Two of Scotland’s top TV Script Executives,Mike Ellen, (Script Development Executive with BBC Scotland) and Kate Croft ( Shed Productions) have agreed to visit the UWS in Ayr as part of the assessment process for Team Writing For Televison.
Mike works on developing Long Running Drama for the BBC at Pacific Quay, and previously worked on Series such as Taggart and Rebus for STV.
Kate is managing new projects for Shed through KoCo Drama, and is also head of drama at Shed Media Scotland, working closely with all the drama producers in the group – Shed Productions, Wall to Wall and Twenty Twenty .
During her time at RDF, Kate developed and produced the drama Murderland starring Robbie Coltrane and written by David Pirie which recently completed its three week run on ITV1.
We are very pleased to welcome them both to the UWS where they will assess the work of the Team Writing For Television students in Creative Industries pitching session.
I have just had the invigorating experience of reading 50 different elevator pitches of long running series ideas from the TWFTV class. I can honestly say that I have never read such a wide range of intriguing, fresh , exciting ideas.
Next stage in the process is to whittle them down to 9 projects, which the teams will then develop over the next two months into a comprehensive five page series Bible, and ultimately write an episode each.
The nine teams will then pitch their ideas to Mike and Kate on the Industry Pitching Day on 19th April.
No pressure there, then.
Watch this space for details.