Channel 4 is launching a new TV drama scheme which seeks to discover the next generation of writers and directors.
The paid scheme, called 4Stories, aims to recruit more talent currently under-represented in drama, including women, disabled people, BAME people and people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
4Stories will give three directors and three writers the chance to work with Touchpaper Television on a new three-part series of related films.
The films tell one story from three different perspectives, each episode half an hour in length.
The opportunity is open to writers who have never had an original single, serial or series broadcast on UK television.
Writers who have contributed to episodes of soaps, series or serials are eligible to apply if they have fewer than 2 hours of broadcast credits.
As part of the scheme, trainees will work together on the series in a writer’s room.
They will be tutored by high profile drama talent and experienced producers from Touchpaper, who will help develop their scripts.
In addition to the opportunity to create a series, the scheme will offer masterclasses, networking sessions, coaching, career development and access to key industry events.
Rob Pursey, Managing Director of Touchpaper Television said: “We’re looking for bold, unique voices that can deliver ambitious, witty, fearless entertainment. This is an opportunity to find diverse talent and bring a fresh perspective to UK drama.”
Tash Phillips, Channel 4’s Drama Editor said: “It’s vital for television drama to nurture new talent from diverse backgrounds in order to truly represent contemporary Britain onscreen.
“Through 4Stories, Channel 4 will give new drama writers and directors from different backgrounds a unique platform to showcase their most distinctive, authored and ambitious work,” she said.
Directors must apply with a short or long form film and writers must apply with an original full script for TV, radio, film or stage.
To apply and to access entry guidelines, visit the Touchpaper Television website.
The closing date for writers’ applications is 14 November 2016 and for directors’ applications, 12 December 2016.