Channel 4 gives female writers priority
Andrew Mickel17 May 2012
Up-and-coming female talent is being prioritised by Channel 4's comedy department in an effort to balance out the male-skewed genre, Broadcast is reporting.
Roisin Conaty, who has built on her Edinburgh Fringe newcomer win in 2010 with TV panel appearances, is among the talent working on a script.
PhoneShop and Ideal's Emma Fryer and the Inbetweeners' Movie star and Lady Garden founder member Jessica Knappett also have scripts in development.
They will then seek out indies to attach the projects to in the commissioning process.
Nerys Evans, Channel 4's comedy controller, told the magazine: “Nine out of 10 things that are pitched to us are aimed at men.”
It follows a revival of the debate on why there aren't more women in comedy in recent months, spurred on by the success of BBC stars Miranda Hart and Sarah Millican.
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