WRITERS CALL OUT: BE PART OF THE NEIGHBOURS STORY

Film Victoria and FremantleMedia are once again on the lookout for early to mid career Victorian writers for three placement opportunities on the iconic Melbourne based series, Neighbours.

Successful applicants will spend six weeks full‐time, working in the script department attending plotting meetings, contributing story ideas and have the opportunity to write a spec script.

The call out continues the successful collaboration between Film Victoria and FremantleMedia in providing development opportunities to early career Victorian screen creatives. A four year package will see the continued roll out of upskilling opportunities on the popular soap which films 250 episodes a year.

Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley said: “Both in front of the camera, and behind the scenes, Neighbours has been a breeding ground for generations of Victorian creatives. Film Victoria’s partnership with FremantleMedia provides the opportunity for writers to take the next step in their careers. It is part of our commitment to backing local talent and to securing Victoria’s reputation as the creative state.”

Film Victoria CEO, Caroline Pitcher said: “Our skills development placements provide strong reciprocal benefits. For early career writers, they receive on the job coaching working with some of Australia's most experienced writers and producers in a fast paced writers room whilst productions like Neighbours benefits from hearing some of the exciting new voices coming from early career practitioners. It’s a win win situation for Victoria’s screen industry.”

Successful recipients will undertake their placement in a six week block between August and December 2018, subject to the production schedule.

Neighbours’ Executive Producer, Jason Herbison said “Neighbours has a very rich history of developing and nurturing writing talent in Australia. We are thrilled to partner with Film Victoria to find the next generation of storytellers. The fast paced, never ending narrative of Ramsay Street means there’s no better place to hone the craft of writing for television.”

Applications are now open and close 5pm Wednesday 6 June 2018. Applicants should review the eligibility criteria and guidelines before applying.