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2017 Edinburgh TV Festival Talent Schemes Selects Ones To Watch Finalist

26/07/2017
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Of the final 30 selected from 400 applications, 50% are non-White British, 37% from BAME backgrounds, 73% are female and 13% are disabled
The UK’s most prestigious TV industry event, The Edinburgh International Television Festival, announces that it has selected the 30 successful candidates for its talent scheme, Ones to Watch (OTW), following an application process and a series of interviews across the UK.

The charitable organisation, whose mission is to identify and nurture the next generation of talent from all backgrounds runs The Network and Ones to Watch, the industry’s most respected training programmes. The schemes help talent from a diverse range of backgrounds across the UK develop their careers in the TV industry. Ones to Watch, founded in 1994, is aimed at those who already have three or more years’ experience in TV and are looking to make the next big step in their career.

The successful applicants for OTW have been selected from leading production companies and broadcasters, including Lime Pictures, Darlow Smithson Productions, True North and the BBC, as well as freelancers across the UK. They have come from all areas of the TV industry – including producers from all genres, script editors, directors, digital practitioners and professionals from PR and planning. Of the final 30 selected from 400 applications, 50% are non-White British, 37% from BAME backgrounds, 73% are female and 13% are disabled.

The OTW candidates will enjoy a series of exclusive workshops and masterclasses at the TV Festival in August, led in previous years by prominent industry executives and creatives including Jay Hunt, Charlotte Moore, Vince Gilligan and Vinay Patel. In addition, they will be showcased to over 2000 delegates at the TV Festival, and will receive 12 months of mentoring from the best in the business.

Campbell Glennie, Director, Talent Schemes, Edinburgh International TV Festival, says: “We have long been committed to finding and nurturing the very best talent from across the country and a range of backgrounds. Every year, we are amazed by the standard of talent and this year has been no exception. The final 30 were selected based not only on their drive and enthusiasm, but also on their portfolio to date and their potential to go far in the TV industry.”

The full list of the successful applicants is as follows:

Bryony Arnold, Tiger Aspect Drama
Amandeep Bhangu, Freelance
Nicola Brown, BBC Earth
Sholla Coker, BBC Continuing Drama
Daniel Cripps, Boomerang
Abigail Dankwa, Freelance
Jemma Gander, Freelance
Olivia Isaacs, Freelance
Ceri Isfryn, Freelance
Rory Jackson, Freelance
Emma Jones, Freelance
Leah Jones, Twofour
Rachael Kinley, BBC
Lindsay Konieczny, Blast! Films
Chitsidzo Kurangwa, DSP
Ben Lowe, Supermassive
Oliver Martin, BBC Worldwide
Clarissa, Maycock, BBC
Lisa Murphy-O'Reilly, Freelance
Christopher Osborne, Freelance
Cherish Oteka, Scaled Fence Films
Natalie Pandya, BBC
Hayley Raper, True North
Jarek Rozenfeld, True North
Dershe Samaria, Nuwave Pictures
Adriana Timco, BBC Studios
Bonita Wadhwa-Kolcak, Lime Pictures LTD
Anthony White, Studio Lambert
Thom Will, IJPR
Anna Robertson, Freelance
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