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Make It Newsletter Saturday 3rd February 2018
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News and Features
Newsjack: How the show is made Newsjack: How the show is made (+ tips)

Newsjack, the BBC show anyone can write for, returns on Thursday... which means the first script submission deadline is this Monday. In this new feature we talk to the producers about how the programme is put together. Lots of insight and tips for you. Read
Sitcom Geeks Sitcom Geeks: Newsjack special

James Cary and Dave Cohen have also gone behind-the-scenes on the show for our Sitcom Geeks podcast. The episode features interviews with Newsjack producer Adnan Ahmed and two of the BBC's staff writers. It contains the latest advice on what the show is looking for. Listen
Newsjack Newsjack: Even more tips

The Newsjack production team recently conducted a Q&A via Twitter. Their answers can be viewed in this thread: Read

Plus, check our previous features: 5 lessons learnt and Writing tips from Angela Barnes

We also have a thread on our message board for writers to discuss the show: Forum thread
PetFringe £10,001 stand-up prize

Petworth Fringe in West Sussex is putting itself on the comedy map by offering the biggest competition prize money in the country (one quid more than the Edinburgh Comedy Award). The contest is open to all comedians with no restrictions, with heats in various locations from April. Details
SYTYF So You Think You're Funny?

Applications are now open for SYTYF?, the prestigious new act competition which culminates in the big final in Edinburgh in August. Details
Chortle Chortle Student Awards

This one only applies to those at university: but if you're a student and interested in performing stand-up comedy, entry is now open for the Chortle Student Comedy Award 2018. Read
Inside No. 9 Download BBC scripts

Reading scripts and comparing them to what you've seen on screen can be a great way of learning formatting. The BBC generously publishes some of its scripts via its Writersroom website. The latest to download Two Doors Down and the multi award-winning Inside No. 9. Read
John Finnemore John Finnemore script

John Finnemore - widely regarded as one of this country's best comedy writers - was nominated for the Tinniswood writing award for the 'Penguin Diplomacy' episode of John Finnemore's Double Acts. As a result, his finely-crafted script is available to download to scrutinise. Read
JFSP Ed Morrish radio editing notes

Talking of John Finnemore, Series 7 of his hit Radio 4 sketch show is currently airing. To accompany the episodes, producer Ed Morrish has been blogging about the editorial decisions they made. It's an interesting look at the nuts and bolts of editing a show. Read
John Finnemore Sitcom Geeks Live with John Finnemore

A John Finnemore hattrick for this newsletter... if you would like to see Sitcom Geeks interviewing him live, head along to The Bill Murray pub in London on 21st March. Details
Malk Talbot BBC Asian Network short films opportunity

BBC Writersroom and BBC Asian Network are joining forces to develop and produce six short films (60 seconds each) about Birmingham, as part of Asian Network Live 2018. Deadline to submit: 7th February. Details
Malk Talbot Podcast interview with producer Mark Talbot

Mark Talbot, who is head of development at Hat Trick Productions, offers up some great insight in this podcast interview. Amongst the questions answered: What are the biggest mistakes writers make when sending in scripts? Listen
Matt Tiller Meeting tips

Matt Tiller, head of development at Comedy Central, offers tips on how to prepare for a meeting. This might be a useful read for anyone who has been asked to meet a production company to talk through their idea. Read
Matt Stronge Interview with BBC producer Matt Stronge

The 'Why Did The Chicken?' website interviews BBC Radio's Matt Stronge, who was named best comedy producer at the 2017 Audio Production Awards. Read
No Laughing Matter Brighton course

Clare In The Community writer Harry Venning and former BBC executive producer Alison Vernon-Smith are running an introduction to sitcom writing course in Brighton on 24th February. Details
Stuart Goldsmith The Comedian's Comedian Podcast

Stuart Goldsmith continues to interview stand-up comedians. The latest is a double-episode interview with James Acaster. The comedian - who has been nominted for the Edinburgh Comedy Award more times than anyone else - talks frankly about some issues he's currently having with performing: Listen
British Comedy Guide British Comedy Guide forums

We have six forums on our message board for those who create comedy. There's more discussions, opportunities, support and ideas to be found here:
Writers' Discussion
Performance Discussion
Looking for Collaborators
Thanks for Reading
Wishing you a creative month! From pancakes to relationships, there's plenty to joke about.

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