Trans Comedy have joined forces with BBC Writersroom to launch The Trans Comedy Award, a talent search to encourage writers to promote a positive portrayal of transgender peple in mainstream comedy. The Trans Comedy Award provides an opportunity for the transgender community and members of the general public to portray transgender characters and the transgender experience in an affirming manner.
They are looking for original comedy sitcoms, comedy dramas or sketch shows featuring transgender characters and/or themes and written for television. An award of up to £5,000 will be shared between the selected writer(s) to develop a pilot or taster.
The Trans Comedy Award will be judged by Ian Critchley (BBC Head of Creative Resources), Jon Plowman (Executive Producer, BBC Comedy), Kate Rowland (BBC Creative Director of New Writing) and a comedy writer/actor to be announced.
This opportunity is open to any writer as long as the work submitted is not currently in development or under consideration for development and has not previously been produced by any broadcaster or production company.
Entries open on January 14th, with a few more details available from January 11th. The deadline is Thursday 28th February . Please go http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/transcomedy-award