The TV Foundation, charitable division of the Edinburgh TV Festival, announces shortlist of talent in consideration for New Voice Awards 2020

The TV Foundation announced the shortlists across 13 categories recognising rising talent and supporters of breakout British voices in TV, as part of an initiative to encourage accessibility to the industry.

The New Voice Awards will take place on Tuesday, 25th February at Rich Mix, hosted by multi-faceted entertainer and Wall of Comedy/YouTube sensation Yung Filly who recently erupted onto the TV scene with BBC Three’s vibrant dating show, Hot Property.

Filly will dish out accolades to emerging talent across presenting, directing, producing and scriptwriting categories; and production companies, agencies, mentors and broadcasters (including Sky, BBC and Channel 4) who have also received nods for their support of new talent.

This year sees the All3MEDIA New Script Award divided into ‘Drama’ and ‘Comedy’ subsections, and an award dedicated to the memory of Victor Adebodun (director, creative leader and managing director of Purple Geko) passing the baton to an emerging directorial voice with a passion for elevating others in the industry.

The Debut Writer category, supported by Big Light Productions, presents an opportunity for a first-time writer to win a £750 development deal with the production company, whilst the Debut Creator category celebrates breakout talent authoring their first project. Nominated Debut Creators include stand-up comedian and actor Lolly Adefope for her BBC Two Comedy Short, Sorry; actor Daisy Haggard (Episodes) for her debut series, BBC Three’s Back to Life; creator of BBC Two’s Brain In Gear Gbemisola Ikumelo and newcomer Amanda Duke for Channel 4’s The Cure.

Awards for on-camera talent celebrate the emerging faces of British TV in ‘Future Presenter’ and ‘Debut Presenter’ categories, where rising stars William Njobvu, Krept & Konan, Basma Khalifa, Tiffany Sweeney and Ria Hebden are nominated. And Netflix support a ‘Stage to Screen’ award recognising talent transitioning into the TV industry.

The presentation will also feature a special panel, in partnership with The Brit List, engaging a selection of acclaimed writers (including David Macpherson, Fraser Ayres, Lauren Sequiera and Archie Maddocks) in conversation about the highs and lows of breaking into writing for TV, chaired by Founder of The Brit List and Head of Development at Caryn Mandabach Productions, Alexandra Arlango.

Full shortlist detailed here