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Lucky Dozen with Ciaran Creagh

12th April 2017

WGI member and writer/director Ciaran Creagh will give a ‘Lucky Dozen’ talk to Guild members about how he got his short and feature films into production.

Tackling notoriously ‘difficult’ subject matter from homelessness (in the multi award-winning Parked, starring Colm Meaney), the after-effects of clerical child abuse (The Note with Aidan Gillen) to more recently, depression and suicide (in In View which yielded an IFTA nomination for Caoilfhionn Dunne), Ciaran’s films have won numerous industry awards and critical acclaim.

Ciaran will discuss the creative, practical, and financial challenges he faced and how he overcame them in the latest ‘Lucky Dozen’ talk at 7pm on Thursday, 27 April at the Guild’s office; 3rd Floor, Arthouse, Curved Street, Dublin 2.

Paid-up Guild members who’d like to attend should email with ‘Lucky Dozen’ in the subject line by or before 24 April.

Remember, only the first twelve members get a spot.

Book your seat while you can!

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) 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.

Little Brother’s Big Opportunity

12th October 2010

BAFTA award-winning television and film production company Little Brother Productions is offering a talented new writer £1,000 to develop an original television drama idea of theirs through to treatment stage.

Little Brother Productions, largely known for its comedy and children’s productions (including Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids and The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury) is now developing its drama division. Currently working with some of the most exciting writers in the country, Little Brother Productions is committed tochampioning and supporting new writing talent. Little Brother’s Big Opportunity is an endeavour to discover further new writing talent, and to develop with them compelling, original drama for television.

To be eligible, writers must have had one piece of their work professionally produced or, at the very least, have had a professional reading of their work. Writers who have contributed episodes to UK television series or serials (e.g. a long running soap) are eligible to apply, but writers who have already had an original single, series or serial broadcast on UK television are not eligible to enter. No prior writing experience for television is required.

To apply, writers must submit their writing CV and the piece of their work of which they are most proud, that best demonstrates their talent, (this could be a stage play, a radio play or a screenplay) to:

Little Brother’s Big Opportunity
Little Brother Productions
155x Northcote Road
London, SW11 6QB

The deadline for submissions is December 31st 2010.

A winner will be announced in February 2011.

Please note that all applications must be sent by post and that, unless a stamped, addressed envelope is included, work will not be returned.

Spend on UK Original TV Drama Drops

22nd July 2010

According to an article in The Stage commissions of UK television drama has fallen by 17% since 2005.

The Ofcom statistics, released last week, show that public service broadcasters – including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five – spent £732 million on drama and soaps in 2009, compared with £886 million in 2005. In 2008, their spend on drama was £819 million – 11% more than in 2009.

Responding to the news, leading TV writer Neil McKay, whose credits include Mo and See No Evil – The Moors Murders, said if less money was spent on drama, broadcasters might become “more cautious” about what kind of drama was commissioned.

He said: “This is understandable, because people are in fear for their jobs. But it affects established writers in terms of the range and breadth of form and subject matter, and there are fewer opportunities for new writers.”

McKay added TV drama had made an “extraordinarily valuable contribution to our cultural life,” and it had become “hard to escape the impression that it’s in terminal decline”. He added: “In 20 or 30 years’ time, I wonder if anything will be left?”

Gail Renard, chair of the television committee at the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, echoed his concerns. Renard said it “worries, saddens and horrifies me that less and less money is being spent on original drama”.

She added: “It’s also a false economy for any company not to put money into original scripted programming, as it brings in much-needed income, not to mention prestige, both at home and abroad for decades to come.”

Splanc! 2010

10th June 2010

Splanc!TG4 and the An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council invite submissions for the 6th season of this innovative television documentary scheme that supports the creative exploration of the arts in Ireland.

This year the project aims to support a number of documentaries on a range of art forms for a series of programmes that will provide an insight into the arts and into the making of art in Ireland today.

All art forms are eligible for consideration and proposals for visually engaging programmes that take a fresh and compelling approach to their subject will be prioritised.

Proposals which would be more suitable for Imeall, TG4’s weekly arts review series, will not be considered for Splanc!

A total fund of €120,000 is available. Successful documentary projects may apply for additional financial support from other funding agencies if desired.

Ideas for single programmes or series will be considered. Half hour duration is preferred but the fund will consider hour long films on an exceptional basis. Projects will be selected by representatives of An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council and TG4.

TG4 will administer the commissioning of the films and TG4’s Terms of Trade will apply. TG4, An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council encourage the employment of film workers working through the Irish language.

  • Series Duration: Single programme or 4 x 25′ series.
  • Production Budget: €120,000
  • Format: Broadcast widescreen, 16:9 with English subtitles
  • Language Format: Irish language or bilingual – Irish and English

Submissions should be sent to TG4, Baile na hAbhann, Co. na Gaillimhe.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 1pm Friday, 11 June 2010.

More information on how to apply is availabe on the web site.

It is expected that projects will be completed and available for broadcast on the TG4 primetime schedule in Spring 2011.