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