Channel 5 has formed a partnership with the National Film and Television School which will see it broadcast a show developed and produced by Television Entertainment students.

C5 execs are to work with NFTS staff and students to develop a project or format which is scheduled to be pitched later this year, ahead of a 2013broadcast. The opportunity is open to second year students, as well as those who have graduated in the last two years.

The broadcaster will also offer a series of work placements to second year students, including one involving a four week period within its commissioning and in-house production team. A second paid internship, planned to last up to six months, is for a graduating student with an indie which supplies C5.

The partnership was formed, following a visit from Northern & Shell chairman Richard Desmond to the NFTS Television Entertainment department, which is headed up by David Croft.

Desmond said he formulated the plan after being hugely impressed with the skills of the students.

“There’s no substitute for real experience and they will learn a huge amount from working with Jeff Ford and his team,” he said “The pitches I saw from first and second-year students were original, dramatic and exciting ideas, just the sort of projects I can see having a future on Channel 5.”

C5’s programme director Jeff Ford added: “It’s crucial the TV industry nurtures new talent and this partnership does exactly that. My team and I are looking forward to seeing some really interesting and innovative programme ideas from the students.”

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