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Welcome to Channel 4 and the National Film and Television School (NFTS)’s booking page for an exciting range of Masterclasses, Training Courses and workshops – all intended to support indies and freelancers in the UK Nations and Regions.

Welcome to Channel 4 and the National Film and Television School (NFTS)’s week of Masterclasses, Training sessions and workshops – all intended to support indies and freelancers in the UK Nations and Regions.

Monday 20th September sees the start of a fantastic week of online training, where you can learn from numerous exciting names in the UK television landscape. Channel 4 has identified Working in Scripted as the theme for the week as this is a key priority. NFTS has responded with world-class training sessions for the independent production sector. The Monday Masterclass and all Channel 4 sessions are open to everyone. The NFTS-led sessions, as they are more interactive, are limited to 40 participants. To help ensure sessions are broadly available we will also limit attendance to a maximum of 2 NFTS sessions per person.

Please apply by Wednesday 15th September 2021 at midday. We will confirm your place as soon as possible after that.

If you are applying for the New Writing North course on Tuesday 21st Sept, please book online here


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NFTS: Monday Masterclass – Aisling Walsh: Monday 20th September @ 10am - 11.00am
Join us for a masterclass with Aisling Walsh, multi-award-winning screenwriter and film and television director whose credits include the multi award-winning Elizabeth is Missing with Glenda Jackson , Maudie with Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke and A Poet in New York with Tom Hollander.  
NFTS: Writers’ Rooms: Managing One, Working In One, And Putting Them Together - Melissa Iqbal: Monday 20th September @ 2pm - 3.30pm
This session will focus on US and UK based writers’ rooms for film and TV. We’ll address frequently asked questions, unpack some of the concerns and potential pitfalls, as well as give advice on how to get the most out of a room, whatever its size or duration.  
NFTS: Script Development – Deanne Cunningham and Gemma Boswell: Tuesday 21st September 10am - 11am
Scripted Development with Deanne Cunningham, Head of Development at Synchronicity Films and Gemma Boswell, Commissioning Editor for Drama at Channel 4. A development producer and a Ch4 commissioner discuss the realities of the script development process, with views from both sides of the table.
C4: Next Steps for Your Script - New Writing North: Tuesday 21st September 12pm - 13pm

Join New Writing North alongside a panel of industry speakers, as they host a session for aspiring screenwriters with advice and expertise on building your profile, sustaining a career, finding an agent and looking for opportunities.

New Writing North is the writing development agency for the north of England and is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation The Northern Writers’ Awards are its central platform for discovering and developing new writers from across the region and were founded in 2000. More information about the Northern Writers’ Awards is available at New Writing North works with writers to develop career opportunities, new commissions, projects, residencies, publications and live events.

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NFTS: Comedy Writing: Finding the Tone - Ed Amsden & Tom Coles: Wednesday 22nd September 10am – 12.00pm
From two of the writers on Have I Got News For You, Dead Ringers, Insert Name Here and much more, comes this 2 hour session which will teach aspiring writers all they need to know about identifying, pinpointing and replicating tone when writing for existing comedy programmes.
NFTS: Representation Beyond Positive Role Models - Marcus Ryder: Wednesday 22nd September 2pm - 3pm 

In scripted dramas we have seen an increase in on screen diversity, but from Luther to Killing Eve these characters nearly always inhabit majority "White" worlds divorced from other communities. Is this true representation?

NFTS: Storytelling – Hazel Marshall: Wednesday 22nd September 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Join Hazel Marshall in this interactive session to discover the six elements that every story needs and the one thing that holds it together. Bring an idea (can be very early stage) for the exercises and all your story questions.
NFTS: Why you need a Post Production Supervisor - Gemma Nicholson: Thursday 23rd September 10am - 12.00pm
Post Production Supervisor and founder of, Gemma Nicholson will demystify the role of the Post Supervisor and explore both the need for it and its value throughout the pre, production & post production process. There will be time for questions during the session.
C4: C4 Drama outside the M25 – Caroline Hollick and Gwawr Lloyd: Thursday 23rd September 12pm - 1pm
Join Caroline Hollick (Head of Drama) and Gwawr Lloyd (Commissioning Editor), in a session hosted by Ruth Pitt to find out more about Channel 4’s drama commissioning in the Nations & Regions. With practical insights into drama development and commissioning, the challenges and opportunities for Nations & Regions scripted indies, and plenty of time for Q&A.
NFTS: Working with a Script Editor - Andrew Ellard: Thursday 23rd September  2pm - 3.30pm
Andrew Ellard, Script Editor/Story Producer on Detectorists, Red Dwarf, Chewing Gum, In My Skin, Intelligence and The IT Crowd will explore the role of a script editor, how they work with writers, development executives and producers and how to get the best out of those working relationships.
C4: Complying Drama - or How to Get Away with Murder! - Danielle Jenkin and Ritu Emmerson: Thursday 23rd September 4pm - 5pm
Join Channel 4’s Drama Compliance Editors, Danielle Jenkin and Ritu Emmerson as they help you to navigate the tricky world of complying script content and how Channel 4 can support you.
NFTS: Producing Roles in Scripted - Rienkje Attoh: Friday 24th September 10am – 11am
The role of the producer in scripted television has evolved over recent years. In this session, Rienkje Attoh will explore the skills needed and the challenges faced by producers in broadcast and streaming production.
Rienkje's work includes developing and co-producing the adaptation of Noughts + Crosses for the BBC and she has recently produced You Don’t Know Me for the BBC.
NFTS: David and Goliath: Challenges facing independent producers in a world of conflict and change - Dr Angus Finney: Friday 24th September 2pm - 4pm
How do producers identify emerging writing and story telling talent, and package their stories and projects at a level that results in funding? Moving through IP, concepts, niches and distribution, Finney explores the changing taste of audiences and the impact of risk versus discovery.

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