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Entries open in C21 drama script comp



C21’s second Drama Series Script Competition, produced in association with leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), has opened for entries in a bid 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 what it takes to create a primetime drama series.

Winners will receive US$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 Series Script Competition is open for entries between August 1 and October 13 this year. The final round of the script competition will consist of a pitch presentation at the C21 International Drama Summit in December.

David Jenkinson

David Jenkinson

C21 editor-in-chief and MD David Jenkinson said: “Last year’s competition was a remarkable success, with more than 220 scripts submitted. Two shows are currently in development from that initiative. This year we have added a mentor stage, which will see a leading drama executive work with each of six finalists to get them ready to pitch their script at the Drama Summit. New talent is around every corner, and the Script Competition is a great way of connecting new writers with the global drama business.”

Carrie Stein

Carrie Stein

Carrie Stein, executive VP of global production at eOne Television, said: “Finding and nurturing new talent is so important in the current television landscape, as they will be the visionaries of our future hit TV series. We are delighted to be partnering once again with C21 on the Drama Series Script Competition in hopes of finding that great new voice!”

Last year the writers behind two winning scripts, 123 Kings Road and The Ladder, shared the prize and have been developing their projects with eOne.

Lucy Wadham and Rosie Miles, writers of 123 King’s Road said: “The best part of entering the C21 competition was that it lit a fire under us to write a script that wasn’t necessarily trying to please anyone. It felt like a wild and wonderful punt. The boost it gave to our confidence as scriptwriters and the experience of developing our script with a gifted and experienced producer inside a company that has real clout has been amazing.”

Frazer Flintham, writer of The Ladder, had this to say about the competition: “The C21 prize has given me such an insight into the TV development process, and the support and guidance I’ve received from eOne in developing my script has been invaluable. To get to spend a week in the writers room on an eOne show was just incredible. There are few writing prizes out there that offer such genuine opportunities.”

2015 Script competition winners with eOne exec VP of global production Carrie Stein

Last year’s winners with eOne exec VP of global production Carrie Stein

For more information, visit the C21 Drama Series Script Competition website – and GET ENTERING!

Follow the competition on Twitter with the hashtag #C21script.

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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 US, 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.

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