The Network

This week I had some fantastic news. I’ve been chosen out of over 2500 people to take part in The Network, a unique career development scheme for people who want to work in TV. It’s part of the Media Guardian Group and runs alongside the Edinburgh International Television Festival in August. It’s noted for being the most prestigious training and recruitment programme in the UK.

Last year I applied for The Network by submitting my CV and answering several in depth questions about my interest in the TV industry. These questions included who I’d most like to meet in the industry and why, if I could create any TV show what would it be, what channel would it be suitable, why would it be successful/beneficial to audiences in the UK, and so on. I also had to detail on my previous experiences in TV/Film, which included my work experience placements at BBC Bristol and Parthenon Entertainment.

The Network aims are for individuals to:

"Learn the key ingredients for getting your first TV job
Discover just how many opportunities there are in TV
Understand what people in TV do
Learn practical skills, like how cameras work
Meet and learn from fantastically talented TV types and some celebs too
Get the opportunity to question TV execs who have the power to give you a job"

From the 22nd to the 25th of August, I’ll take part in master classes, workshops and social networking events alongside some of the UK tops TV personalities and professionals, including channel controllers, commissioners and celebrities (last year workshops were run by Al Murray and Miranda Hart!) There’s also opportunities to make a news report with Sky News, direct drama sequences with Hollyoaks and develop new programme ideas with ITV Studios.

After The Network, there are paid internships available for delegates who take part in the programme. These internships are at companies such as CBBC, Nickelodeon, Two Four Broadcast, Studio Lambert, RDF Television, Raw Cut, Raise The Roof and IWC Media.

Previous participants include Ore Oduba ( presenter, CBBC and Sky Sports), Ben Meaker (Director, Nice and Serious) and Pete Nichols (Producer, National Television Awards). This programme certainly seems to push people in the right direction, judging by the success of these individuals alone. There's also a list on the website detailing on the careers of other previous delegates, you can view this list here.  

Needless to say this is an amazing opportunity and I can’t wait to make the most of every second there! My accommodation and meals will be paid for, so the only cost I’ll incur is for this unbelievable experience is my travel expenses. This could be my first step towards working in the TV/Film industry and I feel privileged to have been chosen.


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