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20 August 2018

Apply for 4Stories: Channel 4 Talent Initiative for Writers and Directors

4Stories, the new-talent scheme, designed to bring on and help establish the next generation of writers and directors, is back!

The scheme is aimed at finding genuinely diverse voices, exploring contemporary stories of and by communities that are rarely seen on mainstream television. They encourage applications from talent currently under-represented in TV Drama – including women, disabled talent, BAME talent, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

 They want to hear from emerging UK writing and directing talent who bring a distinct and alternative view of modern Britain.

Initially, they are looking for six writers, who will be tutored by and work with experienced drama producers at BlackLight Television to develop an original half hour idea as part of an ambitious anthology series that will showcase their unique voice. Of those six, three will then be chosen for further development and production.

They are also looking for three new exciting directors to direct the final scripts. The series will be broadcast on Channel 4.

At the end of the process the three chosen writers will also have the opportunity to develop an original series, serial or single with BlackLight Television and Channel 4.

Directors will learn how to hone their skills and deliver their vision under the guidance of experienced drama professionals, kick-starting their careers directing drama for television. 

This is a unique opportunity for emerging writers and directors to make an authored TV drama with a guaranteed network broadcast.

Pre-production is scheduled to start in the spring of 2019.

Find out more and apply here.

The deadline for Writer applications is Monday 10 September.

The deadline for Director applications is Monday 5 November.