WFTV Writers’ Group: Writing for Children’s Television

For December’s Writers’ Group, host Christina Pickworth will be in conversation with Hannah Rodger, Senior Development Producer, and Esther Jackson-Burton, Assistant Script Editor, from the Scripted Development Team at BBC Children’s.

Hannah and Esther will be talking about the content they make in-house at BBC Children’s (Live Action Scripted), what they do and how they work with writers. This session is for anyone interested in writing for Children’s television.

Speakers

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HANNAH RODGER

Senior Development Producer in the Scripted Development Team, BBC Children’s

Hannah Rodger’s particular focus is on high concept, international co-production projects for a children’s and family audience. Prior to working at BBC Children’s Hannah worked for BBC Writersroom, Nickelodeon and Virgin Media.

She has worked in development at Disney for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and also writes scripts.

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ESTHER JACKSON-BURTON

Assistant Script Editor in the Scripted Development Team, BBC Children’s

Esther is currently in production working on My Mum Tracy Beaker for the CBBC audience. She has just finished script editing a short monologue for teens which will go out on BBC iPlayer.

Esther looks after script submissions for the Scripted Development team and has a passion for finding stories from underrepresented voices which reflect the lives and experience of the BBC Children’s audience.

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CHRISTINA PICKWORTH

Agent, Imagine Talent

Christina is an agent for writers and directors at a small, bespoke agency Imagine Talent, with a list that focuses on emerging talent and female voices. Christina has written feature films, consulted for production companies and financiers, and freelanced at United Agents, as well as spending several years working in film development finance for a fund that invested in 300 British film projects over 3 years.

 

Christina has previously sat on the selection committee for the BAFTA Rocliffe screenwriting competitions. She was the assistant chair for the Fremantle UK New Talent Award, as part of the Women in Film & Television Awards 2012 and has been a mentor for First Light.

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