Idris Elba Teams Up With Lionsgate for UK Screenwriting Competition (Submissions Now Open)
Photo Credit: Idris Elba - LUTHER

Idris Elba Teams Up With Lionsgate for UK Screenwriting Competition (Submissions Now Open)

Idris Elba
Idris Elba – “Luther” / BBC America

Idris Elba’s Green Door Pictures production banner is teaming up with Lionsgate UK to launch a screenwriting competition for UK residents who want to get into the TV drama series writing business.

Named the “Write to Green Light initiative,” the contest aims to discover new voices for television in the UK, and will draw from a pool of UK resident writers with their own original material.

Ten scripts will be shortlisted from all entries received, from which three finalists scripts will be selected for a live reading in London. The winning script will then be announced at that live event, with the winning writer receiving a paid option with Green Door and Lionsgate UK to potentially develop their script as a series for production.

The competition is open to both experienced writers with professional credits and writers with no professional credits at all.





Elba, along with Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa, will be members of a panel of industry experts who will judge the entries.

“We are excited to be partnering with Lionsgate UK on ‘Write to Green Light’ to search out and support new TV voices,” Elba said. “We are proud to support new and diverse talent at Green Door Pictures and look forward to discovering fresh writing voices, through this competition, to add to the family.”

Kamasa added, “Partnering with Idris and Green Door Pictures on this project underscores our ongoing commitment to nurturing and supporting creative talent. I’m excited to see what new talent will be discovered.”

The contest is now open for submissions until August 8. Although, unfortunately, the press release does not mention where submissions are being accepted. A second announcement might be forthcoming. Unless those in the UK already have this information.


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