As well as being the manager of the BBC Production Talent Pool, Don Kong is a member of the Royal Television Society Futures committee, aimed at inspiring and educating young TV talent. In this video you can learn a bit about Don, what his areas of expertise are and why he is passionate about being a part of RTS Futures.
The all-star panel assembled for the final RTS Futures event of the year on how to present telly were forced to relive their small screen debuts. While embarrassing for the professionals, the clips simultaneously gave hope to the audience of would-be presenters.
"No one starts off being bloody brilliant – it's a learning curve," said event and ITV's All Star Family Fortunes host Vernon Kay.
Jasmine Dotiwala is the executive news editor of the youth London 360 News TV Magazine Show at the Media Trust. She has experienced first hand how to work your way up the ladder and now has a wealth of experience in the entertainment journalism industry. Starting out as a runner on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast, Jasmine went on to present The Word before moving to MTV where she spent the following 13 years, ultimately heading up MTV BASE production. She has interviewed some of the biggest names in showbiz, from Mary J. Blige and Destiny's Child to Eminem and Jay Z.
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It's easy to get pigeonholed into one specialism, but what do you do if you decide you either want to try a new genre or know that it's your dream to work in drama but you've fallen into working mostly in factual? Emily Gale, Head of Talent at FremantleMedia UK, offers quick-fire advice on what to do and how to succeed when trying to move genres.
As one of the most recognised TV brands in the world, jobs in the BBC are some of the most coveted in the TV industry. Thousands apply for its production entry schemes each year, which have limited places available. Understandably therefore, the application process is tough so allow Don Kong, the BBC's Production Talent Pool manager, explain how to shine on paper.
By Rebecca Stewart @bexstewart1
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