Opportunity | BBC to commission 8 writers to create an original series – apply now

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The BBC  will be commissioning 8 writers to write an original series or serial script for BBC One, BBC Two or BBC Three Online. 

To apply you must have at least one production credit (a drama, at least 30 mins in duration) to your name.  You can have written for theatre, television, radio or film but must not already be in development (beyond treatment stage) with BBC Television Drama. This is not a scheme for new, untested writers or those with significant original television drama credits. It is an opportunity for writers with striking and unusual stories to tell, to take part in a bespoke scheme with input from top television writers and BBC editorial and production staff, as well as a dedicated Script Editor and Exec Producer. The Scheme will last for a year.

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News | David Oyelowo headlines Black Star Symposium at BFI London Film Festival

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The 60th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® has announced that acclaimed British actor and producer David Oyelowo will be the lead speaker at this year’s Festival’s headline industry event, the Black Star Symposium on Thursday, 6 October at BFI Southbank. 

Oyelowo will be launching the Black Star Symposium the morning after the Festival opens with the European Premiere of Amma Asante’s eagerly-anticipated A United Kingdom, in which he stars, and he will be joined by British and international actors, filmmakers and thought-leaders to explore why opportunities for black actors to shine on screen in the US and the UK remain limited, and debate what more can be done to effect positive change. David Oyelowo, who also stars in the Festival’s Virgin Atlantic Gala presentation of Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe (European Premiere), is a passionate and articulate advocate for changing the framework of opportunities for black talent and for reversing the historical lack of recognition for their achievements. He said:

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Watch | Naomie Harris joins Will Smith to form all-star cast for ‘Collateral Beauty’ [Trailer]

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The first trailer for Collateral Beauty depicts Will Smith as a deeply depressed New York advertising exec coping with his daughter’s death. His character starts to write letters to, before ultimately meeting Time, Love (played by Keira Knightley), and Death (portrayed by Helen Mirren). The cast includes Michael Pena, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore, and Kate Winslet.

Collateral Beauty, directed by David Frankel from a script by Allan Loeb, arrives in cinemas 16 December from New Line in a counter-programming move against the opening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Event | Big Couch workshop with Golden Globe winning producer Gareth Wiley & Samm Haillay

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Big Couch is hosting The Secret Sauce of Indie Film Production, the first in a series of workshops dedicated to connecting people in the film industry and strengthening the knowledge and skills of producers in the UK. This is a hands-on, 6 hour mentoring workshop dedicated to producers, line producers, production managers and 1st assistant directors at Century Club, in London’s West End.

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