25 March, 2007

Channel 4 Opens Search For New Comedy Talent

Deadline: 31 March 2007

Channel 4, in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, today launches Gags to Go, a nationwide search for the best new comedy for mobile phones.

This is the first major talent initiative from the newly launched 4Talent Networks Scotland, which replaced the channel’s hugely successful IDEASFACTORY Scotland earlier this year. Gags to Go is produced by leading independent production company The Comedy Unit, who are responsible for top TV and radio titles including Still Game, Tank Commander and The Karen Dunbar Show.

New comedy writers and writer performers are invited to send in two minutes of bright new comedy gold. The funniest applicants will be invited to perform their work, or have it performed by a team of comedy actors, at showcase events across the country.

Ten video and audio gags will be put to a public vote by text and email, and scrutinised by top producers and commissioners at Channel 4. Top ranking applicants will get the chance to work with some of the best comedy script editors and producers in the business, and produce an audio sketch show for 4Talent, as well as having their gag available for download on Channel 4’s 4Mobile portal.

Gags to Go kicks off with a launch event in Glasgow at the CCA on Sauchiehall Street on Wednesday 7th March at 6.30pm. Interested comedy geniuses should hot foot it along to meet some of Channel 4’s latest comedy recruits and Gags to Go producers The Comedy Unit, who’ll be revealing some of the tricks of the comedy trade and explaining more about the project.

Fiona Hamill, acting director for Electronic Markets, Scottish Enterprise, said: “Through this joint initiative with Channel 4 and 4Talent, we are helping our new and existing Scottish digital media companies to grow, expand and become more successful. Our Scottish companies taking part can create new content, explore new markets and exploit their content to the full through the global opportunities that this initiative presents.”

Rebecca Thompson, Commissioning Editor of 4Talent Networks Scotland, said:
“The Comedy Unit are industry leaders in TV Comedy, with an eye on future markets across new platforms such as mobile. They have a very proactive approach to new talent development and this is a fantastic opportunity for funny new voices to get heard. We expect to see some really excellent, fresh, funny applications for Gags to Go and are looking forward to working with the talent that the project will uncover.”

Gags to Go will be accepting submissions from 7th till 31st March. Visit www.channel4.com/4talentscotland for tickets to the launch event and details of how to apply.

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