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Opportunity | Apply for the Media Trust ‘Queen’s Young Leaders’ Talent Programme


Do you have your sights set on a career in the media or advertising industries? Are you aged 16-25 and living in Birmingham, London or Manchester? 

Media Trust has launched the Queen’s Young Leaders programme to unlock the hidden talent of 100 young people. The programme will provide you with mentoring, training and masterclasses through which you’ll develop the tools, contacts and skills you need to explore new career paths and take your next step. The programme includes: 

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Channel 4 & Lime Pictures launch talent scheme for Northern writers


Via Broadcast

Channel 4 and Lime Pictures have partnered with development agency New Writing North to offer aspiring writers the opportunity to work on shows including Hollyoaks. The initiative, which is backed by Northumbria University, forms part of the Northern Writers’ Awards and is open to TV writers based in the north of the country.

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Apply for the Media Trust ‘Breaking into News’ mentor scheme now

Want to be mentored by top broadcast journalists, produce your own news report and learn how a newsoom works? 

Breaking Into News is a talent competition, run by the Media Trust run in partnership with ITV News and ITN, which aims to discover hidden media talent and find broadcast journalists of the future. Watch the vido above featuring Charlene White and Rageh Omaar to find out more. 

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News| BBC Writersroom Announces 15 Writers Selected for Comedy Room 2015


via BBC Media Centre

BBC Writersroom has kicked off Comedy Room 2015 – a development pool of 15 up-and-coming writers who have been selected from Writersroom open talent searches, alongside input from BBC Comedy (TV and radio). 

The aim of the scheme is to encourage and develop the best in new comedy writing and to help these writers to build strong connections within BBC Comedy.The talented 15, will receive targeted training and development for six months, including workshops, masterclasses and networking events.

Anne Edyvean, Head of the BBC Writersroom, says: “The creation of Comedy Room is a way of answering the question, ‘How do we best support emerging writing talent in Comedy?’ We decided on regular, structured teaching; introductions to key people in BBC Comedy; workshops; and script support for a hand-picked group of writers, over a limited time-period, in conjunction with BBC Radio and TV Comedy.”

The selected writers are:

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Opportunity | Apply for BBC’s ‘New Director’ Scheme


In collaboration with Creative Skillset and Directors UKBBC Writersroom and BBC Drama have put together a new ‘on-the-job’ training scheme for directors early in their career.

Over the next year, 12 drama directors will be mentored on one of the 4 flagship continuing dramas (EastEnders, Holby City, Doctors & Casualty); and, as part of their training, they will receive a full credit on one episode of their assigned programme.  If the director has shown that they can meet the standards required, the show aims to hire them within 9 months for a full directorial commission. 

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Opportunity| Welcome Back: helping BAME professionals get back into TV


welcome backReposted from BBC Academy 

Bookings are now open for Welcome Back – a brand new free event for BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) professionals on 5 November at BBC New Broadcasting House in London.

Delivered by the BBC Academy in partnership with The TV Collective and Creative Skillset, the event is open to 50 BAME professionals seeking to return to the television industry.

The last Creative Skillset census found that BAME representation in the creative industries has seen "a decline from 12,250 in 2009 to 10,300 in 2012. BAME people represented 7.4% of the total workforce in 2006, compared to 6.7% in 2009 and 5.4% in 2012".

A packed day will offer informative and insightful panel sessions, hands-on training and exclusive one to one networking opportunities

With this statistic in mind, Welcome Back aims to encourage, equip and empower BAME professionals to re-enter the TV industry with renewed confidence and up to date knowledge. The event will also provide a chance to network with industry execs and to gain practical help, inspiration and advice.

A packed day will offer a series of informative and insightful panel sessions, hands-on training and exclusive one to one networking opportunities with industry talent managers and series/exec producers. Danny Cohen, BBC director of Television will open the day and sessions will give access to senior figures from broadcasters and indies talking on a variety of subjects, such as career strategy, the commissioning process and the business of television.

By the end of the day, delegates will have the contacts, confidence and information to help them step back into television. 

This day is a Creative Skillset funded initiative and is supported by the TV Skills Fund.

For more information on the itinerary and how to apply, click here

Good luck! 

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Send your script to the BBC – Script Room now open for submissions

Deadline: 5pm December 16th 2013

BBC writersroom provides a unique open-door at the BBC for writers called The Script Room. 

The Script Room is a place where you can send your script to be assessed by our team of experienced readers. This is not a free script-reading service, but a means by which the BBC seeks out the best new writing talent, offering writers without a track record, representation, or contacts the opportunity to have their work considered by the BBC. Shortlisted writers will go forward to access a range of development opportunities with BBC writersroom. The window for submitting scripts will be open from November 18th 2013 until 5pm on December 16th 2013.

What we accept:

There are strict rules on what is and isn't accepted, so before sending in anything please read the Terms & Conditions before submitting.

How to submit:

Submissions to the Script Room should now be made online via the brand new e-submissions system here – Submit your script online.

Please read the E-submissions FAQs for full guidelines on how the new system works.  All scripts must be formatted as PDFs.If you are unable to submit online, please email to request a cover sheet no later than 3 weeks ahead of the Script Room deadline.

Deadline: 5pm, December 16th 2013

Find more information click here.

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BBC Three Launches Fresh Online for New Documentary Filmmaking Talent

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Reposted from BBC Media Centre

BBC Three has announced the launch of an exciting new initiative to find aspiring directors of the future with the creation of Fresh Online – a BBC online space which will showcase the country's best short-form documentaries.

Fresh Online will invite aspiring factual filmmakers to produce and submit their short films, which will then be showcased on a new Fresh Online website due to go live later this summer. The website will provide a platform for aspiring filmmakers to get their work seen, while also becoming the ‘go to’ place for BBC Three audiences interested in documentaries. A collaboration between BBC Three, BBC Documentaries and BBC Learning, Fresh Online will sit alongside the Fresh new directors scheme already run by BBC Three.

Zai Bennett, Controller of BBC Three, says: “I’m thrilled with the success of documentaries on BBC Three – from BAFTA-winning Our War and the Body Image season to the recent success of The Call Centre, the channel is committed to delivering documentaries on a diverse range of topics specifically for a younger audience. The Fresh directors scheme for up-and-coming filmmakers has played a vital role in BBC Three’s factual offering, and now we’ll be extending that with Fresh Online aimed at finding the directors of the future."

Fresh Online was announced at Sheffield Doc/Fest by Charlotte Moore, Commissioning Editor for Documentaries: “Fresh Online is a chance for us to find raw talent and the next generation of filmmakers. We’re looking for people who have stories to tell and something to say about the age we’re living in. Free from the pressures of schedules, budgets and viewing figures, it’s a chance to experiment, to create short films and to become part of a community of documentary makers in this country. It could be your first step on the road to an Oscar! We’re looking for films between two and 10 minutes long which give an insight into what’s really important for young people in today’s Britain."

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Hollywood Director/Producer Tim Reid Hosts Film Making Course at the BFI

Date: 4th February to 16th February 2013

Course cost: Subsidised price of £100 before 18th January and £150 thereafter

Application criteria: filmmakers of a BME background are eligible

Deadline for applications: 25th January 

Multi-award Winning  Actor, Director & Producer TIM REID will present a 2-week intensive Filmmakers Workshop in partnership with the BFI Southbank [British Film Institute]  between Feburary 4th and February 16, 2013

The workshop creates a unique exchange where participants collaborate with top Hollywood and UK industry professionals to refine their filmmaking skills. The participants will culminate the programme by producing their own short narrative film to be screened at the end of the workshop in front of a UK audience.

Under the guidance of Director/Producer, Tim Reid, the participants will be exposed to the expert advice of other established industry professionals such as: award-winning cinematographer John Simmons, ASC, Ken Roy, a producer and post-production supervisor. Various UK industry professionals will also join the group to cover directing actors, marketing and promotion. Tim Reid aims to bring about more interaction amongst filmmakers of African descent globally. 


  1. The course will run from Monday – Friday between February 4th – February 16th
  2. To apply applicants must submit a CV and examples of their work to LMI at stating their suitability for the scheme. Deadline 25th Jan 2012.
  3. Filmmakers of a BME background are eligible to apply. The 2-week LMI Workshop is available for a subsidised price of £100 before 18th January and £150 thereafter.  

​The Legacy Media Institute (LMI) is based in Virginia, USA. LMI was created as a support system for diverse, independent film artists with a state-of-the-art facility providing training in filmmaking, business and media production.


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Channel 4 Launches Graduate Scheme for Future Leaders

Reposted from Channel 4 Press website

Channel 4 have announced  the Channel 4 Graduate Programme, which will offer graduate students hands on experience at the centre of the organisation whilst bolstering their CV with a Skillset Creative Media Leadership MA. The pilot programme opens for applicants in July 2012.

Three successful applicants will work within either the channel's Marketing & Communications department or Audience Technologies & Insight department for 20 months, gaining valuable experience within these business areas as well as a wider view of Channel 4 and the UK media industry.

In addition, successful applicants will have the opportunity to earn a post graduate qualification from Skillset in Creative Media Leadership, this will include modules in Media Strategy and Intellectual Property and Monetisation. To fulfil the MA, participants will complete a live Channel 4 project within their department.

Each Graduate will be assigned a member of the Channel 4 Executive team as a mentor who will guide them through the programme and further development their leadership qualities. Coaching will be provided by Rosie Ranganathan, Head of HR.

The Graduate Programme supports Channel 4's commitment to pushing the UK media industry to the forefront of the global industry by nurturing the leaders of tomorrow, ensuring they are equipped with the necessary skills and experience for success.

Channel 4 is committed to diversity of supply and as well as arming graduates with the tools needed to succeed in the media industry the programme will provide Channel 4 with fresh ideas from the rising stars of the television industry.

The Graduate Programme compliments Channel 4's existing schemes which include apprenticeships, internships, the Production Trainee Scheme and the Investigative Journalism Scheme.

Diane Herbert, Channel 4 Director of HR said: "Our initiatives help build careers for people passionate about working in the media industry regardless of experience or background. We're incredibly focussed on offering opportunities for people at different stages of their career, from all walks of life and truly reflecting the diversity of today's Britain within the Channel."

Gill Whitehead, Channel 4 Director of Audience Technologies and Insight said: "AT&I's team of analysts are leveraging big data to deeply understand our viewers in a world where TV viewing devices are digitally connected. The skills necessary are in very high demand and we want to nurture a new generation of talent, helping graduates develop highly sought after analytical skills, and applying them to the broadcast sector in a way that has never been done before."

Dan Brooke, Channel 4 Director of Marketing and Communications said: "Channel 4's award-winning Marketing and Communications department is top of the class for edgy, creative communications. The graduate scheme is a first class opportunity to learn from the people who make it all happen."

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