Media Release: Edinburgh TV festival Talent Schemes open for submissions


ONE of the UK’s most prestigious TV industry events, The Edinburgh International Television Festival, announces that submissions for its hugely popular Talent Schemes programmes are now open for 2017.

The charitable organisation – whose mission is to identify and nurture the next generation of talent from all backgrounds – runs The Network and Ones to Watch, among the industry’s most respected training programmes.

Running concurrently every year, the schemes help talent from a diverse range of backgrounds across the UK kick-start their careers in the TV industry.

The Network was set up in 1991 to give talent with little or no experience their vital first step on the TV ladder.

Designed for those who want to work behind the camera, places are highly coveted with 60 hopefuls accepted onto the scheme every year.

Successful applicants benefit from a four-day course that takes place alongside the world-famous TV Festival in August. This is followed by 12 months of mentoring and paid work placements with some of the TV industry’s most prestigious companies.

Ones to Watch (OTW), founded in 1994, is aimed at those who already have three or more years’ experience in TV and are looking to make the next big step in their career.

With only 30 places available on this course, only the most impressive entrants are selected. Candidates are drawn from all areas of the TV industry – from assistant producers to directors, writers to marketers, schedulers, business and legal.

Graduates of OTW will gain access to a series of exclusive workshops and masterclasses, led in previous years by prominent industry executives and creatives including Jay Hunt, Charlotte Moore, Vince Gilligan and Vinay Patel.

OTW participants will also be showcased to over 2,000 delegates at the TV festival and will receive 12 months of training and development from the best in the business.

Places on both schemes are awarded after an online application process and those shortlisted will be invited to take part in a series of assessment days across the UK.

The Talent Schemes are free to enter and participate in and have a long history of finding and nurturing future talent and leaders.

They have kick-started the careers of those who have gone on to become heads of production companies, channel controllers, award-winning director and writers, including Fiona Campbell (controller, BBC News, Mobile & Online), Laura Mansfield (managing director, Outline Productions/PACT chair), Cameron Roach (commissioning editor, Sky Drama) and Rajiv Nathan (social media manager, Netflix).

The Edinburgh TV Festival Talent Schemes are highly regarded by the TV industry’s finest.

Jay Hunt, chief creative officer, Channel 4, says: “I still get emails from people three years later who participated on these schemes and say it has transformed their career.

“It’s a fantastic experience and brilliant training ground, and it really can kick start what you want to do for the rest of your life.”

Ash Atalla, founder, Roughcut TV and producer of hit series, including The Office, Trollied and People Just Do Nothing, adds: “The Edinburgh TV Talent Schemes are an amazing opportunity and a privilege to be a part of.

“If you’re on these schemes it means you’re the best of the best. A bit like Top Gun but for TV.”

Campbell Glennie, director, Talent Schemes, Edinburgh International TV Festival, says: “We have long been committed to finding and nurturing the very best talent from across the country and a range of backgrounds.

“We firmly believe that the diversity of those who watch TV should be matched by those who make it, and that’s what our schemes deliver across the board.  It’s always very exciting to help people launch their careers in television and our Talent Schemes really are a fantastic springboard. We can’t wait to meet the talent this year.”

Applications can be submitted via the website and are open until 28th April at 11pm. All applicants must be over 18. Shortlisted applicants will be notified in May.


For more information contact:

Alexander Ross

0203 011 1023

About The Edinburgh International Television Festival

The Edinburgh International Television Festival brought to you by YouTube and BT is one of the most prestigious media events in the UK – bringing together all parts of the television and digital world to celebrate the creativity, diversity and inspirational talent in TV, and to debate the major issues facing the industry. The festival draws around 2,000 delegates from the major networks and production companies internationally.

Established in 1976, the Edinburgh International Television Festival is the only event both run by and for the television industry, as the festival is governed by its executive and advisory committees.

The Edinburgh International Television Festival is a charitable organisation with a mission to identify and nurture the next generation of talent, whatever their background.

The festival has attracted some of the world’s most influential, powerful and exciting industry players to take part including; Kevin Spacey, Al Gore, Rupert Murdoch, Ted Turner, Ricky Gervais, Vince Gilligan, Germaine Greer, Nicola Sturgeon, Martin Freeman, Jamie Oliver, Simon Cowell, Ted Sarandos, Sharon Horgan, Shane Smith and Elisabeth Murdoch.

The festival takes place every August at the heart of Edinburgh festival season.

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