71 posts about opportunities on this blog
Wednesday 13 October 2010, 11:13
Would you like to have your script published to the BBC writersroom website?
We're looking for scripts based on this month's government spending review. What would you put in the 'spending envelope'? Could you come up with a completely different and dramatic approach to the budget deficit?
Tuesday 20 July 2010, 11:13
Two theatre writers and six TV writers make up our selected eight this year. The standard of writing was amazingly high, so it was a tough choice. So big congratulations to...
Paul Matthew Thompson
Monday 28 June 2010, 17:14
Each week, during the run-up to the Newsjack recording, I'm struck by the fact that Miles Jupp is a cursed man. A curse so rare that you can go a month of Fringe Sundays before you find someone bearing the same cross. It's the curse of being a good straight man.
This isn't to say Miles isn't funny...
Monday 28 June 2010, 15:47
We've now shortlisted our Writers Academy entries down from over 600 to 150 and now to 24 - all of whom will be coming in for workshops in the next couple of weeks. We will then select a dozen of these for interview to pick the final eight. This is the first time we will have met many of them, and also...
Thursday 10 June 2010, 17:07
Three big opportunities up on the opps page today, so I thought it's worth calling them out in the blog.
Newsjack is the BBC's open-call topical comedy show, and that means anyone can submit material. The deadline is Monday noon for sketches (starting this Monday, 14th June), and Tuesday 5pm for one...
Thursday 27 May 2010, 18:05
How's everyone been?
Just a quick heads up that Newsjack (Radio 7's open door topical sketch show) is returning for a third series, starting in June.
A refreshed Writers' Brief should be up any day now but essentially the idea's the same - a deadline for sketches of midday on the Monday before...
Tuesday 18 May 2010, 16:54
The First Sift
If you haven't received an email today telling you you're no longer in the running, you will have progressed through to the second round of our selection process. We have "long-listed" down from 510 to 177 scripts. For me (and for some of you) this is the most brutal and nerve-wracking...
Monday 8 February 2010, 11:59
Given the short turnaround for our call for Welsh writers, we have decided to extend the deadline by one week to allow writers more time to get their script and idea in to us.
So the deadline is now: 5pm on Wednesday 17th February
Just to clarify too - we are stipulating writers must have at least...
Friday 5 February 2010, 14:28
Hello. Apologies for missing a week - I was off in Bristol doing some acting and then I lost the email with my login details. Also, I'm only half way through series one of Mad Men so something had to give. Anyway, to make up for my absence, I promise my next blog will contain at least 75% more bullish...
Thursday 28 January 2010, 13:25
We had a fantastic turnout at our Cardiff open day - more than 100 writers came along, we ran surgeries with Writersroom, BBC Wales TV Drama and National Theatre Wales, with simultaneous Perfect 10 workshops. Then Steve Thompson, who is writing for the forthcoming BBC Wales production Sherlock, came...
Monday 11 January 2010, 14:35
Writersroom, BBC Cymru Wales and National Theatre Wales are running an open event in Cardiff for Welsh writers who would like to come to masterclass sessions and surgeries to discuss writing for TV, radio and theatre. Take a look here for more details.
Friday 8 January 2010, 15:07
So, the first show of the new series has been written, re-written, collated, re-written again, rehearsed, performed, edited and broadcast so this seems as good a time as any to start this series of blogs aimed at giving you an insider's view of the ravening script-hungry beast that is Newsjack. You can...
Monday 4 January 2010, 13:26
Just a quick note to remind you that Newsjack is now open for business!
For the next six weeks send your sketches to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12:00noon on Monday, and your one-liners by 5:00pm on Tuesday.
No more than three sketches a week, please.
You can find out more about what they want - and don...
Wednesday 16 December 2009, 16:36
What Happens Next?
Last week we finished the classroom part of the course, and the writers now all go off to start their commissions on the shows next month. They'll be writing Casualty, EastEnders, Holby and Doctors for most of the next year. These are real commissions for which they're paid a real...
Thursday 26 November 2009, 12:31
It's Week 11 of the course and the writers are all redrafting their "graduation" pieces - an episode of Doctors. If these scripts are deemed OK by the show, they will then pass on to their full commisssioning round on Holby, Casualty and EastEnders starting in January. As this will be the first piece...
Monday 2 November 2009, 17:10
This year's Tony Doyle Bursary for New Writing - supported by us here at the BBC writersroom - is now open for entries, so if you're an Irish writer by birth or residence you should make your way over to our opportunities page and check it out.
The Tony Doyle Bursary is a fantastic stepping-stone for...
Monday 26 October 2009, 14:17
Due to the recent postal disturbances we have a slight amendment to our dates for the Scotland Writes competition. The deadline for submissions remains the same. But in order that we receive scripts potentially caught up in sorting offices, we will start sifting them later than originally planned. And...
Tuesday 13 October 2009, 15:30
For some reason, we're inundated with opportunities in Scotland at the moment. I have no idea why this should be, but thought it was worth bringing to your attention.
Thursday 1 October 2009, 14:43
So the course is up and running, and the writers have been working away for three weeks now up at the classroom in Elstree. I won't embarrass them by talking about them, but perhaps I'll persuade one or two of them to contribute to the blog soon. Anyway, it's all going very well. They've...
Tuesday 25 August 2009, 13:07
"Is It Fixed?"
...I hear some of you ask. "Don't you just give places to writers you know anyway?"
It's true we do know many of the writers who make it on to the course. But that's because me and the team spend the rest of the year reading work and meeting writers. It's our job to know as many writers...
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