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Former Sky drama chief Cameron Roach has pledged to support emerging talent in the northwest at his new Manchester-based scripted indie.

Roach has set up Rope Ladder Fiction, a drama and comedy specialist based at Manchester's The Sharp Project that will provide training, development and outreach programmes.

These are set to build on Flip the Script, a training scheme recently launched by Coach and run by social enterprise Sharp Futures, in which 12 aspiring script editors will undertake paid placements.

Roach said Rope Ladder would “encourage a focus on new talent in all craft areas whilst also working with industry partners to innovate and create entertaining, provocative, quality drama."

He added: “We hope to evolve a true pipeline of talent for the long term, encouraging collegiate working practices and a dynamic and trusted environment.”

Roach left Sky this spring after eight years with the company, initially as senior drama commissioner, rising to director drama at Sky Studios in 2019.  He oversaw dramas including Chernobyl, I Hate Suzie, The Third Day and Britannia.

Roach previously worked at Shed Productions, producing ITV dramas Bad Girls and Footballers Wives, and has also worked on BBC1 series Life on Mars and Silk.

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