04 May, 2006

Propeller TV

"Dear Screenwriters,

You may well already have heard of Propeller TV, but we are keen to bring you up to date with the opportunities that this exciting new channel offers to new talent filmmakers like yourself. We are actively working with independent filmmakers and your regional screen agency to ensure that the widest possible opportunities to promote your work are made available to you.

Propeller is the national channel for new film and television talent and is developing at a fast pace since we launched at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in February. We now have over 1600 film submissions in the first 10 weeks of broadcast, from a wide range of new independent filmmakers, helping them to gain commissions, a broadcast credit and an increase in their own commercial DVD sales.

There have been some exciting developments over the past few months. Propeller has linked up with the UK FILM COUNCIL, SKILLSET and the regional screen agencies, to decide how to re-invest income in productions funds, bursaries, training programmes and sponsorships schemes. We've also linked up with the BBC FILM NETWORK to help showcase new talent. Remember, propeller is a not for profit organisation and can offer a free a platform to air on SKY. We ask for a 3 year non exclusive licence agreement, which can be terminated by you at anytime.

What can we offer?

  1. propeller will be able to offer a free European platform for filmmakers to showcase their work on SKY.
  2. propeller can also offer a broadcast credit for new talent seeking to further their careers
  3. propeller offers an opportunity via the website for perspective buyers, sales agents, commissioning editors to contact filmmakers direct and to vote and rate films online
  4. A board of patrons, including key broadcasters, funding agencies and regulators

What you need to do?

To submit your film send a copy (on Mini DV, DV CAM or DVD) to the address below with your name and contact details. We will then forward paperwork to you, which you will need to read through and complete. In keeping with OFCOM regulations we cannot broadcast films without the relevant clearances therefore, failure to return paperwork will mean your film cannot not be broadcast.

Finally, please do keep an eye on www.propellertv.co.uk, the site is being further expanded and shortly you will be able to vote for your favourite films online. Also, have you had chance to watch propeller yet? What do you think? Propeller is on air 8pm to 1am 7 days a week on SKY channel 195. We always value any feedback you might have about our programming content and/or our website, so please drop me an email john @ propellerTV.co.uk if you have any ideas or comments.

If you have any specific queries please don't hesitate in contacting me directly at propeller (john @ propellerTV.co.uk)

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours faithfully,

John Offord
Propeller TV
C/O Screen Yorkshire, 46 The Calls, Leeds, LS2 7EY www.propellertv.co.uk

the national channel for new film and tv talent"

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