, meanwhile, is the TV Foundation’s scheme for aspiring industry entrants. This year’s delegates represent every region in the UK, with 40% from BAME backgrounds and 38% are disabled. each will be given three days of sessions designed to introduce them to every aspect of the TV industry and equip them to begin successful TV careers.

They also receive a year of mentoring from one of the Ones to Watch and ongoing access to employability support through the TV Foundation’s job pool.

TV PhD is a joint venture between the TV Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). It gives 15 early career researchers an intensive introduction to TV to prepare them for a career in the industry once they have completed their PhDs.

For further information, www.thetvfestival.com

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