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Irish Writers Pitching Programme for TV Drama & Comedy

Tutors: Des Doyle

Date: Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

Duration: 2 days

Venue: Dublin

Cost: €100

Course Profile:

This is a new programme designed to give experienced writers with produced credits the opportunity to pitch directly to a selection of production companies in Ireland who are actively looking to develop their TV production slates with an emphasis on ideas that will work for the global marketplace.

The companies who have confirmed participation to date include Blinder Films, Deadpan Pictures, Element Pictures, Green Pavillion Entertainment, Parallel Films, Shinawil, Subotica, Treasure Entertainment and Vico Films.

There will be a selection of 10 writers chosen from all applications to take part.

This is a two-day program.

Day 1 which takes place on Wednesday the 14th of August will involve a 20-30 minute briefing from representatives from each of the production companies taking part, providing background on the company itself as well as detail on what kind of material the company is currently looking to add to its development slate. There will be a Q&A opportunity for the writers with each company also.

Once the briefings are complete there will be a talk on the current state of the global TV Drama/Comedy marketplace by Des Doyle (Showrunners: The Art Of Running A TV Show) as well as a discussion on the best approaches to pitching in the room. Again there will be a Q&A opportunity for the writers taking part at the end of this.

At the end of Day 1 the writers will have two weeks to develop a logline and one page outline for the series ideas they wish to pitch to the companies.

Day 2 is the actual pitching day and will take place on Wednesday August 28th. Each writer will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas directly to the companies taking part in a private one to one sessions.

The purpose of this pitching programme is twofold. First, it provides companies here with an introduction to a group of Irish writers whose work they may not be familiar with and an opportunity to gauge how they work in developing ideas for them specific to their briefs.

Second, it allows the selected writers an opportunity to pitch directly to companies they may not normally get the chance to pitch to without representation.

Companies will also provide feedback to each participating writer on how they felt their pitch was presented and where any potential improvements in their presentations going forward could be made.

This programme was devised by Des Doyle (Showrunners: The Art Of Running A TV Show) in association with Gráinne Bennett at Screen Skills Ireland.

Participant Profile:

Writers with at least one produced credit.

Application Procedure:

Please apply online by 10am on Wednesday 7 August 2019.

Please email grainne.bennett@screenskillsireland.ie with any queries.

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