ProducersLab

The applications for ProducersLab 2020 is now closed.

What is it

David Puttnam’s ProducersLab in Creative Producing and Financing (ProducersLab) is designed to prepare the next generation of Singapore media professionals with practical and real-world skills. The online course will enable them to identify and initiate commercially viable production ideas, as well as develop scripts and compelling pitches to present to potential investors.

The 9-week online programme seeks to nurture producers with the ability to work on scripts for episodic content across TV, online, and streaming platforms. It will equip producers not only with ideas and creative vision, but also with strong business acumen, financing and fundraising skills.

The course will run from 20 July 2020 to 21 September 2020.

Who is it for

  • Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident
  • Media Professionals / Media Freelancers with at least 3 years of relevant industry experience.

Benefits

Participants of the programme will:
  1. Be deployed as producers, whose skills include being able to identify, develop and produce media content, and run a production.
  2. Create top-quality, international level content pitches, consistent with the standards required by broadcasters and their streaming, cable, and online companies, as well as traditional TV studios. This blend of business and creative skills, unique to ProducersLab, is essential to becoming a professional showrunner, which will be the ultimate goal of the participants in the long term

For enquiries

For more information, please write in to ProducersLab@lasalle.edu.sg or follow us on Facebook for latest updates.

Program Structure and Modules

Participants must come to David Puttnam’s ProducersLab with an idea they are passionate about and wish to produce. Participants will explore a range of issues and learn specific producing skills and techniques across 108 teaching hours, running a total of 6 hours a week, with two 3-hour classes per week.

The programme delivery includes:

  • A structured series of lectures including exercises, role-plays, and simulations led by an International Expert with extensive experience as an industry professional
  • Master classes delivered by successful local practitioners, who will each bring specific areas of expertise, including financing, budgeting, and producing large-scape productions
  • Mentorship with Academy Award winning British producer and educator, Lord David Puttnam, who will conduct lectures as well as one-to-one sessions with participants

Application Process

All applicants will submit the following to producerslab@lasalle.edu.sg.

  1. A ProducersLab application form (please download application form HERE).
  2. A CV that evidences a minimum of 3 years of relevant producing, directing or scriptwriting experience in narrative scripted series or feature film.
  3. A short essay, of not more than 250 words, outlining your reasons for wishing to attend the programme and your future career goals as a showrunner.
  4. A 2–5 page written script in screenplay format of a trailer for your series proposal using Final Draft or other scriptwriting software.
  5. A TV series project proposal, of not more than 500 words, that you wish to develop for narrative scripted television or streaming service.
  • The proposal should be written in English.
  • It should be a new, original idea that has not been produced.
  • It should not include or infringe any Third Party Intellectual Property Rights.

*For items 3 and 5, please ensure writing is double-spaced.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible applicants who fulfil the following criteria may apply:

  1. Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident
  2. Media Professionals/Media Freelancers with at least 3 years of relevant industry experience.

About Story Lab

David Puttnam’s ProducersLab is part of IMDA’s Story Lab initiative which aims to nurture storytelling and intellectual property (IP) creation skills. It supports the development of original story concepts for compelling content across various media platforms, genres and languages. Story Lab programmes are targeted at media professionals in both media and non-media sectors, and grooming the talent pipeline in Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs).

One of the key Story Lab programmes is WritersLab, organised by LASALLE College of the Arts (LASALLE) since 2017. WritersLab is an intensive scriptwriting programme which aims to push the boundaries of scriptwriting and storytelling for television and online platforms. Other Story Lab programmes include the inaugural Pitch Fest organised by Screenwriters Association (Singapore), as well as Visual Storytelling Masterclass with acclaimed documentary cinematographer Iris Ng, in partnership with the Singapore Association of Motion Picture Professionals (SAMPP).