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Red Planet Pictures calls for entries to writing prize

Red Planet Pictures calls for entries to writing prize
Staff Reporter
06 November 2015

Drama producer Red Planet Pictures has announced the return of its writing competition The Red Planet Prize.

The Red Planet Prize, which first started in 2007 and has led to commissions such as the BBC's Death in Paradise, aims to kick start the career of new writing talent by optioning their television pilot script in the hope of finding the next hit series.

The winner will receive £5,000 to have their screenplay exclusively developed by Red Planet Pictures and will also have six months of intensive development with a dedicated and experienced script editor.

The winner will also receive one to one masterclasses with leading British writing talent including Tony Jordan (Life On Mars, Hustle, Dickensian), Andrew Davies (Pride & Prejudice, Bleak House, War And Peace) and Sarah Phelps (Great Expectations, The Crimson Fields, And Then There Were None.)
Belinda Campbell, Head of Drama at Red Planet Pictures, said: “The Red Planet Prize is about finding hidden writing talent and giving them the opportunity to develop their skills through an unrivalled mentoring scheme. Red Planet Pictures is all about the writer and we are committed to finding new voices, original stories and ambitious scripts from upcoming talent. We are looking forward to seeing all the hidden gems we are sure to uncover during this year’s competition!”
This year the judges are looking for a new project to add to Red Planet Pictures’ diverse slate, which includes new BBC period drama Dickensian, the Motown musical Stop! In The Name Of Love (BBC) and upcoming Sky One adventure series Hooten and The Lady.
Red Planet’s Head of Development Judith King adds: “We’re looking for ideas that burst with character, people and worlds we’ve never seen before, new spins on genre or totally new genres! But most importantly ideas that are deeply truthful and personal to the writer – stories that only they can tell.”
Submissions will be welcomed from Monday 4th January 2016 at 12pm until Friday 22nd January 2016 at 12pm at
Hopeful screenwriters will have to submit the first ten pages of a 60’ TV screenplay along with a half-page description of how the series will work and a brief personal biog of no more than half a page. Shortlisted entrants will then be asked to submit a full script taking them into the final judging stages. Five finalists will be invited to an interview day, from which the ultimate winner will be chosen.

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