31 January, 2006

New BBC site for writer-performers

BBC website develops comedy talent
Geoff White
31 January 2006 07:59

The BBC is to create a comedy performers' website with a view to grooming future talent for its channels.

The website, called Soup, will allow budding comic actors to create a profile and put video and audio clips of their work online. Other users of the site will be able to browse the clips, and BBC television producers will have access to it, to help them find future talent.

Soup will also feature advice from successful comedians and clips to help new comedians brush up on their material and delivery.

"The BBC can be a bit difficult to get into, and this is about trying to make it less of an ivory tower," said site editor Vicky Dolan.

The site has already signed up dozens of comedians to put their work online. It is edited by staff in the drama, entertainment and children's division, which hopes to create a show for BBC3 using the best talent from the project.

The site, which can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/soup, will be operating from mid-March.

Source: broadcastnow.co.uk (subscriber only access)

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