New Talent 2017

BBC announces New Talent Hotlist

BBC announces New Talent Hotlist

Finding and supporting the next generation of new talent - both on and off screen - is a vital part of the BBC’s remit. It is through backing new thinking, new perspectives, and taking creative risks that the BBC will not only better reflect the diversity of the country - but deliver even better, more engaging and relevant programming. I see this as central to our mission as a public service broadcaster.Tony Hall, BBC Director-General
Date: 27.03.2017     Last updated: 27.03.2017 at 20.30
Tony Hall and Idris Elba host special event on Monday 27 March to showcase the BBC’s New Talent Hotlist.

Creative leaders from across the BBC have identified over 200 broadcasting stars of the future.

The event brought together the UK’s most exciting on and off screen talent to earmark them as ones to watch.

Creating a pipeline for new talent is essential for the future of the BBC and the wider UK creative industry. Taking risks with fresh new voices in front of and behind the camera, and reflecting the diversity of modern Britain is critical to the BBC and to ensuring it best serves the public.

Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, says: "Finding and supporting the next generation of new talent - both on and off screen - is a vital part of the BBC’s remit.

"It is through backing new thinking, new perspectives, and taking creative risks that the BBC will not only better reflect the diversity of the country - but deliver even better, more engaging and relevant programming. I see this as central to our mission as a public service broadcaster."

The BBC unveiled a series of new measures that not only demonstrate its ongoing commitment, but will ensure a strong pipeline of emerging talent for the future. These include:

  • Idris Elba takes over BBC Three this week, curating a week of content working with some of the best new and emerging talent in all fields and tackling issues that are relevant to young audiences today.
  • The Felix Dexter Bursary - a six month traineeship for two high potential comedy writers from BAME backgrounds. Working with Paul Whitehouse to encourage a new generation of BAME talent in the comedy world, through his Felix Dexter Foundation.
  • Mark Gatiss has selected some of Britain’s most brilliant up and upcoming LGBT writers and given them the opportunity to write original dramatic short films for BBC Four in a new project which charts a century of the UK gay experience. For five of the writers - Keith Jarrett, Jon Bradfield, Gareth McLean, Matthew Baldwin and Michael Dennis - this is the first time they will have written for television. [Link to Release]
  • BBC Three announces The Hub (w/t), an exciting new initiative based in Birmingham to train and develop six apprentices and six trainees to produce the next generation of content makers and production talent. Supported by the BBC Academy, The Hub will launch in June 2017 during Digital Cities week with the aim to have new talent producing content for BBC Three by the autumn. The Hub’s newfound talent will mirror the BBC Three team and will be tasked to deliver innovative social first content as well as making short form content.

Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three says: "Discovering, supporting and nurturing exciting new talent lies at the heart of everything we do on BBC Three and I’m confident this exciting new initiative will help develop and new generation of content makers."

  • Disabled Presenter Development - the BBC unveils new tailored development programme for disabled presenters in factual, daytime, sport and live events. Steve Brown, Niall Strawson, James Ballardie, Lloyd Coleman, Diana Man and Martyn Ashton all announced as participants.

Alison Walsh, BBC Disability Lead, who is running the scheme, says: "This is a huge opportunity - not just for the talent but for the BBC and the wider industry’s ambition to regularly include talented disabled presenters across all TV output, not just on the Paralympics. With placements planned in Sport, Sport News and 5Live, The One Show, Breakfast, Events and Factual, and combined with development plans for other disabled presenters, both new and established, across Factual and Daytime, there’s a real commitment to nurture and develop a strong cohort of disabled talent on the BBC."

  • Class Act (w/t) - BBC launching a new nationwide search for new disabled acting talent which will provide intensive skills training programme for 30 actors.
  • Documentaries announced Morgan Matthews as the mentor of BBC’s returning Documentary Directors' Initiative which once again will give six new documentary film makers the opportunity to make their first long-form films for BBC TV. The six successful candidates from the scheme's inaugural year have also been announced.
  • BBC Factual announced four new commissions - The Pacemakers for BBC Two from Selah Hennessey, her first film for TV straight out of film school, Rehab for BBC Three from Phillip Woods, following the success of his first film Chasing Dad, From Here To Timbuktu for BBC Two, presented by Alice Morrison and Jungle Volcano presented by Chris Jackson, a Professor of Geology from Imperial College. Emerging female social historians Emma Dabiri and Annie Gray are also announced to present The Confectioners for BBC Two.
  • BBC Music Introducing is celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2017 and has some really exciting plans for new talent which will be announced in April.

The BBC’s full New Talent Hotlist can be accessed here.

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