Date of release: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Three film and TV graduates from the University of Greenwich have had a taste of life in the TV industry after being selected for a prestigious talent scheme.

Bethany Cornelius, Francesca Cooney and Hannah McMeeking were chosen from thousands of applicants to enter the Network Talent Scheme at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. All graduated from the university's BSc Digital Film Production course this summer.

The intensive four-day scheme, aimed at those with a passion for the industry but little or no experience, saw the group learning practical TV making skills from top programme makers.

Lucy Brown, Head of Film and TV at Greenwich, says: "To make it through to the final 50 of this hugely competitive talent scheme is a brilliant achievement for our students. This is a very exciting time for television with lots of opportunities on a global scale and the Edinburgh International TV festival is an invaluable way to forge connections with decision makers and begin a flourishing career in the industry."

Frankie, 21, says: During the festival I was part of the team creating a live episode of A Question of Sport. This involved researching questions, scripting the episode and finding contributors. My biggest achievement was getting former England footballer Rio Ferdinand for the mystery guest round!"

The event is one of the most prestigious in the UK and draws around 2,000 delegates, including the controllers from the world's major TV networks and production companies.

Some of the biggest names present were Russell T Davies, producer and writer of Doctor Who; Charlie Brooker, creator of Black Mirror; Channel 4 News reader Jon Snow; and veteran natural history presenter Sir David Attenborough.

The trio study at the university's Department of Creative Professions & Digital Arts (CPDA). Greenwich is one of only six university partners with the festival.

Lucy adds: "This partnership benefits both our students, the department and the university in terms of employability, profile raising and strengthening links with the industry.

"Jessica Harms, who was on the scheme last year, is now working full time at Envy, a leading post-production company.

"Another Greenwich alumni has been selected for the Ones to Watch talent scheme. Former Public Relations student Thom Will, works on launch campaigns for shows and networks, including Call the Midwife, HBO and Netflix." 

The director of the scheme, Campbell Glennie, says: "It's been great working with The University of Greenwich over the past two years. The students show a real industry focus and readiness for work in TV.

"With the skills they've learned throughout their degree courses, our continuing support and their new mentors, we know Bethany, Francesca and Hannah have a bright future ahead of them."

For more on CPDA, part of the university's Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities: http://www.gre.ac.uk/ach

For more on the scheme: http://www.thetvfestival.com/talent-schemes/the-network/ 

Pictured left to right: Francesca Cooney, Bethany Cornelius and Hannah McMeeking

Story by Public Relations