The good folks at the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain have kindly reprinted a post of mine in the Winter 2008 edition of the UK Writer newsletter. The post (from September 2008) gave a quick Cook’s tour of recent(ish) research examining the UK’s screenwriting and development scene.
It called for an ongoing commitment to monitoring diversity in the profession, and regular surveys to keep tabs on the scale and nature of development activity. I suggested the WGGB should be involved in some capacity, along with other bodies with a vested interest (like Pact and the UK Film Council). We’ll see if anyone steps up to the mark.
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And in this season of giving, Initialize has a generous introductory offer: during December you can get two script reports for £80 plus VAT (the full price for a detailed 6-8 page report on a feature-length script from January 2009 will be £70 plus VAT).