NFM launches ITV's VERA inspired writing challenge

Posted: 1st November 2011

Cracking Crime will see Northern Film & Media hold a series of workshops, delivered by a range of industry experts, covering adaptation, character development and visual storytelling.  Successful participants will be assigned a mentor/script editor and will be introduced to Vera producer Elaine Collins, who will talk them through the script process on Vera.

Cracking Crime is Northern Film & Media’s first drama specific talent development programme. In 2010, the agency launched the Bob Mortimer fronted comedy initiative Jesting About with the BBC and documentary filmmaking programme NE Doc with Channel 4.  Jesting About produced six online and radio commissions and two documentary filmmakers are in development with Channel 4, thanks to NE Doc.

A second series of Vera was green lit by ITV earlier this year after drawing average viewing figures of 6.6 million. Four more instalments of the crime drama starring Brenda Blethyn and David Leon are currently being shot across the North East. The show has previously been tipped as a successor to Frost by ITV Director of Television Peter Fincham.

Agnes Wilkie, Creative Director, Northern Film & Media said: “ITV has a dazzling track-record of delivering award-winning popular drama. Following the format of our successful talent development industry partnerships, Cracking Crime is the perfect opportunity for North East writers to advance their creative credentials with ITV Drama.”

Cracking Crime is supported by the ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-13. The ERDF programme is bringing over £300 million into the North East to boost the region’s innovation, enterprise and business support services.

Interested parties will be required to submit a treatment for an episode of no more than 2000 words by 5pm, Friday 11 November. Contact Joanna@northernmedia.org for further information. This initiative is only open to writers based in North East England.

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