BBC Writersroom Announces Comedy Room 2015 Participants

BBC Writersroomby Team TVWriter™ Press Service

BBC Writersroom has announced Comedy Room 2015 – a development pool of 15 up-and-coming writers, launched on 2 October 2015. These writers have been selected from Writersroom open talent searches, alongside input from BBC Comedy (TV and radio).

These writers have been selected from Writersroom open talent searches, alongside input from BBC Comedy (TV and radio). They will receive targeted training and development for six months, including workshops, masterclasses and networking events.

The aim of the scheme is to encourage and develop the best in new comedy writing and to help these writers to build strong connections within BBC Comedy.

Anne Edyvean, Head of the BBC Writersroom, says: “The creation of Comedy Room is a way of answering the question, ‘How do we best support emerging writing talent in Comedy?’ We decided on regular, structured teaching; introductions to key people in BBC Comedy; workshops; and script support for a hand-picked group of writers, over a limited time-period, in conjunction with BBC Radio and TV Comedy.”

The selected writers are:

  • Christine Robertson
  • Paul Parncutt
  • Laurence Tratalos
  • Tez Ilyas
  • Ryan Grant
  • Sally Stott
  • Lolly Adefope
  • Samuel de Ceccatty & Stuart Benson
  • Mat Rees & Joanne Lau
  • Michael Beck
  • Lee Coan
  • Shai Hussain
  • Shazad Mohammed
  • Patrick Coyle
  • Tracy Brabin 

Web Series: “Every Woman’s Dream “

TVWriter™ is overcome with joy at being able to present this announcement from our Very Talented Friends at Comedy High. (No, really, we are. We love these peeps):

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It’s the modern-day Cleopatra-Meets-Freaky-Adina-Howard, as Valerie Whaley (played by comedian, Jesenia) enjoys feather fans, hot men, and massages in the very sexy season finale of “Shlongologues: The Web Series”, with episode 10: brag. Watch here:

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???Shlongologues: The Web Series is a provocatively refreshing MALE twist on The Vagina Monologues featuring NY’s best up-and-coming talent created by Comedy High.

Comedy High Productions was created in 2013 by two women from the Bronx (Jenni Ruiza and Jesenia) who create a unique kind of female-driven comedy that’s intelligently risqué. They’ve produced “Latino Stereotypes for Dummies” – a sketch challenging Lorne Michaels to hire a Latina in their cast, “Carrot Cake” – a Dump Trump musical parody, and the web series, “Becoming Ricardo” with Lisa Lisa (of Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam)!

As we wrap our first season, we’d love your help in getting the word out about our series with either a quick mention, a review, or featuring the series on your site.

We can’t have success without you – so let’s do this!

Motion Picture Academy Announces Nicholl Award Winners

by TVWriter™ Press Service

Five individuals have been selected as winners of the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.  The Academy is celebrating theunnamed 30th anniversary of the global competition which aims to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters.  Each winner will receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at an awards presentation on Wednesday, November 4, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  For the third consecutive year, the event also will include a live read of selected scenes from the fellows’ winning scripts.

This year’s winners are (listed alphabetically by author):

Elizabeth Chomko, “What They Had”
Andrew Friedhof, “Great Falls”
Anthony Grieco, “Best Sellers”
Sam Regnier, “Free Agent”
Amy Tofte, “Addis Abeka”

A total of 7,442 scripts were submitted for this year’s competition. Ten individual screenwriters and two writing teams were chosen as finalists.  Their scripts were then read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, who ultimately chose the winners.

The other finalists are (listed alphabetically by author):

Ghazi Albuliwi, “Arafat”
Jennifer Bailey and Max Lance, ”Best Funeral Ever”
Ryan Covington, “The Secrets We Keep”
Lynn Esta Goldman, “Angel on the Wall”
Murat Izmirli, “Grimwood”
Suzanne Kelman and Susannah Rose Woods, “Held”
Augustus Rose, “Far from Cool”

Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year.  The Academy acquires no rights to the works of Nicholl fellows and does not involve itself commercially in any way with their completed scripts.

The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee is chaired by writer Robin Swicord, and marketing executive Buffy Shutt serves as vice chair.  The other members of the committee are writers Tina Gordon Chism, Naomi Foner, Eric Roth, Kirsten Smith, Dana Stevens and Tyger Williams; actor Eva Marie Saint; cinematographer John Bailey; executive Marcus Hu; producers Stephanie Allain, Albert Berger, Julia Chasman, Julie Lynn and Peter Samuelson; and agent Ron Mardigian.

Since 1986, 142 fellowships have been awarded, and in 2015 several past fellows added to their feature film and television credits:

  • Nikole Beckwith directed “Stockholm, Pennsylvania,” from her Nicholl-winning script, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • Robert Edwards wrote and directed “When I Live My Life Over Again,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
  • Patrick Gilfillan wrote “Lila & Eve,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • Kurt Kuenne edited and co-wrote the documentary “Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard around the World,” which premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival.
  • Alfredo Botello was a co-writer of “Hollywood Adventures,” which opened as the number-one film in China in June.
  • Rebecca Sonnenshine is a writer and supervising producer on “The Vampire Diaries.”
  • Annmarie Morais is a writer and story editor on the series “Killjoys.”
  • Andrew Marlowe is the creator and was executive producer, and Terri Miller was a writer and executive producer on “Castle.”

Motion Picture Academy Announces Student Oscars


by TVWriter™ Press Service

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored 15 student winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 42nd Student Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  The Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards were announced and presented by actors Michelle Rodriguez and Jason Mitchell, Oscar®-winning director John Lasseter, and the Oscar-winning team behind the animated feature “Big Hero 6,” Roy Conli, Don Hall and Chris Williams.

The 2015 Student Academy Award® winners are:

Gold: “Chiaroscuro,” Daniel Drummond, Chapman University, California
Silver: “Zoe,” ChiHyun Lee, The School of Visual Arts, New York

Gold: “Soar,” Alyce Tzue, Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Silver: “An Object at Rest,” Seth Boyden, California Institute of the Arts
Bronze: “Taking the Plunge,” Nicholas Manfredi and Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, The School of
Visual Arts

Gold: “Looking at the Stars,” Alexandre Peralta, University of Southern California
Silver: “I Married My Family’s Killer,” Emily Kassie, Brown University
Bronze: “Boxeadora,” Meg Smaker, Stanford University

Gold: “Day One,” Henry Hughes, American Film Institute, California
Silver: “This Way Up,” Jeremy Cloe, American Film Institute
Bronze: “Stealth,” Bennett Lasseter, American Film Institute

Foreign Film
Gold: “Fidelity,” Ilker Çatak, Hamburg Media School, Germany
Silver: “The Last Will,” Dustin Loose, Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
Bronze: “Everything Will Be Okay” Patrick Vollrath, Filmakademie Wien, Austria

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work.  Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 47 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards.  They include Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis.


We’ve Seen the Future & It’s – Bingewatching!


Know how we’ve been saying for years that watching whatever television you want whenever you want is the way of the future? That future officially arrived when NBC announced it was going to release all episodes of its then new show AQUARIUS for bingewatching, picking up on what Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu, which are websites first and production/broadcasting entities second, already were doing.

And now Turner Broadcasting is following in NBC’s footsteps by arranging to release the first four episodes of PUBLIC MORALS, a new drama starring Edward Burns, August 25th, the day after the show premieres on TNT. The eps will be available on cable and satellite through Video On Demand, the “Watch TNT” mobile app, participating provider sites and apps, and, of course, at

Turner is also going to do the same with TNT’s COLD JUSTICE, FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE, a new series on its truTV channel, and truTV’s IMPRACTICAL JOKERS. In the words of John Harran, Senior Vice President of Business & Product Development at Turner Content Distribution, “Turner is embracing a different approach to the way programming is traditionally released and providing our audiences with multiple binge-viewing options in order to enhance their TV experience.”

In other words, yesterday’s “enhanced experience” is now today’s experience period.

Loud sing Haloo!

The WGAW is Getting Ready for the 2016 Writers Guild Awards

If you’re a member of the Writers Guild of America, either West or East, it’s time to nominate yourself for the next batch of WGA Awards. If you aren’t, well, now you have something to aspire to. Either way, here’s the info you need:


by Team TVWriter™ 
Please note the changes to the eligibility criteria
for some of the Writers Guild Awards categories this year.


(1A) Long Form–Original and (1B) Long Form–Adapted categories now include “limited series”

  • Programs eligible to compete in these categories are now defined as follows: “A long form television or new media motion picture is a motion picture, over one hour in length, including MOWs and limited series.”
  • A limited series (including miniseries) is defined as “at least two but not more than 13 episodes with a total running time of at least three broadcast or exhibition hours that is based on a single theme or story line which is resolved within the piece.”
  • In addition, the WGA has eliminated the rule prohibiting series with a “Created by” credit from competing in this category.
  • Programs that meet the WGA’s new “limited series” definition will not be eligible to compete in the WGA’s Drama, Comedy or New Series awards categories.

(5A) Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) Series category has been split into two separate categories: (5A) Comedy/Variety Talk Series and (5C) Comedy/Variety Sketch Series

  • Weekly sketch shows, which predominately consist of scripted sketches, will no longer compete against nightly talk shows, which may feature occasional sketch elements but are primarily composed of monologue jokes, desk segments and guest interviews.



TV-Radio-New Media Script Submissions
Submission deadline: 5:30 p.m. (PT) on Friday, October 9, 2015

Drama, Comedy and New Series
Submission deadline: 5:30 p.m. (PT) on Friday, October 9, 2015

Paul Selvin Award
Submission deadline: 5:30 p.m. (PT) on Friday, October 9, 2015

Original and Adapted Screenplay
Submission deadline: 5:30 p.m. (PT) on Friday, November 13, 2015

For specific questions about the Writers Guild Awards submissions process,including which category to submit your program in,
please contact WGAW Awards Administrator Jennifer Burt
at 323-782-4569 or email: