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David Lyle Foundation opens for scholarship applications

August 29th 2019 – London/LA
The David Lyle Foundation – the industry-wide not-for-profit that helps young executives build successful careers in the international television business – has opened its application process for the first scholarship program, which will run throughout 2020.

The David Lyle Foundation provides scholarships worth US$10,000 to two young people each year, with the aim of helping them develop meaningful careers in the international television business.

It embodies the principles of its ‘patron saint’ David Lyle, the much-loved and respected entertainment industry executive, who passed away in 2017. David was mentor to many in the business, and dedicated much of his time to supporting creativity, opportunity and career development.

Each scholarship includes VIP access to the leading international markets and festivals, a mentor program, and a suite of complimentary subscriptions to leading trade publications and organisation services. It also includes US$5000 towards flights, hotels and expenses.

The scholarships are designed to allow two fledgling executives to travel to key markets and festivals worldwide to build their knowledge of the global business, supported by an advisory board of key executives in the sector.

Cheryl Clarke has been appointed president of the David Lyle Foundation and will lead the initiative, supported by an advisory board of international content industry executives.

She said: “We aim to recognise and inspire next generation leadership and to support those who want to make a positive difference in the sector. Crucially, the foundation is for people who share the values of namesake David Lyle, remarkable people that reflect these values and aspirations of a creative executive of the future.”

The foundation is supported by David’s wife Janne Dennehy, and The David Lyle Estate.

“David would be thrilled to see the level of support that these fine organizations have given to the foundation that aims to continue on the Lyle tradition of mentorship in the global TV industry, to provide encouragement and opportunity to the young who demonstrate curiosity, who take initiative. To encourage and develop independent thinking, to maintain an adventurous outlook, to welcome and recognise success but to remain kind, inclusive and supportive of others post success,” said Janne.

Founding partners, all of which will provide financial and operational support to the foundation, include Broadcast, C21Media, Edinburgh TV Festival, EMC, FRAPA, Realscreen, NPACT, PACT, NATPE, TBI and MIP.

Further partners will be added during the coming months.

To apply, click here.

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