The new inaugural, year-long screenwriting programme is at its halfway mark and it’s time to meet the writers.
The programme is led by screenwriter Bisha K. Ali, who was part of the writing team for the first series of Netflix’s Sex Education as well as the Head Writer for the new Marvel Disney+ show Ms. Marvel which premieres this week.
The programme aims to give the writers an opportunity to join a Sky or Netflix writers room and give them their first television writing credit.
Out of the near 2000 applications, six were selected to be a part of the programme. They are Asad Ullah, Daniel T. David, Kayla Hendy, Kim Taylor, Lewis Wren and Robyn Ahern. The chosen applicants represent a diverse, culturally rich Britain, which is arguably exactly what the TV industry needs right now.
All applicants had to submit a full script to be considered for the programme and demonstrate “an authentic and original voice.” The screenwriting programme is part of Sky and Netflix’s on-going attempts to improve representation and offer opportunities across the UK.
Bisha K. Ali said of the programme: “I’m so proud to see the creative growth of the talented and driven writers selected for our Screenwriters’ Fellowship. The world of screenwriting is a historically difficult one to break into, made even more challenging by the systemic issues within our industry.
“Our Fellowship doesn’t purport to have all the answers, but we aspire to be a part of the movement towards a more inclusive industry. I know that our spectacular inaugural Fellows have long creative careers ahead of them, and will go on to be vital storytellers across multiple genres and mediums. Remember their names – I’m sure you’ll be seeing them again in the credits of your favourite new shows!”