The Network is a free media training event held at the Edinburgh International Television Festival in August, designed for anyone interested in a career in TV. Last year, 50 people – including 5 from Wales – took part in various practical activities including:
* Making the news with Sky News
* Scriptwriting and directing with Casualty
* Production skills with CBBC
* Research and shooting with The Million Pound Drop
* Pitching your own idea with Thames TV (The X Factor, Take Me Out)
One of last year’s participants, Max Davies from Aberystwyth, was working part-time in a bar when he applied for The Network, having been unsuccessful applying for work with the BBC and Channel Four. Now working in Cardiff in documentary production for Wild Dream Films, he believes his experience with The Network was the kickstart his media career needed.
“The Network 2013 was without doubt one of best few days of my life,” says Max, “I was directed to interviews with the likes of RDF and TwoFour. I’m also co-producing the launch of Casualty’s ‘Behind the Scenes’ content.”
Max is just one of the many participants now working in media. To get a foot in the door with The Network 2014, there’s no need to have any qualifications or experience, just a passion for getting into television. If you meet the following criteria, you can apply:
* You must be over 18 years of age by August 2014
* If you are in full time education you must currently be in your final year of college/university and available for work in 2014
* This is not a scheme for presenters. The Network is a training opportunity for those who want to work behind the camera
* You must have less than 3 months paid experience in TV
The deadline for applications is 31st March 2014 – it’s completely free to apply for The Network, and successful applicants will have free accommodation and meals in Edinburgh in August.
Apply online at http://www.thenetwork-tv.co.uk/