MIPTV ’19: David Lyle Foundation launches with aim to nurture new talent

A range of companies from various sectors of the television entertainment industry are banding together to honor the memory of veteran TV executive David Lyle through a foundation established in his ...
April 6, 2019

A range of companies from various sectors of the television entertainment industry are banding together to honor the memory of veteran TV executive David Lyle through a foundation established in his name.

The David Lyle Foundation is officially being launched at the MIPTV market in Cannes. The foundation is a not-for-profit organization designed to help young people develop careers in the entertainment business.

According to the team behind the organization, one of its chief goals is to provide guidance and opportunity to individuals who show extraordinary talent, integrity and drive in their pursuit of careers in the entertainment business.

The foundation has been established in memory of Lyle, who passed away at the age of 67 in September of 2017. The much-loved executive had been a mentor to many in the global television industry over the course of his 40-year career.

Founding partners include Realscreen, Broadcast, C21Media, EMC, FRAPA, NATPE, NPact, Pact, Reed Midem and TBI. Additional partners will be announced in due course.

As part of the initiative, each year the partners will provide guidance, mentoring, financial support and access to their combined resources to two young recipients, who will each receive a scholarship that provides an annual program to connect them with the global industry.

Support will be provided for the recipients to travel to a variety of industry events to network and build contacts.

The two successful candidates will be chosen by The David Lyle Foundation’s board of advisors from submissions made by industry outlets, television schools and training organizations worldwide. Successful nominees will be mentored over the course of the year by key executives on the board.

Submissions will be made through which will also provide information and resources to anyone interested in a career in the content business.

Full plans for the foundation will be revealed in May 2019. Applications will open for the 2019 David Lyle Foundation Scholarship between June-August and will be assessed during September-October, with the scholarships granted in November for the first full program to run between January-December 2020.

The initiative is backed by David’s wife, Janne Dennehy and The David Lyle Estate.

“David would be thrilled to see the level of support that these fine organizations have given to the foundation that aims to continue on the Lyle tradition of mentorship in the global TV industry, to provide encouragement and opportunity to the young who demonstrate curiosity, who take initiative,” said Dennehy in a statement. “To encourage and develop independent thinking, to maintain an adventurous outlook, to welcome and recognize success but to remain kind, inclusive and supportive of others post success.

“From my point of view I appreciate the support these organizations have shown David personally and professionally in health and sickness, in life generally and now, sadly, in death. I am thankful that they are joining together to help keep his legacy alive.”

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.