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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.