Archive for January 22nd, 2008

David Simon Talks Strike

22nd January 2008 by Maura McHugh

American screenwriter David Simon started his career as a journalist, and eventually wrote a novel that became the basis of the series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993-1999) (executive producer Tom Fontana). He wrote the book The Corner, which became a six-part series, and he is the creator, executive producer, and head writer of the hit American television series The Wire.

He will be in the Irish Film Institute tomorrow, Wednesday 23rd, from 5pm to 6pm to bring members of the IPSG up to speed on the current status of the screenwriters’ strike in the USA.

Will the Oscars go ahead? Is the new deal agreed by the Directors Guild a template for a writers’ deal? Will the pilots’ season go ahead? Are the writers still united? Are the companies completely mad?

Behind all the noise the fact remains that this strike will decide the way in which writers are paid for the use of their material on the internet, and by extension will have a dramatic effect on the development of a market for all writers.

This meeting for Guild members is designed to give Irish writers an inside look at the issues from the American writers’ perspective, and to allow members the opportunity to ask questions about the strike.

New Drama Competition

22nd January 2008 by Maura McHugh

The Windsor Fringe Marriott Award for New Drama Writing has announced its call for submissions. The deadline for entries is the 29th of February.

The award is for amateur writers only, and only one script, under 30 minutes long, can be entered. Scripts will not be accepted by email. Plays must not have been previously performed, must be the original work of the entrant, and should be suitable for staging in a studio theatre with no more than six actors.

Three authors’ works will be shortlisted and performed on the last three nights of The Windsor Fringe Festival during October 2008. The winner of the £500 award will be announced on the final night.

Euroscript 08

22nd January 2008 by Maura McHugh

The deadline for entries for the 2008 Euroscript Competition is the 31st of March.

The winning writer will receive one-on-one professional guidance to develop his/her screen story from treatment or first draft. Working closely with one of Euroscript’s professional script consultants, the writer will have the opportunity to complete up to three drafts with a full script report at each stage of the development process. In addition, the writer will have regular scheduled meetings with his/her consultant and continuing email and telephone support. At the end of the process, which will take place over a period of between six to nine months, the winning writer will be given help and advice on marketing the script.

To enter applicants need to submit a two-page prose outline of the story they want to develop, plus ten pages of sample script, and an entry fee of £35.