Media release: Edinburgh TV Festival selects 2018 Ones to Watch


ONE of UK’s most prestigious TV industry events, the Edinburgh International Television Festival, announces that it has selected the 30 successful candidates for its talent scheme, Ones to Watch (OTW), following an application process and a series of interviews across the UK.

The charitable organisation, whose mission is to identify and nurture the next generation of talent from all backgrounds runs The Networkand Ones to Watch, two of the industry’s most respected training programmes. The schemes help talent from a diverse range of backgrounds across the UK develop their careers in the TV industry. Ones to Watch, 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.

Of the successful applicants for OTW, half are freelance, and half have been selected from leading production companies and broadcasters, including the BBC, ITV Studios, Nutopia, CPL Productions, Stellify Media and VICE. They come from all areas of the TV industry – including producers, script editors, writers, directors, editors, schedulers and production co-ordinators. Of the final 30 selected from 400 applications, 80 per cent identify as female, 27 per cent are from BAME backgrounds, 24 per cent work outside of London and 17 per cent are disabled.

The OTW candidates will enjoy five days of inspiring sessions, creative debate and unrivalled networking opportunities at the TV Festival in August, led in previous years by prominent industry executives and creatives including Jay Hunt, Ben Frow, Vince Gilligan and Vinay Patel. In addition, they will be showcased to over 2,000 delegates at the TV Festival, and will receive 12 months of mentoring from the best in the business.

Campbell Glennie, director, Education & Talent Development, Edinburgh International Television Festival, says: “This year’s 30 really demonstrate the breadth and variety of talent coming up in television in 2018. They are all phenomenally talented, but that’s only one part of what makes a One to Watch. They’ve also shown they care about the industry, each other and those following in their footsteps. They’re not just the future of television, but its next generation of role models too.”

The full list of the successful applicants is as follows:

Rosemary Anyasodor – assistant producer, Potato (Part of ITV Studios)

Emmanuel Ayettey – assistant producer, freelance

Toby Bakare – AP/producer, freelance

Charlie Brades-Price – development producer, Barefaced TV

Carly Brown – editor, Whisper Films

Nick Coupe – producer, freelance

Lucie Crawford – assistant producer, Darlow Smithson Productions

Julie Cumming – script editor, BBC Studios

Tash Gaunt – assistant producer, freelance

Luke Genower – development producer, CPL Productions

Lisa Gifford – writer, freelance

Amanda Graham – scriptwriter, freelance

Alice Jones – producer/director, Nutopia Ltd.

Jita Mitra – BBC Three YouTube executive, BBC

Sophia Morphew – script editor, freelance

Lorraine O’Donovan – DV director, freelance

Jacquie Pepall – director, freelance

Sophie Perrins – assistant producer, Blast! Films

Sophie Pollock – offline editor, freelance

Thomas Popay – head of Development, Stellify Media

Yasemin Rashit – producer, freelance

Alice Rhodes – producer/DV director, freelance

Rajveer Sihota – assistant producer, freelance

Joanna Smith – head of Corporate Development, ITV Studios

Sonia Sohal – senior development producer, Studio Ramsay

Lina Stroud – script editor, BBC

Jessica Waite – Development AP, BBC Studios

CJ Weerasinghe – scheduler, VICE

Eve White – producer/director, freelance

Adam Woodhall – development producer and script editor, freelance


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; Michaela Coel, Jon Snow, Steve Coogan, Hugh Grant, Armando Iannucci, Charlie Brooker, 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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