Writer Session: Navigating The Industry
In association with Comedy 50:50, Lucy Lumsden will be running a free session aimed at comedy writers with an idea ready to pitch. Lucy has worked for 16 years as a commissioner for BBC and Sky and now runs her own indie, Yellow Door Productions.
The sessions will be discursive and informal to help demystify the process of getting script to screen. It will explore the presentation of ideas and the relationship between a writer, agent, producer, director and broadcaster.
The session will be held at ITV Waterhouse Square on Thursday 30th January. It will start at 3pm and last for approx 90mins.
Please RSVP by Wednesday 22nd January. Places are strictly limited.
The Female Pilots' Club
Female Pilot Club is taking two more comedy scripts up for a spin on 26th November at the Museum of Comedy. Flying with us will be Katherine Parkinson, Lee Ingleby, Greg McHugh and Tom Bell with more passengers awaiting confirmation.  Scripts are by Georgia Pritchett (Veep, Succession) and Carol Walsh.
Shadowing Opportunity on Iain Stirling's CelebAbility
Iain Stirling's CelebAbility is back for a fourth series.  If you are a newer writer and would like to shadow the writing room, please contact us with a bit of info about yourself. Email us at comedyfiftyfifty@itv.com. You will need to be available for a minimum of two of the following dates:
November 25th & 26th
December 2nd & 3rd
December 9th & 10th
The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to attend a recording of the show and an edit.  Applications close Friday 15th November.
Applications to be a mentor or a mentee are open until 31st July. Click here to find out more.
Writers’ Surgeries
Emma Obank and Ellen Gallagher from literary agency Casarotto Ramsay & Associates will be holding monthly surgeries for unrepresented female comedy writers starting on the 4th September 2019. Please be aware that Casarotto are very unlikely to be able to offer representation to any writers that take part in the surgeries – the intention of these sessions is instead to provide in-person contact with professional agents where they can answer any questions you may have about how the Film & TV industry operates and give advice on how to build profile. To request an appointment please email fiftyfifty@casarotto.co.uk with your details and some information about yourself and your writing. They will be in touch as and when candidates are selected for the surgeries.
Casarotto Ramsay & Associates was founded in 1989 and represents many of the world’s best known writers, directors, literary properties, and below the line talent in film, theatre and television. Their clients range from newer talents to very well established names, which means that they work across the complete spectrum. They are based in London but operate internationally.
Efficient Women's Writing
When ITV's Comedy 50:50 initiative offered the first 15 writers to reply to the newsletter the chance to attend Lynne Parker's Funny Women Workshop, one of the fortunate 15 was former EMMERDALE and CORONATION STREET storyliner, Denise Watson. “I've never pressed 'send' so quickly!” explains Denise. “I was about to leave a steady and very enjoyable job in one of the country’s most successful story offices, to return to the sometimes precarious world of freelance scriptwriting, so I figured Lynne’s workshop would be a great way of kick-starting my new adventure,” she adds.
But after spending a couple of hours with her fellow writers in that workshop, Denise recognised the vast array of talent in the room and decided she didn’t want their newly-formed bond to end. “Having worked in a story office for four years, I know how important it is to get the right mix of creatives if you want to produce great work, and I felt we had that mix at the workshop. As I left London with Lynne's mantra of 'Stand Up To Stand Out' ringing in my ears, on the train back up north I decided to act on her great advice. The next day I contacted Comedy 50:50 and asked for everyone's contact details, to see if the others wanted to meet up again. And they did!” explains Denise.
That's how the Efficient Women's Writersroom was born, a diverse group of 12 women writers, directors and actors who meet every month back in that same workshop space at ITV in London.
“Not only are we working on some amazingly brilliant comedy pitches, but we're also able to support each other as we tread our own individual paths through the world of freelance writing,” says Denise. “We’ll be approaching production companies with our ideas soon and we’re all feeling really optimistic about the future. We’re so grateful that ITV, and in particular Comedy 50:50, are continuing to support us.”
Past Opportunities:
June 2019: Shadowing on The Late Late Show with James Corden (Tasha Dhanraj)
April 2019: Shadowing on Plebs Series 5 (Stevie Cooke)
Tues 26th March 2019: Stand Up To Stand Out Workshop with Funny Woman in association with Comedy 50:50
September 2019: BBC Writersroom and Comedy 50:50 session: Learn to Write Topical Jokes with Grainne Maguire.
November 2019: Iain Stirling's CelebAbility Comedy Writers
September 2019: Female Pilots Club
September 2019: BIFA’s Unconscious Bias Training
August 2019: Writing Opportunity With HotSauce TV
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