Writing Australia’s screen future

What We Do

Mission and vision of Scripted Ink.

Scripted Ink. is an innovative, not for profit organisation that aims to shape, build and invest in the Australian screen industry by creating new ways for script development.

Incubating and accelerating quality Australian writers and their screenplays through direct development funding; showcasing them to production companies, broadcasters and investors and assisting in brokering commercially and creatively successful partnerships.

Scripted Ink. focuses on bringing commercially viable scripts and great writers to an industry hungry for both. It works with strategic partners in the Australian film and television industry identifying, incubating and developing talent; acting as a catalyst facilitating commercial exposure and opportunity; and ensuring that writers are properly recognised and rewarded for the successful exploitation of their work. A joint venture between Shane Brennan and the Australian Writers’ Guild, Scripted Ink. builds on the infrastructure and track record of the Australian Writers’ Guild’s Pathways Program to identify talent, invest in that talent and bring it to the market place.

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Scripted Ink has been created with the purpose of building the Australian screen industry by rewarding scriptwriting talent in such a way that respects, rewards and harnesses the full value of writers in the creative process. Independent research commissioned by Scripted Ink. demonstrates the gap between Australia’s approach to, and investment in, scriptwriters and script development with that of the U.S. and the U.K. and the attendant correlation between script/writer-focussed development and success.

The creative contribution of writers, their creative vision, their commitment to story, and their experience in their craft provide the foundation for successful production. Investment in this crucial and cultural capital is key to the creative and commercial success of our industry and our stories.

Scripted Ink. incubates and accelerates quality Australian writers and their screenplays through direct development funding; showcasing them to production companies, broadcasters and investors and assisting in brokering commercially and creatively successful partnerships. The type of support offered to Australian writers through Scripted Ink. will vary from case to case and be individually tailored to the particular writer and his or her project.

Examples:

  • Experienced scriptwriter Kate has a great idea for a television series that’s “hot” and, after being long listed on Pathways, has secured strong interest from a production company. Scripted Ink. may invest $20,000 in Kate’s first draft script. Scripted Ink. may also co-invest $75,000 in a “writers room”, funding a team of writers to brainstorm, plot and write three more draft scripts and a series bible.
  • Emerging scriptwriter Oliver has a draft script that has great potential but needs work.Scripted Ink. may offer Oliver a place in its incubator program, investing $30,000 in his next draft while also funding an experienced mentor to help him develop his script.
  • Lisa’s television project has been long listed on Pathways and her writing skills have attracted the attention of a production company or broadcaster that is interested in developing her potential as a staff writer and / or showrunner on other projects. Scripted Ink. may provide $50,000 to pay Lisa a living wage while working as an intern in the production company.
  • Michael is a teacher by day, scriptwriter by night. He’s written a brilliant script for a film. Scripted Ink.’s partnership with Pathways can assist Michael in negotiating a commercial deal with a producer or selling an option in the script ensuring that he gets a fair deal for his work.

 

To be considered for Scripted Ink. support, writers first need to be invited to join the Australian Writers’ Guild’s Pathways Program after having their work peer-reviewed.

The Australian Writers’ Guild’s members are regularly invited to be considered for the Pathways Program via a number of different channels. The Australian Writers’ Guild’s Pathways Program provides a valuable springboard for writers to develop their unproduced works. This is being further expanded to create opportunities for experienced and emerging writers alike to have their work considered by Scripted Ink.

Scripted Ink. is interested in funding the development of screenplays of all kinds, including:

  • Television scripts
  • Feature film scripts
  • Online series, webisodes and interactive games

Producers, broadcasters and other investors will be invited to invitation-only networking events and pitching opportunities with high-potential scriptwriters. Scripted Ink. assists parties in entering into commercial arrangements, including options and deals that provide sufficient flexibility and exclusivity.

Partnerships between producers and broadcasters and scriptwriters will enable them to gain competitive advantage in the current highly competitive global screen industry while ensuring original creators are given the creative and financial role crucial for success.

To qualify for investment by Scripted Ink. in projects they wish to option, production companies and broadcasters will be required to offer writers minimum terms and conditions, in keeping with the industry agreements that have been negotiated by the Australian Writers Guild and the Screen Producers Association.

Scripted Ink. values relationships with Federal and State government funding bodies, reinforcing the value of its services in the marketplace where the identification and bringing to market of high-potential scriptwriters is inherently complex. It will play a critical role in lobbying the Australian Government for support for scriptwriting and innovation in the Australian screen industry. Scripted Ink. seeks partnerships; creative, practical, and financial and will use its investments as catalysts to trigger funding from other industry and government partners.

Scripted Ink. development investment funding is provided in the form of recoupable investment. This recoupment is payable when and if the funded project is produced, on the first day of principle photography.

No.

Yes. Scripted Ink. takes a 1% copyright share of the projects in which it invests, irrespective of the level of that development investment. Scripted Ink. will assign this 1% share to a production company in return for a fair and reasonable option agreement or development agreement being provided to the writer(s) of the project.

Many writers sign option agreements that do not adequately reward them for their creativity. Scripted Ink. takes its 1% copyright share in order to protect writers’ rights and entitlements in projects they have created. When considering terms and conditions in option agreements, with a view to assigning our 1% copyright share, Scripted Ink. will take into account:

  • Option term
  • Option fees
  • Experience of the writer
  • Investment by the Producer
  • Future creative involvement of the writer(s)
  • Writers’ profit share
  • Terms on which rights revert to the writer(s) in the event that the producer is unable to secure third party investment
  • Reservation of ancillary and other rights
  • Rights assignment
  • Credits

Who We Are

Shane Brennan

Shane Brennan

Founding Board Member

Shane Brennan is an Australian writer and producer who has become one of the most successful television drama producers in America. In 2007 he became the first Australian writer to become the showrunner of a U.S. network television drama series when he took over as Executive Producer on the CBS series NCIS...

Jacqueline Elaine

Jacqueline Elaine

Founding Board Member

Jacqueline is the Executive Director of the Australian Writers’ Guild. She sits on the Audiovisual Executive Committee of the International Confederation of Authors and Composers Societies(CISAC). Her previous executive positions include Director of the Whitlam Institute, Director of the European Network on Debt and Development...

Jan Sardi

FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER

Jan Sardi is one of Australia’s eminent screenwriters. In 1997 he received an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay for SHINE, as well as BAFTA, Writers Guild of America and Golden Globes nominations. Jan has numerous other credits including LOVE’S BROTHER, an award winning Australian/UK co-production, which he also directed...

Katherine Thomson

Board Member

Katherine began her award-winning career in the theatre in 1982; her writing credits include: DIVING FOR PEARLS (1991), BARMAIDS (1991), FRAGMENTS OF HONG KONG (1995), KING TIDE (2007), NAVIGATING (1997), THIS HOSPITAL IS MY COUNTRY and MAVIS GOES TO TIMOR, KAYAK (2001) and HARBOUR (2004)

Sigrid Thornton

Board Member

An icon of the Australian screen, Sigrid Thornton has starred in many of the films now regarded as classics of the Australian cinema. They include George Miller's box office hit THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER (Fox Classics), THE LIGHTHORSEMEN (RKO), directed by Simon Wincer, SLATE WYN AND ME (Hemdale) and THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER 11 (Disney – Touchstone). Her stellar television career highlights include the Australian landmark series SEACHANGE for ABC TV, THE BOY IN THE BUSH for UK’s Channel 4 opposite Kenneth Brannagh and BBC - ABC Co Pro THE FAR COUNTRY opposite Micheal York. Sigrid’s miniseries 1915 for BBC - ABC was followed by HBO’s highly acclaimed ALL THE RIVERS RUN and PARADISE / GUNS OF PARADISE for CBS in the US. Ratings winner LITTLE OBERON, UNDERBELLY – THE GOLDEN MILE, PETER ALLEN – NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR, THE CODE & WENTWORTH continue to consolidate her unique position in the Australian film and television landscape.

Kim Williams AM

Board Member

Mr Kim Williams joined the MFI Board as a Director on 22nd August 2016. Kim has had a long involvement in the arts, entertainment and media industries here and overseas and has held various executive leadership positions since the late 1970s including as Chief Executive at each of News Corp Australia, FOXTEL, Fox Studios Australia, the Australian Film Commission, Southern Star Entertainment and Music Viva Australia and also as a senior executive at the ABC.

Tim Pye

Tim Pye

Head of Development

Tim, a writer/producer and executive producer, has been working in Australian television drama and comedy for thirty years. He has written, edited and produced some of Australia’s most popular and critically acclaimed television series, mini series and movies...

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