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Rocliffe Writing Forum Update: A Few Success Stories

24 February 2013
BAFTA New York

Our 2012 industry guests included: Jenni Konner_, showrunner and producer of Girls; Christine Langan, Head of BBC Films; and award-wining director John Madden_.

We received more than 400 entries to our New York call, and our UK jury who selected the top twelve included Jennifer Saunders_, Damon Beesley and Chris Addison_.

In 2012, writing partners Matthew Barry_ and Kayleigh Llewellyn have had their winning script Grey_ optioned by Company Pictures and are in development with BBC One. Kayleigh has also begun writing her own regular column for Funny Women.

Sarah Courtauld_ is in talks with a couple of indies to option her winning script The Slush Pile, and through exposure to the selection Jury and their production companies with her script, Sarah has also been hired as a writer on a new sketch show, The Kerry Howard Show_, slated for BBC Three in 2013. While at the New York TV Festival, Sarah won a Hasbro Studios development deal with a children's TV concept, Buckle and Swash.

Rob Brown's_ work Sixteen_ was featured at the Edinburgh Film Festival 2011 and has since gone into pre-production.

Writing partners Anne-Marie Draycott_ and Charity Trimm had their winning script Pregnant Pause_ (now renamed Unexpected) optioned by the team behind The Inbetweeners, Bwark Productions. With Bwark they have also been commissioned by BBC Comedy to write a sitcom pilot script Friends Reunited. In August 2012 they were one of the winners of the London Screenwriters Festival '50 Kisses' initiative, and their winning short film script Dream Date has been filmed by two production companies. They are also working with another production company on another new script; but they can't say any more about that at the moment as it's very early days!

After returning from New York, writing partners Thomas Phipps_ and Pete Bowden_ went on to secure an agent, have their script optioned by a production company and secured additional freelance writing work.

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