In an unprecedented move, streaming giant Netflix
-backed pay-tv operator Sky are teaming up with “Sex Education” and “Ms. Marvel
” writer Bisha K Ali to create a screenwriting fellowship for six U.K. writers that will provide them with financial aid, a support network and ultimately a job in a writers’ room for either a Netflix or Sky program. For Variety, Anne Mensah
, VP of U.K. Original Series, and Jane Millichip
, chief content officer for Sky Studios
, discuss their vision for supporting underrepresented screenwriting talent.
As members of the entertainment industry, we believe that we can do more to support British talent in all its diversity. We want to make shows that reflect the world in which we live and develop a more inclusive pipeline of creatives across all production roles, providing those from all backgrounds reason to aspire.
We have made real strides in the television industry in the U.