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Nov
07
2012

Northern Ireland Screen & Channel 4 briefing

New E4 pilot scheme & development call for concepts

Seminar on writing the one-pager and treatment

Ben Stoll, Head of Development at Channel 4 will host a briefing in Belfast, on Monday 12th November, to engage with local writers and shed some light on the launch of the new E4 TV pilot scheme.

Northern Ireland Screen will also brief writers on their New Talent Focus Scheme 2012 -2013; a call for TV drama projects for a “youth audience”. This development scheme will run in consultation with Channel 4.

There will be a Q&A session following the briefing.

To complement this briefing and opportunity, Northern Ireland Screen has also arranged for a free seminar on WRITING THE ONE-PAGER & TREATMENT – with Charles Harris of Euroscript. This seminar will help writers in general when packaging projects to bring to producers and broadcasters. Specifically, it will help writers make the most of this opportunity to engage with Channel 4 and Northern Ireland Screen.

Where: Merchant Hotel, Belfast (Rita Duffy Suite)

When: Monday, 12th November

1:45pm – 3pm: C4 & Northern Ireland Screen briefing – Free event

3:15pm – 6:15pm: Seminar: WRITING THE ONE-PAGER & TREATMENT – Free event

There are only 100 places available for this briefing – please contact Ursula Devine at Ursula@northernirelandscreen.co.uk to secure your place. Places are allocated on a first, come first serve basis. If you RSVP’d to this event before the date was rescheduled, your RSVP is still valid.

More on E4 TV pilot scheme

Channel 4 Head of Drama Piers Wenger is establishing an E4 drama pilot scheme in one of his first strategic moves since taking the role in May.

Wenger is looking for pilots targeting 16-to 34-year-olds for transmission next year from the “wealth of British drama talent out there.”

The Drama Commissioning Team is looking for “bold, authored and entertaining” ideas and is calling for indies and writers to start talking to them.

Wenger said he was looking to both “new and established writers with big ideas.”

“E4 has established an unrivalled reputation for launching young, ground-breaking drama series and we are looking for a range of original ideas which will allow audiences to connect with the channel now,” Wenger said.

“We don’t want to be prescriptive on genre, format or length of episode – the aim is to see a variety of home-grown and innovative drama on E4 in 2013 and beyond.”

Previous E4 hits include Misfits and Skins and the channel has just commissioned Big Talk to make urban music drama Youngers.

Wenger joined C4 from the BBC where he was one of the executive producers on Doctor Who


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