Carnival Films has launched the Collective, an initiative which aims to help emerging writers develop their talent in the industry.
The Downton Abbey producer will train emerging writers in a series of in-depth sessions, working on their ideas in a collaborative environment.
“We are always seeking to expand our horizons in terms of the best writing talent, and take our responsibility to nurture talent very seriously," said Carnival Films' Executive Chairman, Gareth Neame. "Collective is a great way of doing just that and we’re delighted to be working with some of the most exciting, emerging creative voices coming out of the UK today.”
The scheme will be led by Carnival's Head of Development, Jo Strevens, Development Producer, Tara Cook and Development Executive, Claire Daxter. The Collective unites a group of aspiring talent including scriptwriter Grace Ofori-Attah (In the Long Run), screenwriter Ben Lewis (Psychobitches), writer Roanne Bardsley (Hollyoaks), playwright James Fritz (Parliament Square) and comedy and drama duo Matilda Wnek and Ryan O’Sullivan (Other People).
Grace Ofori-Attah commented, “Writing can be a very solitary occupation. Having the opportunity to sit down and discuss your ideas with a group of talented writers, as well as experienced development executives in an open, safe and supportive environment is invaluable.
"The scheme will challenge me to step outside my comfort zone and give me the confidence to really run riot with my ideas.”
Carnival has previously worked with emerging talent on Creative Skillet's High End TV Drama Directors programme, as well as its Make a Move Scheme, however the Collective is its first initiative that focuses on providing for writing talent.
Anyone interested in the scheme should get in touch via Carnival's website.