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New Grand Scheme Media Online Training Courses Via Eventbrite

Grand Scheme Media has more low cost Zoom training events coming up which are available to book via Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/grand-scheme-media-7822573372

Sessions include:

CONFESSIONS OF A COMMISSIONER – Mon, Oct 19, 12:00

INTRODUCTION TO TV COMEDY – PART ONE – Wed, Oct 21, 11:00

INTRODUCTION TO TV COMEDY – PART TWO -Wed, Oct 21, 14:00

For more information about Grand Scheme Media please check out their website – www.grandscheme.tv

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NEW! Funny Women Crash Course 19th – 23rd October 2020 Comedy 50:50 Discount

As a community interest company the ethos of Funny Women is to give something back whenever they can. As a Comedy 50:50 partner, Funny Women is offering members a discount of  £25 off of their upcoming Funny Women Crash Course which runs all next week.  This is one of their most successful formats created during lockdown and, with another lockdown looming in some parts of the UK, this might be just the creative comedy boost you need. 

Read all about the Comedy Crash Course 19th-23rd October here: https://funnywomen.com/eventinfo/comedy-crash-course/

The Eventbrite booking page is here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/comedy-crash-course-tickets-122043361981

To get £25 off enter the discount code ‘NETWORK’ when booking – final price is therefore £50 plus VAT and booking fee.

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The Funny Women Best Comedy Writer Award With Comedy 50:50 – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Congratulations to Christine Rose who has won The Funny Women Best Comedy Writer Award with Comedy 50:50.

Presented by head judge Rachel Parris at the Funny Women Awards, judges comments included – 

“Christine gets the tone of productions well and is able to submit material in a variety of comic voices. She also happens to be very funny.”

“Christine did an incredible job developing and honing the host’s voice, working tirelessly on lines that did them proud. The way they were developed over the series owed everything to Christine’s incredible efforts.”

A huge well done also goes to our runners up – Madeleine Brettingham and Catherine Brinkworth.

The Funny Women Best Comedy Writer Award with Comedy 50:50 has been created to help recognise the women amongst our often unsung heroes of comedy – the gag, sketch and additional material writers of broadcast. 

We approached producers of non scripted and topical comedy TV, Radio, Digital and Podcast shows to nominate the 3 female comedy writers that have made the greatest impact on their productions. 

Nominations were only accepted from those that have worked directly with the writers and there were no more than  three nominators allowed from any one production. Series and exec producers across all UK channels and platforms in Britain and Ireland nominated 29 incredible comedy writers for  their work on productions including  NewsJack, Don’t Hate The Playaz, 8/10 Cats, Celebability, The Blame Game and New World Order.

Find out more about the awards here: https://www.funnywomenawards.com/awards/comedywriter/

http://www.gloriousmanagement.com/artist/christine-rose

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WE HAVE A NEW CONTACT EMAIL!

We are now contactable on comedy5050@comedy5050.com

Please note our old inbox is no longer monitored and you will not get a response.

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Grand Scheme Media & Comedy 50:50 INTRODUCTION TO COMEDY TV – PART 2

We are delighted to confirm that we will be running the online version of the Grand Scheme Media Introduction to Comedy PART 2 for Comedy 50:50. We have two sessions to choose from and these will again start at 11am and last for 90mins over Zoom.

These sessions are kindly sponsored by CPL Productions and Merman.

Spaces are limited.

Please RSVP your preferred date to comedy5050@comedy5050.com by Monday 11th October and we will confirm your place by Tuesday 12th October.

TIME AND DATE:
Friday 16th October OR Tuesday 20th October @ 11am for 90mins.

INTRODUCTION TO COMEDY TV GRAND SCHEME MEDIA TRAINING – A 90’ online Creative Session for Comedy 50:50

1) STRUCTURE
How should you organise your narrative to ensure you win the attention of buyers and audiences

2) SCRIPT EDITING
Getting your script into the best possible shape

3) CONTEXT AND CHARACTER
Deeper discussion regarding characters that connect with audiences and characters to avoid and what situations work

Find out more about Grand Scheme Media:

If you would like to find out more about other courses Grand Scheme Media run please check out their website for more information – www.grandscheme.tv

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Grand Scheme Media – ONE MORE SESSION ADDED FOR THE 25th SEP

Due to popular demand, we are delighted to announce that we have added one more date to attend the 90′ online version of the INTRODUCTION TO COMEDY TV Creative Session. This will be held on September 25th at 11am and is kindly sponsored by Tiger Aspect.

RSVP to comedyfiftyfifty@itv.com by Wed 16th September

INTRODUCTION TO COMEDY TV – A 90’ online Creative Session for Comedy 50:50 female writers

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 90’ online course (via Zoom) 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.
What are we all watching? And how?
• 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?

DEVISING IDEAS THAT SELL
We will discuss 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.

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

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Introduction to Comedy TV

FULLY BOOKED

We are delighted to announce that the postponed Grand Scheme Media One Day Creative Session “INTRODUCTION TO COMEDY TV”  will now be run as a concentrated 90-minute version of the course via Zoom.  We are running two sessions,  kindly sponsored by UKTV and ITV.

Spaces are very limited so it is first come first served. Please email comedyfiftyfifty@itv.com with your chosen date by Thursday 23rd July. We will let you know if you have secured a place by Friday 24th July.

We are hoping to run this one day course again so please look out for details.

COURSE DETAILS

TIME AND DATE:
Chose from one of the following dates – 
Tues 28th July @ 11am – 12.30
Wed 29th July @ 11am – 12.30

INTRODUCTION TO COMEDY TV – A 90’ online Creative Session for Comedy 50:50

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 90’ online course (via Zoom) 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.
What are we all watching? And how?
•   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?

DEVISING IDEAS THAT SELL
We will discuss 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.

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 Dont’s
•   Focus, Finesse And Finish

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The Funny Women Best Comedy Writer Award With Comedy 50:50

The Funny Women Best Comedy Writer Award with Comedy 50:50 has been created to recognise the women amongst our often unsung heroes of comedy – the gag, sketch and additional material writers of TV, radio and digital entertainment.

The Award will be accepting nominations of the best women comedy writers from radio, TV and digital producers of unscripted comedy from Monday 29th June  – Friday 21st August.

Find out more here

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Cheer Up, Love!

On Thursday July 2nd at 11am, producer Meriel Beale presents another Cheer Up, Love! With women and comedy at its heart, Cheer Up, Love! takes sensitive subjects and discusses them with humour. It’s comedy with purpose.

Previous sessions have included discussing ‘rejection’ with Tiff Stevenson, Meera Syal, Ben Shephard, Barbara Wiltshire & Charlie George. And ‘self-isolation’ with Tiff, Darren Harriott, Davina McCall, Rev Richard Coles, Tanyalee Davis & Adam Rushton.
On Thursday 2nd July at 11am on Zoom & FB live we will be discussing racism in comedy.

At a time when comedy is under the spotlight for many reasons, what are the panel’s personal experiences of racism in the industry? What are their thoughts on the sudden wave of action points being presented by broadcasters? And what are their hopes for the future?
Dane Baptiste hosts with Njambi McGrath, Dana Alexander, Michael Akadiri & Charlie George.

This is a BSL signed event kindly made possible by Next Up Comedy, ‘the Netflix of Standup’.

Register in advance for this webinar.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Female Pilots’ Club

Female Pilot Club may have been in lockdown but you’ll be pleased to know we haven’t been grounded. Instead of our usual live readings of female written TV comedies we’ve been chocks away on a new website and getting the Female Pilot Club Podcast ready for take-off. Launches of both coming soon!

We’re sure it won’t be long till we can welcome you back to our hugely popular Female Pilot Club live events and with that in mind we’re putting a call out for new scripts written by BAME female writers. So if that’s you and you’d like your scripts performed by top-quality comedy talent in front of a live audience and invited guests from the industry send your script to comedyfiftyfifty@itv.com with a short paragraph about you and your experience. That’s all folks, up up and away!