BCG Pro Newsletter

Friday 1st October 2021

"I've been all over the world and I've never seen a statue of a critic." - Leonard Bernstein

We weren't sure if we were going to mail you this fortnight as we're in the process of prepping BCG Pro to move to a new, faster computer system - but we've got so many interesting and exciting features and opportunities to share that we couldn't risk you missing out. Don't miss our Wildseed Studios feature, but first up there's news many of you won't want to hear.

Newsjack axed by BBC

Newsjack axed by BBC

The BBC has announced that Newsjack, the BBC Radio 4 Extra sketch show format with an open door submission policy (which many BCG Pro subscribers submitted to), has ended after 24 series. However, a new open door format will be introduced in 2022... no news on what it'll be yet, but we'll bring you those details as soon as we can.

You might also like to read BCG Pro member Chris Douch's blog: 7 things I learnt from writing Newsjack.

The fastest way to make a living writing comedy

The fastest way to make a living writing comedy

Newsjack may have finished, but Dave Cohen explains how you can write for two other topical BBC radio shows: The Skewer and Breaking The News.

BCG Pro Sessions

BCG Pro Sessions - Kirstie Swain on Thursday 7th Paywall

We're really looking forward to our live Zoom-based Q&A chat with comedy writer Kirstie Swain next Thursday (7th October), at 7pm. The creator of Channel 4's comedy drama Pure, and the writer of forthcoming Sky series Sweatpea, Kirstie's latest sitcom pilot is Ladybaby (see it on iPlayer now). Join us to ask her questions about writing, TV development, and more.

Brandon Burke wins BCG Pro Performance Awards 2020

Brandon Burke wins BCG Pro Performance Awards 2020

We were thrilled with how well our recent stand-up final went - thanks to everyone who came along, and to all our finalists for being brilliant! Special congratulations must of course go to Brandon Burke, who the judges picked as the winner.

If you want to enter this year's competition, you have until the end of October to send us a video: enter here.

Wildseed Studios are commissioning new ideas - an interview with Miles Bullough

Wildseed Studios are commissioning new ideas - an interview with Miles Bullough

Wildseed Studios has just opened its submission portal - an exciting opportunity for creators. We talk to co-founder Miles Bullough to find out more about what they're looking for and how best to format your submission to catch their attention. There are multiple £10,000 development pots available, so this is a bit of a must-read.

Opportunities Hub

Opportunities Hub Paywall

We collect up competitions, opportunities and events you might be interested in via our custom-built Opportunities Hub. The latest includes a short film competition run by a games company.

Andrew Ellard on writing CBBC's Nova Jones

Andrew Ellard on writing CBBC's Nova Jones

Sci-fi comedy series Nova Jones is on CBBC now. We talked to head writer Andrew Ellard to learn more about how the programme was scripted, and gain some very interesting tips along the way.

BCG Pro Gag-a-week competition

BCG Pro Gag-a-Week competition Paywall

"Taxis" is the theme we've set for this week's joke contest. Try not to turn up late with your creation, or get sick anywhere!

How we made When The Screaming Starts

How we made When The Screaming Starts

Ed Hartland explains how they made comedy-horror mockumentary film When The Screaming Starts, and what they learnt in the process of doing so.

Sitcom Geeks

Sitcom Geeks

The latest episode of this long-running podcast sees the hosts talk about ways to become a better comedy writer.

The ParaPod

How we turned the ParaPod podcast into a film

Ian Boldsworth explains how they managed to devise, film and distribute a movie based on the ParaPod podcast, and the lessons they learnt along the way of how best to use a small crew.

Banijay Brightbulb Development Intern Scheme 2022

Banijay Brightbulb Development Intern Scheme 2022

Banijay, the production company group that looks after formats including The Ranganation and 8 Out Of 10 Cats, are advertising intern positions in their development department for "young, diverse talent".

Sorry, I Didn't Know

Sorry, I Didn't Know

Panel show Sorry, I Didn't Know returns to ITV on Sunday. Here's a video that explains how Triforce Creative Network have fostered a diverse and creative environment on the programme.

We previously interviewed the Triforce team where they talked about the challenges of filming a panel show and how television needs to do more to increase diversity both in front of and behind the camera.

Thanks for reading

In our next newsletter, we'll have more details on our Manchester-based networking event set for this November... stay tuned.

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