Comedy writing programme announced

CTBFA comedy writing programme has been launched by the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) to find emerging UK comedy writers.

The Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme - named after the producers of the Doctor and Carry On series - is being run in partnership with Big Talk Productions and LOCO London Comedy Film Festival.

Four writers who are in need of industry assistance will be selected. They will get £10,000 each and six months of support as they develop a comedy feature or TV series.

Each writer’s work will be developed by Big Talk Productions and the process will culminate in a live table-read of their material to an industry audience at the 6th LOCO London Comedy Film Festival in May 2017.

“The Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme provides an exciting opportunity to discover those hidden gems of comedy writers who need support to realise their creative potential,” said Barry Jenkins OBE, president of the CTBF.

“Both Big Talk and LOCO are at the very forefront of the UK’s thriving comedy landscape, ideally placed to support the next wave of talent in the genre.”

Submissions are welcomed until 26 August 2016 and applicants can send in their material as indicated here.


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