Calling all TV drama scriptwriters

Posted Sunday 11 Mar 2018

If scriptwriting for television drama is your calling, then this is the opportunity you've been waiting for. Script to Screen Te Tari Tuhi Kupu a Whakaahua's brand new pilot programme EPISODIC LAB AOTEAROA is the first of its kind in New Zealand. Writers and/or teams with a track record will compete for eight places in the pilot Episodic Lab, where they will workshop their concepts with experienced television writer advisors from New Zealand, Australia and beyond. The programme starts with five immersive days working on story after which participants go on to receive follow up mentoring and support,
including introductions to the executives of episodic television platforms, production houses
and funders. Applications will be open from late March until the end of April, and the five-day lab takes
place in Auckland July 23-27.

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IMDB stats show women-led films more profitable

Posted Sunday 11 Mar 2018

Well, here are some interesting statistics to chew over. Oscar-nominated films with a woman in the starring role are more profitable than their male-led counterparts, according to BBC analysis. Female-led films earn higher box office returns - despite usually lower production budgets.
Just 28% of films nominated for an Oscar since 2013 have had an actress taking top billing. Oscar-nominated films with a clearly definable female lead were 33% more profitable than male-led films, when comparing US box office and production budget.
Among 2017's 100 top-grossing US films, those with a female lead earned back more on their budgets - led by The Last Jedi starring Daisy Ridley, which made �442.7 million (about $NZ841.8 million).
This is partly driven by box office returns that are 7% higher on average than their male-led counterparts, but to a greater extent because the majority of female-led films have significantly lower budgets.
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