The London Book Fair announces partnership with BAFTA

London, 2 July: The London Book Fair (LBF) has announced a new partnership with The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) to promote links between the books and broadcast creative industries.

This builds on LBF’s established relationship with the worlds of Film and Television, which for many years has included programming content and networking events, curated in collaboration with Julian Friedmann, Blake Friedmann Agency, and Curtis Brown Creative. For the past five years, LBF has also hosted a seminar at MIPJUNIOR: ‘What Publishers Want To See From Producers’, that last year included publishers from Hachette, Random House Children’s Books, Tate and Egmont, and is scheduled to take place again this October.

LBF will support the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum, run by BAFTA in partnership with Rocliffe, which will focus on discovering new talented children’s screenwriters. Three writers will be chosen to have extracts from their scripts performed by professional actors at a showcase event at BAFTA headquarters, 195 Piccadilly in London, on Saturday 27 September.

LBF will sponsor the overall winner to have an expenses-paid trip to MIPJUNIOR international children’s programming market in Cannes in October. The winner will accompany an LBF delegation, including top professionals from UK children’s publishing, to Cannes and they will benefit from extensive industry introductions and networking opportunities.

Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair, said: “Books and broadcast are a wonderful partnership: the leading lights in the UK Creative Industries portfolio. How fantastic, therefore, to partner with BAFTA on this exciting new writing initiative, which showcases great talent in the field of children’s entertainment. Greater still, is the opportunity to introduce this talent to MIP Junior in Cannes, where children’s publishing and children’s media come together.”

Applications for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum opened on Monday 20 June at for British-based screenwriters to submit scripts with a focus on content for children and families across a range of forms including feature film, single drama, mini-series, sitcom, comedy-drama and animation. The deadline for submissions is Monday 1 September. The BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum is a long-running initiative which gives a platform to undiscovered screenwriters and helps them to develop their careers.

MIPJUNIOR is the year’s most anticipated global market for children’s entertainment content across all platforms. Key international buyers, sellers and producers gather to present, discover and screen content at the world’s showcase for kids programming.


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THE LONDON BOOK FAIR (LBF) The London Book Fair (LBF) is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every Spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. LBF brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. LBF 2015, the 44th Fair, will take place from Tuesday 14-Thursday 16 April 2015, Olympia London. LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for the second year, with the book fair as the pivotal three day event within a five day programme. London Book and Screen Week will open with LBF’s Publishing for Digital Minds Conference on Monday 13 April, the day before LBF opens. Mexico is Market Focus country in 2015, following Korea in 2013. In 2014 LBF’s charity of the year was Book Aid International. For further information, please visit:

About BAFTA The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round Learning & Events programme that offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, lectures, scholarships and mentoring schemes, connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK, Los Angeles and New York. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. For further information, visit and

About MIPJUNIOR and MIPCOM MIPCOM is the year’s most anticipated global market for entertainment content across all platforms. Each Autumn, the industry’s international heavy hitters – from TV and film – converge in Cannes to create a new world of entertainment. MIPCOM turns every moment into an opportunity, transforming four days of meetings, screenings and conferences into deals – from blockbuster programming to ground-breaking partnerships. And the children’s entertainment industry gets an early start at MIPJUNIOR, where key international buyers, sellers and producers gather to present, discover and screen content at the world’s showcase for kids programming. Organised by Reed MIDEM, MIP Junior takes place on, 5-6 October, Carlton Hotel, Cannes, the weekend before MIPCOM, the global market for entertainment content across all platforms. Further information can be found at /

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