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.
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.
The National Film and Television School, in partnership with Channel 4, is looking for applicants from diverse backgrounds to enrol onto its Directing Fiction and Cinematography MA courses in an exciting opportunity for budding filmmakers.
Sheffield Doc/Fest has announced a new bespoke training and mentoring programme for emerging talent – Doc/Next.
The programme is a year-long training initiative open to documentary and all other non-fiction directors, producers, line producers, editors and DOPs across all platforms. The programme is specifically aimed at UK professionals with their first handful of credits who have been in the industry for 18 months to five years, and are ambitious to move up to the next rung of the ladder.
Writers’ Cramp is seeking disabled aspiring writers and would-be script editors for a six-month programme sponsored by Creative Skillset.
Creative Skillset’s last census revealed that disabled talent is underrepresented in the Film and TV industry. Writers’ Cramp aims to address this by finding five new writers and five new script editors to enter the industry to shake things up and get new stories and voices heard.
Do you have your sights set on a career in the media or advertising industries? Are you aged 16-25 and living in Birmingham, London or Manchester?
Media Trust has launched the Queen’s Young Leaders programme to unlock the hidden talent of 100 young people. The programme will provide you with mentoring, training and masterclasses through which you’ll develop the tools, contacts and skills you need to explore new career paths and take your next step. The programme includes:
Channel 4 and Lime Pictures have partnered with development agency New Writing North to offer aspiring writers the opportunity to work on shows including Hollyoaks. The initiative, which is backed by Northumbria University, forms part of the Northern Writers’ Awards and is open to TV writers based in the north of the country.
Want to be mentored by top broadcast journalists, produce your own news report and learn how a newsoom works?
Breaking Into News is a talent competition, run by the Media Trust run in partnership with ITV News and ITN, which aims to discover hidden media talent and find broadcast journalists of the future. Watch the vido above featuring Charlene White and Rageh Omaar to find out more.
BBC Writersroom has kicked off Comedy Room 2015 – a development pool of 15 up-and-coming writers who have been selected from Writersroom open talent searches, alongside input from BBC Comedy (TV and radio).
The aim of the scheme is to encourage and develop the best in new comedy writing and to help these writers to build strong connections within BBC Comedy.The talented 15, will receive targeted training and development for six months, including workshops, masterclasses and networking events.
Anne Edyvean, Head of the BBC Writersroom, says: “The creation of Comedy Room is a way of answering the question, ‘How do we best support emerging writing talent in Comedy?’ We decided on regular, structured teaching; introductions to key people in BBC Comedy; workshops; and script support for a hand-picked group of writers, over a limited time-period, in conjunction with BBC Radio and TV Comedy.”
Over the next year, 12 drama directors will be mentored on one of the 4 flagship continuing dramas (EastEnders, Holby City, Doctors & Casualty); and, as part of their training, they will receive a full credit on one episode of their assigned programme. If the director has shown that they can meet the standards required, the show aims to hire them within 9 months for a full directorial commission.