Screenwriters' income in Europe

on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:34. Posted in Film

New survey published by the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE)

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The Federation of Screenwriters in Europe has published a survey of European screenwriters' income in 2012.

The survey was undertaken to inform a series of workshops for screenwriters’ guilds in European countries entitled Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining in the Digital Economy. The online survey, asking seven questions, was distributed by 21 European screenwriters’ guilds belonging to the FSE (including the Writers' Guild of Great Britain).

Seven hundred professional screenwriters for both TV and film in over 25 countries responded and provided information about their income in 2012. The anonymous survey provides factual information to illuminate the discussion about authors remuneration.

Download the survey (pdf)

Adventures In LaLa Land

on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 10:19. Posted in Film

British screenwriter Tim John on making the move to Hollywood

Adventures in Lala Land by Tim John

I’d read plenty of books about how to write Hollywood screenplays, but never found one that also described what living there would be like. So I decided to write one. Adventures In LaLa Land chronicles the seven years I spent riding the rollercoaster.

How does real life compare to reel life? Do the stars create more drama off-screen than on? Is the local social network really full of desperate housewives? How do writers find work?

My main reason for going to Hollywood was that I had always loved films, so wanted to be right at the heart of the industry. The tricky thing was knowing when to go. Given the colossal gamble the film business is, it's hardly the sort of move you want to risk when you have young children and a bank manager to support, as I did. Having said that, in some ways the choice was made for me because I was ‘let go’ from my job as a London copywriter when the agency was taken over by another group. Everyone who, like me, was part-time, was let go. What a strange phrase ‘let go’, it implies you'd been chomping at the bit, bursting to break free.

Games writing skills explored

on Monday, 25 November 2013 14:47. Posted in Video Games

The annual London South Bank University, Writers’ Guild and IGDA talk - 4 December

Interactive writing is not screenwriting. From character creation to plotting, format to structure, from root to interactive branch the process of creating a story and delivering the script has evolved from the skills needed to deliver linear onscreen experiences.

In the annual London South Bank University, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and IGDA talk, a group of experienced games writers Ed ‘Brink’ Stern’, Tom ‘FTL’ Jubert, James ‘Deus Ex’ Swallow and Andrew ‘Fable:Legends’ Walsh will examine a variety of techniques used in videogames writing and explore how they have used them in their own projects.

Date and Time: Wednesday, December 4 at 7 pm

Location: Keyworth Centre, London South Bank University

As always, we’ll head to the pub for a few Christmas drinks after the talk!

Sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/events/570224703050027/

Creating without Conflict report launched

on Sunday, 24 November 2013 11:16. Posted in General

New report says the creative industries are a hotspot for bullying

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Creating Without Conflict report author Cathy John (right) with Anne Marie Quigg

The worlds of the media, arts and entertainments are often seen as glamorous, but a survey of 4,000 workers has revealed these industries are hotspots of bullying, with more than half of those questioned (56%) saying they had been bullied, harassed or discriminated against at work.

People who contributed to a survey, commissioned by the Federation of Entertainment Unions, ranged from household names, top screenwriters and performers to those at the beginning of their careers.

The results showed shocking levels of ill-treatment and inappropriate behaviour and a culture of silence, with only a third of those suffering bullying and harassment reporting the incidents.

New Faces: Radio Drama In The Midlands

on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 14:28. Posted in Radio

A Writers' Guild West Midlands event - Wednesday, December 11, 7.30pm - 9.30pm

In recents months two important chairs have been filled in BBC Radio Drama. Sean O'Connor has taken the reins at the The Archers. Meanwhile Jessica Dromgoole is helming the landmark World War I drama, Home Front. Sean and Jessica will join us to talk about their shows, the craft of Radio Drama and opportunities within the industry.

Sean O'Connor was a producer on The Archers in the late 1990s, before moving on to TV shows such as EastEnders, Hollyoaks & Minder. He has also directed extensively in theatre, including his own adaptations of Vertigo, Marnie and Romeo & Juliet, as well as producing a film version of Terrence Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea. His book Handsome Brute was published this year.

Jessica Dromgoole has directed in theatre and radio, winning various awards including the Prix Italia for Original Radio Drama, a BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Audio Drama, and a bronze Sony Radio Academy Award for Best Drama. Between 1988 and 1991 Jessica was Artistic Director of the Finsborough Theatre, since when she's been New Writing Co-ordinator for the BBC.

This event is FREE to members of the Writers' Guild and £5 for non-members. Attendees are invited to a festive drink in The Mailbox afterwards.

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The Playwrights' Progress - deadline extended

on Thursday, 21 November 2013 12:05. Posted in Theatre

Submissions for Guild's exciting new development scheme close on 16 December

Update: entries have now closed. The successful entries have now been selected

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain is inviting emerging and established writers throughout the UK to take part in Playwrights’ Progress, an inspiring new script development project, FREE to the chosen participants with all expenses paid. This is a major promotion run in partnership with Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and Leicester Square Theatre.

The project (open to Guild and non-Guild applicants) will give eight writers the opportunity to progress their career paths. Four will be chosen to attend a three day, intensive workshop to develop their exciting new scripts in progress. The best work from the workshops will be showcased by actors of the highest calibre at Leicester Square Theatre to an audience of invited literary managers, agents, directors and producers. Four other writers will be selected for the ‘potential’ of their draft plays, which will be given a read-through by Central’s alumni, involving invited literary managers etc.

Funded by the Arts Council England and The Writers’ Foundation (UK), this is open to all writers, at any stage of their careers, to enable them to work on their unperformed plays with professional actors, directors & dramaturges of the highest calibre. To apply, candidates should:

  • Submit one hard copy plus an electronic copy of a draft of an unpublished, unperformed dramatic piece. Initially this needs to be the first act only (drawn from a full-length script of maximum running time of 2 hours 20 minutes).

A shortlist of contenders will then be drawn up, when full scripts will be requested. So please… 

  • Submit a brief biography of your experience/career to date, which should include one public/ workshop performance or equivalent publication or broadcast.
  • Include a letter of application (max 500 words) giving your reasons for wanting to develop this piece, its potential as a drama and your aspirations for it. Also your contact details plus stamped, addressed envelope for your script to be returned.

The read-through workshops will take place in London the week beginning 3rd March 2014, followed by the three day workshops 1 - 4 April. The public showcasing at Leicester Square Theatre will take place on the 9th May.

Please note the deadline has been extended, for us to receive hard copy scripts no later than 4pm, 16 December: FAO Richard Pinner, The Writers' Guild of Great Britain, 40 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4RX. Electronic copies to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.