BCG Pro Newsletter

Friday 7th February 2020

If you're a director, producer, editor or similar of an online video or podcast/audio series, there're not many places to get your work recognised. To redress that, we've just launched the BCG Pro Production Award. The prize package is very practical: it includes a placement with a top production company.

Also in this edition of the newsletter, we're excited to reveal the first speakers for our Big Comedy Conference. Super Early Bird pricing ends on 29th February, so if you're thinking of coming along, do book now for the cheapest ticket!

Big Comedy Conference

The Big Comedy Conference 2020

Lee Mack and Sandi Toksvig are the first two speakers announced for our Big Comedy Conference, which will take place in London on Saturday 25th April. We're planning a day packed with insight and advice for comedy writers - more guests will be announced soon. Book before the end of the month to get the Super Early Bird rate.

BCG Pro Production Award open for entries

BCG Pro Production Award open for entries

The first of the BCG Pro Talent Awards is now open for entries. The Production Award aims to recognise the work of producers, directors and other creators, with the prize including work experience with a top production company.

Opportunities Hub

Opportunities Hub - Become a HIGNFY writer Paywall

Head to Opportunities Hub for the latest jobs, events and competitions. Amongst the new listings: a chance to apply to join the Have I Got News For You writing team!

Newsjack

Newsjack

Newsjack, the radio sketch show you can write for, returns next week. Submissions have just opened today, so get writing!

Is Comedy a Londoner's Game?

Is Comedy a Londoner's Game? Paywall

We often hear it said that, to make it as a stand-up comedian, you need to move to London. Is that true? What are the pros and cons of making your base in the capital? Becca Moody investigates...

New Northern prod co launches

New Northern prod co launches

A new production company has launched in Leeds. Northern Imposters create and produce northern comedy.

My Comedy Career: Nathaniel Tapley

My Comedy Career: Nathaniel Tapley Paywall

Comedian, writer and producer Nathaniel Tapley has some advice on working with as many people as possible, and ensuring you retain ownership of your comedy projects.

LBGTQ+ comedy competition opens for entry

LBGTQ+ comedy competition opens for entry

Entries have opened for this year's Comedy Bloomers LGBTQ+ New Comedian of the Year competition.

The Secret Reviewer #11: Switching It Off

The Secret Reviewer #11: Switching It Off Paywall

Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: Can being a critic ruin your life?

Sitcom Geeks script challenge results

Sitcom Geeks script challenge results

Sitcom Geeks podcasters James Cary and Dave Cohen have announced the longlist for the Sitcom Script Challenge, which was run in conjunction with BCG Pro.

BBC Comedy Script Window 2020

BBC Comedy Script Window 2020

This year's window to submit comedy scripts to BBC Writersroom will be 23rd March to 20th April 2020.

Comedian's Comedian

Podcasts

For podcast-based insight and discussion around British comedy creation, we recommend Sitcom Geeks, The Comedian's Comedian Podcast, Balancing Acts, and Ask The Industry.

Showcase

This section of our newsletter is where we showcase BCG Pro subscribers. Want to appear here? Just email us back.
Showcase

Life On Wheels

Life On Wheels is a sitcom pilot released last year by Pro member Simon Killick. If focuses on a disabled wheelchair user from Essex (played by Andy Dear), who manages a local six-a-side power league football team.

Comedy Casebook

Philip Simon

BCG Pro member Philip Simon has been announced as one of the finalists of this year's UK Pun Championships. Click through to his profile to find out more about him, and see a clip of him performing at Backyard Comedy Club.

Thanks for reading

If you've made an online video or audio show in the last year, don't forget to enter the BCG Pro Production Award. If you're not a producer of content, a different BCG Pro Awards opportunity will be along for you soon. Our Writing award will open for submissions on 1st May, and our Performance award on 1st August.

If you haven't already, do join BCG Pro for lots of tools and services, including an option to receive an email every day at noon that summarises all the key things going on in UK comedy.

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