On August 25th, television’s most promising new starters arrived in Edinburgh, fresh-faced and ready to immerse themselves in The Network – our intensive introduction to working in the TV industry. They departed after four days of masterclasses, workshops and networking – address books bursting with contacts and heads bursting with ideas. Cut to October 13th and some of this year’s Networkers are already working with some of broadcasting’s biggest names.
Having made a winning pitch to Sky’s Phil Edgar-Jones and Adam Macdonald during The Network Live! show, Ryker Mitchell, Patricia Hutny and Louise Ogunnaike are starting a paid placement at Endemol this month, kindly funded by Sky Arts. During this time they’ll be working under Ben Powell-Jones, a 2012 alumnus of our senior scheme Ones to Watch. He’ll be helping them to flesh out their programme idea Pioneers – focussing on inspirational and innovative trailblazers who fuse art and science. Their pitch, along with the two others developed as part of our Creative Skills workshop, are available to view on our YouTube channel.
Meanwhile, in Salford, Elliott Thompson has just started a job at Blue Peter, as Correspondence Assistant – having impressed the Blue Peter team whilst working as a Producer during The Network Live! Said Elliott: “Since finishing The Network, it’s been non-stop in the best possible way. I’ve been meeting with contacts I met in Edinburgh on a weekly basis and quicker than I could ever have imagined this great opportunity reared its head – and I couldn’t be happier!” Elsewhere in London, Kerry Leese is starting at Knickerbocker Glory as a runner, and Ola Mosaku has been offered a Junior Researcher position at Dragonfly Film and TV.
These jobs and placements wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of the likes of Sky Arts, Endemol Shine Group and CBBC, who work with us on our Network at Work scheme, which aims to help our diverse range of talented Network delegates take the next step in their TV career. Through the scheme, we’ve helped fill roles at companies like ITV, Dragonfly, RDF and Raise the Roof, and many alumni remain in the company once their initial placement is completed.
We are always looking for new partners for the scheme, so if your company has entry level jobs or placements that you would like filled through The Network at Work, please contact Naz Mantoo or see here for more details.