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The Role of the Showrunner – Breaking the Mould

3rd March 2021

Screen Skills Ireland in association with MediaXchange are offering a webinar series The Role of the Showrunner – Breaking the Mould.

Date: Tuesday 23rd March – Thursday 15th April 2021, twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday
Duration: 8 x 60 minute sessions (4pm – 5pm)
Venue: Online
Cost: €100

Leading Showrunners will deliver acute insights into the dual role of developing and sustaining the vision of a show and managing the writing and production practices.

This webinar series aims to provide an opportunity for writers, producers and executives working in drama to consider and examine elements to apply to their own process. Providing inspiration, by comparing and contrasting the best practices shared by Showrunners of successful limited and returning drama series from the US. Each speaker will offer perspectives on their varied approaches, from the creation of the concept and pitching, through development, pre-production, production and post.

SPEAKERS:

Terence Winter Tokyo Underworld, Vinyl, Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos
David Shore House, The Good Doctor
Soo Hugh Pachinko, The Terror, The Killing
Todd Kessler Bloodline, Damages
Maria Feldman False Flag, Fauda, No Man’s Land
Cheo Hodari Coker Luke Cage, Southland
Adi Hasak The Box, Margeaux, Shades of Blue, Eyewitness
Sarah Timberman Unbelievable, Elementary, Masters of Sex, Justified
Susannah Grant Unbelievable, A Gifted Man, Erin Brockovich
Schedule:
Tuesday, March 23rd: Creating original shows from true stories, the challenges of mingling real and fictional characters
Thursday, March 25th: Showrunners and the role of Executive Producers
Tuesday March 30th: Finding creative freedom within superhero brands
Thursday April 1st: Spotlighting the key elements in securing, managing and directing your stars and cast
Tuesday, April 6th: Building lead characters in ensemble shows and how they help sustain the success of long running series
Thursday April 8th: Creating the vision for genre and period drama shows
Tuesday, April 13th: The Creator/Showrunner as a ‘creative studio’: practical comparisons between the US and international options
Thursday April 15th: Examining the collaborative partnership between Creators and Executive Producers

Participant Profile: Aimed at experienced writers, creative producers and executives who wish to gain further expertise in Showrunning and the associated developing, writing and producing for limited and returning television drama. Participants must have industry track record with at least two paid professional writing/producing/executive television credits.
Please apply online by 12pm on Thursday, 11th March 2021 with your up to date CV.

Apply here.

WGI would like to thank Screen Skills Ireland for acting on our suggestion to subsidize this excellent course to make it possible for Irish writers to participate. If we are to grow the International TV production model here, more and more Irish writers will need to step up to the role of Showrunner/ Executive Producer which is the dominant model in US and increasingly in the UK. This course will give Irish writers a really good insight into what that actually entails.

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

21st October 2020


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

Photos from Mindshift

23rd November 2016

Thanks to all the participants at yesterday’s Mindshift: Redressing Gender Equality in Writing for Film at the the Irish Writers Centre supported by Words Ireland.

Here are some photos from the event:

Marian Quinn, Lauren Mackenzie, Valerie Bistany, and David Kavanagh discuss why so few female writers & directors get films produced.

Lauren Mackenzie and Juanita Wilson discuss the practical and creative challenges of adapting work for film.

Dr Susan Liddy discusses the Irish Film Board’s new policy regarding gender and Equality Action

Agent Julian Friedmann discussing the business of scriptwriting and adaptation.

You can re-read the informative tweets that were sent throughout the day by checking the #Mindshift hashtag.

Mindshift at IWC

8th November 2016

The Writers Guild of Ireland, in association with the Irish Writers Centre, is delighted to present Mindshift: Redressing Gender Equality in Writing for Film.

Taking place from 10.30am – 4.00pm on 22 November 2017 at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin.

As if breaking into screenwriting isn’t enough of a challenge, gender inequality is commonplace in the film industry. This professional development day, supported by Words Ireland, is aimed primarily at women writers who are interested in writing for film or television, or in having their existing work adapted for the screen.

Experts will cover:

  • writing for film and TV in Ireland
  • the under-representation of women in writing and directing film
  • the Irish Film Board’s new policy initiative on gender
  • adaptation: the creative process
  • adaptation: the contract process

Line-up includes:
David Kavanagh (CEO, WGI), screenwriters Lauren Mackenzie and Juanita Wilson; writer/director Marian Quinn, and writer/academic Dr. Susan Liddy, as well as London based agent Julian Friedmann.

Cost: €15 / €10 (IWC Members) | Bookings via Eventbrite

Please note: this event is free for members of the WGI but tickets must be pre-booked via Eventbrite.

Words Ireland

July Lucky Dozen Talk

10th June 2015

Due to the regular requests the office has received to repeat one of our recent ‘Lucky Dozen’ talks, we’re delighted to announce that playwright and screenwriter Gary Duggan will give a talk on Writing Amber and Creating a TV Drama Series, at 7pm on Thursday, 2 July at the Writers’ Guild office.

Gary will discuss his work on RTÉ’s four-part TV drama series Amber and will cover areas such as:

  • Developing a new idea
  • Creating a series bible
  • How to tackle structure
  • Creating credible characters
  • The challenges of making the transition from writing for theatre to TV

If you’d like to attend, please email: info (a) script.ie by Thursday, 25 June with ‘Lucky Dozen’ in the subject line.

Don’t forget: Lucky Dozen means the first twelve members to apply get the seats!

This is a WGI member-only event.