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Candidates selected for Edinburgh TV Festival talent schemes

The Edinburgh TV Festival revealed its selection of 105 candidates for its talent schemes — Ones to Watch, TV PhD and The Network — on Thursday (July 22). The three schemes are ...
July 22, 2021

The Edinburgh TV Festival revealed its selection of 105 candidates for its talent schemes — Ones to Watch, TV PhD and The Network — on Thursday (July 22).

The three schemes are part of The TV Foundation, the festival’s charitable arm which has a mission to identify and nurture new talent from all backgrounds.

Those selected for Ones to Watch have three or more years’ experience in TV already and are looking to make the next step in their career. Among this year’s 30 successful applicants, 63% are freelancers and the remainder were chosen from leading companies like Netflix, Nutopia, Little Dot Studios and Studio Lambert. They come from various backgrounds, parts of the UK and areas of the industry including development, marketing, digital, journalism, writing and directing.

The Ones to Watch candidates will take in three days of sessions and training led by prominent industry executives and creatives, and receive access to the digital edition of the TV Festival in August. They’ll also receive a year of mentoring from senior industry figures.

The Network is for aspiring industry entrants. Successful applicants receive three days of sessions designed to introduce them to every aspect of the TV industry, equipping them to begin successful careers. They also receive a year of mentoring and access to employability support through the TV Foundation’s job pool.

TV PhD is a joint venture between the TV Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which is part of UK Research and Innovation. It gives 15 early career researchers an intensive introduction to TV to equip them with the tools to work in or with the TV industry once they’ve completed their PhDs.

A full list of the Edinburgh TV Festival’s Ones to Watch 2021 can be found here. The 2021 TV PhD delegates can be found here. The successful 2021 applicants to The Network can be found here.

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Jillian Morgan is the Associate Editor at Realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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