BCG Pro Newsletter

Friday 9th July 2021

"Get an ethernet cable - it's made such a difference to my picture and audio quality!" - Katie Pritchard on live-streaming

We start off this newsletter with the launch of our latest exclusive opportunity - read on!

Digital Puppets

Digital Puppets - Virtual Comedian

Can you write stand-up material for a cartoon character? Animation studio Digital Puppets is looking for a writer (or writer-performer) to join them on an exciting new project to launch a virtual comedian.

Jon Petrie becomes BBC Director of Comedy

Jon Petrie becomes BBC Director of Comedy

Jon Petrie will be the new BBC Director of Comedy, taking over from Shane Allen who has been in the role since 2012.

Sitcom Geeks

Sitcom Geeks

The latest Sitcom Geeks podcast is a bit of a must-listen for sitcom writers, as top radio producer David Tyler talks through his experiences of reading lots of scripts submitted to the recent Pozzitive competition. There's a lot of insight and advice shared!

Marketing yourself as a comedian: the long game

Marketing yourself as a comedian: the long game Paywall

Marketing in live comedy is a long game for comedians. One flyering campaign or one big poster does not make a career. Sometimes, it doesn't even make a gig...

Wildseed Studios looking for new ideas

Wildseed Studios looking for new ideas

Here's one to prepare for: Wildseed Studios is relaunching its ideas submission portal. In October, it will be inviting creators to submit a live action or animation project, with development budgets of £10,000 to offer.

Simon Allen on creating The Watch

Simon Allen on creating The Watch

Simon Allen talks about writing and producing The Watch, the new comedy drama based on Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels that is now on iPlayer. Again, this includes plenty of very worthwhile opinion and insight.

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More Features

Opportunities Hub

Opportunities Hub Paywall

Constantly updated, our Opportunities Hub remains the place to go for an invaluable list of jobs, competitions, script-calls, and more. Recent additions include Ignite, the BBC's children's TV animation call-out.

Giles Gear

BCG Pro Talent Awards: Writing

You've 22 days left to create two sketch scripts for our annual writing competition! Award-winning audio producer Giles Gear is the latest person we've announced to be joining our 2021 judging panel.

In the North East? Apply to be trained as a development producer by Tiger Aspect

In the North East? Apply to be trained as a development producer by Tiger Aspect

TV production company Tiger Aspect is collaborating with North East Comedy Hot House to locate someone from the region to train as a development producer.

The Secret Reviewer #28: Please Lower Your Expectations

The Secret Reviewer #28: Please Lower Your Expectations Paywall

This month our anonymous critic has been writing about the topic of hype and hope, and how it can ruin everything when it comes to launching a new broadcast or live comedy project.

French farce: Ian Moore on moving from stand-up to novel writing

French farce: Ian Moore on moving from stand-up to novel writing

In normal times Ian Moore commutes to UK gigs from his home in France. As he publishes his comic crime novel, Death And Croissants, he offers advice to fellow comics on travel, carving a niche for yourself, writing, and more.

Breeders

Breeders script (PDF)

It's always interesting to study shooting scripts - to see how dialogue looks on the page, and what 'stage directions' the writer opted to include. The latest to emerge online is an episode of Breeders written by Simon Blackwell. Note: this link opens directly as a PDF.

Balancing characters in a show

Balancing characters in a show Paywall

No matter what kind of show you're writing, making sure that you have the right mix of characters is crucial. Here's some advice on that topic.

Mary O'Connell and Danielle Vitalis get BBC Studios production placements

Mary O'Connell and Danielle Vitalis get BBC Studios production placements

Mary O'Connell and Danielle Vitalis have been selected for the BBC Studios Creator Residents scheme, where they will focus on developing their skills in comedy production.

BCG Pro Gag-a-week competition

BCG Pro Gag-a-Week competition Paywall

"Birthdays" is the topic of our joke contest this week. Can you think of a smart unique one-liner to enter? As ever, there'll be a brand new topic to mull over on Monday morning.

Comedian's Comedian

Comedian's Comedian Podcast

Writer and performer Stevie Martin is the latest guest on Stuart Goldsmith's interview podcast. She talks in-depth about the prep work she does on her projects. Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin also chatted to Goldsmith recently. Find both, and the near-400 other episodes, through the link above.

Showcase

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Showcase

Stand By Your Nan with Rachel Sambrooks

Stand By Your Nan is a podcast in which stand-up and writer Rachel Sambrooks interviews guest comedians about their grandmothers. We particularly enjoyed the episode with Sarah Keyworth. The format is co-produced by BCG Pro member Stephen Keyworth.

Comedy Casebook

Comedy Casebook: Robbie Sunderland

Sitcom, sketch, short story writer and voice actor Robbie Sunderland has just filled in our Comedy Casebook questions (if you're on our main Pro plan, find them in Profile Editor). Have a read to discover what the most thrilling moment of his comedy life has been so far.

Thanks for reading

We had some lovely feedback from our BCG Pro Sessions live Zoom webinar last night, with writer and actor Martin Trenaman - the portion discussing writing for panel shows was particularly interesting. If you missed it, the recording should be available on our platform next week. Meanwhile, who would you like to see us book for a chat in August? If you have any suggestions or requests do reply to this email (pro@comedy.co.uk) - we'd love to hear from you.

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