FOCUS ON: Scripted

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Demand for high-end, English-language drama is transforming the UK’s studio business. 

Join us on Thursday 20th September to find out about commissioning priorities and how to secure a successful TV drama from our panel of experts.

UK high-end television production spend reached a record £938 million in 2017, the highest on record, according to a report from the British Film Institute (BFI).

Screen Scotland recently launched, and with it came the announcement of their Broadcast Content Fund which aims to help the sustainable growth of Scotland’s broadcast production sector, allocating £3 million for the upcoming year. 

The panel will be discussing key trends in high end drama, and outlining opportunities both within Scotland and in the widening drama commissioning landscape.


MEET OUR PANELISTS

 

Jane Wright

CONSULTANT, Producer & Executive Producer

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Jane Wright’s experience in the feature film industry spans distribution, international sales, production and financing. Jane has worked with producers to create and execute production finance strategies on films as diverse as Maybe Baby, Ben Elton’s directorial debut; John Crowley’s Is Anybody There; Richard Eyre’s Iris; and We Need to Talk About Kevin, directed by Lynne Ramsay. Jane now works as a consultant, producer and executive producer. 

 

BRYAN ELSLEY

TELEVISION WRITER

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Bryan Elsley is a television writer best known for co-creating teen drama Skins with his son Jamie Brittain and more recently the Channel 4 shows Kiss Me First and Dates. His other writing credits include 40, Nature Boy and the award-winning adaptation of Iain Banks novel The Crow RoadDates was the first production by Balloon Entertainment, the independent production company set up by Bryan and Harry Enfield in 2012. It has gone on to produce two Harry Enfield specials for BBC2 and Clique in 2017 for BBC3 which makes it’s return in 2018 for a second series. The company puts a focus on nurturing emerging talent in drama and comedy.

 

NICOLE FITZPATRICK

SCRIPT EXECUTIVE

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Nicole has been working in the screen sector for over ten years, specialising in television drama and working on over 130 hours of broadcast television.  Her credits include Script Executive on the Sky/HBO series Strike Back, Script Producer on the BBC continuing drama EastEnders (winning the 2016 BAFTA and NTA for Continuing Drama), and Script Editor on BBC1’s Father Brown. Her development experience is across continuing drama, crime, genre, period, and high-end dramas.

 

robbie allen

senior screen EXECUTIVE at creative scotland

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Robbie is responsible for managing Screen Scotland’s funding programme, which provides support for the development, production and exploitation of screen projects. He develops and oversees the implementation of film talent development programmes and leads on the relationships with film and broadcasting partner organisations.

 

gavin smith

commissioning executive, bbc Scotland

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Gavin has worked in scripted television for most of his career having spent 14 years at The Comedy Unit before moving to the BBC to take up the role of Commissioning Executive. He has Executive Produced across multiple genres for multiple broadcasters including Sky, Channel 4, Channel 5, BBC Northern Ireland, BBC One, Two & Three, Discovery and Comedy Central. Gavin is passionate about development and has overseen a successful slate of projects that went on to be commissioned by BBC Scotland including Scot Squad, Gary: Tank Commander, Burnistoun and Limmy’s Show.