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Turning Scripts from Budding Scriptwriters into TV Programmes

Dated: 20 July 2001

Here's the chance which all budding scriptwriters dream about : The Singapore Broadcasting Authority (SBA) is looking for talented scriptwriters to turn their works into TV programmes for broadcast on local TV. Besides the chance at gaining fame and recognition, they will also stand to win cash prizes worth $30,000, trophies and certificates for their efforts.

All they have to do is to take part in the SBA National Scriptwriting Competition, organised by SBA in partnership with MediaCorp TV Channel 5 and MediaCorp TV12 Arts Central. The Competition is open to all residents in Singapore.

The SBA National Scriptwriting Competition is part of SBA's continuing efforts to encourage good scripts that can be translated into quality TV productions, with both local and international appeal. Last year, SBA initiated a series of Masterclass lectures and workshops on scriptwriting for drama, children's programmes and documentaries conducted by expert writers from Canada, Australia and the UK. The series was well received by the people from the TV industry, educational institutions and the public with interest on becoming scriptwriters.

Scriptwriters can participate in two categories for the competition, Drama and Docu-drama.

Scripts for the Drama Category should be for an hour long programme each, and they can be for a one-off story or a pilot with the potential to develop into a series. Entries for the Docu-drama Category could be for half-hour or one-hour programme each.

To help judge the competition and select the best works, a panel of judges made up of professionals from the broadcasting and production industry and academia has been formed. The panel members are:

Mr Koh Tin Fook
Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director (Industry Development), SBA

Deputy Chairman
Mr Daniel Yun
CEO, Raintree Pictures

Mr Cheah Chee Kong (Cheek)
Director, Editorial, MTV Southeast Asia

Ms Amy Chua
Director (Programmes), SBA

Assoc Prof Chua Siew Keng
Division Head, Division of Electronic and Broadcast Media
School of Communication Studies
Nanyang Technological University

Dr Geoffrey Malone
Festival Founder, Chairman, Organising Committee
Singapore International Film Festival

Mr Mohd Yusoff Ahmad
Managing Director, Communications 2000

Mr Viswa Sadasivan
Chairman/CEO, The Right Angle Group

Dr Ismail Sudderuddin
Director, Singapore Film Commission

Ms Alice Tan
Vice President, Networking Programming and Promotions 5
MediaCorp TV Channel 5

Dr Victor Valbuena
Director, Centre for Film and Media Studies
Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Mr Woon Tai Ho
CEO, MediaCorp TV12

MediaCorp TV Channel 5 is the Official TV Station for the Drama Category of the Competition, and MediaCorp TV12 Arts Central is the Official TV Station for the Docu-Drama Category. The winning entries will be developed into TV programmes to be shown on these two MediaCorp channels.

The SBA National Scriptwriting Competition will close on 30 November 2001. Details and application forms can be found at the SBA website at <u></U>or from the SBA's office at MITA Building #04-01, 140 Hill Street, Singapore 179369.