The Business of Writing

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When the script makes the film, how does the business of writing work? What exactly does an agent do? How do you get producers & commissioning editors to even look at your script? Find out how at this insightful panel session.



writer/producer – CHAIR

Michael wrote ISABELLA starring Irina Bjorklund (The American) which won the Golden Chest Award for Best Screenplay. The production also won a prestigious VENLA.
He wrote DUMMY starring BAFTA nominated Aaron Johnson (Kick Ass, Anna Karenina). It premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival, screened at Cannes and was nominated for Best UK Feature at Raindance.
Michael wrote, produced and directed TALK starring Suggs and THE NEW ROOM with Tony Selby which is currently in post production.
He also wrote and produced CITY SLACKER which enjoyed it’s world premiere in London where it was nominated for Best UK Feature at the Raindance Film Festival. It was also nominated for a British Independent Film Award.


TessMorris 140 cropTESS MORRIS

Tess has been writing since she could walk (not 100% true) and her first words were ‘Elvis is the King!’ (100% true). Her latest screenplay, the romantic comedy MAN UP, made the 2011 Brit List and was picked up by Big Talk Pictures, co-produced by Studio Canal and BBC Films. Directed by Ben Palmer (The Inbetweeners) it stars Simon Pegg, Lake Bell and Rory Kinnear, and is currently in post production, slated for a Spring 2015 release.


Judith King

Head of Development Red Planet Pictures

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin (BA Hons) and Goldsmiths College (MA), Judith began her television career as Development Assistant at RDF Media, working her way through the ranks in companies including the BBC, Wall To Wall, and Studio Lambert as a factual Development Producer.

After stints script researching for Kudos and Company Pictures, Judith transitioned into drama producing, script editing on feature film ZOO (BFI/ NI Screen/Wee Buns Productions) and taking up a development post at Big Fish Films, makers of BBC2’s critically acclaimedFive Minutes Of Heaven. 

In her current role as Head Of Development at Red Planet Pictures, she has the tremendously fun job of growing the company’s development slate, which includes ambitious projects from MD Tony Jordan (including upcoming BBC1 series Dickensian and Motown musicalStop! ) alongside ideas from a wide range of new and established writing talent for the BBC, ITV, C4, and Sky.


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Blake Friedmann

Co-owner of Blake Friedmann Literary Agency , publisher of ScriptWriter magazine . Exec Producer and agent. Taught at universities and film schools all over the world. Publications: The Insider’s Guide to Writing for Television, How to Make Money Scriptwriting and Writing Long-Running Television series (Ed). Designed the MA in Television Scriptwriting (De Montfort University).  Emmy and Grierson Juries,  Advisor to the London Screenwriting Festival.  TEDx talk on storytelling.



Dench Arnold

Matthew began his career as a script reader before joining The Dench Arnold Agency.  He has been and agent working with writers and directors for over fifteen years working across all levels of film and television.  He is a frequent guest lecturer on screenwriting and the film industry for several organizations including the LCC, University of London, Leeds University, EM Media and the National Film and Television School. He recently acted as a producer on the feature film SUS which has won awards at festivals worldwide.


Clive Bradley photoCLIVE BRADLEY


Clive Bradley has written for film and television, including City of Vice (Channel Four, 2008), which he co-created, and W∆Z (Vertigo, 2008). Currently he is writing Trapped, a ten-part drama set in Iceland (Baltasar Kormakur/RVK,/Dynamic,/ZDF), which starts shooting in November (and will be in Icelandic), and co-writing, with Rod Lurie, a mini-series Lawrence of Arabia (Roland Emmerich,/Fremantle). He  teaches  at the National Film and Television School.


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