EXCLUSIVE: The Writers Lab UK & Ireland, the international offshoot of the script development program for writers over 40 who identify women, has confirmed its mentors for 2021.
On the list are: actor and producer Ruth Wilson; producer Tanya Qureshi of I can destroy you (and now editor-in-chief, BBC Comedy); writer and producer Abby Ajayi of How to get away with a murder; showrunner Angela Kang from The walking dead; actor, writer and producer Sharon Horgan of Disaster; and screenwriter Meg LeFauve of Captain Marvel.
Submissions are now open until April 20 for the initiative which will run June 10-13 in a virtual capacity, with post-lab online mentoring over the following months. Dirty Films, the production company run by Cate Blanchett, Andrew Upton and Coco Francini with development producer Georgie Pym, is supporting the program.
The Writers Lab UK & Ireland was founded by Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon in partnership with UK development producers Julia Berg and Ruth Spencer from Untamed Stories. It will be produced in association with Mia Bays ‘Birds’ Eye View and New York Women in Film & Television, with support from Screen Scotland, Screen Skills Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen and Ffilm Cymru Wales & BFI NETWORK with funding from the National Lottery.
The American embodiment of the program, which was founded in 2015, is supported by Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Oprah Winfrey.