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BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum Jury

30 June 2014

This September's BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum entries for children's film and television will be judged by a jury of esteemed industry professionals. Find out more...

The Jury

Farah Abushwesha Rocliffe
Rosie Alison Head of Development, Heyday Films
Helen Blakeman Writer and member of BAFTA Children's Committee
Ben Bocquelet Series Creator, The Amazing World of Gumball
Sheena Bucktowonsing Development Producer, Kindle Entertainment
Michael Carrington Chief Executive Officer, The Foundation
Tony Cooke Writer
Sarah Courtauld Writer
Rebecca Hodgson Head of Drama, Lime Pictures
Jamila Metran Head of Programming, CiTV
Sarah Muller Head of Drama Development and Acquisitions, CBBC
Connal Orton Executive Producer, CBBC
Georgina Ruffhead David Higham Associates
Adam Shaw Joint MD, Blue Zoo Animation
Clair Robinson Executive Milkshake, Milkshake Productions
Jonathan Wolfman BBC
Lynsey O'Callaghan Programme Manager, Nickelodeon UK

The Panel

Cheryl Taylor & Emma ReevesWe are delighted to announce that both Cheryl Taylor (Controller of CBBC) and writer Emma Reeves (The Dumping Ground, Tracy Beaker Returns, Young Dracula) will join this BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum at BAFTA headquarters, 195 Piccadilly in London, on Saturday 27 September.

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Cheryl Taylor is the Controller of CBBC – the BBC’s children’s channel for 6-12 year olds, with highlights incluiding Wolfblood, My Autism and Me: A Newsround Special, Friday Download and Operation Ouch. She was previously the BBC's Controller for Comedy Commissioning and has championed hit series including Not Going Out, Miranda, Rev and Twenty Twelve.

Emma Reeves is a versatile and experienced writer working across adult and children's TV drama and the stage. Her TV credits include The Dumping Ground, Tracy Beaker Returns, Young Dracula, Sadie J and The Story of Tracy Beaker. In 2011 Emma was nominated by the Writers' Guild for Best Children's Television Script for Tracy Beaker Returns: What You Don’t Know and again in 2013 for her script from The Dumping Ground Series 2.

BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum: Children's Media

BAFTA, in partnership with Rocliffe, and supported by The London Book Fair, have announced a call for scripts from emerging writers for the first ever BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum focussed on children’s media, offering entrants the chance to present their work to influential members of the film and television industries.

Applications are now open for British-based screenwriters to submit scripts with a focus on content for children and families across a range of forms including feature film, single drama, mini-series, sitcom, comedy-drama and animation. The final deadline for submissions is Monday 1 September.

The writers of the three successful projects will have extracts from their scripts performed by professional actors at a showcase event at BAFTA headquarters, 195 Piccadilly in London, on Saturday 27 September. In addition to gaining feedback from attendant experts, one writer from the three projects, selected by The London Book Fair, will receive an expenses-paid trip and full delegate pass to the MIP Junior international children’s programming market in Cannes in October, where they will benefit from extensive industry introductions and networking opportunities, organised by The London Book Fair.

Entries will be judged by an industry jury of writers, commissioners, agents, producers and development executives from companies including BBC, Blue Zoo Animation, Channel Five, Coolabi, David Higham Associates, Heyday Films, HIT Entertainment, ITV, Kindle Entertainment, Lime Pictures and Turner Broadcasting.

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