Opportunity | Loco Film Fest, Big Talk & The CBTF offer £10k funding to budding comedy writers

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The Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme 2016

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), in partnership with Big Talk Productions and LOCO (The London Comedy Film Festival), has launched a script development programme for four emerging comedy writers. Each writer will be awarded £10,000 and take part in a personalised seven month programme of industry support, beginning in October 2016, as they develop a comedy feature film screenplay or pilot script for a narrative comedy television series.

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Opportunity | Kick start your media career with an ITN Apprenticeship – apply now

The ITN Academy is the home of the ITN Apprenticeship Scheme, giving media stars of the future a career kick start.

Apprentices will work across many aspects of TV and multi-platform content creation, learning through experience, with ongoing guidance and support, in a passionate, hard-working, team environment. They will be at the heart of the action from day one, making television programmes and adverts, working on journalistic assignments and using your creativity.

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Opportunity | Apply for the BBC Studios Editorial Production Scheme

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BBC Studios, the home of Strictly Come Dancing, EastEnders, Luther, Planet Earth and Citizen Khan is seeking to make a positive intervention to hopefully achieve an increase in the representation of BAME and Disabled professionals in programme making and development in the broadcast industry.  This placement provides participants with a unique opportunity to gain experience of a world class production facility and learn and hone their craft across a number of genres and disciplines.

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News | The 2016 Beam Awards now open for nominations

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The BEAM Awards is a pioneering new awards ceremony to be televised on ITV. Presented by the legendary Sir Trevor McDonald and the phenomenal Alesha Dixon and taking place at The London Palladium on Wednesday 12th October 2016, the awards will highlight and showcase the most talented figures from BAME backgrounds that are currently underrepresented within Celebrity, Media, Journalism, Arts & Sports amongst others. The BEAM Awards will also highlight BAME Professionals from the corporate world with a business element being thrown amongst an exciting mix of award categories, providing an opportunity for those across many business industry sectors to be recognised for their amazing contributions to the BAME community.

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Watch | Being Light Skinned – a documentary by Kashif Boothe

Being Light Skinned features men and women from Black and Asian cultures discussing the misconceptions of being light skin. From colourism, to perceived success and portrayal in the media, to skin bleaching – this documentary takes a look at the debate within these cultures. 

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News | BFI launches Black Star – the UK’s biggest celebration of black screen actors

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The BFI's Black Star season highlights will include Boys N the Hood and In the Heat of the Night back on screens across the UK, a Desmond’s reunion event and a BFI London Film Festival global symposium event examining on-screen representation.

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News | Nicole Albarelli’s ‘To Dream’ to open the British Urban Film Festival

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Nicole Albarelli’s debut feature, starring Ed Hayter, Freddie Thorp, Adam Deacon and Diana Vickers, will premiere at the British Urban Film Festival in September.

In To Dream, Ed Hayter and Freddie Thorp star as two self-destructive teenagers who won’t let anything come between their friendship and their ultimate plan. But when dysfunctional family life becomes intolerable, loyalty leads one to make a choice that will change their lives forever. Adam Deacon (Anuvahood) and previous X-Factor finalist Diana Vickers also star in the Neo-noir drama from first-time director Nicole Albarelli, born in Baltimore but now residing in London. The movie marks the screen debut of Freddie Thorp who has just completed filming for upcoming Hollywood blockbuster Overdrive, starring alongside Sean Eastwood, son of actor Clint EastwoodTo Dream also marks Adam Deacon's return to the big screen after a 2 year hiatus. Deacon won the BAFTA rising star award in 2012. Watch the teaser-trailer below.

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TV Pick | Angela Griffin, Don Gilet & Ben Bailey Smith star in ITV1’s ‘Brief Encounters’

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Penelope Wilton, Sophie Rundle, Angela Griffin and Sharon Rooney star as four women striving to find happiness and fulfilment in new ITV drama Brief Encounters.

The new frank, fresh and funny six-part drama from CPL Productions set in the early ‘80s also stars Peter Wight, Don Gilet, Karl Davies and Ben Bailey Smith.

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