Archive for October, 2020

New Webinar Series

29th October 2020 by admin

WGI is pleased to announce the first in a series of webinars supported by Screen Skills Ireland Stakeholder Funding Scheme, What’s Next? The Future of Film And TV In The Age Of Covid- 19, will take place this Friday, 30th October at 4pm.

As we plough through a second wave of infections, we ask a panel of Guild representatives from Europe and the USA what will be the long-term impact for feature film production if cinema chains cannot stay in business? Traditional public services broadcasters are facing a funding crisis and eroded audiences seduced by the proliferation of high-quality streamed content. Screen Ireland has ploughed unprecedented amounts of money into development in 2020 but can these projects ever get made?

WGI Director Hugh Farley will moderate a discussion with Lowell Peterson, WGA East, David Kavanagh, Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) and Lesley Gannon, WGGB (to be confirmed) on these topics and more.

You can register for the webinar here.

Other seminars in the series will include a Q&A with US TV market expert Des Doyle (November) and Development Application Tips with Screen Ireland Project managers (December).

Adding to Your Writer’s Toolbox – Workshop with Dee Roycroft and Margaret Ward

21st October 2020 by admin


An online workshop where female WGI members will receive advice, practical instruction and strategies on working in the audio-visual sector. How do you navigate the industry as a woman? How can you manage interpersonal relationships in the industry to your advantage? What strategies should you use when communicating and negotiating with others in order to maximise your chances of getting what you want from them? The importance of your peer network. How to build your own confidence and voice. How should you handle tension and conflict with others? What should you do if you feel that your gender or other aspect of your identity or personality results in unfair treatment of your work?

This workshop will have a special focus on gender parity and diversity and female members should therefore indicate in their application if they belong to any group which may be underrepresented within society on the grounds of gender, race, disability, socio-economic or other factors.

Tutors Dee Roycroft and Margaret Ward have extensive experience in the industry in the areas of writing, script editing, development, broadcasting and journalism. The format will be a group online workshop followed by brief sessions with individual participants on later dates.

Margaret E. Ward, CEO, Clear Ink

Margaret is a leadership consultant and executive coach. She worked as an investigative journalist and broadcaster for Newstalk, the Irish Times and Sunday Times. In 2010, she founded Women on Air, a professional network of women who are available to appear on radio and TV. She’s also an aspiring screenwriter.

Dee Roycroft, Writer and Story/Script Editor

Dee is a freelance writer and editor. Companies she has worked with include Amazon Studios, RTÉ, CBBC, JAM Media, Telegael and SLR. She also teaches, mentors and is script editor for the X-Pollinator:INCUBATOR initiative, funded by BAI/Screen Skills Ireland. Dee is currently doing an MFA in Creative Writing in UCD.

The WGI gratefully acknowledges the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland for this event.

Date:  Tuesday, 27th October 2.30pm – 5.30pm (including a 15-minute break)

Apply by: Wednesday, 21st October 5pm

To apply:  Email:  info[at]script.ie  with a) email subject line ‘BAI workshop’ and b) the following information, contained within the body of the email please;

1. Your contact details

2. Your bio including your writing credits (if applicable); some brief information on your current writing project(s) or goal(s) and a few lines on why you’d like to participate in this workshop. (max 100 words in total)

3. Please indicate if you belong to any underrepresented group as outlined above

A Note from the Chair of WGI on Budget 2021

14th October 2020 by admin

We welcome the additional funding for Screen Ireland, the Arts Council, the BAI’s Sound & Vision Fund and TG4, as outlined in yesterday’s budget. These funding increases are vital to our sector in this challenging year, and we are glad to note Minister Catherine Martin’s statement that the Government has ‘kept faith with our artists and creative communities upon whom we rely so much to sustain us through the greatest challenge of our generation.’

We are also pleased to see that self employed people can remain on the PUP and take some limited short term contracts, though given the uncertainty around further lockdowns we’re disappointed not to see a restoration to the full rate.

We hope that as much as possible, these additional funds are spent on creating new content, and resourcing our members to do the same. We will continue to lobby the Department, Screen Ireland, the Arts Council, and the broadcasters on our members’ behalf.

Jennifer Davidson

WGI Chair

Read the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media’s press release here.

2020 ZeBBie Awards Nominations Announced

6th October 2020 by admin

We are delighted to announce the nominations in all six categories for the 2020 ZeBBie Awards.

Warmest congratulations to all of the nominated writers.

The 2020 ZeBBie Awards will take place online on Thursday, 26th November at 8pm and will be hosted by Senator David Norris.

The full list of nominations:

THEATRE

The Alternative by Michael Patrick & Oisín Kearney

Removed by Fionnuala Kennedy

A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe by Dominic Montague

RADIO

Facing the Music by Karl O’Neill

You’d Better Sit Down by Nyree Yergainharsian

Mr Sun by Gillian Grattan

FEATURE FILM

A Bump Along the Way by Tess McGowan

Ordinary Love by Owen McCafferty

Extra Ordinary by Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman, Maeve Higgins, Demian Fox

SHORT FILM

In Orbit by Katie McNeice

Sister This by Tracy Martin

Ciúnas (Silence) by Tristan Heanue

TELEVISION

Derry Girls S2 Ep 6 by Lisa McGee

This Way Up S1 Ep 6 by Aisling Bea

Catastrophe S4 Ep 6 by Sharon Horgan (co-writer Rob Delaney)

CONTINUING DRAMA

Fair City S(30) Ep. 195 by Thomas McLaughlin

Ros na Rún S(24) Ep. 35 by Sinéad Ní Neachtain

Red Rock (Cycle 55) Ep. 190 by Ciarán Hayden

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Enjoy the video highlights from the 2019 ZeBBie Awards Ceremony from Writers Guild of Ireland on Vimeo.