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15 November 2018

Entries Now Open for New Voice Awards

From the Edinburgh TV Festival Talent Schemes, an awards night that celebrates the best of new and emerging talent. Have you got a great TV script or self-made pilot, but no agent? Did you receive your first broadcast credit in 2018? Are you a stage performer ready to take your show to TV? These awards […]

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15 November 2018

ScreenSkills Offering Freelancers Up To £1000 Towards Film/TV Training

ScreenSkills is offering bursaries of up to £1,000 towards the cost of training for freelancers (plus travel, accommodation and childcare) in priority skills areas such as camera, art department and costume. Click on the links below for more information: Film bursaries for freelancers: apply for up to £800 High-end TV bursaries for freelancers: apply for […]

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14 November 2018

Anne Mensah to Join Netflix as VP of Content

Sky’s Head of Drama, Anne Mensah is leaving to join Netflix as their new Vice President of Content, to lead the SVOD platform’s work on UK productions. Before joining Sky, Mensah held roles at ITV, the BBC and a number of independent production companies. Whilst at Sky, she has been responsible for successful dramas including […]

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12 November 2018

In The Spotlight… Sally Pacy and Cara Kotschy from Fifty Fifty

This October, post and production house Fifty Fifty celebrated its fifteenth birthday. The independent company was co-founded by Sally Pacy (above right), who remains the owner, and is run by Managing Director Cara Kotschy (above left). Between them, the pair have over 40 years’ industry experience and their impressive list of clients includes ITV, BBC, […]

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12 November 2018

Carrie Gracie Kickstarts Fundraising for New Service to Combat Pay Discrimination

The Fawcett Society and YESS Law have launched a Go Fund Me page to raise money towards a new Equal Pay Advice Service. The campaign, which is seeking to raise £20,000 has been kickstarted by a donation from Carrie Gracie’s backdated pay from the BBC. Writing directly on the Go Fund Me page, Gracie commented: […]

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08 November 2018

WFTV joins with industry groups and individuals calling for tax breaks for more diverse productions

WFTV has signed an Open Letter calling for the introduction of a Representation Tax Relief to increase the employment of women, disabled people and people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds behind the camera in the British film and television industries. The initiative aims to address the on-going imbalance in employment behind the […]

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Winner of The News and Factual Award, documentary producer and executive producer Elhum Shakerifar.
04 November 2018

Screen Selects Producers on the Rise for The Brit 50

Screen has profiled some of the rising producers who will be flying the flag for UK filmmaking excellence in years to come. Included amongst those selected are 2017 WFTV Award winner, Elhum Shakerifar (pictured right) who runs Hakawati, and animation specialists Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding who run Lupus Films. To see the full list […]

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29 October 2018

WFTV Members’ Short Films Make BIFA Longlist

Congratulations to WFTV members Fateme Ahmadi, Emma Parsons, Amelia Hashemi and Loran Dunn whose short films have made the longlist for this year’s British Independent Film Awards’ (BIFAs) Best British Short category. The longlist contains 15 short films in total, representing the cream of the crop of UK shorts from the past year. Fateme Ahmadi […]

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22 October 2018

ITV Launches Comedy 50:50 Initiative to Address Gender Imbalance

ITV’s Controller of Comedy, Saskia Schuster has launched Comedy 50:50, an initiative seeking to implement measures to address the gender imbalance in comedy, starting with writers. The initiative was launched at an event in London which brought together producers, writers and agents and was opened by Schuster, who talked about her plans to build on […]

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15 October 2018

Justice and Equality Fund Awards £1,027,699 in Grants

The Justice and Equality Fund, managed by Rosa and supported by TIME’S UP UK, has awarded £1,027,699 in grants through the Advice and Support programme to resource seven women’s organisations in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, who are working to provide advice and support to women who have experienced sexual harassment. This comes on […]

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15 October 2018

Writing a Detective with a Difference: Feminism and ’40s Hollywood

Screenwriter and story consultant Helen Jacey is renowned for her expertise on feminism and the creative process. This year, she set up a production company, Shedunnit Productions, to develop female gaze content across different platforms. In this guest blog post exclusively for WFTV, Helen reflects on the life and work of Ida Lupino – a […]

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11 October 2018

TV Exec Tracy Forsyth Becomes New WFTV Mentoring Scheme Producer

We are delighted to announce that former BBC Worldwide exec, Tracy Forsyth is the new Producer of the Women in Film and Television Mentoring Scheme, which offers a six month programme of support and career development for women with at least seven years’ industry experience. Forsyth, who has worked in the industry for 25 years, […]

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10 October 2018

New Report Shows UK Tax Reliefs Help Fuel Boom in UK Screen Industries

Tax reliefs across film, high-end television, video games, animation programmes and children’s TV are powering unprecedented levels of production in the UK, generating an economic contribution of £7.9bn in 2016. An independent new report commissioned by the BFI demonstrates the huge value of the government tax reliefs across the UK’s screen industries, seeding unprecedented levels […]

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04 October 2018

Creative Skillset becomes ScreenSkills

From today (Thursday 4th October), Creative Skillset becomes ScreenSkills, a re-branding to more clearly reflect the work they do delivering a skilled workforce for the UK’s screen industries – film, television, animation, VFX (visual effects) and games. As part of the move, they have also merged with the Indie Training Fund, the not-for-profit membership training […]

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03 October 2018

2019 WFTV Mentoring Scheme: Time Running Out to Apply

The WFTV Mentoring Scheme is aimed at women working in creative, craft, technical or business roles who have at least seven years experience in the industry. The scheme will run from February – July 2019. Successful applicants will get six hours of mentoring from a hand-picked mentor over six months, as well as an intensive […]

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01 October 2018

Spotlight on Women in Cinematography at LFF’s The Female Gaze

We’re delighted to be teaming up with the BFI London Film Festival to present The Female Gaze, a panel discussion about the importance of diversity in cinematography, focusing on the steps organisations and individuals can take to tackle underrepresentation behind the camera. The discussion will be hosted by BFI Film and Events Programmer Anna Bogutskaya, […]

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28 September 2018

Win Tickets to UK Actors TweetUp Event About Juggling Work and Children

Our friends at UK Actors TweetUp are offering two free tickets to their upcoming event which will feature three special guests discussing how to successfully juggle work commitments with having a family. Date: Tuesday 9 October Time: 7:00pm Location: Gerry’s Club, 52 Dean Street, London, W1D 5BJ More info about the event can be found […]

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27 September 2018

£250k Short Film Fund Backed By Noel Clarke and Jason Maza

Unstoppable Film and Television, the production company helmed by Noel Clarke and Jason Maza is partnering with film funding platform Genera on their £250,000 fund for the worldwide production of shorts. “Short films are notoriously difficult to find funding for, so we were immediately excited by what Genera represents – a no strings attached short […]

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24 September 2018

10×10 Director Suzi Ewing on ‘Unlikable’ Female Leads

Thriller 10×10 is the feature directorial debut of Suzi Ewing. Penned by Noel Clarke (Kidulthood, Fast Girls), the film starts with Lewis (Luke Evans) snatching Cathy (Kelly Reilly) off a busy street and locking her away in a soundproofed room measuring 10 feet by 10 feet. So far, so conventional. But as the plot unravels, […]

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24 September 2018

France Introduces Incentives For Film Industry to Hire More Women

Françoise Nyssen, the French Culture Minister, announced on Thursday (20 September) that financial incentives to persuade film productions to hire more women are to be introduced. This announcement follows on from the pledge Nyssen made at the Cannes Film Festival, and is part of a package of gender-related measures. “I believe in financial incentives” she […]

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