Date: 4th February to 16th February 2013
Course cost: Subsidised price of £100 before 18th January and £150 thereafter
Application criteria: filmmakers of a BME background are eligible
Deadline for applications: 25th January
Multi-award Winning Actor, Director & Producer TIM REID will present a 2-week intensive Filmmakers Workshop in partnership with the BFI Southbank [British Film Institute] between Feburary 4th and February 16, 2013
The workshop creates a unique exchange where participants collaborate with top Hollywood and UK industry professionals to refine their filmmaking skills. The participants will culminate the programme by producing their own short narrative film to be screened at the end of the workshop in front of a UK audience.
Under the guidance of Director/Producer, Tim Reid, the participants will be exposed to the expert advice of other established industry professionals such as: award-winning cinematographer John Simmons, ASC, Ken Roy, a producer and post-production supervisor. Various UK industry professionals will also join the group to cover directing actors, marketing and promotion. Tim Reid aims to bring about more interaction amongst filmmakers of African descent globally.
- The course will run from Monday – Friday between February 4th – February 16th
- To apply applicants must submit a CV and examples of their work to LMI at Sheila@DreamScapeFilms.co.uk stating their suitability for the scheme. Deadline 25th Jan 2012.
- Filmmakers of a BME background are eligible to apply. The 2-week LMI Workshop is available for a subsidised price of £100 before 18th January and £150 thereafter.
The Legacy Media Institute (LMI) is based in Virginia, USA. LMI was created as a support system for diverse, independent film artists with a state-of-the-art facility providing training in filmmaking, business and media production.
Reposted from Channel 4 Press website
Channel 4 have announced the Channel 4 Graduate Programme, which will offer graduate students hands on experience at the centre of the organisation whilst bolstering their CV with a Skillset Creative Media Leadership MA. The pilot programme opens for applicants in July 2012.
Three successful applicants will work within either the channel's Marketing & Communications department or Audience Technologies & Insight department for 20 months, gaining valuable experience within these business areas as well as a wider view of Channel 4 and the UK media industry.
In addition, successful applicants will have the opportunity to earn a post graduate qualification from Skillset in Creative Media Leadership, this will include modules in Media Strategy and Intellectual Property and Monetisation. To fulfil the MA, participants will complete a live Channel 4 project within their department.
Each Graduate will be assigned a member of the Channel 4 Executive team as a mentor who will guide them through the programme and further development their leadership qualities. Coaching will be provided by Rosie Ranganathan, Head of HR.
The Graduate Programme supports Channel 4's commitment to pushing the UK media industry to the forefront of the global industry by nurturing the leaders of tomorrow, ensuring they are equipped with the necessary skills and experience for success.
Channel 4 is committed to diversity of supply and as well as arming graduates with the tools needed to succeed in the media industry the programme will provide Channel 4 with fresh ideas from the rising stars of the television industry.
The Graduate Programme compliments Channel 4's existing schemes which include apprenticeships, internships, the Production Trainee Scheme and the Investigative Journalism Scheme.
Diane Herbert, Channel 4 Director of HR said: "Our initiatives help build careers for people passionate about working in the media industry regardless of experience or background. We're incredibly focussed on offering opportunities for people at different stages of their career, from all walks of life and truly reflecting the diversity of today's Britain within the Channel."
Gill Whitehead, Channel 4 Director of Audience Technologies and Insight said: "AT&I's team of analysts are leveraging big data to deeply understand our viewers in a world where TV viewing devices are digitally connected. The skills necessary are in very high demand and we want to nurture a new generation of talent, helping graduates develop highly sought after analytical skills, and applying them to the broadcast sector in a way that has never been done before."
Dan Brooke, Channel 4 Director of Marketing and Communications said: "Channel 4's award-winning Marketing and Communications department is top of the class for edgy, creative communications. The graduate scheme is a first class opportunity to learn from the people who make it all happen."
For more information on the Skillset Creative Leadership Award visit: www.skillset.org/leadership
Also keep an eye on the Channel 4 jobs website to see when applications for the graduate scheme open: www.jobs.channel4.com
New Deal of the Mind is working with Creative Access to provide opportunites for paid internships in the creative industries for young people from under-represented black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. The industries covered include FILM, ADVERTISING, PERFORMING ARTS, PUBLISHING, JOURNALISM, TV and RADIO. The scheme is being sponsored by the CEOs of many of the UK’s leaders in these fields (including ITV, Channel 4, Wall to Wall, HarperCollins, All3Media, Studio Lambert, Shine, Fresh One, Somethin’ Else, Two Four Media, Juniper TV, Mentorn etc) and will offer more than 300 internships / graduate roles in 2012-13.
Participants will receive information and access to:
- More than 300 internships / graduate roles in the creative industries in 2012 – 2013.
- Support from NDotM Staff including; creative sector employability skills workshops, help and advice to increase your chance of job success and mock interviews if you are selected by a Creative Access Partner for an interview.
- Networking with other Creative Access members and information sessions covering all of the work of NDotM and the realities of working in the creative sector.
To be considered for the shceme, all you need to do is send an e-mail to email@example.com and answer a short questionnaire (it will only take 5 minutes to complete). Once it has been received, you will be send information about Creative Access opportunities.
For more information, please click here.
How can Channel 4 de-mystify the current myths about forging carees in media and make our industry more accessible and attractive to a diverse workforce?
The plan that the 4Talent team hatched was to encourage established media companies to offer 12 month training programs which would be part sponsored by Channel 4. Since 2003 we have successfully collaborated with a number of large scale media companies, including Diverse Productions, Objective, Raw, Company Pictures (makers of Shameless), Bwark (The Inbetweeners), Fresh One (Jamie Oliver) and Endemol.
The roles are fully paid, and trainees will receive full time mentoring, training at Channel 4 and the opportunity to establish a network for themselves across the industry.
Past trainees have worked in placements of up to 12 months as researchers, production co-ordinators, junior developers and assistant editors. Past successes include a trainee becoming a Director on Hollyoaks.
Current vacancies include:
Dragonfly - Trainee Production Co-ordinator – London
Keo - Trainee Production Co-ordinator – Glasgow
Matchlight - Trainee Researcher – Glasgow
Waddell - Trainee Researcher or Trainee Production Co-ordinator – Belfast
To apply and find out more information about the roles available this year, click here.
Deadline: 22nd June 2012
Reposted from The TV Collective
There is a prevailing problem in the industry when it comes to finding, keeping and developing Black and Minority Ethnic writers for TV and Radio Comedy. The Comedy Studio is a targeted development scheme, working across the industry and broadcasters, bringing together a group of up to ten of the most talented writers with a real commitment to narrative Comedy.
The idea for this unique opportunity was conceived by the Writersroom when the BBC’s Black and Asian Forum (BBAF) produced “An Audience with the Real McCoy”, an event to celebrate 21 years of the comedy sketch show and look at why it was so successful and how we could aspire to set up an initiative to seek out writers and new ideas.
Vice-Chair of the BBAF, Michelle Matheson says: “It was brilliant to be able to celebrate the talents of the cast and production on The Real McCoy and use that as springboard to find new writers with fresh ideas…I’m even more thrilled that the initiative is now taking off and look forward to seeing what comes out of it.”
Kate Rowland, the BBC’s Creative Director, New Writing says: “ New talent and particularly writers are at the heart of great comedy. BBC Writersroom recognises that certain writers are not making their mark in the industry, so we hope that ComedyStudio will give these writers the time and space to interrogate their ideas working closely with BBC Comedy, to create exciting new work.”
Selected writers will take part in a three/four day residential in Kent, between 15th – 18th October, where they can develop their ideas, craft and network with other writers and producers across the Comedy industry. This is a scheme for talented writers on the cusp of a career in television or radio, and as such applicants will need to have some form of professional experience under their belt – eg a full commission, production or professional showcase in theatre, radio, film or TV.
Writers must submit an original calling card script (written for any medium – TV, film, stage, radio), a comedy idea they would like to develop (at least one paragraph, and up to one page), and a biog or brief CV of previous experience. Writers will be selected on the basis of the ability shown in their script and the potential for development shown in their idea.
Email submissions with the subject header ‘CDN The Comedy Studio’ to: firstname.lastname@example.org
This scheme is supported by CDN, BAAF, BBC Comedy Commissioning and The TV Collective.
UPDATE: The deadline for submissions has been extended to 9am on Monday 6th August – do not miss out on this great opportunity.
The TV Collective recently interviewed Steve November, the Head of Continuing Drama at ITV, to discuss diversity, the future of ITV Drama and opportunities for new writers.
Steve, tell us about your role as Head of Continuing Drama?
I am part of the ITV Drama commissioning team for the ITV network. I primarily take responsibility for continuing and long running dramas such as the soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street, Midsomer Murders, Law and Order, DCI Banks, Poirot, and Case Sensitive. I also oversee some of our new dramas so it’s quite a broad slate of drama production.
You have recently launched a new writers’ scheme for BAME writers. Can you tell us the inspirations behind it?
The scheme grew out of discussions around ITV and was very much orchestrated by Miranda Wayland and Tanya Mukherjee, from our Diversity department, focusing on our responsibilities and activities in various areas of diversity. One of the things we were keen to do was to move things forward. There has been a lot of well intentioned discussion around these issues but it hasn’t always translated into productive action very quickly. We thought it was important to get something going that had a direct affect.
I think the problem is a lot to do with perception, and we need to break down the perception of television in general as being something of a closed shop. The notion that you have to know somebody, have a contact, or come from a certain type of background, all contributes toward a certain misconception about TV. Some of these perceptions hold water, but on the whole it isn’t true.
ITV is a commercial channel and we need to connect with and appeal to the biggest and broadest audience as possible and also represent our viewers, which also means having various different voices behind the scenes.
We hope to achieve this in a twofold way: first – to create access and opportunities in areas which have previously been considered as difficult to break into, and secondly to encourage talent from diverse ethnic backgrounds to think about television, and writing for ITV as a possible destination for them. One of our aims is to make people realise that TV writing is open to them, it is open to everybody, it is very meritocratic and ITV should be their first port of call. We want those diverse voices; we want to create a range of talent behind the camera to represent our audiences. This is not altruism; this is a genuine commercial tactic to engage with the broadest audience possible.
Date: Tuesday 29th May
Location: Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London, W1W 6JJ
Time: 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start
Price: £10.00 for RTS Futures Members (see below for how to book and become a member)
Have you got a hit TV idea? Not sure how to pitch it or who to pitch to?
Then come along to our interactive Dragon’s Den pitching session where you’ll find out everything you need to know about creating the perfect pitch and get the opportunity to meet those with the power to put your idea on screen.
TV Dragon and presenter Theo Paphitis hosts a unique session that’ll give YOU the chance to pitch YOUR ideas to five of the country’s most powerful channel commissioners and controllers.
Whether it’s a documentary idea you’re bursting to explore, a game show you think could make you a million or a brand new factual-entertainment format that’ll change the way we watch TV, then this is a chance to show off your creative talent to the very best in the business.
We want to hear your ideas ahead of the event because we’ll be choosing six lucky RTS Futures members to pitch their ideas to our panel. The panel will then choose one overall winner – whose idea showed the most promise – to be given a one week work experience placement with independent production company Twenty Twenty Television (makers of The World’s Strictest Parents and The Choir) to professionally work up and pitch their idea, and who knows, maybe even get it commissioned!
For our audience, you’ll find out what each channel is looking for and what makes a good idea and get a lesson in pitching from Theo himself. If anyone knows how to present an idea that can’t be refused it’s a Dragon.
Don’t miss this exciting and exclusive RTS Futures event and the chance to meet our panel:
- Dominic Bird, Formats Channel 4
- David Glover, Factual Channel 4
- Angela Jain, Controller ITV2
- Tom Edwards, Features/Factual Entertainment BBC
- Phil Edgar Jones, Entertainment Sky
How to Book
This event is open to all RTS Futures members but is designed for those with no more than two years’ television experience. The cost is £10.00. To book a place you (and any guest/s you book a place for) MUST be a member of RTS Futures. If you are an existing member please phone the Events Department on 020 7822 2820 with your Credit/Debit Card ready or email email@example.com providing your name, postal address, email address and phone number (we will then contact you to request credit card details), otherwise please register as a member at www.rtsfutures.org.uk before attempting to book. Please note that tickets can only be purchased in advance and will NOT be available on the door.
Reposted from 4 Talent website
COMING UP is currently the only talent scheme in the UK where emerging filmmakers have the opportunity to make an authored drama with a guaranteed network broadcast. Now in its eleventh year, Channel 4 and Touchpaper Television continue their commitment to innovation, experimentation and new voices.
Commissioned by Channel 4 and produced by Touchpaper Television, a Zodiak Media Company, the aim of the series is to create eye-catching, innovative, challenging films.
We will make a series of films for a half-hour Channel 4 slot.
What do we look for? Bold, original and surprising ideas with strong voices – unafraid of ambition, wit, urgency and fearless entertainment. Films that can be shot in four days on a limited budget.
Who can apply? We are looking for the best fresh and talented filmmakers out there.
- Writers who have not had an original single, series or serial broadcast on UK television. Writers who have contributed episodes or series and serials (eg a long-running soap) are eligible to apply.
- Directors without a primetime TV drama credit.
- Writer/Directors: We will accept submissions from writer/directors who meet the criteria for writers and directors as per above, but excellence in both disciplines must be shown to be considered in this category.
Submissions from multi-cultural and regionally-based filmmakers are encouraged.
The closing date for applications is Monday 2nd July 2012
For more information and to apply, click here.
To read about Coming Up 2012, click here.
Russell Tovey in New Cross
Reposted from Channel 4 Press
Russell Tovey, Ashley Walters, Lara Pulver, MyAnna Buring, Thomas Turgoose and Yasmin Paige are amongst the actors starring in Channel 4's Coming Up 2012 – the annual talent initiative which offers up-and-coming writers and directors the unique opportunity to showcase their work on national TV.
Coming Up 2012 will see emerging off-screen talent working with established on-screen talent to create seven brand new original dramas to be shown on Channel 4. The scheme has launched the careers of some of the most exciting writers and directors in British TV – and is the only UK initiative offering aspiring talent the opportunity to make an authored drama with a guaranteed network broadcast.
2012 Coming Up directors include Prasanna Puwanarajah, who was recently selected to direct a short film for the Olympic opening ceremony; and MJ Delaney who came to prominence with Newport State of Mind, one of the most talked about virals of 2010. Writers include Tom Wells who was this year awarded the Critics Circle New Playwright Award for his acclaimed play The Kitchen Sink, and Vivienne Franzmann who was a teacher for 12 years before writing her first play, Mogadishu, for which she was nominated for the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award.
Do you want to be rewarded for your talent and ambition?
Ones to Watch (formerly Fast Track) is MGEITF’s (Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival) accolade for 30 of the most gifted and ambitious people working in TV. The TV Festival acknowledges that the cost of attending as a delegate can be prohibitive for those in the earlier stages of their careers, so Ones to Watch rewards 30 of the most talented people who wouldn’t otherwise be unable to attend.
Four days of networking and professional development opportunities for just £50! If you are selected as a Ones to Watch delegate, you’ll be rewarded with exclusive access to MGEITF as well as bespoke networking opportunities.
- A programme of sessions and insight from the decision makers and most senior people in TV – exclusively for Ones to Watch
- Delegate pass for MGEITF, including access to Festival programme and social events
- Accommodation in Edinburgh, in flatshares with other Ones to Watch delegates
- Your photo and profile in the 2012 MGEITF programme, distributed to 2000 Festival delegates
- Your profile on the MGEITF website
- Heavily subsidised industry training opportunities after attending Ones to Watch
- 95% of Ones to Watch delegates from 2011 say that it has improved their professional confidence.