Duly Noted 2023!
We launched Duly Noted 2021 (DN21) as a training programme for people in comedy and drama development. The workshops were designed to skill up aspiring script editors, arming them with a practical understanding of production and a support network.
The launch exceeded our expectations, with more than 200 applications. Eventually we selected five promising, talented, and kind individuals: Andin Ngwa, Amir Amirsolimani, David Cheung, Marissa Ogbeide, and Uju Enendu.
Then, for Duly Noted 2022 (DN22) we had a better understanding of the range of exclusion in scripted television. It is mountainous. It’s entirely intersectional. We decided that approaching it singularly reinforces barriers. As a result, DN22 accepted applications from all people from historically excluded groups; this included aspiring script editors who identified as Deaf, disabled, neurodivergent, LGBTQ+ and from lower socio economic and/or ethnically diverse backgrounds, from across the UK. We selected a skilled, bright and brilliant final cohort: Andrea Royer, Annie Lockhart, Jon Champion, Lily Shahmoon, Mpona Lebajoa, and Zak Abby.
Now, for Duly Noted 2023 (DN23), we plan to deliver wholly inclusive training with the support of the BBC and Sony Pictures Television, with additional support from Screen Scotland. We’re excited to collaborate so closely with partners who share a passion for changing our landscape. Our joint ambition is to scale up and skill up this year’s cohort. This year, after reflecting on our DN cohorts so far, we have a specific focus on increasing the representation of participants from all over the UK! We have considered the formula of the scheme, injecting funding into regional and national placements, and increasing opportunities for people outside of London. In 2022, we saw the profoundly positive impact of adding professional placements to the scheme. This year, in 2023, we will target the regions and the nations of the UK, investing in work across the UK, which is imperative to the mission of Duly Noted.
So, how does it work?
The Duly Noted scheme consists of a week long bootcamp training in a fully accessible venue, in Central London, which will prepare the cohort for on-the-ground placements in production which will follow the workshop stage, and will be based all over the UK. The placements will span a twelve-week period between May – September. The roles will vary depending on demands of the production, while taking into account participant experience, location and requirements.
The training will take place in May, prior to a production-based Assistant Script Editor placement for each member of the scheme, earning the DN23 cohort their first broadcast credits. Placements will be facilitated by the BBC and Sony, and will be in partnership with well-established producers who share our ethos of inclusion and change.
We will continue to facilitate a feedback loop between the participants of DN21 and DN22 and this years final cohort. Some members of the DN21 and DN22 cohort will return to facilitate and mentor the participants in this year’s group.
We feel it’s important to not only train up and pay the knowledge forward, but also vital that we nourish and sustain a network of emerging editorial brains who’ll likely be the leaders of our industry tomorrow.
Who can apply?
As always applications are open to all people from historically excluded groups; this includes aspiring script editors who are Deaf, disabled, neurodivergent, LGBTQ+ and from lower socio economic and/or ethnically diverse backgrounds. We highly encourage applications from across the UK. Ideal candidates will have a track record focused on editorial. We’re looking for individuals with script reading and script development experience (or transferrable skills) under their belts. However, we very much welcome applications from people who’re looking to crossover from other TV or Film production roles.
Is it paid?
To support costs of travel, accommodation and equipment hire, Duly Noted is offered as a paid training opportunity. Participants are compensated for their time during the workshop series and throughout their production role as Assistant Script Editors.
How do I apply?
The submissions window has now closed. Thank you to all who applied.
Please note that we will only use personal information supplied to us for the reasons it has been provided. We will only hold information for as long as necessary to fulfil that purpose. We will not pass information to any other parties unless this is made clear at the time supplied. In this instance, we will share personal information with prospective mentors to help support applications. All parties who have access to personal data or are associated with the handling of that data are obliged to respect confidentiality.