The David Lyle Foundation, launched last April in honor of the late veteran television executive, is beginning its call for applications for its inaugural scholarship initiative.
The foundation is a not-for-profit organization designed to provide guidance and opportunity to young individuals who show extraordinary talent, integrity and drive in their pursuit of careers in the entertainment business.
It will offer scholarships worth US$10,000 to two successful applicants. Each scholarship includes VIP access to leading international markets and festivals, a mentorship program, and a selection of complimentary subscriptions to leading trade publications and organization services. It also includes $5,000 towards flights, hotels and expenses.
It has been established in memory of Lyle, who passed away at the age of 67 in September of 2017. The much-loved executive, who had held senior positions at Nat Geo, Fox and Fremantle and PactUS, 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, Edinburgh TV Festival, EMC, FRAPA, NATPE, NPact, Pact, Reed Midem and TBI. Additional partners will be announced in due course.
The two successful candidates will be mentored over the course of the year by key executives on the board.
Submissions can now be made through davidlylefoundation.org which will also provide information and resources to anyone interested in a career in the content business. The closing date for applications is October 31, 2019.
Cheryl Clarke has been appointed president of the David Lyle Foundation and will lead the initiative.
“We aim to recognize and inspire next generation leadership and to support those who want to make a positive difference in the sector,” she said in a statement. “Crucially, the foundation is for people who share the values of namesake David Lyle, remarkable people that reflect these values and aspirations of a creative executive of the future.”
The foundation has the support of Lyle’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. “To encourage and develop independent thinking, to maintain an adventurous outlook, to welcome and recognise success but to remain kind, inclusive and supportive of others post success.”