Scottish screen body teams up with Edinburgh Fringe to find the next Fleabag
Scotland’s film and TV funding body is partnering with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time in a bid to uncover new shows that can be developed for screen.
The pilot initiative has been set up to connect film and TV producers with Scotland-based theatre and comedy talent performing at the fringe in the hope that it will inspire the creation of new projects.
Notable past successes in this area include Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag, which began life at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 and was later adapted for television by the BBC. The show’s second series was recently nominated for 11 Emmy awards.
Screen Scotland said the scheme – Screen Fringe – would capitalise on the growth of high-end TV and film production that has followed the expansion of Netflix and Amazon, in addition to contributing to recent pushes for publicly funded TV and film in the UK to be made outside London.
It will be led by producer Lizzie Brown, on behalf of Screen Scotland, who will work with the Edinburgh Fringe organisers to create itineraries for individual delegates in search of talent, material and intellectual property.
Brown said: “Plenty of film and TV producers already engage with the fringe to track talent and material but the Screen Scotland pilot this year will involve learning from the screen industries and the Fringe Forward offer to make the fringe more accessible.”
Fringe Forward is an initiative founded in 2018 to connect industry professionals with new talent and their work at the fringe.
Brown added: “We’ll also focus on exploring how the programme can be developed to encourage more of the film and TV industry to see the Edinburgh Fringe as a place to engage with and pick up new talent and properties for development.”
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