Press Release : Top TV Industry Panel Announced For Innovative UWS Team Writing Module. 

Lecturer  

Stuart Hepburn has announced the makeup of the 2011 Industry Panel for  the University Of The West Of Scotland’s  innovative “Team Writing For Television” Module.

Stuart, whose on screen credits include Taggart, Hamish Macbeth and River City commented :

 “I am delighted to welcome three top  Creative Practitioners from the BBC, STV and the Independent sector to take part in the Team Writing  Industry Panel Pitch on April 18th at UWS Ayr.”

Amy Roberts has worked in script development at BBC Scotland for 9 years.  Amy’s production experience takes in such shows as River City, Waterloo Road, Monarch of the Glen and new crime two parter The Field of Blood.  She also heads up  the BBC’s “Scotland Writes” scheme which is dedicated to encouraging and developing new screen writing talent across Scotland.

STV Drama Consultant Kim Kinnie  started his career as an actor mainly in rep and variety. He was in at the beginning of the London Comedy Store in 1979 and was director/ booker until 1990, working with all of the “alternative comedians” of the day most of whom are now household names. At  STV he has  produced comedy programmes like ” Funny Farm” and “Comedy Rules” and has produced many programmes across  the genres : Game shows, Children’s Programmes, Documentaries and Drama. Kim won a BAFTA for children’s drama “Uncle Dad”. 

Anne Marie Di Mambro is an independent Screenwriter and lecturer  and has written for programmes such as Casualty, River City and East Enders. Her stage credits include Tally’s Blood and Ae Fond Kiss. She is also the programme leader of the MA in Television Fiction at Glasgow Caledonian University

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 Stuart Hepburn can be seen above, “working the grid” at BBC Scotland’s Pacific Quay   Headquarters. 

In Team Writing for Television, students study contemporary dramas such as “Being Human”,  “Boardwalk Empire” and “True Blood”, and use these popular dramas as templates for their own creativity.

Stuart added….

 “ The industry pitching session is a vital part of the embedded Work Related Learning  in the  15 week module. The 8 student writing teams have each been creating the Concept, Bible and their own individual Episodes of a long running television series. Now they will pitch their ideas to our three practitioner experts. The industry panel will then  feedback their opinions to the students, and give them a contemporary take on the chances of their  ideas making it to the small screen. This  gives  the students an authentic and invaluable learning experience. Who knows, maybe the next “Skins” is about to be discovered. “ 

You can follow the progress of the entire creative process on  Twitter at #TWFTV or online at http://tinyurl.com/68wzuhl

Contact Stuart through his blog at https://uwsscriptwriting.wordpress.com