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media parents back to work scheme opens

July 25, 2017 @ 7:48 am Posted in News Comments

Media Parents’ Back to Work Scheme announces its 5th year in partnership with Edinburgh International TV Festival. APPLICATIONS EXTENDED TIL 3PM 17TH AUGUST FOR RETURNING SERIES PRODUCERS / SDS/ SHOOTING PDS WILLING TO WORK IN CARDIFF OR PLYMOUTH. PLEASE APPLY ASAP, OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO EDINBURGH TV FESTIVAL IF YOU WANT IT.

Media Parents Back to Work Winners at Edinburgh TV Festival 2015

Media Parents is re-launching its hugely successful sponsorship scheme to help parents and carers back into the TV industry after a career break. 100% of our sponsored applicants have found jobs after taking part in The Media Parents’ Back to Work scheme. Previous years’ winners include a primary carer who had been out of TV for 8 years and is now directing EastEnders, another secured a commission with Channel 4 and another successfully used the scheme to return to work in remission from cancer. We have currently secured sponsorship from Warner Bros and Endemol Shine and are still looking for companies and broadcasters to partner with.

Media Parents Back to Work Winners 2015 at GEITF

We offer companies the opportunity to sponsor one of our applicants to give them the boost of confidence and contacts that will help these highly skilled TV workers back into the industry. As a company you will be offered a selection of applicants to suit your specialism. Through the scheme companies can increase diversity in the workplace, play a part in reinvigorating the career of talented individuals – and in the process garner great PR as a company – we have a track record of gaining national media coverage in The Guardian and on BBC Radio 4.

Successful applicants will be awarded sponsored places at this year’s Edinburgh International TV Festival EITF in August – applicants must be available in Ediburgh from 24 – 26th August. Our winners will be awarded a delegate pass plus travel to and accommodation in Edinburgh with bespoke mentoring sessions from the sponsors. Historically places have been sponsored by Endemol Shine, Channel 4, BBC, CDN (Creative & Diversity Network), Sky, ITV, Warner Bros, BBC Wales, All3Media, Raise the Roof Productions and Endemol Shine.

Read more about the 2016 Media Parents Back to Work Scheme winners at www.mediaparents.co.uk

The commitment from your company is limited to three encouraging phone calls or meetings with your mentee between September and December 31st 2016. We work with the mentee in advance, and the onus is on them to formulate a back to work plan which they discuss with their mentor. We ask you to support them by sharing advice and contacts. Previous years’ mentors include ITV Creative Director of Programming, Mark Robinson, Sky Head of Comedy, Jon Montague, Channel 4 Deputy Director of Programmes Ralph Lee, Wall to Wall MD, Richard Thompson, PACT Chief Executive, John McVay, Channel 4 Commissioner Michelle Chappell, BBC Commissioner Catherine Catton and Nat Geo Commissioner Carolyn Payne among a brilliant array of execs from across the board in TV. The experience is highly rewarding on both sides.

We screen and check references before offering companies a choice of candidates.

6 Media Parents Back to Work Scheme winners attended the Guardian Edinburgh International TV Festival in 2014, seen here with Media Parents Director Amy Walker.

Applicants for the scheme are required to send an Back to Work Scheme form 2017, plus 300 word précis outlining their ambitions upon returning to TV and a CVs complete with dates and referees to events@mediaparents.co.uk by August 11th at 6pm. Candidates must have at least 3 years’ experience in TV and should not have worked in TV for more than 12 consecutive weeks since their career break. Applications are now open.

Ali McBride, Harriet Wallace, Kirsty Smith and Sidra Khan, media parents delegates waiting for Kevin Spacey's MacTaggart Speech at GEITF 2013.

Media Parents - join now for brilliant jobs and events at www.mediaparents.co.uk

by Amy Walker

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