“This year’s 30 really demonstrate the breadth and variety of talent coming up in television in 2018. They are all phenomenally talented, but that’s only one part of what makes a One to Watch. They’ve also shown they care about the industry, each other and those following in their footsteps. They’re not just the future of television, but its next generation of role models too.”

Campbell Glennie, Director, Education & Talent Development

The 30 talented individuals securing a place on the prestigious Ones to Watch scheme are revealed today, part of the TV Festival’s charitable mission to identify and nurture the next generation of talent from all backgrounds.

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.

Of the successful applicants for OTW, half are freelance, and half have been selected from leading production companies and broadcasters, including the BBC, ITV Studios, Nutopia, CPL Productions, Stellify Media and VICE. They come from all areas of the TV industry – including producers, script editors, writers, directors, editors, schedulers and production co-ordinators. Of the final 30 selected from 400 applications, 80% identify as female, 27% are from BAME backgrounds, 24% work outside of London and 17% are disabled

The OTW candidates will enjoy five days of inspiring sessions, creative debate and unrivalled networking opportunities at the TV Festival in August, led in previous years by prominent industry executives and creatives including Jay Hunt, Ben Frow, Vince Gilligan and Vinay Patel. In addition, they will be showcased to over 2,000 delegates at the TV Festival, and will receive 12 months of mentoring from the best in the business.

Successful candidates for the Festival’s The Network – the free entry-level scheme for anyone aged 18+ who wants to start a career in television, will be announced shortly.

The full list of the successful applicants is as follows:

[View their full profiles here]

Rosemary Anyasodor – Assistant Producer, Potato (Part of ITV Studios)

Emmanuel Ayettey – Assistant Producer, Freelance

Toby Bakare – AP/Producer, Freelance

Charlie BradesPrice – Development Producer, Barefaced TV

Carly Brown – Editor, Whisper Films

Nick Coupe – Producer, Freelance

Lucie Crawford – Assistant Producer, Darlow Smithson Productions

Julie Cumming – Script Editor, BBC Studios

Tash Gaunt – Assistant Producer, Freelance

Luke Genower – Development Producer, CPL Productions

Lisa Gifford – Writer, Freelance

Amanda Graham – Scriptwriter, Freelance

Alice Jones – Producer/Director, Nutopia Ltd.

Jita Mitra – BBC Three YouTube Executive, BBC

Sophia Morphew – Script Editor, Freelance

Lorraine O’Donovan – DV Director, Freelance

Jacquie Pepall – Director, Freelance

Sophie Perrins – Assistant Producer, Freelance

Sophie Pollock – Offline editor, Freelance

Thomas Popay – Head of Development, Stellify Media

Yasemin Rashit – Producer, Freelance

Alice Rhodes – Producer/DV Director, Freelance

Rajveer Sihota – Assistant Producer, Freelance

Joanna Smith – Head of Corporate Development, ITV Studios

Sonia Sohal – Senior Development Producer, Studio Ramsay

Lina Stroud – Script Editor, BBC

Jessica Waite – Development AP, BBC Studios

CJ Weerasinghe – Scheduler, VICE

Eve White – Producer/Director, Freelance

Adam Woodhall – Development Producer & Script Editor, Freelance