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Tony Jordan’s annual screenwriting competition partners with ITV for 2018

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An annual prize for emerging screenwriters is partnering with ITV for the first time, in a move that will see the winner commissioned by the broadcaster.

Red Planet Pictures has run a writing prize since 2007 but this year has partnered with ITV Drama.

As well as a script commission, the winning writer will receive development opportunities with ITV.

Red Planet Pictures, formed by Tony Jordan, has produced series including Dickensian and Death in Paradise.

Its competition is looking for “writers who can create characters that make audiences sit up and unmissable stories that demand to be watched”.

Up to 10 shortlisted writers will be invited to a pitching session with Jordan, ITV head of drama Polly Hill and Victoria Fea, ITV’s senior drama commissioner. They will be joined by actor Adrian Lester.

The shortlisted candidates will be asked to write the first 10 pages of their original idea, with up to four invited to a final interview, from which the winner will be chosen.

Jordan said: “Every year it is a joy to uncover, develop and work with new talent, and we are delighted to partner with ITV Drama for 2018 to provide a much needed platform for the next generation of writers for television to get their first break, and in turn to bring fresh ideas and voices in to the industry.”

Lester added: “While there are unlimited stories to be told there are not unlimited opportunities for new writers to tell their stories, which is why the Red Planet Prize is so extraordinary.”

Submissions are open from February 1-9, 2018 via the Red Planet Pictures website, redplanetpictures.co.uk

The winner will be announced in summer 2018.

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