Zara Janjua

Zara Janjua

“Being new to writing, I am really keen to connect with other people in the industry. Covid has kiboshed boozy networking events so we need to work a bit harder to expand our circles. I have also been negotiating my own contracts and it’s becoming quite time consuming. When a sitcom was optioned, I spent 10 days online finding the legal lingo to propose new terms. I felt like Don Draper (but less misogynistic) and, at the time, I was convinced I’d done a good job. Now I can see my CUT TO moment where I’ve been stiffed out of millions. I am really looking forward to the contract vetting services, screenings and information about upcoming opportunities.”

Zara Janjua is a TV presenter, journalist, writer, producer and comedian. She won a spot in the BBC Comedy Writers Room 2019/20 and was shortlisted for The Funny Women Comedy Writing Award 2020. She joined the BBC Children’s New Voices Writers Room on the indie mentorship programme and has been commissioned to work on a project with Unstoppable Film & TV. She also recently won the ITV 50:50 Female Pilots’ Club and is developing her new comedy series. Zara has had commissions for Short Stuff comedy sketches from BBC Studios and has a sitcom under option.

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