Posts Tagged ‘treatment’

Little Brother’s Big Opportunity

12th October 2010 by Maura McHugh

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.

Inspired by Science

28th September 2010 by Maura McHugh

London Screenwriters' FestivalThe London Screenwriters’ Festival has launched the ‘Inspired by Science’ Treatment Award, a new competition for TV and film screenwriters in association with the Wellcome Trust.

The competition is aimed at encouraging the development of film or TV drama, which engages the audience with issues around biomedical science, in an innovative, entertaining and accessible way.

“Writers have an amazing ability to bring ideas, thoughts and knowledge to life in a way that’s exciting and entertaining as well as being informative,” explains David Chamberlain, Manager of the London Screenwriters’ Festival. “This new award recognises their talent and encourages them to look to biomedicine as a source for fresh, exciting and distinctive ideas.”

“Biomedicine offers an embarrassment of riches in terms of inspiration for screenwriters,” says Daniel Glaser, Head of Special Projects at the Wellcome Trust. “We look forward to building links between the winning screenwriter and experts in fields as diverse as global pandemics, the ethics of genetics and consciousness and the human brain.”

The award will enable a drama idea to be developed into a high impact, well-researched proposal – known in the business as a ‘treatment’ – to be utilised in securing further development.

The winner of the award will be announced at the inaugural London Screenwriters Festival. The winning writer will receive £5,000 and will be assisted over a period of six months by the Wellcome Trust Broadcast team in developing their proposal. They will be given access to some of the UK’s leading scientists to aid their research and fulfil the promise of their best ideas.

Ten shortlisted finalists will each receive complimentary invitations to the Festival, which runs from the 29-31 October 2010.

The deadline for entries is midday on 15 October 2010. Application forms can be found on the website for the London Screenwriters’ Festival.