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Four Days in June

Date posted: 29.05.2007

To launch Channel 4’s new 4Talent resource and as part of the channel’s 25th anniversary celebrations, Channel 4 announce an exclusive series of events called Four Days in June.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to attend seminars and masterclasses with various Channel 4 commissioning executives, as well as high profile on and off screen talent.

11 June - Making It Big
Peter Carlton, Senior Commissioning Executive for Film4, will chair a discussion about how to build a career in the film industry with some of the most talented people working in film today – including Kevin Macdonald (Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void) and Peter Morgan (The Queen, Last King of Scotland, The Deal).

The discussion will focus on how each of the panellists got into the industry, provide practical tips and advice about how to move your film career to the next step, and analyse what makes a drama work on the big screen.

12 June - Making ‘Em Laugh
Boyd Hilton, TV Editor for HEAT Magazine, will chair a discussion about how to make comedy work on TV. He will be talking to Andrew Newman, Head of Entertainment at Channel 4, the writers of Peep Show, Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, as well as award-winning producer and writer Ash Atalla (The Office, The IT Crowd).

They will look at how comedy gets commissioned, what makes a script work, how ideas are developed and talk about how their careers have developed personally. The session will provide practical, useful advice about how to develop an entertainment career on TV.

13 June - Making it Multimedia
Martha Lane Fox, co-founder of and Channel 4 board member, will chair a discussion on the increasing importance for broadcasters and producers to build online communities and provide dynamic content for multimedia audiences.

She will be talking to James Kirkham from digital strategists Holler who developed the marketing campaign for E4’s Skins, Adam Gee, Channel 4’s Commissioning Editor, New Media Factual and specialists from the commercial world of new media.

14 June - Pitch Up
An exclusive opportunity to pitch your idea for a TV programme format to a panel of commissioners from Channel 4’s features department, responsible for award-winning shows such as How Clean Is Your House?, You Are What You Eat, 10 Years Younger, Grand Designs and Location, Location, Location.

Participants will be chosen on the strength of a submitted features idea and following a panel discussion with the commissioners, will spend the afternoon developing a selection of their ideas with leading independent production companies.

At the end of the day, five worked up ideas will be pitched to the commissioners who will then give their feedback and award one person the sum of £2,000 to assist them in developing their idea further.

The number of places available for each day will be extremely limited. All entries must be received by midnight on Friday 1 June 2007.

Full details on availability, timings, locations, how to apply and application criteria can be found on the 4Talent website.

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