Archive for March 5th, 2007

BBC strikes deal with YouTube

5th March 2007

The BBC reports that it has struck a content deal with YouTube – a consumer media company owned by Google that allows people to watch and share videos worldwide via the Web.

Three YouTube channels – one for news and two for entertainment – will showcase short clips of BBC content.

The BBC hopes that the deal will help it reach YouTube’s monthly audience of more than 70 million users and drive extra traffic to its own website.

The corporation will also get a share of the advertising revenue generated by traffic to the new YouTube channels.

This is a clever and farsighted decision by the BBC. Online content is prevalent, popular, and youth-driven. By channelling this audience towards its own website, the BBC recognises that if it doesn’t follow the changing trends in consumer profiles it will become a moribund media.

In the future these trends will impact upon writers, and their sources of revenue. It is incumbent upon writers to pay attention to these new sources of content, and learn how it to harness it in favour of their careers.

Details of UK’s Screenwriting Festival

5th March 2007

The preliminary programme for the UK’s second Screenwriting Festival (3-6 July 2007) has been announced.

The line-up of speakers includes novelists, producers, writers and directors: Anthony Horowitz, Diana Ossana, Chris Smith, Robyn Slovo, Jake West, Raj Persaud, Julian Fellowes, Tony Grisoni, and William Nicholson.

This year the four days will be divided into two sections. Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th focus on Rising Talent, while Thursday 5th and Friday 6th focus on The Professionals.

The cost:

The Rising Talent two-day ticket: £200; The Professionals two-day ticket: £200; the four-day ticket: £364.

The steep cost of this festival (which does not include food or accommodation) will get steeper from June 4th.

BBC Playwriting Competition

5th March 2007

The BBC, in conjunction with the British Council, has launched its annual International Playwriting Competition.

There are two first prizes: for the best play by a writer with English as their first language, and for the best play by a writer with English as their second language. These two winners will each receive £2500 sterling and a trip to London to see their play being recorded for broadcast on BBC World Service in the World Drama slot.

The competition is open to anyone not normally resident in the UK, and the radio dramas should be of about sixty minutes on any subject.

Closing date for receipt of entries is April 30, 2007.

P.J. O’Connor Radio Drama Awards 2007

5th March 2007

RTÉ is seeking applicants from amateur playwrights for the P.J. O’Connor Radio Drama Awards 2007.

Entries should comprise of a 28-minute radio play. There are three cash prizes (€ 3,000, € 2,000 and € 1,000), and the winners will have a professional radio production of their play and a chance to take part in a writers workshop.

The closing date for entries is April 6, 2007.