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Bafta to host TV careers day for young people

Bafta to host TV careers day for young people
Pippa Considine
21 February 2013

Bafta is to host a day-long event to support young people and emerging talent to establish a career in television.

Bafta TV Forum: Generation Next will feature interviews, masterclasses, panel discussions and networking with leading TV industry professionals.

Taking place on 10 May, the day will begin with a discussion with Tim Hincks, president of Endemol, makers of shows such as The Million Pound Drop Live and Big Brother, as well as dramas including Ripper Street and Black Mirror.

The event will address some of the issues identified by the recent BAFTA Career Pathways survey of 16-24 year-olds, which found that talented young people are being discouraged from pursuing a career in television – with those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and women at particular risk of being lost to the industry.

The sessions will examine the range of jobs available in broadcasting, the skills required, and how job-seekers can showcase their talents to potential employers.

“Generation Next is a day for anyone who has ever considered a career in TV, whether they are already on the first rung of the ladder, or are still exploring what options might be available to them," says Anne Morrison, chair of Bafta’s Learning and Events committee. "We aim to de-mystify the structure of the industry, bust some myths, and also examine the reality of working in this challenging and exciting area. By hearing from, and speaking to, professionals in a variety of roles, we hope that delegates leave armed with greater confidence and a wealth of new contacts.”

Tickets for the Bafta TV Forum: Generation Next cost £30. Bafta is also providing 20 free student bursary places (including travel expenses for 10 students living outside of London).

Bafta TV Forum: Generation Next has been made possible by the support of Bafta member, screenwriter David Wolstencroft.

Additional material, including exclusive interviews with the speakers, will be published on Bafta Guru, Bafta’s online learning channel, after the event.

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