The Network is the charitable arm of the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival. The Network is open to those aged 18 and over and provides the opportunity to attend four days of FREE training in Edinburgh preparing delegates for a career in television.  Supported by the TV industry, The Network helps those that want to take their first step in TV.

Each year The Network offers successful applicants the opportunity to meet and work with the best TV talent from behind and in front of the camera, and gives them a comprehensive introduction to TV through masterclasses, workshops, networking events and careers talks. The Network takes place between 25 and 28 August 2011. Highlights from last year include a masterclass with writer and creator of Shameless, Paul Abbott, a research workshop with Charlie Brooker and the team behind Would I Lie To You? and masterclasses from Putul Verma, Series Producer, Dragons’ Den and Jay Hunt, Chief Creative Officer, Channel 4.

We have invaluable support from the television industry and our contributors include CBBC, ITV Studios, Endemol and Sky News. All the people involved are passionate about passing on their skills and insights to those starting their career in television

The Network has helped to launch hundreds of TV careers and past delegates now work across the industry in a variety of roles and shows. Members of our alumni include: Newsround Presenter Ore Oduba, Dominic Bird, Creative Director, BBC Entertainment North and Danny Wallace, Journalist, Author, Script Writer and Producer. Some of the delegates from last year’s scheme have already secured paid work at organisations such as Raw TV, Zeppotron, RDF, Nickelodeon and the BBC and almost half of the delegates have secured work experience placements in the few months following their attendance on the scheme.

With the exception of travel to and from Edinburgh, everything else, from accommodation and food to the actual workshops, is entirely free. Applications open on February 14 2011 and applications are sought via our website at www.mgeitf.co.uk/thenetwork. Applicants can save their application form and come back to it as many times as they like until the closing date – 15 April 2011.