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The Future of TV Writing -The Writers’ Room vs The Single Voice?

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Leeds Beckett University

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The Future of TV Writing:

The Writers’ Room vs The Single Voice?



Speakers:

Dominic Minghella: Writer, Producer & Showrunner - Robin Hood, Doc Martin, The Scapegoat, Knightfall

Sophie Petzal: Writer - Riviera, The Last Kingdom, Wolfblood, Medici: Masters of Florence.

Vinay Patel: Writer - Murdered by my Father, Good Karma Hospital.

Lisa Holdsworth: Writer/WGGB Deputy Chair - Emmerdale, New Tricks, Robin Hood, Midsomer Murders.



The TV drama landscape is changing. The influence of on-demand services Netflix and Amazon are changing how we watch television. But are they changing how television is being written. Do longer series mean that the US writers’ room system is coming to the UK? And does that mean there will be more opportunities for new writers? Will that system provide an actual career structure for those writers?

Or do bigger budgets and higher stakes mean that production companies are more risk adverse? Are they only now interested in established names? And if this is the case, how can writers break through and prove themselves to be a “safe pair of hands”?

This event will bring together experienced writers to discuss what the future may hold for up and coming television writers. Including those currently studying at The Northern Film School, who are kindly hosting this event. And perhaps more importantly there will be a discussion about how the WGGB can best secure fair minimum terms and working practises for all writers at all stages of their career. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

The future will be televised. And someone has to write it. The question is “Who?

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