Monday, 20 September 2010

Press Release - Shine Pictures Unveils ‘The Big Idea’ For Screenwriters

Shine Pictures Unveils ‘The Big Idea’ For Screenwriters

Production company launches new national screenwriting competition

Winner will receive a £25,000 feature film development deal

Closing deadline for entries is October 29th, 2010

London 20th September Shine Pictures, the joint venture between the UK’s Kudos Pictures (Brighton Rock, adapted by Rowan Joffe, Eastern Promises, written by Steve  Knight,  and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day , written by Simon Beaufoy) and Hollywood producer-financier New Regency (Mr and Mrs Smith, Jumper and Knight and Day) is launching The Big Idea, a national competition for writers. 

The Big Idea is looking to discover ingenious concepts with global appeal from experienced talented writers in the following genres: Romantic Comedy, Action Adventure, Sci-Fi or Fantasy and Family Comedies.   The winning concept will be awarded a £25,000 development deal working with the Shine Pictures creative team to create a treatment followed by a draft and one set of revisions.  Complete details on The Big Idea – including application information – can be accessed through www.shine-pictures.com

The Big Idea winner will work to develop their project with the Development staff of Shine Pictures based both London and Los Angeles, managed by the Head of Development Ed Clarke and the Head of Film Paul Webster.  The project manager is Melanie Coombs. The winner will be announced on December 20th 2010.

Paul Webster and Stephen Garrett of Shine Pictures said: “British writers are among the most sought after in Hollywood. Shine Pictures, in keeping with our desire to bring  the cream of the UK’s creative community to a global audience, wants to nurture the next generation of leading screenwriters. We hope writers will be excited by this new competition and the chance to showcase their concepts and enjoy the opportunity to win a substantial prize which will help take their ideas to the next level.”

Shine Pictures was set up in 2008 to develop and produce broad-based commercial films for the global marketplace. The company draws from a substantial development fund to capitalize on the Shine Group’s reputation for working closely with the UK talent pool to deliver innovative and creative material in combination with the filmmaking and marketing expertise of Regency and the worldwide distribution network of 20th Century Fox.  Shine Pictures is run by Kudos Pictures’ Paul Webster and Stephen Garrett.


For further information contact please contact:

The Big Idea Project Manager, Melanie Coombs:

Cathy Dunkley/Jules Grant, Freud Communications:



About Shine Pictures
Shine Pictures was founded in July 2008 by independent production group Shine, spearheaded by Shine Group CEO and Chairman Elisabeth Murdoch and leading US producer and distributor New Regency, headed by co-chairmen Bob Harper and Hutch Parker, to develop and produce broad-based commercial films for the global marketplace. The new co-owned joined venture is headed by Paul Webster and Stephen Garrett. Shine Pictures continues to build on the success of Kudos Pictures (Eastern Promises) and capitalize on its access to talent in Europe and beyond.



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