BCG Pro Newsletter

Friday 11th June 2021

"Even if you're not one of TV's chosen few, if you put stuff out there, and it's decent enough, good things can happen." - Dominic Frisby

If you've ever wanted to be a panel show gag writer, the first item in this newsletter is likely to be of particular interest.

Join the writers' room for ITV panel show 'Sorry, I Didn't Know'

Join the writers' room for ITV panel show 'Sorry, I Didn't Know'

TriForce Productions are looking for two new writers to join the writers' room on ITV panel show Sorry, I Didn't Know. All new writers are eligible to apply.

Writers' Guild Awards open for entries

Writers' Guild Awards open for entries

The entry form for the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards 2021 is now available. There are 14 categories, including one for Best Online Comedy.

BCG Pro Sessions video: Lily Williams

BCG Pro Sessions video: Lily Williams Paywall

The video recording of our latest BCG Pro Sessions chat, with top agent Lily Williams, is now available. If you've ever wondered what agents exactly do, or how to get one, you need to watch this. There's also lots of insight into how writers can pick up work, and more.

Pitch Centre

Pitch Centre

If you've uploaded a project to our new Pitch Centre system you should have received an email from us in the last few days. (If you've not received anything, do get in touch!) If you've not discovered Pitch Centre yet - take a look: it's a platform to link creatives with producers on the search for new formats.

Opportunities Hub

Opportunities Hub Paywall

As ever, Opportunities Hub is a fully interactive system to help you keep track of all competition and job opportunities and deadlines. For example, you have until the 28th to apply to Sky Comedy REP (the pretty awesome opportunity from Sky Studios). If you're on TikTok, there's a competition being run by the Comedy Crowd to check out.

Course

Need 1-2-1 help?

The Services page of our Skills Academy section lists a number of script editors who will happily help you sharpen your project. BCG Pro members get a discount, so make sure you're signed in. If you want to hear your script, there's options to have it recorded too.

Also: Chris Head's next round of online courses start next week. There are just a couple of places left.

My Comedy Career: John-Luke Roberts

My Comedy Career: John-Luke Roberts Paywall

Comedian John-Luke Roberts - who has just launched a new podcast called Sound Heap - talks about the importance of patience, overcoming disappointment and sticking to your guns.

Sitcom Geeks

Sitcom Geeks

Dave Cohen and James Cary talk about story arcs a bit in their latest podcast. Also - as Dave has a new novel out - there's talk about publishing too.

Sketch Writing: Top Tips for Your Final Punchline

Sketch Writing: Top Tips for Your Final Punchline Paywall

We break down some top tips on how to produce the perfect punchline to a comedy sketch.

The Secret Reviewer #27: Mad, Bad and Dangerous

The Secret Reviewer #27: Mad, Bad and Dangerous Paywall

This month our anonymous professional comedy critic has been sharing his or her thoughts on the depths of comedy's dark side. It's an interesting read.

DAFTAS 2021 winners announced

DAFTAS 2021 winners announced

The winners of the 2021 DAFTAS Awards have been revealed. The competition sees creative teams filming spoofs of BAFTA-nominated movies. It'll be open again from November.

Caroline Norris

BCG Pro Talent Awards

We're pleased to reveal Caroline Norris, who has produced sketch shows like Horrible Histories and Armstrong & Miller, will be on the judging panel for our 2021 BCG Pro Talent Awards for Writing. You have until the end of July to prep your entry.

The Performance Award opens for entries at the start of August.

Comedian's Comedian

Comedian's Comedian Podcast

It's possible you won't recognise the name of British comic magician John Van Der Put, but he's a huge star! As Piff The Magic Dragon he's become well-known in America and now headlines in Las Vegas. Stuart Goldsmith talks to him about how he built up his career.

BCG Pro Gag-a-week competition

BCG Pro Gag-a-Week competition Paywall

"Walking" is the topic of our joke contest this week. Hopefully it's a theme that has plenty of mileage - in terms of potential angles for mirth!

Showcase

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

Coral Bevan

Character comedy actor Coral Bevan recently joined BCG Pro. Check out her videos on the website - she demonstrates a lot of versatility in a range of styles in these short sketches.

Comedy Casebook

Comedy Casebook: Adrian Moss

Comedy writer Adrian Moss has filled out our Casebook interview format (subscribers on our main BCG Pro plan can find it in the Profile Editor option; fill it in and we will feature you here before the winter!) - check out his answers. We like the fact he joined a university drama group without actually being at the university!

Thanks for reading

Remember, there's lots of exclusive archive content to be found on BCG Pro too. Thinking about writers' rooms in the light of the opportunity at the top of this newsletter, here's great insight from TV gagsmith Christine Rose.

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