Great news for singer/songwriter/TV personality Jamelia – she has only gone and secured a seat on ITV’s panel show Loose Women! Her first show will be Wednesday 27th November so be sure to tune in and show your support.
Jamelia said: "I’m absolutely chuffed to become a Loose Woman! I'm really looking forward to sharing my thoughts and feisty opinions with the other women and the viewers and can't wait to get my teeth into some great debates and to discuss issues that really matter."
Jamelia secured her first recording contract at the age of 15 and has enjoyed a series of hit singles and albums. She has presented an array of television shows and documentaries including BBC Three’s Whose Hair is it Anyway and appeared as a coach on The Voice of Ireland.
Reposted from Screen Daily. Image from The Guardian
The BFI has released new research highlighting the successful box office performance of UK independent films with a female screenwriter and/or director.
Women are severely under-represented in writing and directing roles in the film industry. On UK independent films released between 2010 and 2012, just 11.4% of the directors and 16.1% of the writers were women. However, according to the research for the top 20 UK independent films over the same period, 18.2% of the directors and 37% of the writers were female.
The snapshot is small but encouraging.
The picture is still more encouraging on what the BFI terms “profitable” UK independent films, where 30% of the writers were female. The report also shows that films with female writers or directors were more likely to have female producers or executive producers, and have received financial support through BFI Lottery and BBC Films or Film4. Earlier this year, the BFI’s statistical yearbook revealed that UK women writers declined from 18.9% of total writers (to have had films made) in 2011 to 13.4% (25 writers) in 2012. The picture for women directors was bleaker, with men accounting for 92.2% of directors on UK films in 2012, an increase of more than 7% year-on-year. This translates to 165 male directors in 2012 compared to 14 women directors.
Two weeks ago, Number 9 producer Elizabeth Karlsen told the audience at Screen International’s Diversify conference that male commissioning editors, women’s history being silenced and unconscious bias were all still hindering women in the UK film and TV industries. On the same panel, My Brother the Devil director Sally El Hossaini said she had faced prejudice when it came to the funding of her film:
“A public financier told my producer: ‘She’s a nice woman, can she really do a film about all these guys?’ That spurred me on.”
More positively this year Creative Skillset’s 2012 Employment Census highlighted that the number of women in the creative media industries has grown by almost 16,000 since 2009, with representation rising from 27% to 36% of the total workforce. In response to the gender gap, in October the French film industry and government signed an equality charter calling for 50:50 female to male ratios on festival and funding commissions and equal pay.
The full BFI report ‘Succès de plume? Female Screenwriters and Directors of UK Films, 2010-2012’, is available here: http://www.bfi.org.uk/statistics/reports
It's here! The inaugural SCREEN NATION DIGITAL-iS MEDIA AWARDS presented in conjunction with Vox Africa (Sky218 ) and sponsored by Google and Afrinolly aims to showcase the best online content produced by black British and international digital media creatives across short film, web series, music promos, blogs, magazines, social networks and more. The ceremony takes place on Tuesday 17th December at Google HQ London.
The awards highlight the new media maker who can wake up, write, cast and fund a project online, record and edit with a mobile device, launch a YouTube channel to distribute the content, design a blog to publicise their work and find an audience via any one of a number of social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more. Digital-iS our reality. With the constant debate about the lack of diversity across mainstream media channels, the Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards is a great way to give new voices a platform and recognise the wealth of talent succeeding in the digital arena. See below to see who made the 2013 nominations list and how to vote plus look out over the next couple of weeks for SceneProfiles on each of the nominees.
Date: Thursday 5th December 2013
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Location: The Arnhem Gallery, Fairfield Halls, Park Lane Croydon Surrey, CR9 1DG.
With over 80 powerful, packed out screenings across the UK and Europe in just a year, West Croydon Voice presents the last major UK public screening of the award winning documentary 'Riot from Wrong'.
The Arnhem Gallery has generously been donated by the Fairfield Board for this screening. Refreshments will be available before the event from 7pm and the screening will take place at 7.30pm followed by a discussion that will last until 10.00pm. Those expected in attendance include members of the Duggan family, the team from Fully Focused including Teddy Nygh, and other distinguished panel guests taking part in the discussion after the film.
On the 4th day of the riots, in the face of the devastation and destruction, surrounded by negativity and misconception, 19 passionate young people from across London came together to take positive action. The critically acclaimed, eye opening documentary Riot from Wrong is a result of that positive action. Click here to watch the trailer.
We have some exciting news here at SceneTV. We are proud to be the online media partner for the inaugural SCREEN NATION DIGITAL-iS MEDIA AWARDS presented in conjunction with Vox Africa (Sky218) and sponsored by Google.
The awards are designed as a competitive excellence platform that will showcase the best work being published online made by black British and international digital media creatives working across short film, web series, music promos, blogs, magazines, social networks and more.
The event highlights a new born media maker that can simply wake up, write, cast and fund a project online, record and edit with a mobile device, launch a YouTube channel to distribute their content, design a blog to publicise their work and find an audience via any one of a number of social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more. The new digital era continues to grow from strength to strength.
Deadline: 5pm December 16th 2013
BBC writersroom provides a unique open-door at the BBC for writers called The Script Room.
The Script Room is a place where you can send your script to be assessed by our team of experienced readers. This is not a free script-reading service, but a means by which the BBC seeks out the best new writing talent, offering writers without a track record, representation, or contacts the opportunity to have their work considered by the BBC. Shortlisted writers will go forward to access a range of development opportunities with BBC writersroom. The window for submitting scripts will be open from November 18th 2013 until 5pm on December 16th 2013.
What we accept:
There are strict rules on what is and isn't accepted, so before sending in anything please read the Terms & Conditions before submitting.
How to submit:
Submissions to the Script Room should now be made online via the brand new e-submissions system here - Submit your script online.
Please read the E-submissions FAQs for full guidelines on how the new system works. All scripts must be formatted as PDFs.If you are unable to submit online, please email email@example.com to request a cover sheet no later than 3 weeks ahead of the Script Room deadline.
Deadline: 5pm, December 16th 2013
Find more information click here.
Reposted from BBC website. Image via Radio Times
In a one-hour film set to air in 2014, Joanna Lumley returns to BBC One to spend time with will.i.am – the man who has intrigued her since she saw him carrying the flame on the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay across Britain.
Joanna travels to Los Angeles, California to meet will.i.am on his home turf – spending time with him at his mansion in Los Feliz, meeting his friends and family, and returning with him to his childhood home in the social housing projects of Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles. She accompanies will.i.am as he journeys back to his old elementary school where the course of his life was changed forever by an inspirational teacher John Wright, and watches him compose and create a special song about his mother.
Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, says: “In this very special documentary for BBC One, Joanna Lumley spends time with the intriguing will.i.am, hanging out with his friends and family and delving into his background to find out just what motivates this extraordinarily driven individual who seems more than anybody else to define the pace, energy and creativity of the time in which we live.”
Joanna will be talking to will.i.am about his childhood growing up in one of the toughest areas of Los Angeles, his school days and early moves into the music business, his massive success with The Black Eyed Peas and subsequently as a solo artist too, his relationship with President Obama, his work on The Voice, and the many ventures to which he devotes his time.
Emma Willis, Head of Documentary Commissioning for the BBC, says: “We’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming Joanna Lumley back to factual television on the BBC. Joanna is one of Britain’s most popular personalities and will bring warmth and insight to this unique documentary.”
Joanna Lumley Meets will.i.am (1×60-minute) was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One and Emma Willis, Head of Documentary Commissioning. The film will be executive produced by Mark Wells for Rain Media Entertainment, Steven Lappin for Big Red Productions and Maxine Watson, Commissioning Editor for the BBC. It will be produced and directed by Adrian Sibley.
Last week (13th November), the Diversify conference took place at Bafta HQ in London. Hosted by Broadcast and Screen International, the event was a timely one off the back of the recent Creative Skillset report that highlighted a significant decline in the representation of BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) people in the industries between 2009 and 2012.
Attended by those both already working and apsiring to work in the television industry, the all-day conference discussed reasons why achieving better diversity results is still a struggle and what action needs to be taken. Please see below for a round up of comments (click the links to read the full articles via Broadcast).
Written by Annika Allen, Ben Peters and Marc Senior
Starring: Danny ‘Slim’ Gray, Kat B, Mighty Moe, Axel Comedian, Linden Walcott-Burton Leonie Elliot, Paris Robin, Lenéa Herew, Ava Charles, Monique Fontaine, Michael Moulton, Johnathan Ukeuku and Wakjira Feyesa
Ones n Twos is a unique online comedy series that follows the lives of an eclectic bunch of DJs that broadcast live on pirate radio station OnesNTwos FM – the biggest little station in London. In each episode the DJs broadcast from the stations custom built studio in the station manager’s girlfriends flat. With clashing personalities, secret crushes and power struggles life is never simple for the team at OnesnTwos FM.
This 12 x 10 min series takes the classic sitcom format placing it online for a great mix of humour, drama, comedy and entertainment.
Ones N Twos will be released on YouTube OnesNTwosTV - watch every Thursday at 7pm from 14 November 2013
Check out Ep 1 above and let @Scene_TV know what you think!
Channel 4 arts commissioner Tabitha Jackson is to leave the broadcaster to head up Sundance’s documentary programme in the US. Jackson, who ordered shows including All In The Best Possible Taste With Grayson Perry and When Bjork Met Attenborough, will leave C4 before the end of the year to become director of the Documentary Film Programme at the Sundance Institute.
C4 is now searching for a replacement and in the interim Jackson’s forthcoming projects are expected to be covered by Ralph Lee’s team of factual commissioning editors.
The Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organisation founded by Robert Redford, running alongside the Sundance Film Festival, which helps fund emerging independent screenwriters and directors. Jackson’s new role is based in Los Angeles but she will also spend time in New York. She will run a commissioning fund that will help finance up to 25 independent documentaries a year. Jackson will be working with fledgling producers from across the globe to fund docs and is keen to work with indies from the UK.
“It is very much an international role, designed to get in early and support film-makers from around the world,” she said. The fund, which was set up in 2002, has already provided nearly $15m (£9m) in funding for more than 600 documentary films in 61 countries. Films it has backed recently include docs such as Sweden’s Concerning Violence, Chile’s Children, New Zealand doc Flickering Time Bomb and a yet-to-be-titled whale-hunting doc from UK cinematographer Mike Day. In addition to funding, the institute operates creative documentary labs, hosting a number of events for new fi lm-makers throughout the year.
Jackson, whose most recent commissions are Grayson Perry follow-up Who Are You? and Charlie Brooker’s How Video Games Changed The World, will replace Cara Mertes. The latter left Sundance earlier this year to join social justice film-making programme JustFilms, which is backed by The Ford Foundation.