Jun 17 , 2020

HETV Learning Session - Writing and Developing International TV Drama

  • When: 17th Jun 2020, 16:00-17:00
  • Organised by: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Online
  • Price: Free

ScreenSkills HETV Skills Fund are presenting a series of online industry expert led learning sessions, to support freelancers continue to develop their skills in the HETV industry during the Covid-19 crisis.

These interactive sessions will each focus on different HETV grades and departments and give participants “how to guides” as well as sharing knowledge and expertise, insights and an overview of a variety of practical skills and processes from industry experts, as well as advice to help them further develop their career in HETV.


Writing and Developing international TV Drama, 2020
A conversation with UK international drama writer Brendan Foley and US Emmy-winner Jeff Melvoin.

How can UK writers take advantage and learn the skills needed to enable the UK to become the leading global content maker?

The global appetite for good drama series continues to rise.The balance between writers, producers and directors continue to evolve. The development process is shifting in terms of showrunners, head writers, and writers’ rooms. What skills will a writer or showrunner need in the future?

• The rise of international English-language drama series
• Differences between UK, US and International production
• Perceived strengths and weaknesses of UK writers
• Writers rooms Mini-rooms and Maxi-rooms
• Showrunners, Head Writers and Writer-Producers
• Writers, Producers and Directors – changing balances
• The UK’s TV drama future - creativity and economics


Our experts:

Emmy-winner Jeff Melvoin has been a writer-producer on over a dozen primetime series, most recently as an Executive Producer on season three of BBC America’s Killing Eve. Other Exec Producer credits include Designated Survivor, Army Wives, Alias, Early Edition, and David E. Kelley’s Picket Fences. He was Supervising Producer of CBS series Northern Exposure, winning an Emmy and two Golden Globe Awards. Other writer-producer credits include the NBC’s Hill Street Blues and Remington Steele. Melvoin is founder and chair of the Writers Guild of America’s Showrunner Training Program and the Writers Education Committee. In 2015, he received the Morgan Cox Award, the WGA’s highest recognition for Guild service.

Brendan Foley is one of the busiest of a new generation of UK TV writer-producers working internationally. His recent work, as series writer with David Joss Buckley includes 2020s Cold Courage, a Nordic noir series for Viaplay, Lionsgate and Luminoir. He has also worked in USA, Canada, Finland, France, UK, Denmark, Poland and China with TV producers, distributors and broadcasters including CBC, ZDFE, Lionsgate, BBC, Croton-Huace, Viaplay, Elisa-Vihde, Free@Last, Starlings and Nucleus. Past work includes writing, producing and directing indie features for Sony and Lionsgate, animation for NBC and books including WWII bestseller Under the Wire (Random House). He was previously a features journalist, working in 77 countries.


As a note, you will need to register to the ScreenSkills site in order to attend this event.