FREE MASTERCLASS: Rick Edwards Talks Presenting And Politics

Credit: Money Management

Credit: Money Management

Want to get into TV presenting, or writing, or just want an impassioned plea from an articulate and tall man on why it’s important to engage with politics? Come kickstart the new year and listen to Rick Edwards.

WHEN IS IT? Thursday, 15th January 2015, 6.30pm–8pm (places allocated on first come first served basis)

WHERE IS IT? Inside the Watershed in the Pervasive Media Studio Events Space.  Find your way up through the bar and follow the signs for Pervasive Media Studio, then ring the buzzer.

The talk will start at 6.30pm sharp and there will be plenty of time to ask questions afterwards. If you have any specific questions about your own work then it would be good to prepare those.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT? Our guest speaker, Rick Edwards, will talk about how a man with a natural sciences degree and some time on the London stand-up circuit ending up presenting a show called ‘Tool Academy’, fronting the Paralympics coverage on Channel 4, writing columns on ethical trading and style for The Observer, and kickstarting his own campaign to get more young people engaged in politics.

Whether you’re already creating and presenting your own material or interested in developing this craft he’ll cover

  • What makes a good television presenter
  • What makes a good columnist
  • Why young people should be more engaged with politics
  • How to get yourself trained up for a career in broadcast

WHO IS THIS FOR? Aspiring vloggers, Youtubers, video producers, film makers, writers, journalists and bloggers who want to meet an industry professional, get real-life advice, network with other like-minded souls and get a foot in the door.

WHO IS DOING THE TALK? Rick Edwards is a broadcaster* and writer. After graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in Natural Sciences, he got a place on a graduate trainee scheme at a TV production company. Subsequently he began his career in front of the cameras hosting music shows for E4. And from there, he swiftly became a part of the T4 presenting ‘family’.

Since then Rick has fronted a diverse range of programming for Channel 4, from game shows to movie specials and music series to sports programmes. Amongst his most recent presenting credits are That Paralympic Show on Channel 4, E4 entertainment series Tool Academy and the IAAF World Athletic Championships for C4.

Having done stand-up comedy at university and on the London circuit, Rick has recently made a tentative return to being funny – devising and starring in ‘Rick And Peter’, a sitcom pilot for C4’s Comedy Lab.

Amongst his other interests are the environment (he is a regular on the Observer Ethical Awards judging panel), fashion (hence the monthly column on men’s style for The Observer Magazine), mathematics (his mental arithmetic is impeccable), cinema (which is like film, but more European) and snooker (highest break: 32).

Rick is currently freelance** and available for most things.

*TV presenter

**unemployed

WHAT NOW? It’s free but booking is essential. Demand is high and places are limited. If you want to attend, email Vanessa to book a place

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