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‘Network your socks off’: inside the RTS Midlands Student Awards 2024

A group of students hold up RTS Awards in front of screens displaying the RTS branding

The audience at this year’s RTS Midlands Student Television Awards left knowing much more about the current state of the TV industry, how to get started – and, especially, the importance of networking.

The top piece of advice from the awards host, young actor and director Theo Johnson, was to “network your socks off”.

He added: “You’re always one step away from the person who can change your life, trust me. It’s been the most important thing for me. But be polite, don’t be scary or stalkery.”

Create Central and the BBC launch writing scheme for Birmingham based aspiring scriptwriters

The scheme will be comprised of workshops, expert-led sessions and networking opportunities across an eight-week period. From June 2024, the soon-to-be script writers will learn each stage of writing for screen, covering all bases.

This will be the second “Write Across” scheme the BBC has initiated after the successful “Write Across Liverpool” last year.  

Our Friend in the Midlands: Ed Shedd

Ed Shedd (Credit: Create Central)

The West Midlands sits at the heart of the country. It’s not just a geographical crossroads, where the nation’s canals, railways and roads meet, it’s a cultural crossroads, too. 

The historic home of Shakespeare and Tolkien, it is also the birthplace of Peaky Blinders and creative tour de force Sir Lenny Henry, backdrop to Great British Menu and The Archers, and Leamington Spa (or Silicon Spa) is a centre of global video games production. Oh, and Coventry is UK City of Culture 2021. 

Our Friend in the Midlands: Kuljinder Khaila

Barring an unexpected – but probably unsurprising – large asteroid impact, the most tumultuous year in living memory is finally limping to its end. At this time of year, we would normally compile a review or two but who wants to relive 2020?

It seems the biblical equestrian quartet has been riding roughshod for months; countless losses and the unending upheaval of the pandemic; acts of violent racism; raging wildfires, floods and even a locust plague in East Africa. As a result, we’ve all changed this past year.