NFTS And Left Bank Pictures Launch UK Writers Scheme; Tom Felton Pic Lands International Deal — Global Briefs

NFTS And Left Bank Pictures Launch UK Writers Program

The National Film and Television School (NFTS) is launching a new writers development program in partnership with Left Bank Pictures, the production company behind shows as Netflix’s The Crown. Set to launch in March 2024, the scheme will replace the NFTS’s former diverse writers development program. Six screenwriters from under-represented backgrounds will be chosen to take part in the paid, intensive 10-week program that will immerse them in a dynamic environment of creativity and collaboration. During the course, four full series ideas will be developed and pitched with the aim of creating commercially viable television drama concepts. “Together with Left Bank Pictures, we hope to carve a new path where diverse voices illuminate the way forward, ensuring the stories we tell on screen are as vibrant and varied as the world we live in,” said NFTS Director Jon Wardle. “We can’t wait to find these six new emerging writing talents from across the UK and begin the exciting journey ahead.”

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