Archive for February 27th, 2009

RTE Seeks Story Editor

27th February 2009 by Maura McHugh

RTÉ is looking for a new Story Editor for its popular soap opera Fair City.

RTÉ’s flagship drama series, Fair City, is the cornerstone of RTÉ One’s schedule and the primary series in the channel’s drama output. Now in its 19th Season, Fair City is a primetime serial drama broadcasting 208 episodes throughout the year and receiving in the region of a 40% audience share on RTÉ One.

The Story Editor is a key member of the production team, responsible for implementing the story generated by the Executive Producer and Series Consultant. The main responsibilities of the postholder include:

  • Leading the development of stories across a number of story strands
  • Working closely with the writers, researchers and story associates, to ensure continuity and accuracy
  • Ensuring that the story fits episode units and meets contractual and logistical obligations to cast; ensuring effective use of sets, facilities and locations
  • Managing long arcs across each season
  • Compiling weekly story documents for the Executive Producer and Series Consultant and editing to reflect their input

The successful candidate will have experience of story writing and/or editing on a television drama series, or significant equivalent experience. S/he will be able to write clear, concise and unambiguous prose. In addition, s/he will have a strong sense of story and an enthusiasm for and interest in popular entertainment, especially Fair City. S/he must also have the ability to lead a team and work on his/her own initiative. Candidates will possess a third level qualification, preferably in a related discipline.

This position is graded at Script Editor with a salary range of €45,228 to €68,343 gross p.a.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term employment contract for a period of two years.

Applicants are invited to submit a Curriculum Vitae together with cover letter (attach as one document, preferably in Word 2003 or earlier version)

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 6th March 2009.

Further information on how to apply for the position is available on the web site.

Rent Movies Via Consoles

27th February 2009 by Maura McHugh

Yesterday The Guardian reported that Microsoft brokered a content deal with NBC Universal that will offer a selection of the studio’s movie portfolio for rental via the Internet to its Xbox 360 customers.

The deal, which is specific to UK and Ireland, adds considerable value to the Xbox 360’s burgeoning video-on-demand service. Currently around 300 movies are available to UK users, with Paramount, Warner Bros and MGM already supplying content.

Customers pay around £2.50 to download a movie, which remains on their console’s hard drive for 14 days – but once you start playback, you have 24 hours to watch the film before it expires. Many of the titles are available to rent in either standard or high definition formats.

Microsoft sees the provision of a movie service as a key element in expanding its market beyond the traditional gamer demographic.

“We’re looking at how we can grow Xbox as a core entertainment hub,” said Thompson “There’s a phenomenon at the minute where more and more people are staying at home to consume their entertainment – we’re really offering a convenient one-stop shop for them.”

Consoles like the X-box and the Nintendo Wii are increasingly marketed as “entertainment hubs”, which allow their customers to download content, and to interact with other players around the globe using broadband connectivity.

Film Offaly Award

27th February 2009 by Maura McHugh

Filmbase reports that Film Offaly has announced a new funding initiative to foster creative, resourceful filmmaking in Offaly.

One original story will be funded, as long as the subsequent filming takes place in Offaly.

The winning applicant will receive:

  • €8,000 towards the cost of their production
  • A premier in Tullamore Omniplex Cinema
  • One year’s Filmbase membership to the Writer, Producer and Director of the winning film
  • A 50% discount on production equipment and/or editing facilities from Filmbase for the project
  • Filmbase’s production insurance to cover the shoot

To apply for the the award, applicants must submit a script, and a 500 word synopsis of the film project.

Screenplays/treatments from any genre, style, topic or perspective will be considered and judged on its merits regarding the quality of the material along with interviews and re-writes with/by the applicant/s

The closing date for submission is: Friday April 3rd at 3pm.

Information on how to apply is on the website.

Moss 2009 Blackburn Winner

27th February 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Stage reports that playwright Chloe Moss has won this year’s Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, which recognises women from around the world who have written works of “outstanding quality” for the English-speaking theatre.

Moss was presented with a prize of $20,000 for her play This Wide Night, which focuses on two women trying to start their lives again after being released from prison.

It was commissioned by Clean Break and first performed at the Soho Theatre in London.

Moss beat competition from nine other finalists – comprising one Indian writer, four US writers and a further four British playwrights – to win the award, which was presented by Sigourney Weaver at a ceremony in London last night.

Lucinda Coxon, who penned Happy Now?, which premiered at the National Theatre, received a special commendation award of $5,000 for her work.