1Your adventure starts here! The Network has been a springboard for new TV talent for over 20 years. You've been selected from thousands to be part of the scheme - this year we had a record number of applications - so please make the most of every second! Over the course of the weekend, you'll be given exclusive access to some of television's most powerful and successful people in special masterclasses. You'll also get the chance to make TV, in workshops run by Sky News, Hollyoaks, CBBC, Zeppotron and ITV.By the end of the weekend, you'll have a taste of why working in television is one of the best careers you can have. You'll also receive practical advice on getting your first job. I'm sure that being on The Network will whet your appetite for making TV in future, and on Sunday afternoon you'll hear about an exciting competition we are launching with VisitScotland. In a few weeks time, you could be making a short film inspired by Scotland - we're looking forward to hearing your ideas!You are part of the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, one of the most important media events in the world. Part of the fee from people attending the Festival goes towards funding The Network and our sister talent scheme, Fast Track. You'll be able to attend a few sessions at the TV Festival, as well as some of the evening receptions. Make the most of these opportunities and get to know some TV industry folk... they won't bite...!A big thank you to The Network and Fast Track Committee for their continued enthusiasm, dedication and sense of humour, as well as to the main Festival Team and the Executive Committee for their unflagging support. Thank you also to our speakers, contributors and generous sponsors, who are working with us to secure a healthy, creative and diverse future for our industry.Have a BRILLIANT weekend.Caroline Meaby Director The Network and Fast TrackHundreds of thousands of young people want to work in the media, but it can be one of the toughest industries to break into. By getting to The Network, you've already given yourself a major advantage. This is the most prestigious and comprehensive introduction to TV available in the UK.If you're not sure right now what you've let yourself in for, I promise you that by the end of Sunday, you'll feel clearer about your media ambitions, and better equipped to make them happen.You may have heard that people only get on in TV if they know the 'right' people or went to the 'right' college - but that's not true. You may have thought, "people like me don't work in TV". Well, they do, and many past Network delegates have gone on to great things. You and your fellow delegates have come from every area of the UK and from all sorts of educational and social backgrounds. The Network's message is that success in the media is about talent, ideas, and energy.By the end of these four days you'll have met many of the people who run Britain's leading broadcasters, production companies and other top creative businesses, and you'll have made some TV of your own.After space travel and lion-taming, working in television is the most exciting career you can have - and these next four days will be similarly exciting and fun.Have a great time and a safe time, and when you become really successful, powerful or simply happy in the media please remember to tell everyone you went to The Network!Joe Godwin Chair of The Network and Fast Track Committee Director of BBC Children'swelcome to the network!
EICCScreen Academy ScotlandMorrison StreetFountain BridgeGilmore PlaceBruntsfield PlaceLeamington TerraceMerchiston AvenueBread StWest Meadow ParkLeven StLothian RdLauriston PlW Approach RoadEdinburgh Napier University2TV Festival Venues Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) Main FestivalThe Exchange, Morrison Street, EH3 8EEThe George Hotel Saturday Night Party19 - 21 George Street, EH2 2PBMuseum of Scotland Friday Night PartyChambers Street, EH1 1JFFestival Theatre James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture13 - 29 Nicolson Street, EH8 9FTNetwork session venuesScreen Academy Scotland, a Skillset Film & Media Academy 2a Merchiston Avenue, EH10 4NUEdinburgh Napier University, Merchiston CampusColinton Road, EH10 5DTfestival venuesMorrison StFountain BridgeLauriston PlaceLauristonStreetHanover StreetSt Davids StreetCastle StreetThe MoundNorth BridgeSouth Bridge PleasancePotterrowShandwick PlaceGeorge StreetSt AndrewSquarePrinces StreetLeith StreetJeffery StWaterloo PlRegent RoCowgateGrassmarketHolyrood RoadWestPortPollockhallsScottishParliamentParliamentHouseEdinburghCastlePrincesStreetGardensCaltonHillBread StFrederick StreetMarket StreetTeviot Pl St George IV BridgeLothian RoadMelville StreetNicolson StreetEICCThe George HotelNational Museum of ScotlandFestival TheatreSee map below rightChambers