A news release is being issued today with some information on this year's scheme. And here it is...

Following last years successful College of Comedy scheme, the BBC has recruited six writers to take part in its development programme over the next ten months.

Once again the writers will be mentored to produce original work, attend a residential workshop where they will explore technique and craft with established writers and producers, and be attached to a current series to learn how production works.

The scheme is run by Micheál Jacob, formerly the BBC's Creative Head of Mainstream Comedy, and executive producer of My Family, 2 Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps and The Smoking Room.

He combines running the college with developing and executive producing programmes.

He said "This is an exciting group. They all have very different styles and voices and experience, ranging from a writer who has sold a single sketch to a writer who has had a show piloted for BBC3. Working with them on their scripts is going to make it an exciting year."

The six candidates selected are:

Donna Harle, based in London, who has contributed to a forthcoming BBC3 sketch show pilot.

Gerry Howell, a London-based comedian and writer, who was a finalist in Channel 4's The Play's the Thing competition and is preparing his first Edinburgh fringe show.

Rosemary Jenkinson from Belfast, an experienced theatre writer, who has published short stories and poems, as well as receiving a number of writing bursaries.

Colin McQuaid from Scotland, who is on the writing team of BBC Scotland's Ellis & Clarke Show, and has written comedy for Radio Ulster.

Dale C. Phillips, from Hull, a novelist, screen and sketch writer, and a finalist in the BBC BANG! Theatre Play writing competition for new generation Asian writers.

Henry White, from London, has won a number of animation awards, and contributed to several sketch shows. His pilot, The Site, was transmitted on BBC3 in 2008.

When the scheme was launched in 2008, it attracted support from many leading writers, including Armando Iannucci, Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, Simon Nye, Jeremy Dyson, Susan Nickson and Hugo Blick, some of whom did sessions for the college.
The scheme, is designed for people who have already begun their careers and can demonstrate some achievement, such as broadcast material, a script commission or performance of their work.

The chosen candidates will be given writer and producer mentors for their original work, which will be showcased when the scheme ends in March 2010.

There will be one residential workshop and ad hoc events during the year, with sessions from leading writers, producers and directors.


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  • Comment number 6. Posted by MichealJacob

    on 25 Jun 2009 09:04

    I'm afraid the post above breaks the house rules, which forbid the use of personal e-mail addresses on blogs. Please note for future reference.

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    on 24 Jun 2009 13:08

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by notStoppard

    on 19 Jun 2009 13:47

    Thank you Micheal, for your time. I'll stick to the easier of the two.

    And if it does indeed prosper, it will be in part thanks to writersroom who put me in the final 30 of the academy, thus hoiking me off my 'can't-do' backside.

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by MichealJacob

    on 19 Jun 2009 11:09

    Funland was a single-camera show, and thus used film format. Two Pints is a studio audience show, so that script would be in audience format with a wide left margin used for specifying which shots are on which camera. Film format is fine for submitting scripts of either kind. I hope your script prospers.

  • Comment number 2. Posted by notStoppard

    on 19 Jun 2009 10:22

    Hello, I'm about to put a draft of my sitcom onto computer. I use Mac so I'm unable to use ScriptSmart. I've been looking at example scripts on writersroom and they seem to be very different. e.g. Funland, Two Pints. Does it matter which one I use? It looks like Funland is easier to create without a template.

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by futureartists

    on 16 Jun 2009 21:18

    great to see that people are getting these chances, we are also looking for writers, we are holding a big event at the urbis in manchester on july 11th, message me for details as i don't want to spam the board


    don't send scripts though www.futureartists.co.uk

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