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  • WriterSlam Drama 2016 Winners

    The WriterSlam Drama Edition 2016 was an absolutely incredible event last night held at a new venue for us, the Studio in the stylish St. James Theatre, Victoria.  We launched straight in with a powerful first piece, Lost Queens by Onyinye Egenti and Adele Oni.  Our wonderful host Chizzy Akudolu (Holby City) had a chat with the audience after this and it was fantastic to see what a range of talented people were in the crowd too!  There were writers, directors and producers on top of other industry ninjas and on the judging panel was Oliver Kent (Executive Producer, Casualty and Holby City), Lizzie Gray (Executive Producer, Sky Drama) and our own Fraser Ayres, actor, writer, co-founder of the TCN, also director of the WriterSlam actors.

    The second and third pieces were strong also, with Bandit Country written by Conor McGinnity, followed by Looked After by Keith Saha.  Our DJ for the evening was the lovely DJ Kellz who kept the party feel throughout with some great tracks.

    In the second part of the show we had the two final pieces, Greenhouse, a great high-concept script by Emily Mazzeo and a marvellous piece by Katrina Smith-Jackson, Tilbury Rush.

    While the judges deliberated the audience were treated to actress and singer Buckso Dhillon-Wharley’s silky voice performing songs like Etta James’ At Last so beautifully that even the writers’ frayed nerves had to have been soothed.

    The had come to decide on the winners and the writers most certainly made it a difficult job, so much so that Oliver Kent decided that the runners up prize of a place on the invite-only BBC’s Introduction to Writing for Continuing Drama course would be instead given for the writers of two of the pieces.  This course is for writer’s hoping to write for the BBC’s award winning continuing dramas; Holby City, Casualty, Doctors and Eastenders.  As the winning pieces were Looked After and Lost Queens, however, the prize was in fact given to three writers, Keith Saha for the former and Onyinye Egenti and Adele Oni for the latter!

    The first place winner of WriterSlam 2016 was awarded to Katrina Smith-Jackson and she wins a paid development commission from TriForce Productions, culminating in a Sky Drama table read in spring 2017, complete with an industry audience!

    It was an inspiring event, congratulations to all the writers and our thanks to the brilliant WriterSlam 2016 ensemble, Jack Hickey, Jayne Wisener, Karen Bryson, Michael Salami, Niamh McGrady, Robert Boulter, Savannah Steyn and Steve Toussaint.

    The next WriterSlam will be a comedy edition in spring/summer 2017, with the next Drama Edition returning autumn/winter 2017.

    TriForce Productions comedy panel show Sorry, I Didn’t Know is available to view here until 3rd December: SIDK.  Remember to tell us your thoughts using #SIDK and tagging @TriForceEvents on Twitter so we don’t miss it!

  • Channel 4 teams up with MonologueSlam!

    We’re very excited to announce that Channel 4 are now officially supporting MonologueSlam UK! Recognising that traditional routes into the industry are becoming more expensive and less accessible, Channel 4 are teaming up with us to find new acting talent across the country.

    Please see the press release below for full details!

    CHANNEL 4 TO PARTNER WITH TRIFORCE CREATIVE NETWORK TO SUPPORT DIVERSE TALENT

    More than 20 actors will have the opportunity to showcase their talents and potentially make their big break into acting

    Thursday 27 October 2016: Channel 4 is partnering with TriForce Creative Network’s  MonologueSlam UK to support new acting talent from all backgrounds.

    The MonologueSlam UK showcase gives actors across the country the chance to perform in front of a panel of industry judges, including the Channel 4 Drama Commissioning Team.  The most promising talent will be invited to the national final on December 12th where Channel 4 will select the top 10 and explore ways to champion their careers with Channel 4 Drama.

    Fraser Ayres, co-founder, TriForce Creative Network, says; “We believe that all talent should be nurtured regardless of a performer’s background or circumstance.  MonologueSlam uncovers the freshest untapped talent, and we’re delighted that Channel 4 is on board to make 2016 our biggest year yet.”

    Ramy El-Bergamy, Channel 4 On Screen Diversity Executive, says;  “Increasing diversity both on screen and off is hugely important to Channel 4 – we’re excited to be partnering with TriForce Creative Network on their MonologueSlam UK programme to tackle the issue of on screen diversity head on. The beauty of MonologueSlam UK is that gender, race, colour, sexuality and social background don’t come into it, it’s purely down to talent and it gives us direct access to a hugely diverse pool of talent.”

    MonologueSlam UK is a nationwide, professional actors’ showcase culminating in a national final in December at Theatre Royal Stratford East. It is the only showcase supported by Spotlight and Equity, and is open to all. After a rigorous audition process for each show, 22 actors are given the opportunity to perform in front of a select audience including the industry panel.

    The overall winner of each regional heat throughout the year then goes on to perform at the national final in December, where the champion is crowned. TriForce has produced a hugely accessible event for all performers, with an ethos of inclusion.

    Previous talent uncovered by the event includes Chizzy Akudolu who went on to star in Holby City as well as Sorry, I Didn’t Know, the comedy panel show produced by TriForce Productions which takes viewers on a tour of black history across the globe.

    Channel 4’s support also allows TriForce to offer travel expenses for performers taking part in the national final for the first time.

    Actors can visit http://monologueslamuk.com/ for more information on how to get involved.

    Please see below for upcoming events:

    MonologueSlam UK at Theatre Royal Stratford East

    Mon 31st October 2016

    C4 judges: Manpreet Dosanjh and Lisa Walters

    MonologueSlam UK at Mercury Theatre, Colchester

    Mon 7th November 2016

    C4 judges: Manpreet Dosanjh and Lisa Walters

    MonologueSlam UK National Final at Theatre Royal Stratford East

    Mon 12th December 2016

    C4 judges: Manpreet Dosanjh and Lisa Walters

  • #SIDK in Broadcast!

    Our CEO Fraser Ayres is in Broadcast Online this week, talking about our new show on ITV2, Sorry I Didn’t Know and why it’s refreshing to see a commercial broadcaster lead the way in diversifying content.

    What’s interesting in ITV’s approach is that instead of insisting they know what audiences want, they reached out to ‘fresh’ voices to find out what different demographics actually want to see on screen – and most importantly, gave them a broadcast platform.

    To read Fraser’s article in full, click here.

    Sorry, I Didn’t Know airs on Thursday 3 November on ITV2 at 8.30pm

  • WriterSlam Drama 2016 Finalists

    The WriterSlam Finalists have now been announced!

    We are very excited to announce our 5 finalists for WriterSlam 2016. The finalist writers and their scripts are:

    Onyinye Egenti and Adele Oni – Lost Queens
    Emily Mazzeo – Greenhouse
    Conor McGinnity – Bandit Country
    Keith Saha – Looked After
    Katrina Smith-Jackson – Tilbury Rush

    What Happens Now?

    The 5 finalists will take part in a script workshop with renowned Exec Producer Michael Jacob. These 5 writers will be taught how to generate an industry standard pitch and synopsis, as well as receiving in-depth advice and expertise. Writers will also be developing their work with an eye to producing a full script by the end of the workshop.

    The 5 finalists will have their extracts performed at the WriterSlam event on 14th November at St James Theatre in Victoria. The event is open to the public and will have a large industry attendance. To come along and support new talent, book your ticket here.

    What are the prizes?

    The winning writer will receive a paid development commission from TriForce Productions, culminating in an industry table read in Spring 2017 supported by Sky Drama.

    The runner up will receive a guaranteed place on the BBC’s Introduction to Continuing Drama workshop – their invite only workshop for writer’s hoping to write for the BBC’s award winning continuing dramas; Holby City, Casualty, Doctors and Eastenders.

    All 5 finalists will have their work showcased in front of the industry panel, with representatives from the BBC, Channel 4, Sky and TriForce Productions.

  • The WriterSlam Drama 2016 Shortlist

    The WriterSlam Shortlist has now been announced!

    We are very excited to announce our shortlist for WriterSlam 2016. The shortlisted writers and their scripts are:

    Neil D’Arcy-Jones – Save Our Souls
    Heather Dunmore and Catherine Comfort – Spitfire Sisters
    Onyinye Egenti and Adele Oni – Lost Queens
    Charlotte Gajek – Paradise
    Christian Graham – Flex
    Amy Guyler – Syncubate
    Robert Klecha – L.U.C.I.D
    Zoe Mavroudi – The Gold Monkey
    Emily Mazzeo – Greenhouse
    Conor McGinnity – Bandit Country
    Toby Parker Rees – Little People
    Keith Saha – Looked After
    Katrina Smith-Jackson – Tilbury Rush
    Gail Terry – Specious

    What Happens Now?

    This shortlist will be whittled down to 5 finalists by the TCN and Sky Drama. We will then invite the 5 finalists to take part in a script workshop with renowned Exec Producer Michael Jacob. These 5 writers will be taught how to generate an industry standard pitch and synopsis, as well as receiving in-depth advice and expertise. Writers will also be developing their work with an eye to producing a full script by the end of the workshop.

    The 5 finalists will have their extracts performed at the WriterSlam event on 14th November at St James Theatre in Victoria. The event is open to the public and will have a large industry attendance. To come along and support new talent, book your ticket here.

    What are the prizes?

    The winning writer will receive a paid development commission from TriForce Productions, culminating in an industry table read in Spring 2017 supported by Sky Drama.

    The runner up will receive a guaranteed place on the BBC’s Introduction to Continuing Drama workshop – their invite only workshop for writer’s hoping to write for the BBC’s award winning continuing dramas; Holby City, Casualty, Doctors and Eastenders.

    All 5 finalists will have their work showcased in front of the industry panel, with representatives from the BBC, Channel 4, Sky and TriForce Productions.

  • TriForce Productions on ITV2!

    TriForce Productions first show Sorry, I Didn’t Know on ITV2

    Thursday 3rd November 2016 – 8.30pm ITV2

    We are excited to announce TriForce Productions will debut with TV programme Sorry, I Didn’t Know, part of the returning ITV2 Fresh season this autumn.  ITV2 returns with its successful season of brand new comedy and entertainment singles courtesy of BAME talent both on and off the screen.

    Following on from the success of last year’s specials, ITV2 Fresh unveils four brand new 30-minute singles, which showcase the breadth of talent and will air in the run up to the MOBO Awards on ITV2.

    The season has been commissioned by Entertainment Commissioning Editor Asif Zubairy and Head of Digital Channels Rosemary Newall.

    This year sees one-off specials from TriForce Productions, Sugar Films, Purple Geko Productions and Transparent Television covering a host of genres from mockumentary to scripted comedy.

    Rosemary Newell said: “This year’s Fresh season is the perfect opportunity to bring some fantastic new comedy and entertainment to our viewers from some exceptionally talented stars of the future.”

    Asif Zubairy said:  “We have four incredibly funny, edgy and innovative comedy and entertainment shows and are excited to be bringing these to the ITV audience.  I’m thrilled that we are continuing our strong ties with BAME talent and offer a much-deserved platform for talent both on and off the screen.”

    Sorry, I Didn’t Know is a classic panel show with a twist and is hosted by Jimmy Akingbola.

    Made by TriForce Productions, two teams of comedians (Chizzy Akudolu, Jo Martin, Jimmy James Jones, Toby Williams, Paul Chowdhry, Judi Love) will take viewers on a tour of black history across the globe.  Insightful, educational. bold, tongue-in-cheek and above all very funny, the teams will battle over four rounds as they unveil some interesting historical facts. 

    Fraser and Minnie Ayres, Triforce Productions, said:  “We’re incredibly excited to be working with ITV2 to bring a fresh look to the comedy panel show format with Sorry, I Didn’t Know. Their support for new production companies and their commitment to increasing access and diversity is truly pioneering.”

    So tune into ITV2 on Thursday 3rd November at 8.30pm to catch Sorry I Didn’t Know!


    Sorry, I Didn’t Know

    #SIDK

    TriForce Productions, 2016

  • TriForce Productions: #SIDK!

    History, with a touch of colour…

    We’re very excited to announce that we’re working on our first TV broadcast commission, bringing a brand new look to the comedy panel show format with Sorry, I Didn’t Know.

    We’ll be filming our first TV commission on Sunday 9 October 2016 at The London Studios. It’s a hilarious new comedy panel show, unearthing everything you didn’t know about black history. We’ve all heard of Mary Seacole and Martin Luther King, but did you know that the first self-made female millionaire was black? Or that the inspiration for the character Monostatos in Mozart’s The Magic Flute’ was black classical composer Joseph Bologne?

    We’ve got an amazing panel lined up for the show (more details coming soon!) as well as a very familiar face for our host.

    We look forward to seeing you there and sharing this moment with you!

    Want to be part of the audience on Sunday 9 October at London Studios?

    Book your spot here!


    TriForce Creative Network

  • WriterSlam Returns!

    Are you a writer looking to break into the TV industry?

    Building on the success of our MonologueSlam UK initiative for actors, WriterSlam UK is our programme to help TV production companies and broadcasters access new and established writers from diverse backgrounds.  These TV industry professionals then support the writers in their career development, providing tangible outcomes for participants, with a structured and accessible programme over 2017.

    We’re looking for new voices for television, who come from all backgrounds. We champion diversity of experience – if you include everyone, you don’t need to exclude anyone.

    This third WriterSlam is a Drama Edition, actors will take to the stage of St. Jame Theatre Studio, Victoria, on Monday 14 November for read-throughs of the shortlisted scripts.

    This WriterSlam is supported by TriForce Productions, BBC, Channel 4 and Sky.

    Submissions are open from 19 September – 9 October 2016. For more information on how to submit, go the WriterSlam page.

    I was lucky enough to sign with a brilliant agent who, as well as being great company and fantastic on the business side, gives fantastic notes and is as much a dramaturg as an agent. I was also lucky enough to get my first commission to write an episode of Casualty.’

    Tom McKay, WriterSlam Drama Ed. 2015, BBC prize winner, on his progress since WriterSlam.

     

    Submissions are open now until 9 October and tickets for the event will be available to book soon.

  • Minnie Ayres in Broadcast

    COO Minnie Ayres details five actionable steps to greater gender equality in an article for Broadcast discussing the on-screen gender gap.

    Read the full article here.

  • TriForce Short Film Festival 2016

    Submissions are now open for TriForce Short Film Festival 2016!  This, the fifth annual TriForce Creative Network film festival, will take place at BAFTA on Saturday 3rd December 2016.

     

    The TriForce Short Film Festival was established to promote, support and showcase the diverse range of talent in contemporary film-making.  With a focus on recognising and supporting diverse talent, the festival brings together film-makers with the movers and shakers in the industry, enabling emerging artists to break into the mainstream.  Showcasing the best in short film, alongside a programme of career focused seminars throughout the day and an industry expo, the TriForce Short Film Festival is the place to be to further your career in film.  

    With the chance to get your film screened at BAFTA, career development opportunities with our industry partners or cash for your next film project, why not look at the newly launched film festival website TFSFF.com to see some of the winning films from last year’s festival and how to submit your film.

    The three categories this year are:

    ·         Microshorts  – open to films under five minutes long and can be of any genre

    ·         General Scripted – open to scripted films between five and 20 minutes long

    ·         Non-Scripted – open to non-scripted films between five and 20 minutes long

     

    We are always blown away by the calibre of films we receive as well as the immense range of stories, voices and topics that are explored.  No doubt this year the entries will be just as impressive – we can’t wait to start watching them!

  • Happy Holidays!

    Wishing happy holidays to the whole network from TriForce Towers!

    We hope you enjoy yourselves and if you have a spare few minutes we’d love it if you could take our survey (perhaps while nibbling on some chocolate) – it’s easy peasy and will really help us make sure we know which bits we’re doing right and which we could improve on.

    Thanks everyone and have a great break!

    The TCN x

    Survey

     

  • Calling All Writers: BBC Shadow Writing Scheme

    This is a great opportunity for writers to get experience on returning BBC drama Doctors!

    The BBC Writersroom and Drama Production is running a BBC Doctors Shadow Scheme from the 5th July 2016 and are currently accepting script submissions. If you are keen to write for the show, you will need – an original full-length script, CV AND a pitch for a Doctors guest A story (up to 500 words) by 5pm on Monday 18th April 2016, in PDF format.

    Your guest story should feature one of the regular Doctors characters as well as a maximum of three guest characters.  The story should revolve around human dilemma and jeopardy rather than focus on being a medical story. Your idea needs to be a self-contained story that happens over one day only.  Below is a link to a detailed example submitted by one of the BBC’s more experienced Doctors writers. You will need to write your own shorter pitch for a Doctors guest story, up to a maximum of 500 words.

    They are looking for writers who know the show, are passionate about it and are eager to show that they can write for it.

    There are 5 places. The BBC will be shortlisting 12 writers for the scheme, and will ask those shortlisted to write a scene for Doctors using existing serial.

    The Scheme is open to writers of all levels of experience and they encourage BAME writers to apply.

    See the Doctors Pitch Example here.

     

    The Shadow Scheme will run like this:

    Each writer will have a dedicated Script Editor from the show and the Shadow Scheme will last 6 months.

    The 5 selected writers will be expected to submit two story ideas and take one of these ideas on to write 2 drafts of a trial script.  Doctors will read the trial script and two more story ideas from the writer.  The show will then decide whether the writer will get a commission.  If the writer is successful with the trial process, they will be guaranteed a commission within the year, subject to a story idea being accepted.

    The Shadow Scheme start with three days of training at the Doctors base in Birmingham, there will be more training throughout the duration of the scheme – dates to be confirmed.

    Tuesday 5th July – Thursday 7th July 2016 – to include writers’ workshops, lectures and exercises on storytelling and the show format. Expenses for travel and accommodation will be paid. The writers will have a formal induction on the show, including a set tour, and then they’ll be taken through the script development process.

    Please submit via the Writersroom E-Submissions System – https://writersroom.external.bbc.co.uk/opportunity/48