Posts Tagged ‘Jennifer Davidson’

Equality, She Wrote

3rd March 2021 by admin

The Writers Guild of Ireland invites you to join us online on 8th March @ 12pm for a special webinar to celebrate International Women’s Day. Discussing their careers and their experiences as female writers with WGI Chair Jennifer Davidson will be Ursula Rani Sarma and Miriam Devitt. Dr Susan Liddy, Chair of WGI’s Equality Action Committee, will also join the panel to discuss the work being done to bring us closer to gender equality. As well as discussing their own careers, and their advice on how to navigate industry as a woman, the panel also will talk about their aspirations for the industry post the 50:50 by 2020 campaign and where the debate around equality and inclusion needs to go next.

This WGI Webinar is part of a series of webinars supported by Screen Skills Ireland through their Stakeholder Funding Scheme. WGI gratefully acknowledge the support of SSI for this event.

Register in advance for this webinar here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Panellist Details

MIRIAM DEVITT


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Miriam Devitt graduated from IADT with a First Class Masters in Screenwriting having won the Warner Bros Scholarship. Miriam has written and produced short films BarryRunning Commentary and The Space in Between, which she also co-directed. She was a regular writer and presenter for RTÉjr with such programmes as Pic-a-story, Shhh… Itʼs Quiet Time, and Storytime. She also wrote and presented the radio documentary The Last Picture Show for Raidio Corca Baiscinn. She is currently in development writing six-part TV crime drama Trace (Wildfire Films, with Screen Ireland funding) and dark comedy feature Dead Wrong (John Kelleher Media with the support of Sources 2/Creative Europe MEDIA). Miriam has been nominated for the Aer Lingus Discovery Award 2021 with Dublin International Film Festival.

URSULA RANI SARMA

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Ursula Rani Sarma is an award-winning writer of Irish and Indian descent. She grew up in West Clare and is a graduate of University College Cork and Trinity College Dublin. She began writing, directing and producing plays while still a student. Since then she has written for The Abbey Theatre, The National Theatre London, the American Conservatory Theatre SF, Ambassador Theatre Group UK, Traverse Theatre, Paines Plough, BBC Radio and RTÉ Radio amongst many others. She began writing for the screen in 2010 with Raw (RTÉ) and since then has worked on other Irish series Red Rock and Smother. She was lead writer and Executive Producer on Series 3 of Delicious for Sky One in 2019 after joining the team and writing episode 3 for Series 2. Her award-winning short films include Robot and ScarecrowAnywhere But HereImpact, Gloria and Prodigal.

Ursula is currently writing numerous projects for the Abbey Theatre, the BBC, Channel 4, Film 4 and RTÉ, amongst others. Some of these include developing The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters for Tiger Aspect/BBC (6×60″) and All That Remains for Dancing Ledge/BBC (6 x 60″). She is adapting the Sci Fi horror novel Outpost for Carnival Films and developing musical drama Something Happened at Lilipoint with 42. For film Ursula is adapting Erotic Stories by Punjabi Widows for Scottfree/Film4 and the true story of Ramla Ali, In the Shadows, for Sleeper Films/Film4. She is also adapting the novel The Survival Game into a feature for Blazing Griffin. Ursula ran the MA in Scriptwriting at Bath Spa University for ten years and continues to feed into the education of emerging scriptwriters whenever possible.

DR SUSAN LIDDY

Dr. Susan Liddy is chair of the WGI Equality Action Committee. She is also chair of WFT Ireland and a board member of Women in Film and Television International and Raising Films Ireland. She lectures in the Department of Media and Communication Studies in MIC, University of Limerick.

Susan’s work includes Women in the Irish Film Industry: Stories and Storytellers (ed. 2020) and Women in the International Film Industry: Policy, Practice and Power (ed. 2020). She is currently co-authoring two industry reports: for the BAI and Raising Films Ireland. Her co-edited collection Media Work, Mothers and Motherhood: Negotiating the International Audio Visual Industry will be published by Routledge in April 2021. She is currently working on a collection about ageing women in the international screen industries.

Susan is the founder and co-director of Catalyst International Film Festival, Limerick – a festival that prioritises films from underrepresented groups, in front of and behind the camera.

JENNIFER DAVIDSON


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Currently writing for Ireland’s national soap opera, Fair City, Jennifer is an experienced screenwriter with a background in documentary production and development. She has a high-end TV series in development with Port Pictures and has originated a number of other TV series pitches and pilots which are currently available. Her work tends towards relationship drama and intergenerational conflict, and as a writer from North Mayo, with a strong west of Ireland flavour. Her short film Waiting For Tom was named Best Short Film at the London Irish Film Festival in 2015, while another short which she also directed, A Single Woman’s Guide To Life, was awarded a festival prize at the Chicago Irish Film Festival in 2016. In 2015, she attended the prestigious European TV Drama Lab in Berlin. In 2016 she was awarded Film Mayo’s inaugural Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary. Having served as the Guild’s Deputy Chair, she was elected Chair of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland in September 2020. Jennifer also sits on the Equality Action Committee and the Board of Raising Films (Ireland).

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: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0pUXfnogSqaPCjDOHXbSaQ

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: info@script.ie. 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.