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BAFTA Rocliffe New writers Forum

8 October 2013
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Annual writers showcase will feature honorary chairman Greg Daniels on Wednesday, October 23, as part of the 9th TV Fest


New Comedy Writers Event

NEW YORK, NY, October 8, 2013 The NYTVF New York Television Festival an organization dedicated to identifying and nurturing top independent creative talent and connecting it with networks, studios, digital media companies and brands, today announced the third installment of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writers Forum, which will take place on October 23 as part of the ninth annual New York Television Festival.

The unique night of comedy featuring debut readings of three original sitcoms – penned by some of the UK’s most promising emerging comedy writers – will feature industry insight and feedback from sitcom impresario, Greg Daniels (showrunner of the American version of The Office and creator of Parks and Recreation), who will be on-hand as the chair of the event.

“Since we launched this partnership with BAFTA and the Rocliffe Forum in 2011, we've seen a number of the selected writers go on to tremendous success both in the U.K. and here in the U.S. and it's proven itself to be a viable and exciting pipeline for identifying comedy talent,” said NYTVF Founder Terence Gray. “In addition to exposure, one of the primary goals of this program is to provide the participating writers with tangible feedback on how to best adapt their projects for an American audience. To have Greg Daniels – who wrote the book on successfully importing a British hit with The Office – is an absolutely tremendous opportunity and we look forward to a great event.”
Andrew Newman, Chair of BAFTA’s Television Committee and Chief Executive of Objective Productions, said: ““We are thrilled that Greg Daniels will be sharing his insights with our promising new British writers, as we bring the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum to the New York Television Festival for a third year. Our previous visits have resulted in exciting opportunities for the participants, including a development deal with a US studio, so we’re anticipating great things for this year’s selected writers.”

Charles Tremayne, Chair of BAFTA New York, said: "We are delighted once again to be associated with this fantastic event. One of BAFTA's key roles is to showcase emerging British talent to the entertainment industry in the USA and this year we are proud to have such gifted writers submit their best work. We are of course delighted that such a celebrated comedy genius as Greg Daniels has agreed to be the mentor who will give instant feedback on the writing in the scenes performed live on stage. It promises to be an entertaining and exciting event."

Farah Abushwesha, Founder of Rocliffe, said: "How thrilling for us to be showcasing British talent before someone who has adapted one of the most iconic British series: The Office. How incredible for our writers to not only have work performed by an American cast at this career-changing festival, but also to be critiqued by such a distinguished comedy writer-producer as Greg Daniels.”

The selected scripts were identified following a UK-wide competition hosted by BAFTA and the Rocliffe New Writing Forum. The event, which will take place at SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd Street) beginning at 6 pm on October 23, includes a post-show networking reception attendees and will feature staged reading excerpts of the three selected entries with commentary on each from Daniels, who will also participate in a brief Q&A. Tickets for the event are free and can be obtained through the NYTVF Box Office.

2013 BAFTA-Rocliffe New Writing Forum Selections:
Nannies by Brona C. Titley and Tony Cooke
New Habits by Lizzie Bates and Anna Emerson
SKWIBS by Stewart Thomson

In addition to the event, the selected BAFTA writers have been named Official Artists of the 2013 Festival and will enjoy exclusive access to the NYTVF’s Industry Partners through the NYTVF Connect marketplace, which includes the opportunities to meet, network and pitch some of the top network and studio executives in the business.

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