Greg Daniels to Chair BAFTA Rocliffe Event At New York Television Festival
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Rocliffe today announced that Greg Daniels, the multi-award-winning showrunner of hit comedy The Office and co-creator of King of the Hill and Parks and Recreation, will chair the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum at this year's New York Television Festival (NYTVF). The event, which introduces new British comedy writers to the US television industry, takes place on Wednesday, October 23 at 6pm at the SVA Theatre, 333 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011. The activity is a special incarnation of the Academy's flagship writing program in partnership with Rocliffe - and follows successful events at the New York Television Festival in 2011 and 2012. For the third year in a row, The BAFTA Roclifffe New Writing Forum is in partnership with BAFTA New York .
At this year's presentation, Greg Daniels will lead a master class where he will offer live feedback on the writing in the scenes performed by professional actors. Greg Daniels is best known for developing The Office for NBC, and co-creating Parks and Recreation and King of the Hill, where he was the initial showrunner for all three series. He has had 22 Emmy nominations, including four for writing episodes of The Office. In 2007, he won for the episode "Gay Witch Hunt". Daniels has also won Emmys for his work on The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and Saturday Night Live, and was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for his Seinfeld episode "The Parking Space".
This year's winners of the UK's nationwide competition to find the most promising up-and-coming comedy writers are: Stewart Thomson, and writing pairs Lizzie Bates & Anna Emerson, and Brona C. Titley & Tony Cooke. In addition to the live performance critique, the winners will also receive one-to-one mentoring sessions with comedy commissioners and independent production companies; a free festival pass to NYTVF; meetings with top US agents; and attend customized industry networking opportunities. The winners will be blogging about their experiences for BAFTA.
Andrew Newman , Chair of BAFTA's Television Committee and Chief Executive of Objective Productions, said: "We are thrilled that Greg Daniels will be sharing his insights with our promising new British writers, as we bring the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum to the New York Television Festival for a third year. Our previous visits have resulted in exciting opportunities for the participants, including a development deal with a US studio, so we're anticipating great things for this year's selected writers."
Terence Gray, Founder and Executive Director of the New York Television Festival, said: "Since we launched this partnership with BAFTA and the Rocliffe New Writing Forum in 2011, we've seen a number of the selected writers Go On to tremendous success both in the U.K. and here in the U.S. and it's proven itself to be a viable and exciting pipeline for identifying comedy talent. In addition to exposure, one of the primary goals of this program is to provide the participating writers with tangible feedback on how to best adapt their projects for an American audience. To have Greg Daniels - who wrote the book on successfully importing a British hit with The Office - is an absolutely tremendous opportunity and we look forward to a great event."
CharLes Tremayne, Chair of BAFTA New York, said: "We are delighted once again to be associated with this fantastic event. One of BAFTA's key roles is to showcase emerging British talent to the entertainment industry in the USA and this year we are proud to have such gifted writers submit their best work. We are of course delighted that such a celebrated comedy genius as Greg Daniels has agreed to be the mentor who will give instant feedback on the writing in the scenes performed live on stage. It promises to be an entertaining and exciting event."
Farah Abushwesha, Founder of Rocliffe, said: "How thrilling for us to be showcasing British talent before someone who has adapted one of the most iconic British series: The Office. How incredible for our writers to not only have work performed by an American cast at this career-changing festival, but also to be critiqued by such a distinguished comedy writer-producer as Greg Daniels."