Category: Press

  • 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!

  • 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].

  • Laurence Clark joins UKTV WriterSlam!

    We have another addition to our UKTV WriterSlam pathway! Laurence Clark will be joining the team developing his sitcom idea, Perfect.

    Laurence Clark is an internationally-acclaimed comedian, writer and actor who has cerebral palsy.  His observational, political stand-up and filmed stunts demonstrate the endearing naivety and ridiculousness of human behaviour by seeing the world through his eyes with humour and warmth.  He’s performed everywhere from the House of Commons to a double-decker bus in Sheffield.

    We can’t wait to see the final drafts of all the writers work in the Autumn!

  • 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 Shortlist Announced!

    Our most popular WriterSlam competition yet, in partnership with UKTV, received close to 1600 entries with writers all vying for an opportunity to have their project filmed and shown on UKTV’s award-winning comedy entertainment channel Dave.

    A team of readers read through all the entries and shortlisted 58 to go through to the next stage of the competition.

    UKTV will now choose just SIX and offer paid development and an opportunity to work with a script editor to develop those ideas into a 30-minute script.

    From those six scripts, UKTV will select four to be produced by either TriForce Productions or another independent production company before premiering on Dave in 2022!

    The standard was, as always, very high, so it was difficult to whittle down the entries, but we will have more opportunities later this year, so please do keep an eye on thetcn.com.

    Congratulations to all our shortlisted writers, we can’t wait to see which projects make it to the next stage!

    The shortlisted writers are:

    Aaron Robertson
    Abigail Weinstock
    Aimee Shenton
    Alice Marshall
    Andrew Boateng
    Angela Clarke
    Anna Costello
    Benjamin Cyrus-Clark
    Caroline Gardiner
    Charlie Vero-Martin
    Cherlynn Andrew-Wilfred
    Chizzy Akudolu
    Chris Sutherland
    Christien Bart-Gittens
    Christina Yianni
    Christopher Kerr
    Cindy Buist
    Connor Allen
    Dave Proctor
    Ellen Waddell
    Georgina Love
    Glen McCoy
    Hassan Khan &Ranjit Singh Shubh
    Imran Malik
    Jacob Mosha
    Jai Rajani & Craig Storrod
    Jaye Nolan
    Jaz Deol & Amit Dhut
    Joe Sellman-Leava
    Josephine Starte
    Kaamil Shah
    Kate Reid & Zak Ghazi-Torbati
    Laura Greenwood
    Laurence Clark & Matt Holt
    Laurence Josephson
    Layo-Christina Akinlude & Katie Payne
    Lee Phillips
    Leon Mayne
    Leroy Brito
    Linda Jane Butler
    Lynsey Martenstyn
    Michael Keane
    Michelle Strutt
    Misha Adesanya
    Molly Mcguinness
    Nadaav Soudry
    Naomi Sumner Chan
    Omar Khan
    Pauline Boateng
    Prithu Banerjee & Sruti Banerjee
    Sabrina Richmond
    Sebastian Umrigar
    Sherice Griffiths & Sophie Carswell
    Sherise Blackman
    Simone & Dawkins
    Temi Majekodunmi
    Wendy Yee Man Wong

     

  • ScriptSearch Writers Commissioned!

    We are very excited to announce that not one, but two scripts from our ScriptSearch competition with Greenacre Films have been selected to be taken forward for full development.

    We received over 1000 entries for the competition in 2020, with 6 writers winning a paid development contract to take their idea to treatment stage. From the final 6, Greenacre were planning on taking just one script to the final stage, with a contract to develop a full-length feature script for the winning writer. However, they were so excited by two of the writers’ ideas, that they’ve now taken not one, but two scripts through to the final development phase.

    The writer’s and their scripts are:

    Funmi Adebanjo – Melanation

    A big opportunity leads to an unexpected connection… and a new level of conflict between feuding family restaurants.

    Jingan Young – No. 2 Daughter

    He’s proud of his Chinese roots. She forgets to take her shoes off at the door. Will a past romance blossom again between a self-proclaimed ‘black sheep’ of a British Chinese family and the cute, self assured boy next door?

    These two writers will now win a paid contract with Greenacre to create a feature length film script of their idea. Greenacre hope to take both scripts to production following this next development phase.

    Amanda Jenks and Nadine Marsh Edwards of Greenacre Films said: ‘We are thrilled to be working with Jingan and Funmi, it was a really difficult decision as all the finalists were amazing. We would like to thank TriForce, Sheryl Crown and our trainee script editors for their hard work and expertise, and we are now looking forward to working with the writers to bring No.2 Daughter and Melanation from script to screen.’

    Fraser Ayres and Minnie Ayres of TriForce Creative Network said: “This has been a fantastic project with Greenacre, it’s so exciting to see real, tangible outcomes to script competitions, and what could be more tangible than a company wanting to get your script filmed!”

  • WriterSlam Winner In Variety and Deadline

    It’s been exciting to see so much press coverage of our latest WriterSlam winner Tumi Belo in the industry press.

    You can read about her in Variety and Deadline this week!

    Click here for Variety coverage

    Click here for Deadline coverage

  • Prime Video WriterSlam Winner!

    We had a great time at our ONLINE #WriterSlam final this week, hosted by the wonderful presenter, Jacqueline Shepherd.

    The event, in partnership with Amazon Prime Video, was hosted on Twitch, with live readings of extracts from our four finalists’ projects, led by a fantastic cast including Ivanno Jeremiah, Lauren Drummond, Jennifer Nicholas, Amrita Acharia, Stephen Uppal, Michael Salami and Leon Finnan.

    Congratulations to all our finalists; Tarek Yassin Skylar, Joyce Datiles, Mwansa Phiri and Tumi Belo.

    Our winner was Tumi Belo with her script The Philadelphia Hope. She will receive a paid development and be mentored by Jonathan Lewsley, UK Head of Scripted for Amazon Studios, over 3-6 months to develop their idea into a full episode script.

    Here’s a little more info about our finalists projects – if you’d like to get in touch with any of our finalists, just email [email protected]

    Tumi Belo – The Philadelphia Hope

    A drama following the crack team of ambitious journalists behind an African American newspaper in 1920s Philadelphia.

    Tarek Yassin Skylar – Don’t Kill Anyone

    The stepdaughter of a low-level Barnsley criminal is forced to choose between her daughter, her future and her family after a forbidden relationship sets off an irreversible chain of events.

    Joyce Datiles – Moonfight
    An original fantasy series about young archaeologist HEN ARCLIGHT who develops celestial and lunar powers on her 25th birthday, a day which also conjures up a strange, full moon as well as several Time Travelers who have been waiting centuries for her.

     Mwansa Phiri – Killing Time
    How would you live if you knew the exact date you would die? In a world where death certificates are assigned at birth, a young woman is forced into hiding when she survives her expiration date.

  • Amazon WriterSlam Finalists Announced!

    TRIFORCE CREATIVE NETWORK AND

    AMAZON PRIME VIDEO ANNOUNCE WRITERSLAM FINALISTS

    We’re very excited to announce our four finalists for our Amazon Prime Video WriterSlam!

    The four writers were selected following a nationwide call out for original ideas, with writers invited to submit a synopsis and 15 pages of script for an audio drama or comedy, after TriForce Creative Network once again joined forces with Amazon after a successful WriterSlam in 2019. With over 1500 submissions, it was a mammoth task!

    The final script extracts will be performed by actors for a new online version of the WriterSlam Final on Tues 15 December which will be hosted on Twitch for an industry audience.

    The winner will receive a paid development and will be mentored by Jonathan Lewsley, UK Head of Scripted for Amazon Studios, over 3-6 months to develop their idea into a full episode script.

    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:

    Tarek Yassin Skylar – Don’t Kill Anyone

    The stepdaughter of a low-level Barnsley criminal is forced to choose between her daughter, her future and her family after a forbidden relationship sets off an irreversible chain of events.

    Tumi Belo – The Philadelphia Hope

    A drama following the crack team of ambitious journalists behind an African American newspaper in 1920s Philadelphia.

    Joyce Datiles – Moonfight
    An original fantasy series about young archaeologist HEN ARCLIGHT who develops celestial and lunar powers on her 25th birthday, a day which also conjures up a strange, full moon as well as several Time Travelers who have been waiting centuries for her.

     Mwansa Phiri – Killing Time
    How would you live if you knew the exact date you would die? In a world where death certificates are assigned at birth, a young woman is forced into hiding when she survives her expiration date.

    Jonathan Lewsley said “It was very tough to choose the final four writers but we’re really pleased to with the final selection of projects, they’re so original and varied. I’m really looking forward to seeing them performed at the event before we decide on the winner!

    Fraser Ayres (CEO, TriForce Creative Network), who will also be directing the extracts, said “We’ve had our largest number of submissions ever for this WriterSlam and we can’t wait to bring the finalists’ extracts to life for the event.”

     

  • Sorry I Didn’t Know on Tues 06 Oct ITV!

    We’re very excited to announce that Sorry, I Didn’t Know has been commissioned for a series!

    You’ll be able to catch the first episode on Tues 6th October at 10.45pm on ITV so make sure you set your telly to record!

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

    This week, comedians Tom Allen, Angie Le Mar, and Paul Chowdhry alongside actor Colin Salmon, join team leaders, Chizzy Akudolu and Judi Love to take viewers on a tour of Black British history. Other guests over the series include Russell Kane, Shaun Wallace (The Chase’s Dark Destroyer) and presenter AJ Odudu to name but a few!

    Insightful, educational. bold, tongue-in-cheek and above all very funny, the teams will do battle to find out what they really didn’t know!

    History…with a touch of colour.

  • Greenacre ScriptSearch Finalists!

    The ScriptSearch Finalist have now been announced!

    We are very excited to announce the finalists for ScriptSearch in partnership with Greenacre Films. The writers were selected from over 1000 entries earlier in the summer. The writers and their scripts are:

    Ben Peters – Ego City

    Elaine Gallagher – The Jig Is Up

    Eleanor Mason – Edinburgh Seven

    Funmi Adebanjo – Melanation

    Jingan Young – No. 2 Daughter

    Kellie Shirley – Lioness

    These six writers will now be paid to develop their ideas into a longer treatment for Greenacre. They’ll be working with the experienced team at Greenacre, alongside 3 trainee script editors, to create a compelling treatment for their feature film idea. Greenacre will then decide which one that they would like to take to script with a paid script commission offered to the successful writer.

    We’re so excited to be moving forward with these amazing six writers and their projects, we can’t wait to see the next stage of the process!