Lime Pictures and Channel 4 have teamed up with New Writing North and Northumbria University to search for writers whose work offers a fresh perspective on life in 21st century Britain.
Three aspiring television writers from the North of England will be selected as part of the Northern Writers’ Awards to receive a bespoke 12-month package of training and development from staff at the independent production company, Lime Pictures.
They will receive bursaries of £3,000 to support their time at the studios, where they will receive mentoring from Lime Pictures staff. Each writer will shadow the process of script development, from story conference through to broadcast script, and at the end of the development period may have the opportunity to undertake a paid commission for an episode of a Lime Pictures serial.
Two of the writers will be on attachment to Hollyoaks, while the third writer will be based in Lime Pictures’ children’s drama department, where The Evermoor Chronicles (Disney), House of Anubis (Nickelodeon) and Rocket’s Island (CBBC) were all produced.
These exclusive opportunities have been created as part of the Northern Writers’ Awards, the annual talent development programme run by New Writing North, which has supported 197 writers since 2000.
Di Burrows, Producer at Lime Pictures, said: “Lime Pictures is very pleased and proud to be involved in this award for a second year. Our aim is to provide new writers with the chance to develop their skills through working alongside the Hollyoaks and the children’s drama editorial teams. With our full support, this is a fantastic opportunity for writers to immerse themselves in the high-pressure, fast-paced environment of writing for television and experience first-hand the special challenges involved.”
Lee Mason, Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, said: “At Channel 4 we are committed to finding and nurturing new talent, particularly from people who are under-represented in the broadcast industry. We know there is a wealth of writing talent in the north of England and I hope writers will take up this fantastic opportunity to launch their careers. We’re really thrilled to be partnering Northumbria University and New Writing North and we’re delighted that Lime Pictures are committed to this fantastic development opportunity.”
Writers based in the North of England have until Wednesday 3 February to enter the awards. Entrants should be new to television writing, but may be published in another form. Enter online at www.northernwritersawards.com (opens in a new window)