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Fremantle and The TV Collective have opened nominations for the second year of the Breakthrough Leaders programme for diverse mid-level talent looking to accelerate their careers.

The partners have emphasised that production managers are particularly welcome on the scheme, which is open to TV professionals from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds who have worked in the sector for more than eight years. Each will be assigned a mentor of their choice.

In its first year, 51 leaders were selected, several of whom have stepped up to a new level in their career.

These include former Bad Wolf exec David P Davis, who recently launched 5 Acts Productions, backed by ITV Studios; UKTV factual and fact ent commissioning exec Emile Nawagamuwa and ITN head of development Fatima Shafiq.

The initial cohort were coached by figures such Naked managing director Fatima Salaria, Cardiff Production co-managing director Pat Younge; and BBC controller of pop music Lorna Clarke.

Fremantle and TVC are accepting nominations until 14 January and will reveal their selections in February.

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