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C21 launches drama script competition

C21 has announced The Drama Series Script Competition, produced in association with leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) and Creative England through their recently launched venture, designed to find the next big thing in international drama.

Full information, guidelines and the online entry form can be found by clicking here.

We’re looking for outstanding pilots for a one-hour drama series from fresh writers who have got what it takes to create a primetime drama series.

Winners will receive £10,000 development funding, time in a writers room on a current series and assistance in taking their drama project to series, with unprecedented access to the global television drama market.

The C21 Drama Script Competition is open for entries between August 20 and October 16 this year. The final round of the script competition will consist of a pitch presentation at the C21 Drama Summit in December.


David Jenkinson

C21 editor-in-chief and MD David Jenkinson said: “We hope this competition will uncover a new generation of talent and find new writers and projects that become global hits. eOne and Creative England are fantastic partners, and their support of this competition means there is a very real chance of the winners turning their scripts into successful drama series.

Carrie Stein, EVP, global production, eOne Television said: “Bold and compelling drama is being created all over the world and for the first time it’s possible for an unknown writer from anywhere to create a series with distinct characters and universal themes that attracts global attention. We are hoping this competition motivates terrific writers to take that leap.”

Caroline Norbury, CEO of Creative England, said: “At Creative England, we find and support the most exciting creative talent by giving them the investment and introductions they need to find success. It is fantastic to be working with eOne and C21 on this competition to help find new writers, with original stories that have the potential to capture the imagination of global audiences.”

For more information on The Drama Series Script Competition call C21 on +44 (0) 20 7729 7460 or visit the website.

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Carrie Stein

About Entertainment One
Entertainment One (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specialises in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea. Through established film and television divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 40,000 film and television titles, 4,500 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.


Caroline Norbury

About Creative England
Creative England invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media. It aims to grow the brightest, the best and those with the most promise so that individuals and businesses can achieve their full creative and commercial potential. It helps identify future opportunities to grow the economy and generate jobs. Creative England has offices in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Brighton, Pinewood Studios and Elstree Studios. It is a not-for-profit private limited company that invests any surplus back into new programmes and initiatives that help talent and creative companies to grow.

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