FAQS: BEING ON THE SCHEME

Question: When does The Network take place?
Answer: The Network runs alongside the Edinburgh TV Festival, and will take place from 19 – 23 August 2019.

Question: How long does it go on for?
Answer: The Network in Edinburgh last 4 days. But the experience continues beyond your time in Edinburgh. You’ll be paired with a Ones to Watch mentor for a year, and you’ll be invited to apply for The Network at Work pool, which starts in the autumn and helps connect you with entry-level job opportunities.   You will also join our alumni group, through which you will receive special offers, invitations to exclusive alumni events, and access to further training.

Question: What will I need to pay for?
Answer: Your accommodation in Edinburgh and the course itself are covered for you. You’ll need to pay for your travel to and from Edinburgh, though travel bursaries are available (email talentschemes@thetvfestival.com for more details).

Question: Where will I stay in Edinburgh?
Answer: You will stay in shared flats in student accommodation, approximately 15 minutes walk from the main venues.

Question: What will I be doing in Edinburgh?
Answer: You will be taking part in 4 days of masterclasses and practical workshops. The masterclasses are hosted by top industry professionals and are about current shows and industry themes. See what 2018’s Networkers got up to by watching our promo film, or taking a look at last year’s programme.

Question: Who will I meet?
Answer: We can’t confirm the actual names of people you will meet until July 2019. But we can promise you that you will be meeting some of the most influential and important people in the media industry, including scriptwriters, producers, channel controllers, actors, publicists, programme schedulers and commissioning editors.

Question: Will I be able to attend sessions at the TV Festival?
Answer: Aside from the MacTaggart Lecture, Network delegates are not expected to attend any TV Festival sessions, as they have their own programme of panels, events and workshops.

Question: Will I get a job at the end of it?
Answer: We can’t promise that – but you will definitely be meeting people who have the power to give you a job. If you stand out and impress them, they might offer you the chance for a chat or some work experience, which could very well lead to paid work. TV is a notoriously difficult industry to get into, so getting that foot in the door and making contacts really helps. The Network at Work also offers exclusive paid placements that are often the first jobs that lead to a career in television.

If you have any questions or concerns about being on the scheme, please get in touch.

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