Archive for January, 2008

Masterclass Bursaries

25th January 2008 by Maura McHugh

FÁS Screen Training Ireland has announced two special bursaries each worth €10,500 to attend the Entertainment Masterclass.

The deadline for applications for the Entertainment Masterclass is the 3rd of March 2008. Applicants who are successful in securing places on the Master Class will be considered for bursaries.

The Entertainment Masterclass, a one-year part-time advanced training programme, is aimed at developing a Format Academy for the entertainment television industry. In a unique education programme, a select circle of talent will learn the craft and business of formatting from leading figures in international entertainment television.

Renowned creators, producers, managers, distributors and lawyers offer lectures, presentations and one-on-one sessions that give invaluable insights about how the business runs, directing the participants through the process of developing, pitching, casting, producing, scheduling, marketing and distributing a format.

The participation fee for the full programme, including hotel accommodation and full board, is €15,000.

BBC 3 Plans Integration

23rd January 2008 by Maura McHugh

According to The Stage the BBC3 controller Danny Cohen plans to turn the channel into a “multi-platform experience”, where TV and the internet combine to create a single, integrated offering.

Also as part of BBC3’s new look, Cohen said user-generated content will be put at the “heart of the peak time schedule” and viewers will be able to record their own introductions to programmes, that will then be broadcast on BBC3.

“BBC3 should be known for pioneering risk. It should be obsessed with everything new – new talent, new programmes and new relationships with TV and the web,” he said.

In terms of drama, Cohen said BBC3 was “committed to creating a consistent supply of imaginative drama” and added he had lined up six original pilots that will be shown from next month.

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.