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Global Creative Business Cup Award

image_cbc_logoCreative England is looking for the UK’s best creative entrepreneur
to compete in the global Creative Business Cup competition. First prize
is a fully financed acceleration programme worth $50,000.
If you would like to be considered, please send an email to
Johanna.bolhoven@creativeengland.co.uk detailing why you deserve
to be recognised with the Creative Business Cup Award,
(in no more than 200 words). The deadline for expressions of interest
is Monday 24 June 2013.

For more information visit www.creativebusinesscup.com

23rd May 2013

Royal Television Society Awards open for submissions: deadline 4 January 2013

The Royal Television Society Southern Centre will be staging its annual awards on the 15th February 2013 at Winchester Guildhall.

It is a very popular and prestigious evening, which offers encouragement to the region’s creative talent and highlights the quality of programming and new media content produced in Southern England.

There are 17 awards that recognise excellence in production, craft, presentation, reporting, technical skills and cover

a wide range of programme genres which this year also includes online content. If you or your colleagues would like to enter for any of the awards email info@rtssouth.org.uk



8th November 2012

Creative Skillset Employment Census – Take Part

Here at Creative Skillset, we are now conducting our eighth Employment Census.

Creative Skillset, supported by Wessex Media are asking tens of thousands of
companies to take part in an industry-wide census: Do you want to be one of them?
Help us make sure that the our industry has the information it needs to thrive in
the global market.
By completing the census you will be directly influencing how Creative Skillset uses
and levers funds to ensure we have a highly skilled, world class workforce.
It is more important than ever that you take part – in this challenging economic
climate our industry needs to be armed with as much information as possible to
ensure that work responds to the changing needs of the sector.

As many employers as possible are being urged to fill in a questionnaire on census
day – Wednesday, July 4th – or as close as possible to that date.
You can complete the census online at www.creativeskillset.org/census. Remember if
you don’t take part you can’t be counted.

For further information please contact Anna Chourdaki
annac@creativeskillset.org 020 7713 9820

3rd July 2012

Documentary Doctor Comes to Southampton

Author of Trailer Mechanics comes to Southampton Guildhall on 21st June June, 2012 – Strawberry Lantern Events CIC is hosting a seminar, Packaging Your Documentary for Fundraising and Financing, where Academy Award Nominee Fernanda Rossi will be speaking about how to make your documentary more appealing to potential investors. Pitch, synopsis and taster! They can be a money-making trio for your documentary film or the cause of every rejection letter you’ll ever get. This will cover how to best represent your project verbally, in writing and with audiovisual material with clear point by point explanations and analysis of before/after samples.Her book will be available for purchasing at a discount and signing.

Internationally renowned speaker and story consultant Fernanda Rossi has doctored more than 300 fiction scripts, fundraising samples and documentaries, including two nominated for the Academy Award® and many that received funds from ITVS in the U.S. and NFB in Canada. She has given her lectures in more than 12 countries for more than 40 film organizations and at all major world markets and conferences, including Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Sunny Side of the Doc. In addition, she’s a much sought-after trainer for special programs such Doc Campus and grant evaluator for foundations. Her columns and articles have been published in trade publications and her book Trailer Mechanics: How to Make Your Documentary SUPPORTED BY Fundraising Demo, 2nd Edition, March 2012, is according to industry professionals the bible on demo production.

Fernanda Rossi will be Southampton Guildhall Lecture Theatre on the 21st June and then on the 25th June, in Bristol following on from speaking at the internationally renowned Sheffield Doc/Fest. Refreshments will be provided at both venues. Doors open at 3pm. Tickets are available online: http://documentarydoctor.eventbrite.com or for more information please visit www.strawberrylantern.co.uk/event

1st June 2012

South West Companies Meet the Commissioners

The Media Innovation Network will be hosting a special event with BBC4and BBC South West on Monday 14th May.  Media companies from across the region will be given a chance to “Meet the Commissioners” when Richard Klein from BBC4 and Simon Willis from BBC South Westgive a special briefing to producers in Plymouth.

 The event will take place at Foot Anstey’s Salt Quay House HQ on Sutton Harbour and it begins at 2pm.  As well as listening to a general briefing some companies have also taken advantage of an opportunity for a one to one meeting with Richard.

Richard Klein became the Controller of BBC Four in December 2008.  Since he has been at the channel, Richard has overseen BBC Four’s highest-rating programme, Gracie! (1.5m) – which was part of the Women We Loved season of dramas. Other successes include the topical On Expenses drama (0.83m); Chemistry – A Volatile History (0.66m); Paul Merton Looks At Alfred Hitchcock (0.51m); The Art Of Russia (series average 0.4m); A History Of Christianity (series average 0.44m); and Newswipe With Charlie Brooker, which recently won the RTS award for best Entertainment programme.

The event is just one of the ways in which the Media Innovation Network supports and promotes creative companies in the South West and it is the latest in a series of training and business development events on offer.

Karen Stockdale, Manager of the Media Innovation Network, said “Opportunities for producers to hear about commissioning requirements are rare and we’re delighted that Richard Klein has chosen to talk to South West based companies.  This will be an amazing opportunity for producers to find out about the channel targets and output, and to hear about their programme and multi-platform requirements.”

For further information and to register to attend the event go to: www.mediainnovationnetwork.com/events/

9th May 2012