Hartswood West Writers Award
7th June 2018
Hartswood Film’s creative base in Wales, with support from the High-end TV Levy Fund, is to invest in two ambitious new writers and develop their ideas to pitch to the BBC, who will have the first opportunity to commission the development.
Hartswood West will join forces with BBC Writersroom Wales and ScreenSkills to find and develop the most exciting, up and coming TV writers with a strong connection to Wales with support from Welsh writers Russell T Davies (Doctor Who, A Very English Scandal) and Cath Tregenna (Torchwood, Law & Order).
The scheme will see 12 candidates being invited in to meet Hartswood producers to develop a one page pitch. These will then be whittled down to six successful applicants who will be invited for an interview with Brian Minchin from Hartswood West, BBC Writersroom Wales and BBC Drama commissioning editor Ben Irving.
Ambitious new voices are the lifeblood of drama and Hartswood are thrilled to join forces with Writersroom and ScreenSkills to find the brightest and boldest new Welsh writers.Brian Minchin, executive producer at Hartswood West
Two successful writers will then be selected and offered a bursary for six months, during which they will be guided and supported by Hartswood West and BBC Writersroom Wales. They will also receive support and feedback from top industry professionals including leading Welsh writers Russell T Davies and Cath Tregenna before pitching to the BBC.
Brian Minchin, executive producer at Hartswood West, said: "Ambitious new voices are the lifeblood of drama and Hartswood are thrilled to join forces with Writersroom and ScreenSkills to find the brightest and boldest new Welsh writers.”
Helen Perry, pevelopment producer, BBC Writersroom Wales, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for BBC Writersroom Wales to discover and develop the next generation of great Welsh TV writers. We’re delighted to be working with both Hartswood West and Creative Skillset on such a focused scheme, with the clear aim of bringing more Welsh stories and voices to BBC Network TV.”
Kaye Elliott, Director of High-end TV for ScreenSkills, said: "ScreenSkills and the High-end TV Levy are focused on the development of talent and crew across the whole of the UK and understand the importance of telling a diversity of stories driven by local talent. We are very pleased to be a partner on this initiative supported by the High-end TV Levy Fund and look forward to seeing what the investment delivers.”
The scheme is open to writers who have already started their journey as a writer and had at least one piece of work produced in any medium. The award is to find voices with the potential to create exciting original content and to give them the leg up to have their own authored drama developed for TV.
The award is open to Welsh writers, those living and working in Wales, and also those who can authentically depict Welsh stories and Welsh characters and reflect the culture of Wales in their writing. Find out more from BBC Writersroom
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