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£10k new comedy writing scheme launched

£10k new comedy writing scheme launched
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Jon Creamer
05 July 2016

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) has announced a new comedy writing scheme with £10k plus six months of development with Big Talk up for grabs for successful applicants.

The Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme is run in partnership with Big Talk Productions and LOCO London Comedy Film Festival.
 
The programme will select four emerging writers, each of whom will receive £10,000 and participate in a personalised six-month programme of industry support as they develop a comedy feature screenplay or six-part comedy series for television. The grant is given in honour of Betty Box and Peter Rogers, the producers of the Doctor and Carry On series, and aims to discover original, exciting voices by offering a unique launching pad to writers in need of financial and industry support, and who may not otherwise have a chance to develop their craft and careers.
 
The selected participants will have their work developed by Big Talk Productions and will receive comprehensive professional support from the CTBF and LOCO. The programme will culminate in a live, fully-cast table read to an industry audience at the 6th LOCO London Comedy Film Festival, May 2017.
 
Barry Jenkins, OBE, President of The CTBF said: “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. 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. We’re excited to see what this year’s entrants will produce, and we’re certain the programme will prove a fitting legacy for Peter and Betty – two titans of British comedy.”
 
The submission deadline is August 26th with the four chosen recipients set to be announced at a ceremony in October.
 
Denise Hicks, Co-founder and Director of The LOCO London Comedy Film Festival said: “We are thrilled to be joining forces with the CTBF and Big Talk for the Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme, bringing together a great British comedy legacy with our brightest contemporary talents to search for and support four exciting, undiscovered comedy screenwriters. With this generous award we will be able to give our writers the funding and expertise that they need to create their very best work, and to keep British comedy fresh, surprising and, above all, funny."
For further information visit http://locofilmfestival.com/betty-peter/  

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