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BAFTA Announces TV Forums For Budding Television Professionals In London And Salford

Booking now open for ‘Generation Next’ events on Friday 9 May in London and Friday 16 May in Salford

London, 5 March: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) today announced the return of BAFTA TV Forum: Generation Next, day-long events dedicated to inspiring and developing the careers of up-and-coming television professionals. Building on the success of the first Generation Next forum in 2013, two events will be held this year: on Friday 9 May the forum will return to BAFTA’s headquarters, 195 Piccadilly in London; and a second event will be hosted by The Landing at Media City UK in Salford on Friday 16 May. Generation Next events are supported by BAFTA’s Academy Circle and The Galashan Trust. Generation Next in Salford is run in partnership with Creative England and Creative Skillset.

Both events will offer masterclasses, panel discussions and Q&A’s aimed at giving participants an insight into the different roles in television production. Delegates will also gain practical advice about entering and working in the industry, and take part in networking opportunities that will give them the chance to make vital professional contacts. Generation Next is open to those working in, or passionate about forging a career in the industry, including students, runners, researchers, assistant producers or those working in a junior role across technical, craft, creative and business areas.

The Salford event is aimed at students and entry level talent who are seriously interested in a career in the television industry. Through sessions covering topics such as production management, crew and digital content, they will learn how departments work together, and the skills required to succeed. The London event is aimed at individuals who have already worked for one or two years in production or broadcast roles and are looking to build on their existing experience. The sessions will be longer and are designed to be more practical and interactive.

Anne Morrison, Deputy Chair of BAFTA, and Chair of the BAFTA Learning and Events Committee said, “BAFTA is proud to support both new and developing talent through our learning programme. Following the success of the first event last year, Generation Next has become an integral part of the way in which we assist people from all backgrounds to enter and progress in television. The networking element is an especially important way of helping budding professionals to make the connections they need to take the next step in their careers.”

Andrew Newman, Chair of the BAFTA Television Committee said, “Generation Next is a fantastic way for us to help encourage, nurture and develop talent at the start of their careers in the television industry. It enables us to promote greater understanding of the career options that there are in television, and make practical advice directly and easily available to participants.”

To book tickets for BAFTA TV Forum: Generation Next in Salford or London, go to bit.ly/Generationnext. Anyone wishing to attend the event in London will be asked to submit a CV when applying for a ticket. A small number of bursaries are available for both events.

For further information, please contact:

Rosie Mann
Tel: 020 7010 0843
Email: rosie.mann@kindredagency.com

Hollie Rendall
Tel: 020 7010 0829
Email: hollie.rendall@kindredagency.com

About BAFTA

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round Learning & Events programme that offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, lectures, scholarships and mentoring schemes, connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK, Los Angeles and New York. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. For further information, visit http://www.bafta.org and www.bafta.org/guru .

About the Academy Circle

In order to help us continue and improve upon our work, BAFTA has set up the Academy Circle. This small group of influential supporters make a significant donation each year to support BAFTA’s charitable activity. In return the group is invited to a series of intimate evenings throughout the year, allowing them to be inspired by the extraordinary experience and insight of BAFTA members and other famous industry professionals, from actors to directors to cinematographers.

About Creative Skillset

The UK’s Creative Industries make a significant contribution to our economy and its growth and are celebrated across the globe. Creative Skillset empowers the Creative Industries to develop skills and talent; it does this by influencing and shaping policy and by securing the vital investment for individuals to become the best in their field and for businesses to grow. As the industry body for the Creative Industries, it works across film, television, radio, animation, visual effects, games, fashion, textiles, publishing, advertising and marketing communications. www.creativeskillset.org

About Creative England

Creative England invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media. We aim to grow the brightest, the best, and those with the most promise so that individuals and businesses can achieve their full creative and commercial potential. We help identify future opportunities to grow the economy and generate jobs.

www.creativeengland.co.uk

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