The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on Monday launched a fivemonth course on writing for TV and web series to cater to the industry's growing need for long-format storytelling. The first-of-its-kind course writing for TV fiction was inaugurated by Gaurav Banerjee, president and head, content studio, Star India, in the presence of Bhupendra Kainthola, director, FTII Pune, and Vinod Ranganath, course director. The course has been planned and organised by the TV wing of FTII.
Appreciating FTII's decision to launch the course, Banerjee pointed to the growing demand for writers as channels put out nearly 100 hours of fiction programming daily . Bhupendra Kainthola underlined the course design, and highlighted that it is writing-intensive, with constant instruction and mentorship from leading TV screenwriters.
The five-month residential course is designed with professional industry standards in mind and will serve to train students to write long-format stories. 17 students (8 men and 9 women) have been selected for this course from across the country .
This course is meant to bridge the vast gap between the demand for new television content and the number of professionally-trained TV writers available. It will have the students being exposed to all the basics tools of writing for TV and will cover a variety of genres, including soap operas, thrillers, comedies, sitcoms, talk shows, and events for TV .