Big Light Productions, the independent production company behind high-end dramas The Man in the High Castle and the forthcoming Leonardo and led by showrunner Frank Spotnitz, has announced the recipient of their annual writers’ apprenticeship.
Serial Eyes alumna Nadya Todorova from Bulgaria will join Big Light Productions for a paid two-month placement in the company, alongside CEO Frank Spotnitz (The X‑Files, Ransom, The Man In The High Castle, Medici), Creative Director Emily Feller (Medici, Trust Me, Ordinary Lies) and the rest of the Big Light team. This year, due to social distancing and restricted travel, the apprenticeship will take place virtually.
Big Light’s writers’ apprenticeship programme is now in its 4th year, and invites a graduate from the Serial Eyes programme to join their team for the placement, where they become part of the writers’ rooms for projects that are in development. The apprenticeship is designed to provide hands-on practical experience of a writers’ room and writing for local and international projects. Apprentices of the past editions were: Ruddy-Williams Kabuiku (France), Barbara Kronenberg (Germany) and Eleonora Veninova (Macedonia).
Todorova commented: “I’m very excited to begin my adventure at Big Light. Frank was such an important teacher for me and I’m looking forward to continuing to learn everything I can from him and the people he works with. This is such a wonderful opportunity for me to further develop what I learned at Serial Eyes and I am incredibly grateful for the experience.”
Frank Spotnitz, Serial Eyes’ tutor since the programme’s inception commented: “Writers are the heartbeat of Big Light, and we’re are deeply committed to providing rewarding opportunities for new and emerging writers to help and support them to develop their experience and sharpen their already impressive skills. Nadya is a very exciting writer with a raw talent and sharp wit, and we’re really delighted to work with her for the next few months.”
Ben Harris, Serial Eyes Head of Programme, added: “Nadya is one of those rare, raw talents who can bring her own creative voice even to the most unlikely topics and turn them into comedy gold. I’m delighted that Frank and his team have selected her for this amazing opportunity to help her further hone her craft and prepare her for what promises to be a stellar career.”