Closing date: Thursday 26 May 2022
Interview date: w/c 30 May 2022
Start date: As soon as possible
End date: Tuesday 06 Sept 2022
Screen Fringe is a collaboration between the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and Screen Scotland, to connect creative executives and makers from the film and TV industry with theatre and comedy writing, directing and performing talent emerging at the Festival Fringe.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society seeks to contract a freelance Screen Fringe Manager to lead on and deliver key work required for this programme, to act as a facilitator between invited film and TV producers/development executives, and emerging and established talent at the Fringe.
Fuelled by the growth of streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon and Apple, there has been unprecedented growth in the production of high-end TV and film content. At the same time, there has been a push for UK public-funded TV and film content to be made outside of London. As a result, creative producers, in the UK and internationally, are hungry for new writing, directing and acting talent, and IP that can be developed into film and TV content. Scotland, and in particular Edinburgh in August, offers an exciting and creatively rich arena in which to forge new connections, partnerships and learnings, and avail of these opportunities.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe is an unparalleled showcase of new talent in theatre, comedy and multi-art performance. Funded by and delivered in collaboration with Screen Scotland, the Screen Fringe project aims to encourage greater Fringe attendance and engagement with Scottish, UK and international film and TV producers; especially those with the financing and creative clout to develop and commission projects, to find new work and pursue opportunities with the theatre and comedy talent on offer in Scotland. The programme will offer support to these Screen Fringe delegates, via access to the Fringe Marketplace platform, show and schedule advice, ticketing support, liaison with venues and a programme of networking and industry events.
Responsibilities and objectives
The Screen Fringe Manager will work closely with the Edinburgh Fringe Arts Industry Office and Screen Scotland’s Business & Market Development Manager to:
- develop a targeted delegate list, with Screen Scotland input, for invitation to engage with Screen Fringe and establish delegates’ development interests
- track and filter relevant work on the Fringe Marketplace platform and gather information on their companies
- establish and manage relationships with key venues and their creative/programming teams
- curate a programme of recommended shows appropriate and ready for potential screen development, identifying rights availability and talent to connect with
- view as much appropriate work as possible, both in advance of and during the Fringe
- working with Screen Scotland, develop and deliver a programme of networking events and industry advice sessions (creative and business), both at Fringe Central and with potential other festival partners (eg Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh TV Festival); this will include arranging accommodation for invited guests where needed, with hotel partner
- input to messaging about the Screen Fringe opportunity, via regular comms to delegates and wider promotion of the Screen Fringe offer to industry
- set up a locked group for Screen Fringe delegates on Fringe Connect, the social and events platform accessible to accredited Arts Industry delegates
- work with the Screen Fringe Arts Industry Assistant to ensure suitable systems of administrative support and communication for Screen Fringe delegates are established within the context of the wider Arts Industry services.
The Screen Fringe project also seeks to further develop the partnership between Screen Scotland and the Fringe Arts Industry Office, the key Fringe department for engaging with venues, industry and artists. Their team of specialists work to support buyers and promoters of other artforms, with the development of the Fringe Marketplace platform and the Fringe Show Directory facilitating a more focused way for artists to connect with influential promoters and producers.
The Screen Fringe Manager role will be an essential part of strengthening how the film and TV industry expertise of Screen Scotland is embedded into the Fringe Arts Industry systems and delegate offer. Ultimately this project seeks to ensure the film and TV industry see the Edinburgh Fringe as a place to connect and engage with new talent and IP for development.
Key deliverables of the contract
- Review the Fringe programme and associated media with a film / TV lens for promising material and shows, identify Scottish talent, establish potential for adaptation (available rights, representation, appetite from talent, etc), attend shows and see work, gather press and media buzz about shows. This intel will be collated into a manageable database.
- Establish best means of communicating with Screen delegates, to advise on shows and artists; facilitate connections between both, through ticket bookings, networking/industry events or brokering one-to-ones. Maintain database for delegate enquiries, needs and outcomes, to form part of final report.
- Work with the Fringe Arts Industry Office to establish what film and TV producers are already accredited with Fringe, covering different genres, and provide system of support and guidance to engage with Screen activity where possible.
- Work with the Fringe Arts Industry and Screen Scotland teams to scope, plan and deliver:
- two networking events between the invited producers, Fringe content creators, members of the wider Scottish production community, and other influential players in film and TV
- two industry advice sessions as part of the Fringe Central events programme (likely subject areas: 1) creative process for adapting stage work for screen 2) business focus, around IP and rights).
Post-event monitoring and evaluation report, providing an overview of delegates, attendees, events and ticketing. Report will include comments on viability of an expanded version of the Screen Fringe programme for 2023 and make recommendations for future editions, based on 2022 outcomes.
Applicant’s experience and abilities should include:
- in-depth knowledge of the current film and TV production and funding landscape
- significant contacts with key screen producers, development executives and financiers
- knowledge of the development and adaptation process from live work to screen
- experience dealing with talent and executives, and helping broker relationships
- awareness of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme
- ability to manage budgets and challenging timeframes
- ability to work on own initiative, while engaging with numerous teams and stakeholders
- enthusiasm for identifying and maximising further opportunities within a project.
The fee for delivery of the project is £10,000 (incl. VAT).
You must be available for an immediate start, although flexible days during June may be discussed. This role will require you to be based in Edinburgh from at least 11 July. Prior to that, flexible working location will be possible, although some activity (eg site visit, show attendance, meetings) may be required in Edinburgh and London – travel costs for this will be discussed and agreed upon in advance.
The role will be primarily based at the Fringe Arts Industry Office on Fishmarket Close, High Street, Edinburgh (hot desking space in the Screen Scotland office will also be available and flexible home working considered). Office supplies, printing and high-speed internet will be available at both locations. The applicant must provide their own laptop and mobile phone, but relevant call costs will be covered.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society will have responsibility for the Manager’s freelance service contract, with on-going project management and reporting to both Screen Scotland Head of Business and Market Development and Fringe Arts Industry Manager. Payment of fee will be issued upon receipt of invoice(s) for work delivered, at a frequency to be agreed upon in advance.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is committed to reducing its environmental impacts in its everyday operations. We are also committed to maintaining the open-access policy of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We are also proud to be a Disability Confident Employer and aim to successfully employ and retain disabled people and those with health conditions. We expect employees to support these commitments and to assist in their realisation.
Please contact [email protected] with any queries.
About the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society:
The idea at the heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is simple: anyone with a desire to perform and a venue willing to host them is welcome. No individual or committee determines who can or cannot perform at the Fringe. It all began in 1947 with eight companies – six of them from Scotland – taking a risk, turning up uninvited and performing on the ‘fringe’ of the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival.
Over 70 years later, the Fringe has grown to become the greatest platform for creative freedom in the world, second only to the Olympics in terms of global ticketed events. In 2019, over 30,000 artists put on 3,841 shows in 323 venues right across Edinburgh.
The Fringe Society was founded by artists to nurture and uphold the Fringe's values of inclusivity, experimentation and imagination. We exist to support, advise and encourage everyone who wants to participate; provide information and assistance to audiences; and celebrate the Fringe and what it stands for all over the world.
About Screen Scotland:
Screen Scotland is the national body that drives development of all aspects of Scotland’s film and tv industry, through funding and strategic support.
We support emerging and established talent and businesses to develop creative projects and connect with international markets and audiences.
Screen Scotland is part of Creative Scotland and delivers these services and support with funding from Scottish Government and The National Lottery.
Application deadline: 26th May, 2022