Some 180 media students from across the south picked up sound advice from top TV executives at Southern Centre’s “Meet the Professionals” event at Bournemouth University in mid-March.
Two hours of informal networking was preceded by a session on current TV issues and opportunities. Subjects covered included television on mobile media; the launch of youth brand Vice’s first European TV channel, Viceland, later this year; and how such moves have an impact on production techniques.
Students were keen to know if they would be heard when they pitched ideas to broadcasters. ITV Commissioner, Factual Sat Panesar’s advice was to know everything about the subject area and have total conviction about your film.
Panesar added that broadcasters need to know that the person can deliver so they are unlikely to give a commission to a student, but if an idea was really good they might link you up with a production company or an ITV in-house team.
Station Editor and news presenter Charlotte Briere-Edney from local TV channel That’s Solent stressed how valuable experience can be gained with smaller companies, reminding the audience that she has done everything from changing a light bulb to appearing on screen.
Nineteen TV professionals from ITV, BBC, Vice Media, a range of indies and a local TV provider offered advice at the event, which was in its seventh year. The students came from Bournemouth University, Southampton Solent University, Winchester University, Highbury College and the Arts University Bournemouth.