Channel 4 has annouced they are revamping their ‘Coming Up‘ talent scheme which will now include giving budding filmmakers the chance to have a feature length drama aired on the network.
The move will see the channel increase its investment, with a bigger budget, in order to help new writing and directing talent get on air. From the submitted applications, a shortlist of six writers will be commissioned to write a full screenplay under the guidance of key industry talent.
Three of those writers will then be selected to work alongside an established director and a short section of each script will be filmed before a panel of judges select one 90 minute screenplay to be produced in full with an up-and-coming director at its helm and broadcast on Channel 4 in 2015.
The single play has long-since been regarded as the best way for writing and directing talent to come to the fore in British television and in its new incarnation Coming Up will offer creatives the chance to extend their imaginations by creating a larger scale and more visible piece of work and a unique calling card for their talents. – Piers Wenger, Head of Drama
Over the schemes previous 13 years it has helped launch the careers of writers Tom Bidwell, Laura Neal, EV Crowe and Jack Thorne as well as directors including Wayne Yip, Alex Garcia, Tom Harper, Yann Demange and MJ Delaney. The scheme is funded by Channel 4 and produced by Touchpaper Television.