Eleven, the production company backed by Sony Pictures Television which makes Netflix’s Sex Education, has today announced an expansion of their Duly Noted scheme, partnering with the BBC for 2022.

Duly Noted was launched by Eleven’s Carissa Hope Lynch in 2021 as a training programme designed for under-represented groups in comedy and drama development, who wanted to gain more scripted experience in order to advance their careers and to become script editors.

The launch exceeded Eleven’s expectations, receiving more than 200 applications. Five candidates were selected, going on to complete a series of workshops through April 2021, facilitated by Carissa Hope Lynch and Tolula Dada. All five found employment during or following the course, and following the success of the workshop series, a Duly Noted Assistant Script Editor role, funded by the BBC and SPT (via the SPT Creative Diversity Fund), was created across two Eleven productions: BBC Three’s Red Rose, and another currently unannounced project.

For Year 2 of Duly Noted, applications are targeting those from under-represented groups and the cohort is being increased to include at least six individuals. The full application criteria are on the Eleven website.

The 2022 programme will feature an increased workshop series preparing the cohort for on-the-ground placements in production. The course will take place across a week, before the cohort move into production-based Assistant Script Editor placements, helping them to earn their first broadcast credits. Placements will be facilitated by the BBC and SPT, and will be in partnership with producers as yet to be announced. Workshops will take place in London, followed by production roles across the UK.

The paid training opportunity placements will span a twelve-week period between May and September, and will vary depending on demands of the production, while taking into account participant experience, location and needs.

Tolula Dada, Co-Facilitator of Duly Noted and Screenwriter, says “The success of Duly Noted’s 2021 cohort is proof that giving people the chance to show what they can do with a support network behind them, is one of the most effective ways to help talented people thrive. It is my hope that by helping the next generation of under-represented individuals advance as script editors, we can help our industry to better reflect the audiences that we serve.”

Carissa Hope Lynch, Founder of Duly Noted and Executive Producer, Eleven, says “Last year, reviewing all the applications in-depth alerted me to the fact that the range of exclusion in scripted television is mountainous. It’s entirely intersectional. Approaching it singularly in some ways merely reinforces social, cultural, attitudinal and physical barriers. The intention this year is to deliver wholly inclusive training with the support of the BBC and Sony Pictures Television.”

“It’s incredibly exciting to collaborate so closely with partners who share a passion for changing our landscape. Our joint ambition is to scale up and skill up this year’s cohort. Running the training last year, I became acutely aware that everything we were discussing would be better absorbed if we could immediately apply that learning, which is why we all felt it imperative to create these behind-the-camera roles.”

The Duly Noted website will open for applications between Monday 14 February and Monday 14 March 2022. More information on the scheme, testimonials from the 2021 participants, and how to apply for Duly Noted 2022, are on Eleven’s website.

Eleven’s work includes Sex Education for Netflix, True Horror for Channel 4, Gap Year for E4, The Enfield Haunting for Sky, Glue for E4, and Cast Offs for Channel 4.

Upcoming projects include Red Rose for the BBC from Michael and Paul Clarkson, a young adult horror series following a group of 16-year-olds who encounter a supernatural presence on social media.

Pippa Considine

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