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The following invitations to writers have been submitted to the Sits Vac mailing list, which you may join to receive further such postings on a regular basis. In responding to any of these invitations please, in each case, email the person who posted the invitation BEFORE YOU SEND ANY SCRIPTS, in order to ascertain whether they are still seeking submissions.

Please don't abuse the email addresses of any of the companies listed below or this feature of the Situations Vacant website may cease to be.

BBC TALENT SEARCH - SITCOM - Deadline April 30th 2000

Are you harbouring a hidden writing genius? If so, show us what kind of sitcom you can write. If it's funny, we'll pay you a commission and invite you to a two-day workshop on situation comedy. If it's really funny, we'll put it on the radio or maybe television. We will commission up to thirteen new scripts for radio and television sitcoms, including three BBC Choice refreshing TV award commissions, and we'll invite their writers to a two-day workshop in London hosted by Paul Jackson, Controller BBC Entertainment, and Geoffrey Perkins, Head of BBC Comedy. These sessions will also be supported by leading writers including David Renwick, Simon Nye, Ben Elton, Richard Curtis, Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews. In addition to the ten final scripts, three scripts - for the most bizarre, left-field sitcom ideas - will be chosen for the BBC CHOICE Refreshing TV Awards. The BBC will showcase the four best sitcoms in a London West End venue.

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Feb 2000 - BBC

5 MINUTE COMEDY SCRIPTS WANTED

As part of the BBC Local Radio initiative, organised in conjuction with Situations Vacant sitcom BBC Radio Bristol is looking for writers in the West Country to submit a Funny Five Minutes. The best five will be played on The Morning Show.

Your script must be a) funny and b) reflect something of the region.

The deadline for scripts is the end of March 2000.

Please send them to Jenny Walmsley at BBC Radio Bristol, P O Box 194, Bristol BS99 7QT or E Mail Jenny.Walmsley@bbc.co.uk

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2/1/2000 - PLATFORM TV: DRIVING NEW PROGRAMME MAKING TALENT FORWARD

OFFERED: The opportunity to have your work broadcast on television in the UK and around the world with fair payment for any material broadcast and rights for usage negotiated.

WANTED: Your productions in any genre - dramas, docs, animation, comedy etc. Interested? An exciting new opportunity has arisen for filmmakers who are fed up with being unable to find a broadcaster willing to give them a break. Platform TV is a new company dedicated to packaging new programme material for sale to major broadcasters world-wide. If your production fits the bill then we will work to make sure it gets the TV platform it deserves. Trust is all-important in this explosive new area of broadcasting and we will be working with the community of new media professionals on a truly fair deal basis. We are committed to seeing that new TV talent gets the right start without the cynical rip-offs that have been rampant in other creative areas such as the music scene. Any programme included in one of our themed packages will be fairly paid for and its makers given due credit.

PLEASE SEND VHS TAPES OF YOUR WORK FOR VIEWING TO SARAH NISSEN, PLATFORM TV,106 CANELOT STUDIOS, 222 KENSAL ROAD, LONDON, W10 5BN

N.B: Please enclose a SAE if you would like your tape returned once it has been viewed.

March 2000

Channel 4 Comedy Writers' Workshop- new writers wanted

Channel 4 and Planet 24 are on the look-out for new comedy writing talent for The Richard Blackwood Show, which returns to C4 in the spring. If you think you have what it takes to write for Richard just send in three different gags based on a topical event. The writers behind the funniest and most original material will be invited to participate in a one day Comedy Writing Workshop at Channel 4 on 24 March.

You'll need to relate to Richard's no-holds-barred style of comedy - the producers will be looking for material that has a daring and original take on events. Outstanding writers will be offered the chance to work on the new series of the show. All material, together with your CV must be received by Friday 10th March at: The Comedy Writing Workshop, Planet 24, Thames Quay, 195 March Wall, London E14 9SG

9/1/2000 - FILM SCRIPTS & TREATMENTS WANTED

From: Bridge + Tunnel

So, are you an incredibly talented screenwriter or are you just brimming with ideas which you would like to see produced before the 2nd millenium ends as well?

Our established production company has a proven track record of raising financing to produce innovative and experimental projects. We have a history of cross European co-production, we already have part funding in place and we have recently been awarded an Arts Council grant to find further European sponsorship. To this end we are amassing our current slate of projects, an attack plan for the year 2000-2001 and we are looking for scripts/treatments or future writing collaborators. Could this be you?

We are not particularly interested in reading another "heist" script or 'stocky barrel' story but we are looking for excellence in the field of progressive (read not artsy-fartsy) cinema. Run of the mill, straightforward fiction probably isnt our cup of tea (but maybe you could convince us)... We are particularly interested in projects which could include a multimedia element ie an internet documentary. Projects which cleverly/perceptively explore themes surrounding sexuality, modernity, immigration/ethnicity, and families appeal to us but strength of vision and voice are paramount to us.

So, dust down those scripts or send in those treatments. Let's talk. Let's make it happen...

Contact: Caroline Fawcett Bridge + Tunnel, Waygood Gallery, 39 High Bridge, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 1EW

29/11/99

SCRIPTS WANTED

I'm an Irish director, with a small company of my own. I'm also affiliated with a couple of larger companies, for the bigger projects that come my way.

We recently put out a call for scripts, short or feature, with a view to raising finance and getting them produced here in Ireland. So, if you have a script you think is really kicking, email or post it to us at the address below. We usually read pretty fast and will get back to you ASAP.

The call is ongoing by the way, so if you are working on something right now, don't send it until it's ready. Also, let any of your writer friends know about this.

Our only request is, PLEASE don't send us material you don't believe is up to scratch. We've received far too much of that already !

Imogen Murphy, Director, Fever Productions

 FEVER PRODUCTIONS
97 Northumberlands,
Lower Mount Street,
Dublin 2,
Ireland.

10/12/99

SCRIPTS WANTED

We are a London based production company looking for short scripts to produce. Preferred genres are comedies, Black comedies/thriller, romantic and action. More art house scripts are welcome, although we would only be interested in them if the concept or idea are absorbing with very interesting characters.

We would rather have the scripts sent by post at the following address:

Alexis Varouxakis
78 Queens Gate
London SW7 5JU

Otherwise e-mail us at: Avarouxakis@hotmail.com

Please along with the scripts, include contact details as well as were you heard about us. Thanks and hope to hear from you soon!

Alexis Varouxakis

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