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BBC TV Drama Writers’ Programme 2022

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Applications to the 2022 TV Drama Writers’ Programme are open from Wednesday 28th July 2021 to 12 noon on Monday 13th September 2021 for credited and/or agented writers.. Please see BBc’s invitation to apply below:

TV Drama Writers Room Programme 2022

Please read the full Terms and Conditions of Entry

ELIGIBILITY

  • Writers must have at least ONE professionally produced piece of narrative scriptwriting work, a minimum of 30 minutes in length, in television, radio, theatre or film.  Novels are ineligible and will not be accepted.  ALTERNATIVELY writers must have an agent, supplying address and contact details.
  • Writers are asked to submit an original spec script (minimum 50 pages) and a one-page pitch outlining a potential series or serial idea for BBC One, BBC Two or BBC Three.  The original spec script can be film, theatre, television or radio – any medium except for novels.
  • The pitch needs to be a different idea from the spec script.  It should be as distinctive as possible, bearing in mind the current, competitive TV landscape in the UK and abroad.
  • The aim of the Programme is to give writers their first original television drama series or serial commission.
  • Writers must not have an original idea in development (beyond treatment stage) with BBC Television Drama.  Writers in development outside the BBC are eligible to apply.
  • Writers must not have had a previous original series or serial commission from BBC One, BBC Two or BBC Three.
  • Writers must demonstrate a burning desire to write television drama.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Writers will need to submit their CV highlighting produced credit or credits, an original spec script and a one page pitch (all saved as PDF) via the BBC Writersroom E-Submissions System only.  The spec script should be an original, full-length script (minimum 50 pages) and not an episode of an existing drama series.
  • To make their submissions, writers must submit (PDF only) via the BBC Writersroom using this link

E-Submissions System –  https://writersroom.external.bbc.co.uk/opportunity/202  

Deadline: 12 noon on Monday 13th September 2021 

TIMETABLE

  • There are 10 places; and we shall be shortlisting 15-20 writers for the scheme.
  • The first round of interviews will be held in early 2022 (dates tbc).  Shortlisted writers will then have meetings with independent production companies in February/March 2022.
  • We will then inform the successful 10 writers.
  • Selected writers must be free to attend a three day intensive workshop in 2022 (dates tbc) and available to write their script and attend a series of writing workshops, lectures and readings across the subsequent months.  They will also receive notes on their pitches and each draft of their treatment and script.

SCRIPT FEE

  • Writers will be commissioned to write a minimum of two drafts of a treatment and a minimum of three drafts of their original script.  They will be paid a minimum script fee as agreed by the WGGB/PMA and the BBC on a favoured nations basis (currently £13,320 for 60 minutes).  

ENTRY FAQS

  • It is essential that applicants have an interest in and enthusiasm for television drama.  Submissions will be assessed on the strength of the writing and the originality of the pitch.
  • Applicants must be resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland.
  • The Logline, medium and genre on the E-submissions form refers to the spec script and not the pitch.
  • Submissions must be the writer’s original work, and may not be based wholly or in part, on the work of any other person, whether known, published, produced, or not (i.e. no adaptations).
  • As well as individual writers, writing partnerships of two (maximum) may enter.  Scripts submitted must be written by the partnership.
  • No feedback can be given on unsuccessful submissions.

If you have any questions, contact writersroom@bbc.co.uk

Find out more about the TV Drama Writers’ Programme and the writers and production companies who have taken part in the scheme

Find out how the TV Drama Writers’ Programme fits into the range of opportunities from BBC Writersroom for writers at different stages of their careers

*Please Note: This is a separate scheme from our open submission Script Room, with more restricted entry criteria*

 

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

 

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Job Alert: 1st Assistant Camera

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Experienced 1st AC is needed asap for a production filming in Birmingham on Friday. Pay is £200.00 a day plus meals and a good opportunity to work closely with a really experienced Director/DOP in Birmingham. Applicants should be part of or understanding of the LGBTQ+ community.

To Apply
You need to be registered on the Film Birmingham database to apply (it’s free). If you’re available and want to be put forward for the job, please then email wpmm@filmbirmingham.co.uk with ‘1AC’ in the subject line. We will then pass your CV onto the production company and they will be in touch with you directly. If you need to update your CV on the database, please follow this link, using your registered email address to login and the password which you created. If you’ve forgotten your password, just click the ‘forgotten password’ option.

Job Alert: Casting AP

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Full Fat produce innovative and popular factual content for British and international broadcasters, platforms and distributors.

They are looking for a dynamic Casting AP, able to start immediately, to join an experienced team working on a new 2 part, peak time, documentary series for Channel 4. Extensive experience of casting contributors for documentary series essential, ideally with experience casting people living alternative lifestyles.

The role is to start immediately and will initially run up until 18th June. They are a Birmingham based company however, due to current Government restrictions, they anticipate the successful applicant will work remotely.

To Apply

Full Fat are committed to sharing job opportunities with creative, diverse talent working in the industry.

Please send your CV with ‘Casting AP’ in the subject line to production@fullfattv.co.uk.

If you are happy for them to keep your CV on file, please add the following disclaimer to the top of your CV ‘I consent to you keeping my details on file and distributing for employment purposes.’ Due to the expected high volume of applicants, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

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Job Alert: Director

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Are you a director from/based in Birmingham or the West Midlands? A production is seeking two directors from the region for a four-part Horror anthology feature film being developed by a group of talented West Midlands writers, directors and producers.

Applicants must have a minimum 2-3 solid short films behind them and/or narrative driven visually impressive music promos/ads. The production is especially interested in hearing from female directors with a passion for the genre. Scripts are in place, so applicants must be happy to work on other writers’ material.

No first-timers or students please.

To Apply

If you are interested, please contact paulgreenbfilmicro@gmail.com with CV and examples of work (preferably whole films and not edited showreels).

 

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Job Alert: Shooting Producer

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Full Fat produce innovative and popular factual content for British and international broadcasters, platforms and distributors.

They are looking for a Shooting Producer, able to start immediately, to join an experienced team working on a new 2 part, peak time, UK Travelogue for Channel 4 .  Initially you’ll be helping with the final casting and recceing of stories prior to a 5 week shoot in June- early July.  The shoot will have a full crew and experienced director. You must be a strong shooter on FS7 or similar, and a good team player. Experience of Travelogues and or immersive presenter led shows, preferably humorous ones, would be ideal.

The role will involve remote working initially so good communication and organisational skills will be important.  The role will also involve some casting, so experience in targeting, cold calling and setting up and editing Zoom calls is important.  The ability to build trusting relationships with contributors is essential.

The role is to start immediately and could initially be part time from the 10th May for 2 weeks or full time from the 17th.  It will finish at the end of the shoot; currently scheduled to be 2nd July.  They are a Birmingham based company however, due to current Government restrictions, we are currently working remotely.

 

To Apply

Full Fat are committed to sharing job opportunities with creative, diverse talent working in the industry.

Please send your CV with a covering letter to – production@fullfattv.co.uk

If you are happy for them to keep your CV on file, please add the following disclaimer to the top of your CV ‘I consent to you keeping my details on file and distributing for employment purposes.’ Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Job Alert: Production Coordinator

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Full Fat TV is seeking an experienced Production Coordinator from early May to mid-August to work on a new Factual Entertainment series for Channel 4.

The ideal candidate must have strong organisational and planning skills with proven experience of setting up location filming and negotiating costs. Responsibilities will include generating call-sheets, booking crews, liaising with research and edit teams along with providing general support to the Production Manager to ensure the smooth running of the schedule and shoots. A thorough knowledge of post-production, with experience of completing post-production paperwork on Silver and Sound Mouse are desired.

If you have solid experience in all of the above and think this sounds like you, do apply. They particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

Full Fat TV is a Birmingham based company; however, due to current Government restrictions, the successful applicant could  be working remotely, so applications from across the UK can be considered.

To Apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to production@fullfattv.co.uk with the job title in the subject line. If you are happy for them to keep your CV on file, please add the following disclaimer to the top of your CV ‘I consent to you keeping my details on file and distributing for employment purposes.’

The company is committed to sharing job opportunities with creative, diverse talent working in the industry. Due to the expected high volume of applicants, please note that we will only be able to contact candidates who are selected for interview.

Job Alert: Production Manager

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Full Fat TV is looking for an experienced Production Manager ideally from mid-May up until 3 Sept 2021 to work on a landmark 1 x 60’ music documentary for BBC2.

Responsibilities include managing the overall schedule, budget and post-production delivery paperwork whilst working closely with the editorial team to meet Channel deadlines.

The ideal candidate will have experience of managing productions that have complex rights clearance for archive and music content and working with high profile talent. Full Fat is a Birmingham based company; however, due to current Government restrictions, we anticipate the successful applicant will work remotely, therefore they can consider flexible working and applications from across the UK.

To Apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to production@fullfattv.co.uk with the job title in the subject line. If you are happy for us to keep your CV on file, please add the following disclaimer to the top of your CV ‘I consent to you keeping my details on file and distributing for employment purposes.’

The company is committed to sharing job opportunities with creative, diverse talent working in the industry. Due to the expected high volume of applicants, please note that they will only be able to contact candidates who are selected for interview.

Job Alert: Location Coordinator – LS Productions

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LS Productions’ Location Department is expanding in England or Wales, and they’re on the hunt for a Location Coordinator!

Overview

As LS Productions’ Location Coordinator, you will assist the Head of Locations and Location Manager with running the Location Department (all the shoots the Location Department facilitates plus location-related business development on behalf of LS Productions). You must have 3+ years experience working in a Location Department. This is a permanent role.

Required skills are: 3+ years experience, Clean Drivers Licence, Confident managing workflow, Impeccable organisation skills, Confident delegating tasks, Creative thinker, Attention to detail

Key Responsibilities

You will be responsible for the workflow of each shoot LS facilitates on behalf of the department. This includes overseeing the collation of all information from the client, location images, site plans, information regarding locations and crew pencils. You will take overarching responsibility for the collation of the above.

Also, you will:

  • oversee the addition of new locations to the database and ensure this is being recorded and actioned correctly in line with LS procedure.
  • assist the Location Manager to present suitable locations to clients and to contact owners, arrange recces, negotiate fees and carry out all necessary location pre-production where required; ensuring you deal with all enquiries in the most efficient way.
  • assist with contacting Location Owners, Scouts and Location Managers for both live jobs and general enquiries and you will ensure that you capture all contacts and notes on the database for future use.
  • work with the Head of Locations to organise content for location-related marketing material and help monitor the location section of our website ensuring locations are kept up to date and current, based on trends in briefs and the acquisition of new locations. You will be responsible for tracking what clients are asking for and feeding this into plans for database development.
  • keep up to date with location news in the industry, and share thiswith the Head of Locations to inform future strategy.
  • be responsible for scouting and arranging scouting for the database as briefed by the Head of Locations.
  • be required to scout, recce and work shoots at various levels within the department as the size of the shoot requires.

Key Skills

  • 3+ years working in a Location Department. Those with experience in film offices, location agencies, production companies, screen agencies (or similar) and/or working freelance will be considered.
  • Confidence managing workflow, delegating tasks and impeccable organisation skills.
  • The ability to think creatively and find imaginative solutions to location briefs.
  • Driving License.
  • High aptitude for tackling research projects to unearth the seemingly impossible, working with high attention to detail.
  • Experience managing a database and a high level of computer literacy, including DAMS, CRMs, Adobe Lightroom and Microsoft Office.
  • Experience representing a company to clients and location owners, from the office and on set.
  • Ability to manage projects and budgets independently.
  • Good connections within the industry, with a desire to build on this.

Reporting

You will report to Head of Locations Amy Morement and in her absence Sarah Drummond, MD.

Location

You will work remotely initially with a view to working both remotely and from the LS office in either Manchester or London in future. Applications from candidates based anywhere in England or Wales will be considered, and longer term remote working could be supported for this role.

You will be required to travel to meetings and set where required and expenses will be provided for this.

How to Apply

Send your CV and cover letter explaining why you’d be perfect for this role to locations@lsproductions.com

In the subject line: LS Productions | Location Coordinator | Your Name

Deadline Friday 30th April 2021

 

Source: lsproductions.com

 

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Channel 4’s Black to Front Promotes Diverse Programming

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To amplify the conversations around representation and diversity in the industry, 2021 will see Channel 4 disrupt its regular schedule to broadcast 24 hours of television showcasing Black talent on and off screen.
Black to Front features major new commissions and reimagines some of Channel 4’s  biggest mainstream shows to focus on Black talent and transform Black representation in front of and behind the camera. It aims to amplify Black talent, stories, and voices by bringing them to the forefront on screen and behind the camera.

They are currently expanding talent pools for new and existing flagship Channel 4 shows featuring as part of Black To Front and beyond, to include more people from currently under-represented groups.

Join Black To Front

For unscripted shows, based in Wales, Manchester, Leeds and London we’d like to hear from:

  • Executive Producers
  • Show Runners
  • Series Producers
  • Studio Directors
  • Self-shooting Directors
  •  Producers
  • Line Producers
  • Production Management
  • AP’s
  • Researchers 
  • Consumer Researchers
  • Anyone With Live Show Experience
  • Senior Talent With Reality/Docu-soap/Ob Doc Experience
  • Deputy Editors (Must Have A Journalism Background)
  • anyone with live show experience  and  senior talent with Reality/Docu-soap/OB doc experience

If you would like to be considered for any of the roles below, please send your CV.  CVs are welcomed from anyone with the relevant skills or experience, although we’d really love to hear from Black talent as they are less represented

If you have the relevant experience or transferable skills and would like to be considered for one of these roles, please email your CV and availability across 2021 to btftalent@channel4.co.uk by Monday 22 March. Please include the ROLE you’d like to be considered for in the email subject. In your email please also include a line on why you’d like to be part of Black To Front.

Relevant CVs will be shared with indies who will then be in contact.

Please ensure your CV includes permission for it to be kept on file and shared.

About Black To Front

Black to Front is an ambitious day of programming for Autumn 2021 which will see Channel 4’s entire programming schedule fronted by Black talent as part of the Channel’s ongoing commitment to improve Black representation both on and off screen. To ensure that the project drives significant and sustainable change within the industry, Channel 4 is working with The Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity to help shape meaningful off-screen commitments to ensure the day leaves a lasting legacy.

The day’s programming will reimagine some of Channel 4’s biggest flagship shows including Celebrity GoggleboxCountdown and the Channel 4 News with an all-Black presenting and reporting team. Hollyoaks will be an hour-long special written, directed and performed by its Black talent and Mo Gilligan will front a one off special of The Big Breakfast.

Crucially, Black to Front will also launch a series of new commissions including original scripted comedy led by Black talent; a returnable unscripted prime-time popular factual series providing an authentic look at Black lives and a provocative, live late-night topical discussion show.

Briefs: Unscripted

As part of the day of programming we have committed to launching a new 4 part 10pm unscripted series that reflects Black British life. We are totally open to what shape this series takes, it could be reality, docusoap, a new format, constructed, provocative in form and tone or of course broad factual entertainment.

The series should be relatable and absolutely authentic in its portrayal of Black lives and the ambition is for this to be something we can grow so it should ideally be returnable rather than a one off.

This is a great opportunity in a space no other broadcaster is currently working so what do you think Channel 4, born risky, the home of underrepresented groups should be doing in this space?

Late Night Topical Live Show

We are looking for a bold, provocative new live topical show as part of Black to Front to TX at 11pm. We want to hear ideas for a new late night programme that will feel totally of the moment, disruptive, challenging and full of Channel 4 attitude.

Combining the unfiltered, unpredictable energy of After Dark with the attitude of Channel 4’s best-loved live topical and entertainment shows. We want to be immersed in the most interesting arguments of the day but also to tackle the arguments about race and representation which the Takeover seeks to address.

We want the programme to feel dynamic and provocative in the best traditions of Channel 4 – but don’t want it to feel like we’re just chasing clickbait. It should feel challenging, surprising, entertaining and intelligent. We want to hear how your live late night topical show will come crashing into a new age, pushing the genre on.

We are keen to hear ideas involving the most exciting talents around – from the established to the new. Please think broadly about people who would really bring an audience and create a buzz. They may well not be from TV, but instead from politics or film, journalism or music. But they must have a point of view and be compelling and charismatic enough to add a tone and flavour to the show that feels C4 and makes you want to watch.

Talent names should be attached to submissions – with interest secured if possible.

Interactivity is important – but it should flow naturally from the way the show is designed.

We want to explore what could be done with the look and layout to deliver a show that’s energetic and visually stimulating. We’re also keen to know whether you want to include VTs – and what these would be like. And what would you do that would create a buzz around the show and work across all platforms, not just within the live linear show.

Comedy

We’re on the hunt for original scripted comedy ideas that come from, celebrate and support Black talent front and centre.

The industry is speaking about race and diversity with a passion that is vital, demanding, timely and exciting and some key themes have emerged in the discourse.

  • On-screen, representation of Black British life and experience is lacking.
  • Off-screen, we have an industry wide problem that talent from BAME backgrounds aren’t getting enough experience and support to progress in the industry.

We want funny, ambitious ideas that take these issues to heart, using them to help shape the pitches we receive.  There will be lots of routes to making this happen, so we’re open to collaborative, imaginative conversations from indies big and small about how best to do this together.

In terms of what type of show, the wider C4 Comedy brief is simple: We want sitcoms that reflect the UK back at itself. Broad, clever, returnable shows, full of memorable characters that help us feel connected to each other.  Think about what we make and how that makes us distinctive.  Writer performers have a long and successful legacy with us (Catastrophe, Stath Lets Flats, Chewing Gum, This Way Up, Maxxx, Feel Good) but writer led projects that celebrate a specific take on the universal are also a big win for us.  (Derry Girls, Friday Night Dinner) The sweet spot for C4 comedy? Surprising, truly original and bloody funny!

A real gap for us is new family sit-coms.  Derry Girls and Friday Night Dinner are two of our biggest shows – instantly recognisable characters, high gag count, multi-generational and covering universal themes of family and relationships.  So we’re especially keen to hear ideas in this territory from writers new and established.  Ideas will dictate what path development takes.

Process for Submissions

NEW SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE LIVE TOPICAL SHOW.

NEW SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE COMEDY BRIEF.

10pm unscripted ideas can be pitched to any commissioning editor in any unscripted department.

All commissions will need to be ready to TX by September 2021. In light of the ever changing restrictions caused by the pandemic, proposal documents should include an outline of how your production can be produced Covid safe.

We want to know how under-represented voices, groups and topics will be involved in your programme on and off screen given the aims of the the Black to Front project.

We particularly welcome pitches from production companies where the main shareholders, the leading decision-makers or the creative leaders comprise those from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic background.

NEW SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR UNSCRIPTED.

Similar Ideas​

By the very nature of this process, Channel 4 may receive different pieces of work from different producers which resemble each other and in some cases similar or identical ideas may be generated independently.

By taking part in this process, you are confirming that the idea submitted will be original, owned by you and free of third party rights.

 

Source: www.channel4.com

 

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Full Fat Television Seeks Development AP – Deadline March 19th

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Full Fat Television is seeking a talented, tenacious and ambitious Development AP to join our expanding development team working across their factual entertainment slate. The company produces innovative and popular factual content for British and international broadcasters, platforms and distributors.

About the Role

They are looking for someone passionate who has a solid track record in development and who is brimming with ideas.  Reporting to the Director of Development, the successful candidate will be responsible for generating and pitching new ideas; writing proposals; designing premium decks and cutting sizzles for a range of broadcasters and genres.

You should have a strong grasp of the TV/digital landscape and an in-depth understanding of commissioner needs.

Skillset and Responsibilities:

  • You must be able to originate entertaining ideas that feel relevant, now and must-have.
  • You must be a strong researcher and fast writer with the ability to format and structure shows as well as execute entertaining proposals.
  • You must have solid experience designing premium looking decks using Indesign/Powerpoint/Photoshop.
  • Experience of cutting sizzles is desirable.
  • You’ll have a strong eye for talent.
  • You’ll have experience of casting experts and contributors for sizzle reels.
  • You must be a strong multi-tasker and work well under pressure.

 

To Apply

 If this sounds like you we would love to hear from you. Please send a CV and covering letter with the role you are applying for in the subject line to production@fullfattv.co.uk

CLOSING DATE 19th March

Immediate Start. Six months contract.

Full Fat Television is committed to sharing job opportunities with creative, diverse talent working in the industry.

The roles are Birmingham based; however, due to current Government restrictions, we anticipate the successful applicant will work remotely.

If you are happy for us to keep your CV on file, please add the following disclaimer to the top of your CV ‘I consent to you keeping my details on file and distributing for employment purposes.’

Due to the expected high volume of applicants, please note that we will only be able to contact candidates who are selected for interview.