03 July, 2007

Red Planet Prize

Life on Mars and Hustle creator Tony Jordan will today launch a new writing competition that will see the winner take home £5,000, gain representation and have a script commissioned by his indie Red Planet Pictures.

Jordan is formally announcing the initiative at the International Screenwriters' Festival in Cheltenham after opening the event with a speech on new talent and screenwriting.

Entitled the Red Planet Prize, the scheme is part of Jordan's aim to find and build up new writing talent in order to develop long running and returning drama series. Aspiring authors will need to submit ten pages of a script - although full scripts may be required at a later point.

Jordan said: "Red Planet Pictures is committed to developing a slate of ongoing drama series and we must find and nurture new writing talent from across the country.

"I remember when I was first starting out, asking people to give me a chance and, because there was money and risk involved, I was all too often refused. I want to give those who are in that position now a chance to prove they have the talent to succeed."

Judges for the prize include BBC Wales head of drama Julie Gardner, actor and writer Mark Gatiss, and Stephen Fry, plus Jordan himself.

Six finalists will be short listed before an eventual winner is selected. (Broadcast)


This is a great opportunity as I would imagine that Jordan will even make note of the best writers outside the top six for his own prodco or for the prodcos of his mates.

Some might think screenplay and think 'feature length for film' but I can't see anything which says that.

My thinking is you need a script half an hour or an hour, the typical sample lengths for television. I'd recommend an hour but it's just an opinion.

Deadline: 1 September 2007

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