The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Rocliffe have announced the winners of a nationwide competition to find the UK’s most promising comedy writers without a television commission.
They will showcase their work in front of the cream of the UK and US television industries at one of two major international television festivals:
Karen Reed and writing pair Tommy Rowson & Nick Beasley will see an extract of their comedy script performed live in front of high profile industry attendees at the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival (GEITF) on Thursday 21 August.
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They will receive feedback from a panel including: Myfanwy Moore, UK Controller of Comedy Production at the BBC; Amy Hartwick, Senior Vice President, Creative Development, ABC Studios; UK actress, writer and comedienne Sharon Horgan (Pulling, Little Crackers); and US comedian and internet sensation Rob Delaney.
John Sheerman and writing pairs Nicole Paglia & Daniel Brierley, and Neil Warhurst & Izzy Mant, will fly to the US to have their work performed at the New York Television Festival (NYTVF), which runs from Monday 20 to Saturday 25 October.
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The events, delivered under the banner of ‘BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase’, are a special incarnation of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum, the Academy’s flagship writing programme in partnership with Rocliffe.
This year’s activity follows the events at the New York Television Festival, held annually since 2011, and at the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, which is hosting the initiative for a second year.
All unsuccessful applicants receive a detailed script report to help them to develop their writing and story skills.
Photo courtesy: BAFTA / Rob Mcdougall