SharpFutures & Sky Studios in association with ScreenSkills launch Flip The Script

SharpFutures & Sky Studios in association with ScreenSkills launch Flip The Script

Posted on March 15, 2021 by Ihtezaz

Flip The Script is a new creative talent development programme for trainee script editors launched by social enterprise SharpFutures with the support of Sky Studios  curated by Cameron Roach and members of the Sky Drama team.

ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen industries, are also supporting the programme.

The aim and vision of the programme is to inspire and encourage a new generation of scripted professionals, specifically with a focus on individuals in the North West, by offering twelve paid placements for trainee script editors to acquire and hone their skills and editorial voice, enabling them to go forward and apply for positions as researchers, script editors, assistant story editors and dramaturgs in the future.

SharpFutures and Sky Drama started collaborating closely whilst shooting the forthcoming Sky1 show Intergalactic.

The 12 week programme which commences in May is targeted at individuals living in the North West, as we recognise that the broadcast industry needs to provide greater access to careers in the creative sector in this region.

‘Sky have worked in collaboration with Sharp Futures across a number of our shows shot in the North-West in recent years, including the forthcoming Intergalactic, and their passion and commitment for enabling the individual voice is incredibly inspiring.

We’re excited to unearth a new generation of creative talent working in partnership with SharpFutures, and ScreenSkills, as well as the generous industry partners and individuals who have agreed to offer masterclasses and workshops. Script Editing is a powerful industry tool in enabling true diversity of voice, and we recognise that there needs to be more open access into the role going forward’.

Cameron Roach, Director of Drama, Sky Studios

‘For SharpFutures, where we pride ourselves in being a leader in securing opportunities in the broadcast sector, collaborating with the teams at Sky Drama and Screenskills is always a pleasure. Invariably it leads to us discovering new ways to face challenges and ultimately make positive change in our industry and for our community in the future. 

Flip The Script is an initiative I know will deliver wonderful openings for a new generation of creative talent. A great reason to get up and get to work every day!’

Elli Metcalfe, Head of Production, SharpFutures

‘We know that there is an industry demand for script editors and associated roles so are really pleased to be working with our partners at Sky and SharpFutures on this programme targeted at finding and developing talent in the North West.

This is a great opportunity for a new generation of script professionals to get practical experience and hone their skills in a way that will be of wider benefit to our thriving industry’.

Kaye Elliott, Director of High-end Television, ScreenSkills

Online applications are now open and the successful applicants will have direct access to a range of industry professionals who have succeeded in making their own literary aspirations come true. They will also have the opportunity to train in recognised Industry software Final Draft. 

The initiative will include masterclasses from Nicola Shindler, Paul Abbott, Furquan Akhtar, Danny Brocklehurst, Jerome Bucchan-Nelson, Lisa Holdsworth, Namsi Khan, Lisa McGee, Liz Lewin and Cameron Roach. Every one of these contributors are working in scripted TV in the UK; across the genres of Comedy, Children’s TV, Drama, High End TV as well as Continuing Drama. ScreenSkills will also be providing sessions for the participants along with and to complement the other masterclass leaders.

As well as these named individuals the initiative will also ensure participants have exposure to a wide variety of scripted content and contributors which will include employees and creatives working with SkyBBCITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, NetflixCameron Roach, Director of Drama, Sky StudiosAbbottVisionQuay Street ProductionsLime Pictures & CBBC.

The deadline for application is Friday April 9th 2021.

The course is open for applicants who are over 18 and resident in the North West.

Flip The Script is also supported by Space Studios Manchester.



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