Apparently, the BBC received about 3,000 submissions for their Summer Evening Play slot while CBBC's recent invite for one-page ideas received about 500 hopefuls. I got a rejection for the CBBC pitch but I've yet to hear about the Evening Play. I'm told they've made up a shortlist so I expect my rejection any day now...
Following on from last year's Writing Academy initiative, the BBC have now opened up a scheme for new Directors. Although, the course is three weeks long rather than the Writing Academy's one year programme. Details below:
BBC Continuing Drama Series - Directors' Academy 2006 Ref. 81021
Organisation: BBC Location: Central London
Date posted: 13 Mar 06
Closing date: 30 Mar 06
BBC Drama is launching a major new training initiative for 12 trainee directors that will entail classroom training, studio trailing and mentoring from some of the country's best directors. The academy will also cover instruction in all aspects of television production, and actual directing experience with the aim of offering successful graduates freelance directing contracts on our flagship shows. The course will take place over three weeks in June.
If you have had substantial production experience, had your directing work broadcast on television or radio, produced for the screen, or performed professionally in the theatre then please apply now! You'll need to send evidence of your work with your application.
London, three weeks' training
Applications to be received by 30 March.