North East Screen, in association with the BBC, have chosen Newcastle comedian Sammy Dobson as one of three recipients of the BBC Comedy Creator Fund.
The award, which was announced today, is supported by the BBC Small Indie Fund and co-ordinated by North East Screen’s Comedy Hot House. The three winners will receive money for development funding to support the them in developing ideas. Each of them will also be paired with development producers at production companies to provide them with industry networking opportunities.
The scheme is part of a wide bursary scheme by the BBC which was announced last year, to identify new comedy writing talent. The BBC described it as a "bursary supergroup of experience in a format that allows BBC Comedy to build on our commitment to finding talent in the Nations, Regions and in the City of Comedy 2022 and to offer more opportunity, more places, more finance, more activity and more access to an instant network of comedy experts." Newcastle is this year's BBC City of Comedy and the Creative Cities Convention kicks off in Newcastle tomorrow.
North East Screen head of business development Lisa Laws said the fund was “an opportunity for North East comedy creators, with their sights set on scripted comedy, to pitch themselves and their ideas to us. It’s been fantastic to find so many up-and-coming comedy creators in the region.”
Sammy has legions of fans in her hometown of Newcastle and is garnering a reputation as a ‘must see act’. She has performed in some of the UK’s top comedy venues as well as at the Edinburgh Festival.
Sammy Dobson is available for voiceovers from Anthea Represents. Click her image for her profile page and voiceover showreel.