Posts Tagged ‘Jennifer Davidson’

WGI Chair, Jennifer Davidson, Welcomes Burn Bright Partnership

11th November 2020 by admin

I am delighted to announce that we have partnered with Burn Bright to add a fantastic group of Irish mentors to their Time Bank roster this week. Burn Bright was born out of a situation in which two women’s work was erased, in a theatrical landscape which lacks equality, and where plays written by women are rarely seen on big stages. They are a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to change that, aiming to level the playing field wherever possible – creating a network and opportunities to build writers up, lobbying for change, and calling out inequality and bad practice where they see it.

Earlier this year, in our first lockdown, I signed up for some advisory sessions, and was immediately struck by how beneficial and necessary this initiative was. I was keen to see how we could extend the initiative to support Irish female writers.

Time Bank is being updated weekly with new free advisory sessions from industry leaders, available to any writers who identify as a woman, with over 150 sessions offered so far. Time Bank offers writers the chance to connect one-on-one with industry professionals willing to offer mentorship, feedback and advice on a variety of topics affecting playwrights. It is an invaluable opportunity to ask questions and engage with people from all aspects of the industry, with directors, writers, coaches and publicists at your disposal.

Jennifer Davidson, Chair WGI

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.

Jennifer Davidson Named New Chair of the Writers Guild of Ireland

30th September 2020 by admin

We are delighted to announce the election of our new Chair, Jennifer Davidson. A member of the board since 2015, and more recently its Deputy Chair, Jennifer takes over from outgoing Chair, Thomas McLaughlin. Jennifer was unanimously elected the new chair at yesterday’s (virtual) board meeting

We would like to express our deep thanks to Thomas for his commitment and hard work in the service of the Guild. He continues to serve as a board member together with newly elected director Carl Austin who joined us for his first board meeting.

WGI & BAI Webinar Series 2020

8th July 2020 by admin

Over the last three years, the BAI has supported a number of initiatives aimed at supporting female screenwriters. We are delighted to announce their support for a series of three virtual seminars in 2020. The first of these: Mapping Your Career will take place as a webinar on Thursday, 16th July at 11am.

The event, which is open to female WGI members only, aims to provide practical advice and guidance so that writers can develop a strategic plan for their screenwriting career: developing business skills, who to know and how to connect with them, how to develop your own ’slate’ of projects, how to market yourself and your work and how to survive financially while progressing your work.

The session will be introduced by lecturer Dr Susan Liddy, moderated by Screenwriter Jennifer Davidson with panellists Writer & Director Carmel Winters and Producer Emma Norton.

You can register for the event using this link:

A limited number of female members will be able to sign up for this webinar, on a first come first served basis. Questions for the panellists (in English or Irish) must be submitted by Tuesday, 14th July to: We wish to encourage members who identify with any of the following categories to sign up for this webinar: members with disabilities; members from a minority ethnic background; members who are LGBTQ+; members experiencing socio-economic hardship or other difficulty.

In the coming months we will be announcing a further series of exciting online events with support from Screen Skills Ireland which aim to inform and support all our members across the country.

Dr Susan Liddy is a lecturer in media in MIC, Limerick. She is chair of the WGI Equality Action Committee. Her book ‘Women in the Irish Film Industry: Stories and Storytellers’ was published in February 2020.

Deputy Chair of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland, Jennifer Davidson is an experienced TV drama writer. She currently writes for RTE’s Fair City, and has a number of original projects in development.

Carmel Winters is an award-winning writer and director for stage and screen. Her most recent film ‘Float Like A Butterfly’ won the FIPRESCI international critics’ award at Toronto International Film Festival and her theatre plays have premiered at the Abbey Theatre and beyond.

Emma Norton is a Producer at Element Pictures where she executive produced Normal People, for BBC / Hulu. Norton works across film and television and is based in Dublin.