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.