Archive for May 22nd, 2007

ITV Online Drama

22nd May 2007 by Maura McHugh

The Stage reports that ITV plans to commission new drama and comedy especially for its revamped broadband website.

Tanya Lidstone, responsible for all new commissions on the site, said the broadcaster was looking to develop original formats in several genres and was already talking to ITV Productions about an idea for a new comedy-based series.

She said the series could take the form of a talent search show aimed at finding new comedians, but said discussions were at an “early stage”.

This week, the broadcaster launched its first made-for-broadband commission with real life soap opera Web Lives.

Made by Films of Record, Lidstone said this would pave the way for other commissions and added: “We are trying to break the mould and I have a budget specifically for commissioning broadband programmes. I can definitely see a drama series working online and I am very keen to do one.

“We will definitely be looking to do a comedy series too and I am hoping more pitches from production companies will come in that are like that.”

Playwriting Competition

22nd May 2007 by Maura McHugh

The Warehouse Theatre Company in Croydon is running an International Playwriting Festival from November 24 and 25 2007, and as part of the event it will showcase selected plays from the writing competition it is running.

Entries must be unproduced full-length plays that have a running time between 90 – 120 minutes. The Warehouse Theatre Company reserves the right to buy the exclusive option to produce any play entered subject to contract.

More details, and an entry from, are available from the web site. The deadline for applications is June 30.