BCG Pro Newsletter

Friday 29th November 2019

As we reach the end of another week, it's time for our latest features related to comedy writing, performing and producing. Have a great weekend!

Big Comedy Conference

Big Comedy Conference

We're pleased to announce that we're going to run a third Big Comedy Conference, in London in April 2020. Our last was in 2014, and after a several years rest (and many people asking us when we'd do another), it feels now is a good time to get everyone together again for knowledge sharing and networking. You're invited! We'll have full details and early bird tickets available in our next email.

Opportunities Hub

Opportunities Hub Paywall

It can be hard to keep track of the competitions going on out there. Luckily, BCG Pro's Opportunities Hub has a list you can look at any time. You can even add your own opportunity, if you're looking for collaborators or a job.

Sitcom Geeks

Sitcom Geeks

The latest podcast looks at the dos and don'ts of plotting, adding sparkle to your stories, and added jeopardy for comedy drama fans.

�100,000 prize available for climate change comedy idea

£100,000 prize available for climate change comedy idea

Flickers Of The Future, a charity-sponsored opportunity for creators aged 18-29, has a £100,000 production funding prize. Judges include Richard Curtis.

Female Pilot Club interview

Female Pilot Club interview

Female Pilot Club founders Abigail Burdess and Kay Stonham talk to us about why they set up the script reading initiative, and we get some writing tips from Veep's Georgia Pritchett, who is one of the writers to have her work showcased.

Comedy Central pauses commissioning

Comedy Central pauses commissioning

Comedy Central has put all commissioning on hold as it restructures its team. Manager Louise Holmes has also exited, to move to Facebook.

Marek Larwood: The Story of an Average YouTuber

Marek Larwood: The Story of an Average YouTuber Paywall

Marek Larwood talks about how he ended up making comedy for YouTube, and gives some great insight and tips for those looking to establish a channel on the video platform.

Laughing Around production company launched

Laughing Around production company launched

The organisation behind London's 2Northdown venue and the TicketText website have announced new live comedy production company Laughing Around.

Comedian's Comedian

Comedian's Comedian Podcast

There're now over 300 interviews with comedians to listen to via this podcast series. There's loads of advice on writing routines, touring, mental health, and more.

Tourist Trap

Making Tourist Trap

If you haven't already, do find the funny Welsh sitcom Tourist Trap on BBC iPlayer. This insight article from the show's writers is really interesting and full of useful tips.

Ask The Industry

Ask The Industry

The Ask The Industry podcast is back up-and-running after a summer break. Recent interviews include talent agent Anthony Butler and radio producer Colin Anderson.

Back To Life

Filming Back To Life

Back To Life recently announced a second series, so it seems like a good time to re-visit this interview with director Christopher Sweeney.

BBC Comedy Room 2019

BBC Comedy Room 2019

Here's a report from two of the writers who were invited to the latest BBC Comedy Room, a day of training organised by BBC Writersroom. They give insight into what the event was like. You can get into the next room by submitting a script to BBC Writersroom (the next window opens March/April 2020).


WGGB student membership

If you're a writer, you should consider joining WGGB, the writers' union. There is a range of benefits. In a new move, students can join for a significantly discounted rate of just £30.

Thanks for reading

Do check out the main British Comedy Guide website for lots more news and content. For example, in this new interview with executive producer Tom Webber, he gives grounding advice like: "you have to be ridiculously lucky to get an idea on the air".

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