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Screenworks GM Ken Crouch at Friday's announcement.
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Northern Rivers Screenworks has selected five local writers to work with some of the best television screenwriters and production houses in the business as part of their unique writers room placement program.

The writers had all recently submitted examples of their script writing as part of their application to the Screenworks’ Inside the Writers Room Program, which is designed to give regionally-based emerging writers a chance to participate.

Each of the writers will receive an all expenses paid trip to a capital city to observe and experience writers rooms being run by some of Australia’s leading production companies as they work and develop story into a television script.

Carly Lorente, writer and Newrybar resident is wasting no time and is on a plane to to Sydney today to start her placement opportunity. Carly will be working on a new drama series with CJZ (Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder), whose catalogue includes House of Hancock (Nine Network), The Ex PM (ABC), Gruen (ABC), Bondi Rescue (Network Ten) and Go Back To Where You Came From (SBS).

‘I’m thrilled to be sitting in the very room where the ideas and concepts of some of Australia’s best original television are nutted out. You know all those times you wish you were a fly on the wall? I can’t wait to soak it all in. It’s every writer’s dream’ says Lorente.

Jesse Blackadder is an award-winning novelist based in Myocum who has published three adult and three junior novels and is keen to expand in to professional screenwriting. Jesse will experience a writers room at the award-winning Matchbox Pictures (Glitch, Old School, The Slap). Matchbox Pictures recently won Production Business of the Year award the 15th annual Screen Producers Australia Awards.

Rebecca Ingram of Wilsons Creek is currently developing a series, and teaches Screen and Media at various TAFE campuses in the region. Rebecca will take advantage of an upcoming writers room opportunity with Ambience Entertainment (Tomorrow When The War Began). Ambience Entertainment and the ABC announced earlier this year that it would be producing an exciting new production of Tomorrow When The War Began for ABC3.

Anne Shepperson of Byron Bay has a Diploma in Film from SAE Institute and is a writer / producer / editor of various short films. Anne will get to experience a writers room at one of the top comedy production companies in the country, Jungle (The Moodys, Elegant Gentleman’s Guide To Knife Fighting).

Andy Bambach, a filmmaker from Suffolk Park with over 30 years industry experience, will head off and connect with the Neighbours team at FreemantleMedia Australia, where they will be plotting and editing an upcoming episode. Andy has also recently produced a short film Peta Puppets as part of Screenworks Createability project which was aired on ABC News 24 on December 3.

‘This year, we have been able to increase the number of writer placements from three, up to five. This is thanks to strong ongoing support from Screen NSW and the NSW State Government’ explained Screenworks General Manager, Ken Crouch.

‘This project also wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of some of Australia’s leading production companies. We’re really proud of the relationships that we have built with these production companies: Matchbox Pictures, Jungle, Ambience Entertainment, FreemantleMedia Australia, and a welcome addition to the program, CJZ; and the opportunities that we can provide for local screenwriters as part of this program’ continued Crouch.

‘We are so grateful for their commitment to supporting Northern Rivers emerging writers and the development of Australian content for our screens.’

Go here for more information about Screenworks’ Inside the Writers Room program.

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