Category: Opportunities

  • Announcing Handle With Care: Jimmy Akingbola

    TriForce Productions first feature documentary will be hitting your screens this Autumn on ITV.

    In this deeply personal film, acclaimed actor Jimmy Akingbola traces his own journey and, in doing so, uncovers the truth about growing up in the care system in England.

    Now a celebrated actor, starring in award-winning, global productions across film, television and theatre including Bel-Air, In The Long Run and Most Dangerous Game, Jimmy reflects on how his upbringing shaped him. 

    Exec Producer Fraser Ayres said “We’re very excited to be working on such a personal story as our first documentary. Not only does this revealing programme explore Jimmy’s upbringing, we also take a wider look at the experiences of those growing up in care in the UK.”

  • DEAD CANNY on DAVE!

    Triforce Productions is pleased to announce our new sitcom ‘Dead Canny’, premiering Wednesday 24th August 2022 on Dave at 10pm. Dead Canny follows ‘Kay’ (Sarah Balfour), a questionable young psychic from Consett, Co. Durham, whose ability to see dead people earns her a few quid cash-in-hand down the local pub. Unfortunately, it turns out people are just as annoying dead as they were alive.

    Sarah Balfour as Kay

    Our stellar cast stars: newcomer Sarah Balfour, Laoise Sweeney, Denise Welch, Dean Bone, Steph Lacey, Mark Benton, Aryana Ramkhalawon, Rhea Bailey and our very own Fraser Ayres!

    ‘Dead Canny’ is written by the talented Anna Costello, who is one of the finalists from our popular WriterSlam competition which had writers vying for an opportunity to have their project produced and broadcast on Dave in partnership with UKTV.

    WriterSlam is Triforce Creative Networks writers programme to help TV production companies and broadcasters access UK based new writers from diverse backgrounds who represent the society that we live in, and who will offer different perspectives, experiences and opinions. The initiative with UKTV was to encourage writers to tell a story we’ve never seen on TV before, or whether it’s simply a universal story told by a different voice.

    Three other productions will also be shown as part of the season, they include: Holier Than Thou written by Misha Adesanya and produced by Big Deal Films, Perfect written by Laurence Clark and produced by Happy Tramp, and The Other Half written by Kate Reid and Zak Ghazi-Torbati and produced by Ranga Bee.Pete Thornton, Head of Scripted, UKTV, said, “We’re excited to be working with TriForce Creative Network and DandI.org.uk on this unique UKTV WriterSlam and to be throwing this opportunity open to all underrepresented voices from any background”.

    Fraser Ayres, Executive Producer and CEO of TriForce Creative Network, said “This is what a ‘360° approach’ actually looks like. If we’re going to find more Michaela Cole’s and Tim Renkow’s we need to develop pathways that provide access and then perhaps those much needed voices won’t have to traverse so many obstacles to be heard. This move is unprecedented and kudos to UKTV for taking this tangible and giant step to truly move the dial with us.”

    Minnie Ayres, Executive Producer and dandI.org.uk CEO, said “By utilising our dandI.org.uk talent pool, we’re in a unique position to ensure inclusion and open access at all levels” added “From creatives to crew this will be fully inclusive, allowing us to also address the gaps we have identified by levelling up talent that is ready, but yet to be given their shot”.

    Dead Canny’ will premiere on UKTV’s award-winning comedy entertainment channel Dave, at 10pm, Wednesday 24 August 2022!

  • Be in the audience for SIDK Season 3!

    Free tickets are now available to book for the studio recording of Sorry, I Didn’t Know season 3!

    We’re very excited that ‘Sorry, I Didn’t Know…’ the comedy panel show about Black history is returning this year for season 3!

    TriForce needs YOU!

    We’ll be filming the show at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith Sun 12 June – Tues 14 June and once again this year there are FIVE shows.

    The show is a hilarious 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, including our host Jimmy Akingbola, the lovely Chizzy Akudolu and guest appearances from the likes of White Yardie, our favourite Chaser Shaun Wallace, Russell Kane and Verona Rose.

    For more information and to book your ticket, click the button below!

  • How to access the NEW TCN Talent Pool!

    We’ve had a bit of a makeover with our jobs site! Check out the info here on how to access the new site, find your profile if you’ve already registered, or set up a new profile if you’re new to us!

    We are now working with over 70 production companies and broadcasters and have updated the system to make it even easier for you to look for work and apply for jobs.

    Now you can:

    • Apply for jobs directly from your profile
    • See previous job applications
    • Have complete control over your profile for uploading latest CV, updates/corrections etc.
    • ‘One-Click Apply’ for jobs.

    I already had a profile on the TCN Talent Pool – how do I access my profile on the new site?

    You won’t need to fill in your profile again! (A collective sigh of relief…)

    Click THIS LINK and click ‘Forgot Password’, where you’ll be directed to a page to assign a new password, which will then connect you to your profile.

    -PLEASE NOTE- For it to be able to find and link to your account, you need to enter the SAME email address that you ORIGINALLY SIGNED UP to the TCN Talent Pool with.

    Once that’s done, you can now access your new profile!

    Please take a look and make sure all of your information is up to date and correct as the more information you provide, the more effective we can be in finding you the perfect job.

    Then what?

    You can then log into your candidate portal and apply for jobs directly from there. Just click the ‘Jobs’ tab on the left hand side.

    You can also access all our jobs on the new Career Site here  where you can see all the current jobs as well as login to your profile. (Click Sign In on the top right hand corner to log in!)

    Applying for a job –

    You can now apply for jobs with just one click using the ‘Easy Apply’ button at the top of every job post.

    This will then automatically take your CV, profile details and Personal Statement (So make sure they’re up to date!) and apply you for the job.

    If any additional information is required, a pop-up questionnaire for you to fill in any details will appear.

    I’m new to the TCN Talent Pool, how do I set up a profile?

    Simply go to the new Career Site here and click Register in the top right hand corner.

    Can I apply for jobs without registering?

    You can, just look at the job you’re interested in on the career site, click I’m interested and then you can fill in a form just for that job. However, if you take the time to register, you’ll only have to fill that form in once, instead of every time you apply!

  • Looking For Louis Winner!

    We’re very excited to announce the finalists and winner of our Looking For Louis competition, in association with Mindhouse, Amazon Studios and Edinburgh TV Festival.

    Our six finalists were:

    Alim Jayda – Both Parents Deaf

    Ginna Cheng – Becoming a Chess Boxer

    Jessica Brady – A Male Stripper Experience

    Remel London – My Grandad’s Secret Society

    Sharon Walia – Queerjabis

    Tiger Cohen-Towell – As God Intended

    Their micro documentaries were completed in just a week, after their pitches were selected from over 600 entries.

    The finalist films were showcased at a live session with Louis Theroux today at Edinburgh TV Festival, with the winner announced as well.

    Our overall winner was Ginnia Cheng for her exploration of the strange and wonderful world of Chess Boxing!

    Ginna wins a six-month, exclusive option with Mindhouse. She will work together with Mindhouse’s creative team to develop projects and pitch them to commissioners with the aim of winning commissions that will be executive produced by Mindhouse and authored or presented by Ginnia.

    In addition, Amazon Studios will offer Ginnia a bespoke 12 month programme of mentoring and training to help them achieve their career goals.

    All six films are available to view on the Edinburgh TV Festival app, along with the films of our other shortlisted filmmakers, Emb Hashmi, Iman Amrani, Rakeem Omar and Tasnim Nazeer.

    Congratulations to all!

    If you’re interested in meeting with any of the shortlisted or finalist filmmakers, please do get in touch on [email protected]om.

  • Calling Emerging Production Companies!

    As part of our UKTV pathway for writers, we are on the hunt for production companies with a keen love for talent and for bringing the best out of them!

    We’re looking for emerging indie production companies with some experience in scripted production to come and join us on our mission to take exciting new writers from ‘Bedroom to Broadcast’ as part of a planned AMPLIFY season on Dave in 2022.

    We have filtered thousands of amazing submissions and have now selected 6 projects to develop further, 4 of which will go on to be part of an anthology series to be broadcast on Dave next year.

    Selected production companies will take on early drafts of each selected project, making full use of their own creative expertise whilst working hand in glove with the writers, script editors and the team at UKTV to help shape and polish these projects as we progress towards the final selection process and production dates towards the end of 2021.

    This is an opportunity for you to get the support you need to take your organisation to the next level, as well as being central to the creative journey that guiding a script successfully from first draft to screen involves.

    If you’d like to be part of this process, please email [email protected] and tell us about your production company and why you’d like to be part of the AMPLIFY season.

    DEADLINE: Wednesday 11 August 2021

  • Looking for the next Louis Theroux!

    Louis Theroux teams up with TriForce and Amazon to find the next documentary star!

    TriForce Creative Network have joined forces with Louis Theroux’s company Mindhouse, Amazon Studios and The TV Foundation (the charity arm of the Edinburgh TV Festival) to launch ‘Looking for Louis’. Building on the success of our previous WriterSlam partnerships with Amazon, this time we’re looking for budding journalists and documentary makers who think they could be the next Louis Theroux.

    We’re looking for exciting documentary ideas, with the filmmaker front and centre as the on screen talent. Whether your idea is about telling a story we’ve never seen on TV before, or whether it’s simply a universal story told by a different voice, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for talent who represent the society that we live in, and who will offer different perspectives, experiences and opinions.

    You might have never worked in TV before but spend all your spare time making YouTube and TikTok content, or you might be a budding broadcast journalist looking for an opportunity to present your own documentary, or just someone with a great idea who’s confident in front of a camera! If you live in the UK, and you’ve got a great idea for a 2 minute documentary, we want to hear it.

    All you need to do is send in a one page pitch about your documentary idea.

    Competition Details

    We’re asking people to fill in a short form on the TriForce Creative Network website and attach a one page pitch of an idea for a 2 minute micro-documentary. 10 people will then be selected by a panel put together by Mindhouse, Edinburgh TV Festival Fest and Amazon, who will be asked to make their 2 minute doc, shot on their mobile phone. All 10 shortlisted filmmakers will be given financial support to make sure they can deliver their film.

    Louis Theroux will watch the films and select 6 filmmakers to go through to the Edinburgh TV Festival online final. Their films will be showcased online to the Edinburgh TV Festival audience during the session and Louis will then announce the winner.

    They will win a six-month, exclusive option with Mindhouse. They will work together with Mindhouse’s creative team to develop projects and pitch them to commissioners with the aim of winning commissions in that time that will be executive produced by Mindhouse and authored or presented by the talent.

    Amazon Studios will offer the winner a bespoke 12 month programme of mentoring and training to help them achieve their career goals.

    Theroux said: “I am very excited to be part of this initiative. For me, one of the best parts of launching Mindhouse is being involved behind the scenes with new talent who can tell fresh stories in different and exciting ways. To paraphrase Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon, I’m getting old for this shit, and my knees aren’t what they once were. We need to safeguard the future of irreverent and intelligent on-camera reporting by bringing up the next generation of presenters.”

    “Documentary filmmaking in the UK is world class, so we’re excited to be helping unearth the future generation of filmmaking talent, and mentoring and training them to help propel them to the next level in their career,” said Fozia Khan, UK Unscripted Executive at Amazon Studios.

    “We’re really excited to be working with Mindhouse to offer budding journalistic talent the chance to be front and centre presenting their own ideas,” said Fraser Ayres of TriForce Creative Network. “It’s such a great opportunity to accelerate the winners’ careers.”

    The competition is open to residents of the UK only.

    Submissions are open from 10:00am on Wednesday 14 July – 11:59pm Tuesday 27 July.

    For more information on how to submit, click here to go the Looking for Louis page

  • Sorry, I Didn’t Know Returns!

    ITV have recommissioned Sorry, I Didn’t Know, the only comedy panel show about Black history, and we are looking for new writers to join the writers’ room.

    Jimmy Akingbola will return to host the new series which will air in October on ITV and ITV Hub, as part of ITV’s Black History Month celebrations. Chizzy Akudolu and Judi Love will also be back as the team leaders.

    This year we are looking for two new writers to join showrunner Fraser Ayres in the series writing room. The opportunity will be open to anyone in a drive to find a new wave of comedy writers and give them their first broadcast credit.

    “The world of writing for comedy panel shows is incredibly difficult to break into, so we’re opening up the doors to find writing talent that might not usually get this opportunity. We don’t care what you’ve done before, or whether you have an agent – we just want to find people who are funny, passionate and love Black history to go on this exciting journey with us” said Fraser Ayres of TriForce Productions.

    Last year’s series welcomed guests including Colin Salmon, Angie Le Mar, Tom Allen and Russell Kane, and in partnership with Dandi.org.uk, hired a fully inclusive team behind the camera as well.

    Sorry, I Didn’t Know is commissioned by Joe Mace and Gemma John Lewis in ITV Entertainment Commissioning.

    “We’re very excited to have SIDK return for a second series” said Joe Mace, ITV Commissioning Editor, Entertainment. “After last year’s successful debut, we’ve expanded the show to 5 episodes and can’t wait to welcome new writers onto the team.”

    Writers will be able to apply via the TriForce Creative Network website with submissions open from midday on 10 June to 11.59pm 24 June.

    For more details on the competition and how to apply, go to https://thetcn.com/apply-to-write-for-sorry-i-didnt-know/

    Sorry, I Didn’t Know is produced by TriForce Productions and was created by husband and wife team, Mr and Mrs Ayres.

  • WriterSlam Gets UKTV Boost

    UKTV are partnering with TriForce Creative Network to turbo charge their groundbreaking WriterSlam programme.  

    The successful programme has been running for over ten years, with the very first winner, Sophie Petzal, now an award winning writer and many other first time writers getting their first development commission and an agent through the programme. Over the years the TCN has partnered with (amongst others) Amazon, Hat Trick, Audible and Sky on these events 

    UKTV will be taking WriterSlam to the next level, promising not just a development commission, but a greenlit season of originals on Dave in 2021/22.  

    As usual the WriterSlam competition is open to any UK resident, regardless of their previous experience or age. Whether your script is about telling a story we’ve never seen on TV before, or whether it’s simply a universal story told by a different voice, we want to hear from you. We want writers who represent the society that we live in, and who will offer different perspectives, experiences and opinions.  

    It doesn’t matter if you don’t have an agent, or have never written professionally before – if you live in the UK, and you’ve got an ideaor a story to tell, we want to hear it.   

    Competition Details 

    UKTV will select six writers who will receive a paid development commission to work up their original TV ideas into 30’ scripts suitable for broadcast and for potential expansion into full length series. These writers will benefit from several writing workshops in addition to working with a script editor and experienced executive producer over a three month period. Individual mentoring and support from TriForce Creative Network will also be available over this timeframe, culminating in a table read of all six scripts performed by a troupe of handpicked professional actors which will help inform the final selection process 

    Four of these scripts will then be green lit to be produced for Dave, with TriForce Productions taking on some of the shows but with others being produced by emerging Indies to make under their umbrella with support from TriForce Productions. All the productions will be supported by D and I – TriForce’s diversity and inclusion support service, to help them crew up in an inclusive way. Its anticipated that the season will air on Dave either in late 2021 or early 2022. 

    Pete Thornton, Head of Scripted, UKTV, said, “We’re excited to be working with TriForce Creative Network and DandI.org.uk on this unique UKTV WriterSlam and to be throwing this opportunity open to all underrepresented voices from any background. This is a truly inclusive initiative, and we want to hear from people from ethnic minorities, those from underserved socio-economic groups, the LGBTQ community, those who identify as having a disability and basically anybody who feels that their voice isn’t currently heard clearly on our screens. We’re offering dedicated support and mentoring over a three-month writing period and then the opportunity to see your show prepped, cast, shot, edited, marketed and broadcast on Dave next year.”  

    “This is what a ‘360° approach’ actually looks like“ said Fraser Ayres, Executive Producer and CEO TriForce Creative NetworkIf we’re going to find more Michaela Cole’s and Tim Renkow’s we need to develop pathways that provide access and then perhaps those much needed voices won’t have to traverse so many obstacles to be heard. This move is unprecedented and kudos to UKTV for taking this tangible and giant step to truly move the dial with us. 

    “By utilising our dandI.org.uk talent pool, we’re in a unique position to ensure inclusion and open access at all levels” added Minnie Ayres, Executive Producer and dandI.org.uk CEO. “From creatives to crew this will be fully inclusive, allowing us to also address the gaps we have identified by levelling up talent that is ready, but yet to be given their shot. 

    Writers will be asked to submit a onepage pitch of their idea, as well as a 10-15 page sample of their writing.  

    Submissions are open from midday Thurs 18 Feb – 11:59pm Thurs 25 Mar 2021. For more information on how to submit, go the WriterSlam page. https://thetcn.com/writerslam/ 

    A separate call out will be going out for emerging production companies to coproduce oa number of of the projects later in the year.  

    About WriterSlam 

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

  • WriterSlam with Amazon Prime Video!

    Prime Video in search of new writers for paid development commission!

    Building on the success of the 2019 partnership, WriterSlam have once again joined forces with Prime Video to offer one new writer the opportunity to develop a new script. The process will last for six months.

    Whether your script is about telling a story we’ve never seen on TV before, or whether it’s simply a universal story told by a different voice, we want to hear from you. We want writers who represent the society that we live in, and who will offer different perspectives, experiences and opinions.

    It doesn’t matter if you don’t have an agent, or have never written professionally before – if you are a UK resident that is over 18, and you’ve got an idea, we want to hear it.

    Competition Details

    The four selected finalists will have extracts of their work performed by actors at an online showcase event on Tuesday 15th December 2020, when the winner will be selected by Jonathan Lewsley, UK Head of Scripted for Amazon Studios. Industry guests will be invited to attend the online showcase, giving our finalist writers a further opportunity to share their talent.

    One winning writer will be selected by Prime Video. Following their win, the writer will receive a paid development commission where they will be mentored by Jonathan Lewsley, UK Head of Scripted for Amazon Studios, for a six month period to develop their idea into a full episode script.

    We’re really excited to be partnering with WriterSlam again – we were delighted with the 2019 submissions and our winners Celia and Omari,” comments Jonathan Lewsley, UK Head of Scripted for Amazon Studios. “We know there is a vast reserve of writing talent in the UK that, for one reason or another, haven’t had the chance for their voice to be heard, and that needs to change. As an industry, there’s still a lot of work to do, but we’re committed to being part of that change.”

    Please note: securing this placement does not guarantee a full commission.

    For more information and to enter, please go to our WriterSlam page.

    About WritersSlam

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

  • Update on WriterSlam with Audible!

    For all those keeping on eye on the WriterSlam with Audible competition, we’ve got an update for you!

    The new deadline for this competition is now 23:59pm on Monday 10th August. We’ve decided to move both the finalists workshops and the WriterSlam final event online, to make sure we can go ahead regardless of what restrictions are currently in place. The final will be taking place over Twitch, our first Twitch event, so we’re very excited. The new dates are as follows:

    Deadline for Submissions: 23:59pm Monday 10th August

    Finalists Announced: 11th September

    Finalists Online Workshop: 19th September

    WriterSlam Final Online: 27th October

    If you’ve already submitted, don’t worry, all existing submissions will be included so there’s no need to resubmit!

    Click here to go to the main WriterSlam page and to submit your idea! 

  • Get your feature idea into development!

    Calling all writers! We’re launching #ScriptSearch with Greenacre Films, to help them find their next feature film project to develop.

    We did of course consider delaying this programme until after the crisis, but we felt that it would be best to keep going and offer this amazing development opportunity for writers, especially as it will result in paid commissions.

    If you’re stuck at home and looking to flex those creative muscles, check out all the details below and get entering!

    Greenacre Films, producers of Netflix Original feature film Been So Long starring Michaela Coel and Arinze Kene, are looking for exciting new film ideas to take into paid development. It is free to enter, and all we need you to submit is a 2 page pitch of a feature film idea and 10-15 pages of the script.

    Now, more than ever, it is hugely important to give a platform to unheard voices. Through Script Search, Greenacre are looking to provide diverse talent with a burning feature film idea the opportunity to develop that idea further with support from their team. We’re looking for stories that you feel haven’t been told before – in any genre at all. This is open to all, with or without literary agents. We want fresh, original projects that haven’t been out in the world yet, so bring us your newest work!

    The projects are going to be developed over the next year or so, so please don’t be limited by current social distancing restrictions in your writing.

    If you’ve been writing away on continuing drama, or working on short form content, this is your opportunity to get that feature film idea developed.

    Greenacre will choose the projects they’d like to take through to the next stage. Selected writers will receive a fee to develop their idea into a 10 page treatment. If you are then selected to go through and are asked to develop the full script, you will be paid industry standard fees.

    “We’re excited to be working with the Triforce Creative Network on #ScriptSearch. We’re keen to find exciting new projects – and it’s great to offer writers the rare chance to have their feature film idea developed”  Nadine Marsh-Edwards, Greenacre Films.

    We originally planned to invite 10 writers to a writing workshop in London, with Greenacre’s producers then select some projects to take forward into paid development. Due to the coronavirus, we are going to move this workshop online, which we intend to take place on Wed 02 Sept 2020.

    Submissions are open from 08 June  – 11.59pm on 19 July 2020. For more information on how to submit, go the entry page.