Edinburgh TV Festival supported by Screen Scotland

art sejdiu

Channel Executive, Channel 4

Ones to Watch 2020

Art Sejdiu

Why did you apply for Ones to Watch?

I was ready to take the next step in my career and there’s no better way to do that than a series of unbelievable, money-can’t-buy sessions with the most inspiring people in the industry as you’re surrounded by a fantastic, supportive cohort who are all in a similar position to yourself.

Which speakers really stood out in your OTW programme?

The whole schedule was fantastic, but hearing from Patrick Holland and Ben Frow was particularly inspiring. They gave truly unfiltered, fascinating insights into how a channel is run.

How would you describe your experience with your Ones to Watch cohort?

The fact you’re on this journey with 29 inspiring, like-minded folks at a similar point in their careers is amazing. It means you always have somewhere to reach out for advice, a Whatsapp group that is constantly popping, and a lot of fantastic new drinking buddies.

How has Ones to Watch impacted your career?

OTW was a total career gamechanger for me. It gave me unbelievable access to the biggest players in the industry, paired me with a top-tier, hands-on mentor who genuinely cared about my ambitions and was on hand to answer any questions I had, and I gained some life-long friends in my cohort. It gave me the confidence to push myself further and I couldn’t recommend it more.