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Grand Scheme Media One Day Creative Session “INTRODUCTION TO COMEDY TV” in association with Comedy 50:50

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

The sessions will be held on Friday 20th March at PACT in Leeds, and on Monday 23rd March here at ITV Holborn.

The course costs £75 per person but attendees will be able to apply for a bursary from ScreenSkills to cover the full cost (we’ll help with that. We can’t guarantee the bursaries, but we’ll help with the application process”).

If you would like a place on this day course, please email comedyfiftyfifty@itv.com by Friday 6th March with which date and location you would like to attend. We will let you know byMonday 9th March if you have secured a place and send you the link to apply for the bursary.

INTRODUCTION TO COMEDY TV DAY BREAKDOWN

How does the TV comedy industry actually work? How do you write funny stuff, but also be aware about how, and where, people are going to see it?

This one-day course is a primer in understanding the business – what the UK channels are doing, and what they’re looking for. And what are all the new “streamers” up to? What’s the difference in writing for the BBC or Netflix…? Or C4 and Amazon?

How do you find a producer or production company to work with?
And, are all production companies the same? (they’re not…).

Graham and Mark from Grand Scheme Media will reveal all, and explain the key relationships to help writers gain a clearer insight into how telly comedy works.

UNDERSTANDING THE MARKET
A discussion about how comedy is commissioned.
The importance of scheduling, negotiation, tenacity and talent.
The importance of understanding audiences.
What do commissioners want? And how do you help your Producer sell your idea?
Writing in the current market.
Where do hits come from?

COFFEE BREAK

DEVISING IDEAS THAT SELL
We will look at classic comedies of the past and present, and ask why they worked so well. Including an analysis of strong character, interpersonal relationships, setting, social context, class, familiarity, etc. But always in the context of the audience they were created for.

LUNCH

THE CRAFT: WRITING COMEDY: THE TEN RULES FOR WRITING COMEDY
The importance of character
The crucial first ten pages
Social Context
Serendipity
Casting
And so on THE BASICS How to package and sell your ideas
Pitching – how to find your “champion”
Writing Comedy Treatments
Script Layout and Length
Do’s And Don’ts
Focus, Finesse And Finish.