New talent and the future of broadcast television are consistently hot topics for the industry. With the recent announcement that the BBC Trust has approved the corporation’s plans to move BBC Three online, the discussion around growing and supporting grassroots talent feels more vital than ever. As we look set to lose one of the major linear breeding grounds for emerging talent – with BBC Three having started the careers of the likes of James Corden, Jack Whitehall and this year’s BAFTA TV Leading Actress winner Georgina Campbell – and with many programme-makers preferring to entrust precious new commissions to tried-and-tested old hands, where does this leave those climbing their way up the industry ladder?
The annual RTS Futures Summer Party, held in association with the Festival’s Talent Schemes to celebrate and showcase new TV talent, would always be an ideal forum to discuss these issues, and this year BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh will be joining the panel speaking directly to an audience of new entrants and rising stars about the future of the industry and how to progress in the world of TV. Chaired by Kirsten O’Brien, Kavanagh will sit alongside other leading commissioners and industry insiders, including Channel 4’s head of formats Dom Bird, CEO of Curve Media, Camilla Lewis, and the managing director of Lemonade Money, Faraz Osman. Amongst these very topical concerns, there will also be discussion around new platforms; making a splash in the indie marketplace and the work of initiatives such as Project Diamond.
This will be followed by drinks and networking with some of television’s major players, providing a perfect opportunity to debate and discuss the issues raised by the panel, all in the aesthetically-pleasing surrounds of the Design Museum.
Places are still available for the event, taking place from 6.30pm on Thursday 16 July. RTS Futures members can buy for tickets here, with some free places reserved especially for alumni of The Network and Ones to Watch. To apply for one of these places, please contact Holly Close, email@example.com.