Magazine article Screen International

ITV Partners with Red Planet on Emerging Writers Prize

Magazine article Screen International

ITV Partners with Red Planet on Emerging Writers Prize

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Adrian Lester to judge entered script ideas.

ITV Drama is partnering with UK indie TV outfit Red Planet Pictures (Life On Mars) on its annual scriptwriting competition.

Life On Mars

The Red Planet Prize will offer script development opportunities with ITV to one emerging UK writer.

Ten shortlisted finalists will be invited to a pitching masterclass with Red Planet CEO Tony Jordan, ITV’s head of drama Polly Hill and senior drama commissioner Victoria Fea, and actor Adrian Lester.

Candidates will then be asked to write ten pages of their original series idea, with the strongest pitches being further developed and then a final four being invited to a final interview.

Kate Rowland, founder of the BBC Writersroom, will work with the winning screenwriter to further develop their project.

Previous finalists of the Red Planet Prize include Robert Thorogood, who has since created the BBC One series Death In Paradise. …

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