One week till the 2022 Hot Shots

Talented people who wish to be recognised through Broadcast’s Hot Shot programme have one more week to enter.

Broadcast’s long-running emerging talent initiative was revived earlier this month with a new concept.

While Hot Shots is still looking for the brightest and most promising people in the television industry, the age limitation that required nominations to be under the age of 30 has been lifted.

This adjustment recognises that not everyone has equal access to opportunities while they are young. It implies that Hot Shots will recognise both those who flourish early in their careers and those who have escaped the ‘frozen middle’ by infusing momentum into their careers with big recent successes.

We’re seeking for people who work in broadcasting, production, or post-production, and we especially appreciate contributions that demonstrate the industry’s diversity in terms of gender, colour, ethnicity, handicap, location, and social background.

Successful applicants’ careers and talents will be featured in the November issue of Broadcast magazine, which will be released on October 27th.

Applicants may nominate themselves, however their application must contain a statement from a senior figure and make a compelling argument for why they should be a Hot Shot.

The application deadline is Monday, October 3rd at 9 a.m.

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Dawn Beresford, CPL’s head of talent, has joined the BBC.

Dawn Beresford, CPL’s head of talent, will join the BBC as a replacement for Donna Taberer, the BBC’s leaving head of talent for TV.

As director of talent, commissioning, Beresford will develop and oversee plans to oversee the BBC’s strategy for commissioning roles, working closely with the senior creative team, as well as the indie relations, resourcing, and creative diversity divisions.

She will also collaborate with external partners to ensure that talent in the broader creative industries is given the right opportunities, skills, and workplace culture.

She has been on the advisory board of the diversity and inclusion network Creative Access for more than three years, having previously served as a trustee and a trainer. She has championed the expansion of internships for BAME talent and freelancers within production firms such as Arrow through Creative Access. She has also provided training and consulting to a number of television and radio stations.

Beresford will join the BBC in mid-October, reporting to David Pembrey, chief operational officer of BBC Content.

Meanwhile, Taberer is leaving the BBC after three years. During her tenure, the former BBC, Channel 5 and Sky commissioner was in charge of the assistant commissioner programme, which was created to provide chances for varied talent, as well as the BBC Elevate project for impaired talent.

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Ben Stephenson signed Preethi Mavahalli after a year at Sky Studios.

Preethi Mavahalli, Sky Studios’ in-house drama head, is departing after a year to join Ben Stephenson’s ITV Studios-backed start-up.

In the coming year, Mavahalli will join Poison Pen Studios as creative director. The executive is returning to ITVS after leaving Mammoth Screen after a decade to take up the newly established creative director for in-house drama post in September 2021.

She will report to former BBC drama boss Ben Stephenson, who departed Bad Robot after seven years in July to launch a transatlantic label under ITVS chief executive Julian Bellamy.

‘Preethi is an extraordinarily accomplished and charming person with tremendous taste and a wonderful track record,” Stephenson added. I’m excited to get started, have fun, and create some wonderful drama with her.’

Mavahalli went on to say that Stephenson is a producer she has respected for many years and that the role is ‘a dream come true.’

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A24 picks up the series Dreaming Whilst Black.

Dreaming Whilst Black by Adjani Salmon has been picked up for a BBC3 series, with A24 Films on board as co-producer.

Following a BBC3 pilot in April last year, Euphoria producer A24 will co-produce the long-awaited six-part series with creator Big Deal Films. After 28 days of running at 11:10pm in the BBC3 slot on BBC1, the programme had consolidated to 356,000 (5.5%).

Dreaming Whilst Black is loosely based on true events and follows wannabe filmmaker Kwabena (Salmon), who is broke and part of a Jamaican family who wishes he was an accountant.

Salmon won the 2022 Bafta Craft Award for Emerging Talent: Fiction, the Royal Television Society’s Breakthrough Award, a spot on Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow, and the Soho House 59% Gen Now Award for the pilot.

The series was ordered by BBC director of comedy commissioning Jon Petrie and BBC3 controller Fiona Campbell, alongside commissioning editor Tanya Qureshi.

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