“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:
Rosemary Anyasodor – Assistant Producer, Potato (Part of ITV Studios)
Emmanuel Ayettey – Assistant Producer, Freelance
Toby Bakare – AP/Producer, Freelance
Charlie Brades–Price – 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