The UK’s most prestigious TV industry event, The Edinburgh Television Festival, has selected the 30 successful candidates for its talent scheme, Ones to Watch (OTW), following an application process and a series of 100 interviews across the UK, it was announced today.

In the process of recruiting for both Ones to Watch and its sister scheme for new entrants The Network, all applicants were asked about how they consume TV content. Asked to name the three streaming platforms they use the most frequently, 92% of respondents named Netflix, 78% named BBC iPlayer, 38% All4, 35% Amazon Prime, 25% Sky/ Now TV and 15% ITV Hub. When asked which their number one choice for streaming content was, 66% said Netflix, with iPlayer the next popular at 18%, Sky/ Now TV at 6%, All4 at 4%, Amazon Prime at 3% and ITV Hub at 1%. 77% of respondents were age 30 or younger, and 49% were age 25 or younger.

The schemes are part of The TV Foundation, the festival’s charity whose mission is to identify and nurture the next generation of talent from all backgrounds.

“This year’s 30 have been selected from our strongest field so far, with both the shortlist and interviewees scoring higher than ever before. Ones to Watch is unique in the audience it serves. It is a totally open scheme, nominations are not required, and there is no age limit. It means that applicants can back themselves to navigate the next stage of their career.”

Campbell Glennie, Director, Education & Talent Development, Edinburgh Television Festival

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, over half are freelance, and the remainder have been selected from leading production companies and broadcasters, including BBC Studios, Studio Lambert, Fremantle and Shine TV. They come from all areas of the TV industry – including producers, directors, writers and script editors. Of the final 30 selected, 97% are women, 30% are from BAME backgrounds, 23% work outside of London and 13% 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 senior industry figures.