Sony Pictures Television-backed scripted indie Eleven has announced Duly Noted, a new training programme for people of colour in comedy and drama development who want to move on to become script editors.

With other industry diversity schemes focussed on front-of-camera representation, nurturing new writers, and entry level access schemes, Duly Noted has been created with professionals at this key stage of their career in mind.

Carissa Hope Lynch: “When you’re the most junior creative in the room, and the creative who is also the only person of colour contributing to the conversation, the imposter syndrome can be real. With that in mind, I’ve always wanted to create a space for and with other self-identified POC like me, that is POC-led, to not only spark a network, but to professionally tool up for the next level. To explore the vocabulary of editorial, alongside instigating a much needed web of support.”

“In order for POC working in the industry to rise through the ranks to key influential positions, experience across development and production is tantamount. The development creative is there from the point of inception when an idea is sparked. People in these roles, from the in-house Development Assistant to Executives, are vital in supporting the integrity of a diverse slate. Not only do people of colour in these roles need to be in the room, and in production, but we need to have the grounding that gives us the confidence to contribute.”

Conceived by Carissa Hope Lynch, designed jointly with Tolula Dada, and hosted by Eleven, the programme will run one Saturday a month from January to April 2021. With the support of Eleven and Sony Pictures Television, Duly Noted is a paid training opportunity.

Duly Noted will consist of 4 full-day workshops involving the nuts and bolts of production script editing, as well as in-depth group and panel discussions. The workshops will be supplemented with at-home assignments and one-to-one mentoring sessions.

Joel Wilson & Jamie Campbell, Managing Directors, Eleven: “Carissa and Tolula have developed Duly Noted to help to bring about substantive change. We are very pleased to support them in launching this in 2021, and hope it becomes an ongoing development programme. We always want to take every opportunity to ensure Eleven is open and accessible to, and actively engaging with, the best of British creative talent.”

For more information and how to apply for the inaugural Duly Noted programme, please see: http://www.elevenfilm.com/duly-noted/

 

Jon Creamer