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Discovery Networks International Partners With the National Film and Television School

The program will offer scholarships to four students and comes with an $8,000 development deal prize with the network.

LONDON – Cable Network Discovery Networks International and the National Film and Television School (NFTS) have partnered to launch a factual development and production course.

The course aims "to find the next generation of great producers." ITN’s Chris Shaw, exec producer of Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields and Jane Root, chief executive at Nutopia and former GM of Discovery Channel U.S., are on the advisory board and will deliver special master-classes.

Discovery Networks International will offer scholarships to four students.

The best program idea pitched at the end of the course will be chosen for further development -- a prize worth $8,000 (£5,000) -- working with a Discovery executive producer.

The 12-month, part-time NFTS diploma that's been created to nurture rising stars will enable students to develop the organizational, planning and creative skills required to advance an idea from the initial pitch to the shoot and edit, through to transmission and beyond, in both the U.K. and other markets around the world.