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21 May 2018

Applications open for £150,000 WFTV Pat Llewellyn Bursary Fund

We are delighted to announce that applications are open for a brand new bursary to find, and fund, women with the best, boldest and most creative, factual entertainment or factual TV projects.

NB: This does not include drama projects

In a joint collaboration, BBC, Channel 4 and ITV have come together to fund the bursary in memory of award-winning producer Pat Llewellyn who was renowned for discovering and developing new talent. Pat created BBC2’s Two Fat Ladies, discovered Jamie Oliver and christened him The Naked Chef, made Gordon Ramsay famous with Channel 4’s Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, and launched the career of Mary Portas with Mary Queen of Shops. She ran Optomen, a TV production company with offices in London, New York and LA, which under her leadership grew from a turnover of £5m to £55m. Pat died of metastatic breast cancer in October 2017, and the Bursary was created to remember her and honour the huge contribution she made to TV programming worldwide.

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Applications are open to any woman with a unique project and a passion for TV. The Pat Llewellyn Bursary is not about academic qualifications or industry contacts, it’s about the most exciting ideas. So each year, a total of £30,000 will awarded to up to three candidates to help them develop their passion projects – which could be a one-off documentary or a series. Along with the cash will come a case of fine wine for each woman to help the creative juices flow!

As important as the money awarded will be the unique chance this bursary offers to open doors. Each successful applicant will be allocated a mentor (normally a member of the awarding committee) who will help guide the candidates and get them in front of key decision makers who can make their ideas happen.

Apply via the online form here.

The deadline for applications is 22 July 2018.

Celebrating Pat’s Welsh Roots

To celebrate Pat’s Welsh roots, and to encourage other women from Wales to follow in her creative footsteps, one place each year will be held specifically for any woman either born in or living in Wales or with a Welsh parent. The other winner or winners can come from anywhere in the UK.

Pat Llewellyn’s husband and business partner at Optomen, Ben Adler said: “This is such an amazing opportunity for women across the UK to make their passion projects a reality. Pat would have been acutely embarrassed to have a bursary in her name, but she would have been very happy, and proud, to know that she was able to continue helping women to succeed in the TV industry”

Liz Tucker, Chair of Women in Film and Television, said: “Pat Llewellyn had an unparalleled skill in picking and identifying new talent, so this WFTV Bursary seems a really appropriate way of continuing the hugely positive impact she made to the industry and honouring her memory.”

Kate Kinninmont, CEO of WFTV, said: “After Pat died, some of the women who had known her urged me to create an award in her name. I think we’ve done her proud: The Pat Llewellyn Bursary scheme is innovative, ambitious and game-changing – exactly like Pat herself!”

Key Bursary Application details:

Applications can be submitted via THIS ONLINE FORM.

Applications open: Monday 21 May 2018
Applications close: Sunday 22 July 2018

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by members of the awarding committee in August 2018, and the Bursary winners will be announced in September.

The bursary will run for a minimum of five years.

The awarding committee members are Ben Adler (Pat Llewellyn’s husband and business partner at Optomen), Elaine Bedell (CEO, The Southbank Centre), Martha Kearney (journalist and broadcaster), Nicola Moody (Executive Producer, Nutopia), Sue Murphy (Head of Factual Entertainment, ITV), Jane Root (CEO, Nutopia) and Liz Tucker (MD of Verve Productions and Chair of WFTV).

1. To apply, you must be resident in the UK
2. If you are the owner of a production company, your annual turnover must be below £1 million. In certain cases, verification of turnover may be required.

For full information about the Bursary Fund, click here.