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Applications open for Greenlight Screenwriting Lab with veteran script consultant Philip Shelley
22 Feb 2023 : Nathan Griffin
Greenlight Screenwriting Lab
Danú Media, in association with Greasán na Meán Skillnet and National Talent Academy/Screen Ireland has partnered with Philip Shelley on a new script writing development programme.

Galway based production company Danú Media are launching a new Script Writing Development Programme - Greenlight Screenwriting Lab.  Course Director, Philip Shelley, has run the Channel 4 Screenwriting Course for 13 years and through that has worked with much of the best new talent in UK screenwriting.

Philip runs his own script consultancy working with screenwriters and production companies. He writes a fortnightly newsletter on screenwriting via the website. On partnering with Danú Media Philip said: “I was delighted to be approached by Siobhán and Danú Media to run this new initiative to discover and work with new Irish dramatic writing talent. Ireland has such a rich history in dramatic writing, and so many recent successes in film and TV, so I can’t wait to get stuck in to working with new Irish writers and the stories they want to tell.”

Greenlight Screenwriting will provide support and up-skilling opportunities to a new generation of emerging script writers and script editors through hands on industry-led training and mentoring and will contribute to and enhance the Irish screen Industry.

With the support of the Screen Ireland National Talent Academy and Greasán na Meán Skillnet, Greenlight Screenwriting Lab will offer an opportunity for six new script writers to be mentored by Philip and other industry professionals to develop a new TV drama series.  In addition to this, the programme will also offer shadow opportunities for three people interested in script editing. Nadine Flynn, who works with Danú Media as Development Executive, will be heavily involved in the course - with experience as a script editor herself.

It goes without saying that Ireland is full of emerging and exciting talent when it comes to screenwriting, and so we are delighted to be able to partner with Philip, and devise this new course, in the hopes that it will nurture that talent while also creating opportunities and training for script editors. It’s important to us that we continue to support our industry, and we’re confident that Greenlight Screenwriting Lab will do just that,” said Flynn.

The initiative was launched as part of the Fís TV summit on February 2nd, 2023, and the application window is now open.  The successful six writers will be notified by the end of April 2023 and will then work on their idea for six months, through in-person weekend workshops and one to one meetings and feedback.  Guest speakers and industry professionals will also play an important part in the scheme.

Greenlight Screenwriting Lab will be open to any writer’s resident on the Island of Ireland and also any Irish writers who may be resident overseas.  Criteria around Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion will also be taken into account when short-listing writers for interview. 

The working language of the training will be English; however, we particularly welcome writers who are fluent in Irish and wish to write material in Irish.

Click here for more information about the course.

For any other queries, please contact Nadine Flynn, Development Executive at Danú Media. (nadine@danumedia.com).

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