Talent Schemes

Ones to Watch and The Network Applications Now Open

COVID-19 Update

The aims for our Talent Schemes are to connect, educate and elevate talent in the TV industry. Bearing in mind the current situation around COVID-19 we’d like to assure you that we will be delivering The Network, Ones to Watch and TV PhD this year.

We are keeping up to date with the guidance from Health Protection Scotland, Public Health England and the government and will adapt the schemes as necessary and where advised to, whilst still ensuring a complete and rewarding programme. Applications for The Network and Ones to Watch are still open, and we will keep you updated via our social media, website and newsletters.


The Network is a free entry-level scheme open to all aged 18+ who want to start a career in TV. The schemes aim to ensure those who work in TV are as diverse as those watching it.

To keep up-to-date on all events or to find out more information about the scheme. See below.

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Ones to Watch gives television’s best and brightest access to  inspiring sessions, creative debate and unrivalled networking opportunities in August, as well as support and mentoring throughout the year.

A place on Ones to Watch is a life-changing, money-can’t-buy opportunity and applications are now open!



Yero Timi-Biu, The Network 2015

“As a young Black woman, I was constantly reminded about the race, gender and class barriers thwarting any way to ‘get in’ to the industry. No matter the passion. This is where the scheme came in. I was delighted to find out when I applied, that all you needed was a keen interest in TV.”

Fintan Maguire, Ones to Watch 2004

“I think whether you are trying to move up the ladder, break into a new area, or conceive a plan for yourself then this scheme is extremely beneficial.”

Jason Allen, The Network 2017

“So, does The Network work? Absolutely. They didn’t just help me get my foot on the ladder, they gave me the tools and confidence to make the most of the opportunity. No matter who you are, they will lift you up. I cannot recommend the experience enough.”

Allanah Langstaff, Ones to Watch 2011

“Ones To Watch made me appreciate the learning opportunities that came with being where I was in my career. It reminded me that a successful career was one to be nurtured and that I ought to think more tactically about opportunities.”

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We can connect you with bright and enthusiastic emerging talent to help fill your paid entry-level roles, via our work placement scheme The Network at Work.

We also have access to a pool of dazzling established talent via our Ones to Watch alumni network if you are looking to fill more challenging, senior roles.




TV’s brightest new and emerging talent gathered at London’s Rich Mix for The TV Foundation’s New Voice Awards 2020 on 25 February.

The awards, hosted by multi-faceted entertainer and Wall of Comedy/YouTube sensation Yung Filly, recognised and celebrated undiscovered creatives and the companies who do the most to support them.


Support the Schemes

Our Talent Schemes' on-going success and continued growth is very much dependent on the commitment of our supporters. By supporting The Network or Ones to Watch you are positioning your brand alongside the TV industry's most prestigious talent schemes, promoting diversity and access to all in the media.

We're always keen to hear from potential partners so if you'd like to get involved let us know!

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Digital Pass Holders: Requests for speed meetings w/ TalentWorks, @bbcstudios & @AENetworksUK are still open!
If you haven't signed up as a pass holder, EB rates are limited but still available & Freelancers go FREE
See more: https://t.co/F3UC9dABS8

We know it’s an incredibly stressful time. So we've launched a mental health support platform for the industry. There’s a range of free resources available and it's a safe, anonymous space to help you stay connected. Sign up today > https://t.co/LQEJXTrH4L

Remember, Digital @EdinburghTVFest Passes are FREE for freelancers, and include access to our ConnectEd speed meetings. You could even be meeting this Thursday if you register today!

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