Writer gets lucky

The Australian Writers' Foundation and Southern Star Entertainment today announced Cath Moore has been selected for their joint Children's Television Production Initiative.
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The Australian Writers’ Foundation and Southern Star Entertainment today announced Cath Moore has been selected for their joint Children’s Television Production Initiative.

Commencing in January 2007 Moore will take up a three month placement with Southern Star Entertainment participating in script development meetings for one of the company’s children’s productions. The Initiative is designed to give a writer exposure to the specialised requirements of writing for a children’s audience and help develop an awareness of the disciplines peculiar to story telling for children.

“I studied writing so I could pursue a career in children’s TV and film,” said Moore. “So this is a wonderful opportunity to further my knowledge and add to my skills as an emerging writing.”

Noel Price, Southern Star’s Executive Producer, said “Cath Moore’s entry displayed a degree of commitment and a mix of enthusiasm, grounding and experience that suggested she would really benefit from the opportunity presented by this Initiative.”

The Initiative was open to all members of the Australian Writers’ Guild and those with a genuine aspiration to want to write television stories for children, be it animated or live action, pre-school or “C” drama, were invited to apply. Over 120 applications were received and the selection panel was impressed by the overall standard of the entries.

“The quality of responses was very high and any one of a number of entrants would have made worthy winners,” said Mr. Price. “It was terrific to receive and read the submissions and I’m only sorry that we couldn’t have handed out another half dozen attachments.”

“It is these types of industry initiatives that assist in the discovery and development of new talent,” said Geoffrey Atherden, President of the Australian Writers’ Foundation. “With partners such as Southern Star we can help writers increase their opportunities for satisfying and rewarding work.”

The Australian Writers’ Foundation is the professional development and education division of the Australian Writers’ Guild

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