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
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'.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
FEMALE PILOT 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a short paragraph about you and your experience. That's all folks, up up and away!
MsMono Productions (www.msmono.com) was set up to amplify the voices and talents of all women across film and TV. But co-founders Karla Williams and Rebecca Coley have had very different experiences of race growing up in the UK. With the recent murder of George Floyd in the US and the protests and conversations about race and racism his death has sparked, the pair spoke about their experiences and in particular how Karla has faced racism while working as a screenwriter in the UK TV industry.
Watch the full talk via their Instagram page (due to technical issues, the conversations begins at 02.05)
WE ARE HERE ACTORS PRESENT SCREENPLAY SESSIONS
How Does It Work?
You let us know if you have any actors in mind for certain roles then we source the rest. If you like we can arrange a short rehearsal before the read or we can aim straight for the read. We then bring everyone together on a Zoom call to read through your screen play and host a post read Q&A/Feedback session.
How Do I Get Feedback?
You may not want feedback, you may be after just hearing your dialogue out loud but if you do want some feedback we send out a survey link after the read so attendees can share their thoughts and we email you over all the anonymous responses we receive within 48 hours. Or we can host a post read Q&A moderated by WeAreHere to get some fresh thoughts
Who Can Attend?
That is up to you. You can have just the actors reading, some guest observing to increase feedback responses, guests you invite including agents, production companies and directors or we can reach out to guests on your behalf.
What happens after the session?
Hopefully you’ll have lots of ways to elevate your work and can begin further development of it. We send you two files, one of the read in its entirety and a separate file of the post read Q&A so you can review them both in your own time.
Send us your script to email@example.com and if possible brief character breakdowns so we have an idea of who to start looking for. We usually host the sessions at 2:30pm every other Wednesday but if that doesn’t work for you we are happy to find a suitable time. If you’d like a session, great! Reply with your script, if you haven’t already and we can arrange a call to talk specifics and get you booked in.