Nic Wright

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A workshop offering a guide to developing cross-platform comedy is coming to Newcastle.

A workshop offering a practical guide to writing and developing cross-platform comedy is to take place in Newcastle next month.

Led by television development consultants Grand Scheme Media in association with Northern Film & Media, Creating Comedy for TV aims to help would-be comedy producers get ahead in the industry.

The two day workshop on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 February 2015, will be led by Graham Smith and Mark Robson, the minds behind the likes of Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, Mr Sloane, and Porridge: Inside Out.

With years of experience producing and commissioning comedy, the pair will discuss the commissioning system, and how to get ideas to the right person at the right time.

Supported by Creative Skillset and ERDF, the course will not only explain the politics of the commissioning process, but also offers on-the-spot feedback on ideas and scripts.

The course will also aim to highlight opportunities across multiple platforms, weighing the differences in commissioning strategies between traditional situation comedy, comedy drama and other formatted comedy entertainment.

Groups sessions will offer opportunities discuss your work with others, and create new material. Practical advice on dealing with talent agents, pitching ideas and script editing will also be included.

Tickets are priced £200, however support from Creative Skillset means tickets are available for £75.

Additionally, a limited number of ERDF-supported bursaries are available to North East creative industry professionals; successful applicants will be able to able to attend for £25.

Applications can be made online, and must be complete by Wednesday 21 January (5pm).

Creating Comedy for TV, Toffee Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne, Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 February 2015, 10.30am – 5.30pm (registration from 10.15am), tickets available online.