Announcing Amazon WriterSlam Finalists!



17:00 Wed 21 August: Director of European Amazon Original Series for Amazon Studios Georgia Brown, announced the 5 finalists of the TriForce Creative Network WriterSlam programme in association with Amazon Studios during her keynote appearance at this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival.

The 5 writers were selected following a nationwide call out for original ideas, with over 1000 entries from a hugely diverse range of writers, who were invited to submit a synopsis and 15 pages of script.

The final script extracts will be performed for an audience of leading industry figures on Friday 06 September and an overall winner will be selected on the night who will receive a paid development commission from Amazon Studios. The winner will work with Lydia Hampson, Head of Scripted UK for Amazon Studios over 3-6 months to develop their idea into a full episode script, with the potential for further development into a series for Amazon Prime Video.

Previous WriterSlam participants have enjoyed great success including paid development commissions with ITV, Tiger Aspect and BBC Radio 4 and mentoring placements with ITV, Tiger Aspect, Hat Trick and TriForce Productions. The writer behind new Irish drama Blood, Sophie Petzal, took part in Triforce’s very first writing competition at the start of her writing career.

The selected writers and their projects are:

Celia Morgan – Sandra’s Girls
A family of women, who have no idea how to talk to each other, embark on a journey of family intervention therapy in order to uncover the cause of the youngest sister’s psychosis.

Grace Link – Crack of Dawn
When Dawn discovers her husband Tim’s gay lover her 22-year-long marriage and stable home-life crashes down around her…in the middle of a hot flush.

Omari McCarthy – Once Upon A Time in Handsworth
A Greek tragedy for the working class where misguided youths play the roles of indifferent gods. Set in the inner city of Handsworth, Birmingham, the series follows two teens caught between the dreams of childhood and the hard reality of adulthood.

Mikey Jackson – Seven Magpies
One woman. Two traumatic past events. A secret never to be told.

Rashida Seriki – The Four
Four young women form a mystical sisterhood as they hone their ancestral powers of witchcraft and use it to enforce their own idea of justice and slay social wrongs.

Georgia Brown said “We were blown away by the standard of scripts we received and it was incredibly tough to narrow it down to just 5 writers. We’re very excited to see the extracts performed on 6th September and can’t wait to work with one of these amazing writers!.”

Fraser Ayres (CEO, TriForce Creative Network), said “We’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading the many fantastic scripts that were submitted, and the final 5 writers reflect the diversity of the wide range of writers who entered. We look forward to bringing these 5 scripts to life and helping these writers move forward in their careers!”

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About TriForce Creative Network (TCN)

TCN was founded in 2004 by actors Jimmy Akingbola and Fraser Ayres to help increase diversity in the entertainment industry. The company has gone from humble beginnings to becoming the leading networking organisation of the entertainment industry, based around a philosophy of inclusivity, not exclusivity.

TCN is a unique company, creating opportunities for individuals and companies to develop and thrive within the industry. Its mission is to put talent in front of those with the power to move careers forward, launching careers and supporting talent through numerous events.

The TriForce network now has over 30,000 members spanning all demographics and levels of the media business. It traverses race, class or position and provides a link to all in the network from the bottom to the top. TriForce’s network consists of casting directors such as Jeremy Zimmerman and Amy Hubbard, actors Sheridan Smith, Aml Ameen, Rafe Spall and Eammon Walker, musicians Jermaine Jackman, Goldie and Ed Sheeran, and theatre practitioners, executive producers and writers.      

 For further information please contact:

 Minnie Ayres – COO, TriForce Creative Network

[email protected]