Sky Director of Drama sets up Manchester indie

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by Stephen Chapman

Sky’s outgoing Drama Director, Cameron Roach, has established a new production company based at The Sharp Project in Manchester.

Rope Ladder Fiction launches with funded development from Sky Studios and the BBC and will specialise in providing training and development opportunities to new talent.

“Rope Ladder Fiction is being established to encourage a focus on new talent in all craft areas whilst also working with industry partners to innovate and create entertaining, provocative, quality drama,” explained Roach.

“We hope to evolve a true pipeline of talent for the long term, encouraging collegiate working practices and a dynamic and trusted environment. We are genuine in our desire to guide a new generation up the Rope Ladder.”

The company builds upon Roach’s first solo project, curating Flip the Script, a training programme to provide 12 paid placements for aspiring script editors in the North-West run by social enterprise, Sharp Futures.

Roach has previously worked on shows including Life on Mars, Silk, Casualty and Waterloo Road, as well as commissioning I Hate Suzie, Third Day, Intergalactic and Gangs of London.

The company will created scripted content and expects production to start in 2022.

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