Talent & Business
& Resources

Explore new opportunities and events for above the line talent, production companies and supply chain businesses.

We’ll post opportunities from across the industry, business resources from local and combined authorities here. This page is updated regularly, please check back.

Changemakers – TV Foundation

Bringing together ten TV professionals in a yearlong programme to put climate at the heart of the industry.

Whether you work in development or marketing, whether you’re in scripted or unscripted, as a Changemaker you will have ambitions to bring climate to the screen and want to join a supportive community of like-minded individuals to make that happen.  

Closing Date: Monday 17th June

Managing your Finances – Sunderland BIC

Understanding the financial considerations when starting & running a business is a vital part of the planning process. This session will cover the key phrases and wording used when recording business finances. 

The trainer will go over finance options and considerations around these options, basic bookkeeping tools and cover what HMRC say and the Tax and NI Contributions that will need to be considered.

Tuesday 18th June – Zoom

Aluna Labs 2024

Aluna Labs 2024 is the second edition of Aluna Entertainment’s talent development program, dedicated to nurturing female-identifying and non-binary writers, directors, and producers from across the UK.

The initiative has been crafted to develop your skills and relationships in film, through workshops, tailored Q&As, pitch forums and ongoing mentorship. Our aim is to assist you in advancing your debut feature project in a meaningful way, with guidance from and introductions to an array of industry professionals.

Closing Date: 29th June 2024

Genre Feature Lab from New Writing North and Film Four

Genre Feature Lab is a film development programme for writers from the North of England, including a two-day residential lab. Writers will be matched with a regional producer and benefit from ongoing development with an experienced script editor to help take their early-stage idea for a feature film into a compelling treatment and deck ready to present and pitch to Film4.

Closing Date: 1st July 2024

Production Finance Market – BFI London Film Festival

The Production Finance Market (PFM) is our annual two-day financing event for film, run in association with the BFI London Film Festival.

The main strand of the PFM is for projects presented by established producers with budgets above €1m (budget requirement does not apply to documentaries).

The New Talent Strand is for filmmaking teams applying with their first or second feature.

Closing Date: 8th July 2024

Santander X Award – Start Up

Santander is offering early-stage startups from across the UK the opportunity to win up to £25,000 equity-free funding and business support through the Santander X UK Awards 2024.

Three winners will receive up to £25,000 funding and go forward to represent the UK in the Santander X Global Award, Santander’s international early-stage entrepreneurship competition

Closing Date: 16th July 2024

Funny Features – Glasgow Film Festival

Are you developing a comedy feature? Is this your first or second feature? Our new talent development lab, Funny Features, is designed to support producers, writers and writer/directors looking to develop and finance comedy projects.  

Closing Date: 21st August 2024

The Essential Employment Law/ HR Masterclass – Delivered by Cultura HR Limited

Learn the skills and get the knowledge you need to ensure your business is adequately protected from day 1 of the employment relationship.     

This Employment Law/HR Masterclass will walk you through how to draft adverts, carry out the recruitment and selection process, draw up legally sound contracts of employment through to offering the correct salaries, benefits and reward systems, all aligned to your business strategy.   

Tuesday 10th September 2024

Expectation: 10-Page Call Out

Your level of experience doesn’t matter: we want to see your narrative comedy’s first 10 pages. Studio audience sitcoms, single camera comedies and comedy drama scripts are equally welcome. Nor are we bothered by the theme – what we care about is the content: we want to see great characters, great stories, and, of course, great jokes.

Closing Date: 30th September 2024

BBC Comedy Sitcom Project

We’re funding six writers’ rooms led by experienced showrunners to originate the next big UK sitcom with mainstream appeal.

We’re looking for sitcom treatments from UK based-production companies that have been originated and developed by an accomplished showrunner.

Closing Date: 30th September 2024

North East Growth Hub – NECA

The North East Combined Authority’s website showcasing their business support and funding. Includes toolkits for Starting Up, becoming Net Zero and lots of financial advice and funding opportunities.

Tees Valley Business Support – TVCA

Tees Valley Business Support website helps businesses based in Tees Valley access support, advice, programmes and contacts to help establish your business and make it thrive. Includes advice on finance and funding.

Net Zero Support – NECA

Resources for businesses based in the North East Combined Authority. Access useful downloads, guides, and other resources to help you with your net zero journey.

Net Zero Support – TVCA

Resources for businesses based in the Tees Valley Combined Authority. Get fully funded consultancy support and up to £2,000 grant funding for your business, alongside easy access to online tools and regular webinars and workshops.

Intellectual Property Support – NECA

Book an IP Surgery to ascertain how IP applies to what you do; understand the different types of IP; take action to avoid future IP infringement and get started with using IP protection.

You will also learn how to search IP registers and look at the application process to obtain registered IP protection.

BBC Comedy Short Film Brief

BBC Comedy Short Films are designed to give up and coming talent an opportunity to bring their comedy ideas to life. They’re a way for writers, directors and producers to develop and showcase exciting new worlds and memorable comedy characters.

We’re currently prioritising ideas that align close to our genre brief so we’re keen to hear comedy-first ideas that feature high gag rates and strong comic characters.