Archive for April, 2011

BBC Writers Academy 2011

11th April 2011

Applications for the 2011 BBC Drama Writers Academy are now open.

Visit the BBC Jobs website for further information and access to the online application process.

Applicants must have had at least one professional commission in either television, theatre, radio or film.

Writers will need to apply online individually and to submit an original full length sample of their writing.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 5th May 2011.

The course is specifically designed to train writers to write for Casualty, Holby City, EastEnders and Doctors.

Alongside training on all aspects of drama production from casting to scheduling, students will receive direct writing experience on continuing dramas, with commissions on the shows once they successfully complete the course.

Creativity, talent and a passion for telling stories are essential criteria for those applying.

Since  the course started six years ago, 35 out of 48 graduates have gone on to gain full time work in writing for TV, with 14 of the graduates now established as core writers on continuing drama shows  (including the lead writers on both Holby and Casualty).  In addition, eleven others have gone on to work on other shows including, Shameless, Waterloo Road, Wild and Heart, Coming Up and The Cut.  Six are currently developing original projects with BBC Drama – two of which, 32 Brinkburn Street (Karen Laws) and The Accidental Farmer (Daisy Coulam) have been made.

Any questions about the application process, or eligibility, please email me Ceri Meyrick –

On With The Show

8th April 2011

Now in its eighth year, the Theatre Forum annual conference, called On with the Show, is the key networking event for the performing arts sector and the only event of its kind in Ireland. It will feature a host of national and international speakers as well as plenty of time to network and exchange ideas.


On with the Show is taking place in Galway on June 9 & 10.


Conference fees include access to all sessions, lunch on both days, coffee breaks and evening dinner and entertainment.

Member (1st delegate) €129
Member (subsequent delegates) €99
Non member: €169
Special subsidised rate: €79
(note there are a limited number of subsidised places for freelance writers, directors, producers and actors. Please contact for more details.)

More information is available on the web site, where you can also purchase tickets.

Pavilion at Cannes 2011

6th April 2011

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) has announced that registration for membership of the Irish Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival 2011 is now open.

This year, the Irish Pavilion will retain its central position at the heart of the international village and will continue to offer vital business services to its members for the duration of the festival.

Registration is open only to Irish companies or individuals working in the Irish film industry.

To register:
Simply complete the IP Members Registration Form on the IFB website by Thursday 21st April 2011. Online registration will close after this date.

If you have an Irish film or co-production screening or selling in the market please let us know so that we can include it in our marketing and promotional materials. You can do this by filling out the form online or emailing

IMPORTANT: Please note that membership of the Irish Pavilion is not market or festival accreditation.