Media Parents

media parents back to work scheme winners

August 10, 2013 @ 4:27 pm Posted in News Comments

Congratulations to the four Media Parents who are going to the Edinburgh TV Festival thanks to GEITF, ITV, Endemol, Channel 4 and the BBC! With more than 10 applicants per place, decisions were very difficult for the sponsors to make – great to know there is so much brilliant experienced talent out there though!

Harriet Wallace talks to RDF's Angela Oakhill at the Media Parents networking in Bristol. Harriet is a producer who has not worked in TV for 10 years since pursuing other projects and having two children.

Meet the people who will be representing Media Parents at this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival, if you are going please do make contact with them:

Ali McBride is a senior producer in factual / factual entertainment based in Cheshire. She has taken a year’s maternity leave, and has done 4 weeks work in Leeds during that time. Ali is being sponsored by Endemol.

Kirsty Smith is a development producer living in Leeds, looking to return to work in September after a three year break – “hoping to prove you can have babies, leave London and still work in TV”. She is being sponsored by ITV.

Sidra Khan is a PD living in London. She has not worked since Feb 2011 as she had two children born within 18 months of each other. She is being sponsored by Channel 4.

Harriet Wallace was a series producer before leaving TV ten years ago to pursue other projects and have two children. Based in Bath, Harriet is hoping to return to TV as a development producer in late 2013. She is being sponsored by the BBC.

Media Parents is delighted to be partnering with GEITF, Channel4, BBC, ITV and Endemol for this Media Parents Back to Work scheme. The four TV Festival attendees are also offered free mentoring and coaching by the sponsoring organisations. If you would like to know more about Media Parents please see and read this recent Guardian article:

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by Amy Walker

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