How to Get Your Edinburgh Fringe Show Fully Sponsored
Masterclass by Maddy Anholt
We are delighted to be joined by comedian, actress, writer and all-round businesswoman, Maddy Anholt to bring you this masterclass on how to get your Edinburgh Fringe show fully sponsored.
Maddy has taken four shows to the Gilded Balloon and Underbelly for the full month, and this year is back with her fifth. Each show cost around 10k to put on and she achieved full sponsorship for each one. At this Comedy 50:50 masterclass Maddy will tell you exactly how she did it, no gimmicks, just hard work - she’s proof it’s possible!
Date & Time: Monday 30th March. 6pm arrival for a 6.30pm start. The session will last for 1 hour followed by a Q&A
Venue: ITV 2 Waterhouse Square 140 Holborn EC1N 2AE. The nearest tube is Chancery Lane
Please RSVP by Wednesday 18th  March. We will let you know by Thursday 19th March if you have secured a place.
As an added bonus, Maddy is offering to mentor one person taking a theatre or comedy show to Edinburgh this year, directly helping them on their way to full sponsorship. 
If you would like to apply for this opportunity, please email your show press release or 100 word copy and a short (one paragraph max) biography for the company or individual to comedyfiftyfifty@itv.com by Tuesday 17th March and  the successful applicant will be notified will be notified by Monday 23rd March.
Grand Scheme Media One Day Creative Session "INTRODUCTION TO COMEDY TV"  in association with Comedy 50:50
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.


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.

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? 


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.


The importance of character 
The crucial first ten pages 
Social Context 
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.
Funny Women
Join Fawcett Society and Funny Women in Manchester on International Women’s Day for the comedy showcase as part of the launch of their Feminist Roadshow!
Funny Women is delighted to announce their new partnership with the Fawcett Society, which will see them travelling the country as they come to a region near you to talk feminism, activism and what you can do to make a stand in your area. These daytime workshops and panel events will be followed by a showcase in the best of women’s stand up, brought to you by Funny Women.

The first of these events is happening in Manchester at the famous Frog and Bucket comedy club.

Daytime tickets are very limited and are only available on a first come first served basis. Please follow this link for further information and to buy tickets: https://www.funnywomen.com/calendar/eventinfo/feminist-roadshow-international-womens-day/

Daytime agenda:

13:30 – Registration and coffee
14:00 – Fawcett introduction by sam Smethers, CEO
14:30 – Is Greater Manchester Working for Women (panel TBC)
15:45 – Refreshments break
16:00 – Know Your Worth with Funny Women

Know Your Worth in this workshop with Funny Women by telling your own story, creating your own material, interpreting body language, and becoming more confident and memorable.

17:00 – Closing statement
17:30 – End of day session

The first Female Pilot Club of 2020 is on February 26th at The Museum of Comedy at the EARLIER time of 6.30pm to accommodate some very special young guests. 
It’s a special 'founders' evening with scripts by Abigail Burdess and Kay Stonham. 
Confirmed cast so far include Sarah Hadland (Miranda, The Job Lot) Isy Suttie (Peep Show) Marek Larwood (Iain Stirling's CelebAbility) and Martin Trenamen (Phone Shop, The Inbetweeners))
Hypothetical Writing Opportunity

In association with Comedy 50:50, a brilliant writing opportunity for the panel show Hypothetical.
Closing date for submissions: Wednesday 12th February at 6pm
Please see below for the brief and email all submissions to hypotheticalwriters@hattrick.com
Hypothetical is an entirely improvised panel show produced by Hat Trick Productions. In the show, hosts Josh Widdicombe & James Acaster pose two teams of comedians a series of ridiculous hypothetical situations and award points based on how well they deal with them. Situations like...
You have to take a selfie with Nicholas Cage within 48 hours or die. How do you do it?
You have to get a 150ft bronze statue of The One Show’s Matt Baker erected in your hometown. What do you do?
You must get Lorraine Kelly to break your arm. First one to do it wins. Loser gets their legs broken by Eamonn Holmes. What do you do?
You have been sent back in time to Dallas, November 21st 1963, the day before JFK was killed. You must prevent the assassination. What do you do?
1. You are a cat.
We’re looking to expand our pool of writers, so we’re looking for people with imagination, a keen eye for the absurd, and the ability to produce well-thought out ideas in volume.
To be considered for this, simply submit one Hypothetical, a few words on why you’d like to write on the show, and a short CV of your writing work to date. So you can get an idea of the tone, the first episode of the new series is available here.
Selected candidates will be invited to come in to Hat Trick for a (paid) writing day and may well be offered further work by becoming part of our writing pool. 
Due to the expected volume of applicants, only those who are successful will be contacted.
Three tips for writing hypotheticals
Every hypothetical should be fun to answer. When you write one, think about how you'd answer it, and how you’d feel if you were asked it on the show. If you feel a sense of dread, it probably won’t work as a hypothetical.
No matter how absurd the question, it must be possible to answer it using real-world logic. If you need to get hold of gravity-defying trousers to complete the question, the comics won’t be able to work out their own answer.
Keep it simple. The best hypotheticals are the starting-point for a journey. If there are loads of extra details to factor in, the comedians won’t be able to build their own story around it.
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.
This event is now full. Please contact us to be added to the waiting list.
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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