WRITERS & DIRECTORS
We want to be the most creative production company in the industry, believe that a vibrant creative culture helps produce extraordinary projects and that the key to that lies in mentoring.
So we’re thrilled to have ITV, the BBC and Screenskills as partners and funders for our new writer and new director schemes.
In April 2021, Dancing Ledge Productions and ITV announced eight A-list writers as mentors to eight new rising stars (chosen by their mentors) in the company’s New Talent Scheme established with Screenskills. The initiative is aimed at discovering and nurturing a new generation of TV writers. Confirmed as mentors for this year’s iteration are Abby Ajayi (How To Get Away With Murder, Four Weddings And A Funeral), Jesse Armstrong (Succession, Peep Show), Chris Chibnall (Dr Who, Broadchurch), Charlie Covell (The End of the F***ing World), Lisa McGee (Derry Girls, The Deceived), Paula Milne (The Politician’s Wife, Small Island) and Sarah Phelps (Agatha Christie, Dublin Murders). Each will choose a new writer whose work they have been impressed by and who will be given a non-refundable bursary and write a pilot episode for their own original series. The mentor will also help place the project with a production company and/or broadcaster. The timeframe is flexible for each partnership, but will take place throughout 2021. The mentees chosen so far are: Abraham Adeyemi (mentored by Jesse Armstrong), Alex Straker, Nessa Wrafter (mentored by Lisa McGee), Tina Pasotra (mentored by Charlie Covell), Victoria Ibitoye (mentored by Abby Ajayi). The remainder will be chosen and announced throughout the year.
The first generation of the scheme in 2018 paired A List writers Jimmy McGovern, Jack Thorne, Sally Wainwright, Levi David Addai, Kay Mellor, Paul Abbott, Jed Mercurio, Lucy Prebble and Amanda Coe with writer mentees Tony Schumacher, Daniel Brierley, Sharma Walfall, Nicole Lecky, Yero Timi-Biu, Grace Knight, Temni Wilkey, Rose Cartwright and Scott Mather.