Five partners with NFTS to broadcast student production

Students from the National Film and Television School are to develop an entertainment programme that will be broadcast on Five, as part of new partnership announced this week.

Under the deal between the broadcaster and NFTS, Five will commission and broadcast a show produced by students in the entertainment department at the school.

Five will also offer a series of placements to students in their second year at NFTS.

The deal was agreed after Richard Desmond, the chairman of Northern and Shell – which owns Five – visited the school.

“I was hugely impressed by the skills and opportunities it offers its students,” he said, adding that Five was keen to help those at the school “break into an incredibly tough industry”.

Five director of programmes Jeff Ford said it was “crucial the TV industry nurtures new talent”.

The scheme is open to students in their second year at NFTS, as well as to alumni who have left in the last two years.

Ideas for programmes that can be broadcast on Five will be developed in the coming months and pitched in the autumn, with the programme being broadcast next year.

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