RTS Futures Summer Party

This year RTS Futures are joining forces with the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival Talent Schemes to host a celebration and party for you with some of the biggest names in the television industry.  

This is a party like no other – an opportunity you could only dream of – a chance to meet the people behind some of the most talked about shows on British television, as we open the evening with a special Q&A session

Networking, "soft skills" and getting your foot through the door: Student Networking Day at MediaCity UK

"Networking isn’t a dirty word,” insisted RTS North West Chair and executive producer at Manchester drama indie Rope Ladder Fiction Cameron Roach. He was speaking at the start of an inspiring late-March ­Student Networking Day.

“People assume that to network you have to be ­gregarious,” he continued. “That is not the case.”

‘Huge’ boom in unscripted

The three-hour speed networking evening, “The big connection”, saw guests being allocated a table and visited by professionals at eight-minute intervals, with everyone given the opportunity to introduce themselves and ask questions.

Sarah Joyce, head of unscripted at ScreenSkills, explained the choice of the evening’s theme: “Sometimes, people don’t really understand what unscripted TV is, or… appreciate that there’s such a breadth of content.

How to network without worry

“I’ve always avoided the idea of networking like the plague, so the fact that I’m on this panel is quite wild,” admitted Jasmine Dotiwala.  

She currently works for Netflix UK’s editorial and publishing team, and has more than 25 years’ experience in TV, including stints at Channel 4 News and MTV. 

Dotiwala advised: “Stop thinking about it as networking… it’s about making it fun and palatable for you.  

“It’s an old cliché – they say your network is your net worth…. I really now get that. 

Lights, camera, action - the big names in broadcasting head to the Midlands for RTS Careers Fair

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Aimed at 16-24 year olds who are interested in working in the broadcasting industry, at places like the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky, the fair will feature people who have experience working on some of the country’s biggest shows including Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor and The Great British Bake Off.  Massive youth brands such as Radio 1 and BBC Three will be in attendance; plus the BBC’s training arm - the Academy and locally made BBC One daytime drama Doctors and BBC WM. More names are being added to the line up every day. 

RTS Midlands hosts Writers Guild of Great Britain

The Writers Guild was holding its AGM outside London for the first time at the Library of Birmingham, and was invited to network with RTS members and producers from the region.

Dorothy Hobson, vice chair of RTS Midlands, discussed the work of the centre and William Gallagher, deputy chair of the Writer's Guild and an RTS committee member, urged the creative people at the busy reception to share ideas.

RTS Midlands Networking Seminar Worcester

Guest speakers will give industry updates, RTS Midlands will encourage exchange of information and you will have the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals.

There will be 3 events following the same format across the region with more planned for the East later in the year.

The events currently available for you to attend are:

2nd February  Staffordshire University

9th February University of Wolverhampton

23rd March University of Worcester