BBC Studios Writers' Academy
Terms & Conditions
1. To be eligible to apply for the BBC Studios Writers’ Academy 2022 you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be aged 18 years or over on 11 Marcg 2022.
- You must be a resident of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland.
- You must not be employed by, be in a financial relationship with or be, a live-in partner or immediate relative (i.e. mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister) of somebody employed by the BBC (including any wholly or partly owned associated or subsidiary companies of the BBC including BBC Studios), by BBC Studios and its affiliated independent production companies (the “Participating Companies”) or any person connected with the BBC Studios Writers’ Academy.
Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested. BBC Studios’ decision as to the eligibility of individual entrants will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
2. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. BBC Studios accepts no liability if entrants ignore these rules and entrants agree to fully indemnify BBC Studios against any claims by any third party arising from any breach of these rules.
3. If the submitted script has been through a development process with a production company, agent, training scheme etc. then this must be declared in the entry application accompanying your script.
4. Adaptations of third party material, novels, short stories, poems and short film scripts are ineligible and will be not be considered. Short film scripts shall be considered to be any script that is less than 30 minutes duration.
5. BBC Studios reserves the right not to read the candidate’s application if the candidate and/or submission is in breach of any of these terms and conditions and/or fails to meet the eligibility criteria.
Submission and Application Process
6. Entrants must submit:
- A CV, including agent details (if applicable), highlighting any credits or relevant experience (please note that the scheme does not require applicants to have any credits or agent representation); AND
- An original, full-length drama script, 30 minutes or longer (minimum 30 pages). The script can be written for film, television, theatre, or radio drama (the “Original Script”); AND
- A complete one-page pitch outlining an original series or serial idea for television, radio drama or podcast (the “Pitch Document”). The Pitch Document must be different idea from the Original Script and must not be, or have been, in development with any third party.
All material must be saved as PDF and submitted via the BBC Writersroom E-Submissions System
- Submissions open at 12 noon on Friday 11 March 2022.
- Your application must be legibly typed, formatted and written entirely in English.
- Writing partnerships consisting of two people (max) may apply. Any scripts submitted must be written by the partnership.
Adaptations of any third party material will not be accepted. Submissions must be the writer's original work, and may not be based wholly or in part, on the work of any other person, whether known, published, produced or not.
All submissions must be received by 12 noon on Sunday 3 April 2022. Entries received and/or submitted after this date shall not be reviewed and will not be eligible for consideration for the BBC Studios Writers’ Academy.
The Original Script and Pitch Document submitted during the application process will only be shared with those necessary to make a decision on applications. All submission material will be permanently deleted at the end of the application process.
7. All entrants will be notified of the outcome of their submission via the details provided on their E-Submissions account. Unfortunately, we shall not be able to give individual feedback on unsuccessful submissions.
8. By applying for the scheme, entrants warrant that they have legal capacity to enter the scheme and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
9. The review process will run from Monday 4 April 2022 up to and including 31 July 2022. BBC Studios reserves the right to alter this deadline, and any of the dates outlined below, at any time at its full discretion. In this event, a notice will be posted on this website.
The review process will proceed as follows:
All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of experienced script readers and BBC Studios Writers’ Academy staff, who will assess and discuss the applications against the criteria outlined above.
Applicant’s Original Scripts will get an initial ten-page read to assess whether they should receive a full script read. Applicants nominated the Participating Companies will automatically receive a full script read, however a full script read does not guarantee a place on any longlist or improve chances of being selected for the longlist.
Once all submissions which have been selected by the panel at Stage One have received a full script read, and Pitch Documents have been reviewed, a longlist of potential successful applicants shall be created.
Unsuccessful applicants will be notified via the Writersroom E-Submission System.
All longlisted writers shall be called to a workshop, essentially a group interview. The workshops will take place in either virtually or in-person in London, on July 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th 2022. Each longlisted writer will attend one of these days.
From the longlist, up to twenty writers will then be shortlisted for Stage Four.
Interviews for the shortlisted writers will take place either virtually or in-person in London, on July 25th, 26th, 27th 2022. A written exercise may be given in advance.
After the Stage Four interviews, a minimum of 8 writers will be selected to participate in the BBC Studios Writers’ Academy 2022.
Successful applicants will be notified by 31 July 2022 (such date subject to change at BBC Studios’ sole discretion)
10. BBC Studios’ decision as to who is selected for the BBC Studios Writers’ Academy 2022 shall be final. For the avoidance of doubt, the written submissions of any applicants who are not selected to participate in the BBC Studios Writers’ Academy shall not be used or exploited by BBC Studios.
BBC Studios Writers’ Academy Engagement
11. For the initial 13 weeks of the Writers’ Academy (the “Initial Training Period”), successful applicants (“Writers”) will be paid a fee of £500 per week (the “Fee”).
12. In addition to payment of the Fee, an accommodation allowance of £480 per week, and travel expenses will be paid to any Writers based outside of London TFL zones 1 - 6 during the 13 week Initial Training Period. BBC Studios shall not be responsible for any other expenses incurred unless agreed in writing in advance.
13. Following the Initial Training Period, writers will enter a 6 month “Development Period” where they will be working on a new original script and series bible (the “Development Work”). They will work part-time over 6 months and will be paid a total fee of £12,000 for this work. The Development Work will be subject to contract.
14. Following a development process (during the 6 month Development Period) ), the Participating Companies will read the Development Work. The Participating Companies will have an exclusive first look over the Development Work with the opportunity to take the Development Work into further development. The Participating Companies shall have 45 days from receipt of the Development Work to pass or proceed with further development on the Development Work. If a Participating Company wishes to take the Development Work into further development, the parties will enter into negotiations for the next appropriate stage of development. If the Participating Companies pass on the Development Work, the Writer and BBC Studios will enter into a turnaround agreement, which will allow the Development Work to be developed elsewhere, subject to repayment and credit.
15. After the Initial Training Period, Writers will participate in a series of ‘shadow script’ placements, over a period of 9 months (the “Shadow Script Period”). A shadow script is a non-broadcast episode of a series created by BBC Studios or its affiliated independent production companies. They will complete one or more CDS shadow script and one or more non-CDS script.
16. Throughout the Initial Training Period, the Development Period and for a period of 18 months following the end of the Initial Training Period (the “First Look Period”), the Participating Companies will have the right of first refusal over all scripted ideas created by the Writer. These ideas may be in the form of treatments, scripts and/or other forms created by the Writer (the “Writer’s Projects”). During the First Look Period, all Writer’s Projects must be shown to Participating Companies before being pitched elsewhere. The Participating Companies shall have 45 days to pass or accept the Writer’s Projects. If a Participating Company accepts a Writer’s Project, the parties will enter into good faith negotiations on further development of the Writer’s Project. If the Participating Companies pass on a Writer’s Project, the Writer is free to take the Writer’s Project to be developed elsewhere.
17. All writers selected by the BBC Studios Writers’ Academy shall be asked to participate in advertising, publicity and promotional events arranged by BBC Studios (the “Publicity”) in connection with the BBC Studios Writers’ Academy. By submitting your application, you agree and consent to participating in any Publicity reasonably requested by BBC Studios and consent to having your picture taken and/or being interviewed by BBC Studios when participating in the BBC Studios Writers’ Academy. You grant us the perpetual and worldwide right to use your name, likeness, photograph, interviews and the Publicity, in whole or in part, in or in connection with the promotion of the BBC Studios Writers’ Academy in any and all media.
18. BBC Studios reserves the right to disqualify any submission that breaches any of these terms and conditions.
19. BBC Studios reserves the right to disqualify applications that are inconsistent with the BBC Editorial Policy Guidelines or which may bring the BBC, and BBC Studios into disrepute.
20. If you have any convictions other than spent convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (as amended), unfortunately you shall not be eligible to participate in the BBC Studios Writers’ Academy. Furthermore, you must notify us immediately if there are any criminal charges brought against you after the date of your submission, during the application process and/or (for successful applicants) during the Writers Academy – as we reserve the right to disqualify your application.
21. BBC Studios reserves the right to cancel or alter the scheme at any stage, including members of the interview panel if deemed necessary in its reasonable opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control (such as fire, flood, fire, acts of terrorism or acts of good). In this event, a notice will be posted on this website.
23. These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales.