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The 2017 Edinburgh TV Festival Talent Schemes opened for submissions last week, inviting talent from all over the UK to apply to be a part of one of their two hugely popular and successful pathways. 


The charitable organisation, whose mission statement comprises the identification and training of the next generation of television talent, run two programmes called The Network and Ones to Watch, and they rank amongst the most well-respected training schemes across the industry. Running simultaneously, the two pathways provide an opportunity for talent from all sorts of backgrounds to get their first steps on the TV production ladder. 

The Network was created all the way back in 1991 in order to give talent with a lack of experience a crucial opening into what has always been an exceptionally competitive market. The Network is a scheme for those who want to work behind the camera, and with only 60 successful applicants each year, competition is understandably fierce. The lucky 60 will take a four day course which takes place during the prestigious TV Festival which takes place in August every year.  This is then followed by 12 months of mentoring, as well as paid work placements with some of the TV industry’s most well-known 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 2000 delegates at the TV Festival and will receive 12 months of training and development from the best in the business.

To gain access to the scheme, an online application process must first be completed, before those who make the grade are invited to take part in a number of assessment centres which take place across the country. 

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 Schemes are exceptionally well respected and 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), Cameron Roach(Commissioning Editor, Sky Drama) and Rajiv Nathwani (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. 

by Jack J Collins, Editor of AllAboutLaw.co.uk

Image courtesy of Jakob Owens

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