Speakers

Friday_17_Pitchfest LIVE_014NEW SPEAKERS TO BE ADDED IN SUMMER 2016
The London Screenwriters’ Festival features around 150 professional speakers from all aspects of the film and television business. Many have also agreed to intimate Script Chat sessions after their respective events so that you can get face time with them. New speakers are added periodically with the vast majority being confirmed late spring / early summer 2016. Get updates by signing up below.


To get so many high powered and practical people to the festival is a terrific achievement. I’ve benefited and it’s more than worth the cost.

Ed Griffiths, Screenwriter

Ed Griffiths, Screenwriter

Legend

Jim Uhls

Jim Uhls – Screenwriter and Producer

Credits include: Fight Club, Jumper

Breaking his own cardinal rule, Jim joins us at the LSF for a live script to screen where he will undoubtedly be "talking about Fight Club".
Jim Uhls

How nice to be able to ask questions and have a conversation in a non-stressful environment.

Carolyn Cameron, Screenwriter

Carolyn Cameron, Screenwriter

Headliners

Jen Grisanti

Jen Grisanti – Story / Career Consultant

Credits include: TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells

Drawing on her experience as a studio exec, Jen guides writers to shape their material, hone their pitches and focus their careers.
Jen Grisanti
Karl Iglesias

Karl Iglesias – Screenwriter

Author of: Writing For Emotional Impact

Karl is a screenwriter and sought-after script doctor and consultant, specializing in the reader’s emotional response to the page.
Karl Iglesias
Pilar Alessandra

Pilar Alessandra – Script Consultant and Educator

Credits include: The Coffee Break Screenwriter

Pilar's students and clients have written for Lost, Prison Break, Nip Tuck, House of Lies, CSI and Family Guy.
Pilar Alessandra

I’m writing a thriller and my mentor who I’m having regular sessions with wrote a book on how to write thrillers. Doesn’t get much better than that

Mark MacNicol

Mark MacNicol

Screenwriters

Dan Mazer

Dan Mazer – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Borat, Bruno, The Dictator, Dirty Grandpa

In 2007, Dan was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing Borat.
Dan Mazer
Barbara Machin

Barbara Machin – Screenwriter

Credits include: Waking The Dead, The Bill

Barbara Machin is the BAFTA and EMMY award winning screenwriter who created BBC1’s worldwide selling hit series Waking The Dead.
Barbara Machin
Paul Bassett Davies

Paul Bassett Davies – Writer

Credits include: Spitting Image, Alas Smith And Jones, Rory Bremner, Magic Roundabout

Paul has written for and directed the biggest names in comedy. He's also creative director of The London Comedy Writers' Festival
Paul Bassett Davies
Rob Sprackling

Rob Sprackling – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Gnomeo & Juliet, Mike Bassett and Mariah Mundi And The Midas Box

Rob has written for the biggest names in film including 'Gnomeo and Juliet' which grossed $200m for Disney!
Rob Sprackling
Jed Mercurio

Jed Mercurio – Screenwriter

Credits include: Line Of Duty, Cardiac Arrest

Jed's most recent credit, 'Line of Duty', is the most watched BBC2 drama series in the multichannel era.
Jed Mercurio
Tony Jordan

Tony Jordan – Writer and producer

Credits include: Hustle, Life On Mars, Holby Blue

He’s written for and created some of the most iconic and successful British TV series, including Life on Mars and East Enders.
Tony Jordan
Alecky Blythe

Alecky Blythe – Screenwriter, Playwright & Actor

Credits include: London Road, Come Out Eli

Alecky's feature adaptation of her award winning play London Road starring Tom Hardy and Olivia Colman airs on BBC in June 2015.
Alecky Blythe
Chris Lang

Chris Lang – Screenwriter

Credits include: Torn, Amnesia, A Mother's Son

Chris is the writer of over 100 hours of prime time British drama including the award winning 'Unforgotten'.
Chris Lang
Danny Brocklehurst

Danny Brocklehurst – Screenwriter

Credits include: The Five, Ordinary Lies, Shameless, Clocking Off

Danny is a BAFTA and International Emmy winning screenwriter who has written on some of the biggest UK dramas of recent years.
Danny Brocklehurst
KT Parker

KT Parker – Screenwriter & Playwright

Credits include: The Chamber Of Beheaded Queens

KT just won the period/historical feature category of Final Draft's Big Break competition and her first play was staged this spring.
KT Parker
Mark Stay

Mark Stay – Screenwriter

Credits include: Eddie's Dead, Robot Overlords

Mark is the co-writer of 'Robot Overlords' which went from a two-pitch into a £7m indie British film starring Gillian Anderson.
Mark Stay
Merlin Ward

Merlin Ward – Screenwriter & Playwright

Credits include: The Widow (Play), Out Of Bounds

Merlin has successfully transferred his Screenwriting skills to the stage, to great effect!
Merlin Ward
Michael Ashton

Michael Ashton – Play/Screenwriter

Credits include: The Archbishop and the Antichrist

Currently in prep for the film version of 'The Archbishop and the Antichrist' starring Forrest Whitaker and Vince Vaughn.
Michael Ashton
Michael Crompton

Michael Crompton – Screenwriter

Credits include: Carrie's War, Silent Witness

Michael Crompton trained and worked as an actor before writing for the stage and then radio. Last year he wrote two of ITV’s most watched drama’s - Code of a Killer and Safe House.
Michael Crompton
Nicholas Martin

Nicholas Martin – Screenwriter

Credits include: Big Bad World, Between The Lines

Nicholas' debut feature 'Florence Foster Jenkins' starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant was released in cinemas in May 2016.
Nicholas Martin
Ol Parker

Ol Parker – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Imagine Me & You, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,

After making his start on Grange Hill, Ol's career path has led him all the way to the BAFTA nominated 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'.
Ol Parker
Sam Leifer

Sam Leifer – Screenwriter

Credits include: Plebs, How Not To Live Your Life

Sam is the co-creator, writer and director of Plebs, the multi-award-winning Ancient Roman sitcom.
Sam Leifer
Shamim Sarif

Shamim Sarif – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Despite the Falling Snow

British writer and director Shamim Sarif is an award-winning novelist screenwriter, and feature film director.
Shamim Sarif
Simon Fitzmaurice

Simon Fitzmaurice – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: My Name Is Emily

Simon Fitzmaurice is an award-winning writer and film director, his debut feature the award winning 'My Name Is Emily' was released in April this year.
Simon Fitzmaurice
Simon Nye

Simon Nye – Screenwriter

Credits include: Men Behaving Badly, Reggie Perrin

Simon was a translator before starting his writing career as a novelist, adapting his two novels 'Men Behaving Badly' and 'Wideboy' into TV series.
Simon Nye
Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis – Screenwriter & Playwright

Credits include: Waking the Dead, Silent Witness

Stephen has been a screenwriter and theatre playwright for more than four decades.
Stephen Davis
Susan Everett

Susan Everett – Screenwriter, Script Editor & Educator

Credits include: Hinterland, A Mind to Kill

As well as writing, Susan has years of experience as a script editor, consultant, mentor and tutor.
Susan Everett
Toby Whithouse

Toby Whithouse – Screenwriter

Credits include: Being Human, The Game, Torchwood

Toby is the Writer/Creator of Being Human and BBC's stylish hit new show The Game.
Toby Whithouse
Tom Kerevan

Tom Kerevan – Screenwriter

Credits include: Tear Me Apart

Tom is a screenwriter and producer. His debut 'Tear Me Apart' premiered at the Austin Film Festival and he is currently working on his second feature ‘Gun’.
Tom Kerevan

The videos are amazing. Every time one gets uploaded it’s like the festival never really ended, love them. and so helpful!

Tsonko Bumbalov, Screenwriter

Tsonko Bumbalov, Screenwriter

People who get stuff made

Yvonne Grace

Yvonne Grace – Television Drama Producer/Script Editor/Writer

Credits include: Eastenders, Holby City

Yvonne has worked in script editing, story development and production for the BBC, Granada, Channel 4 and ITV.
Yvonne Grace
Ned Dowd

Ned Dowd – Producer

Apocalypto, King Arthur, Ondine, Shanghai Noon and Last Of The Mohicans

Apocalypto, King Arthur, Shanghai Noon and Last Of The Mohicans are a handful of films on Ned's resume - it reads more like our movie collection!
Ned Dowd
Mellie Buse

Mellie Buse – Screenwriter & Producer

Credits include: Grandpa In My Pocket

Grandpa In My Pocket has received three BAFTA nominations and won the 2010 Welsh BAFTA for Best Children’s Programme.
Mellie Buse
Julian Friedmann

Julian Friedmann – Film, TV and literary agent

Agent and great supporter of emerging talent.

Julian has years of experience as a literary agent and was the founder of ScriptWriter magazine.
Julian Friedmann
Jeremy Howe

Jeremy Howe – Drama Commissioning Editor | Radio 4

Credits include: The Archers, Bloomsday

Jeremy is responsible for commissioning over 300 titles a year for Radio 4.
Jeremy Howe
Stephen Follows

Stephen Follows – Writer and producer

Credits include: Baseline, Sign Language

Stephen Follows is an award-winning writer and producer. 
Stephen Follows
Gareth Unwin

Gareth Unwin – Producer

Credits include: The King's Speech, Kajaki. The True Story

Gareth produced The King's Speech and walked away with an Oscar, a BAFTA and countless other awards. 
Gareth Unwin
Andrew Macdonald

Andrew Macdonald – Producer

Credits include: Trainspotting, The Beach, 28 Days Later...

Co-Founder of DNA Films, best known for his collaborations with John Hodge and Danny Boyle.
Andrew Macdonald
Catherine Williams

Catherine Williams – Producer & Screenwriter

Credits include: Pet Squad, Bear Behaving Badly, Teletubbies

After a short stint in ‘grown up drama', she has been regressing ever since…
Catherine Williams
Hanan Kattan

Hanan Kattan – Producer & Entrepreneur

Credits include: Despite the Falling Snow

Hanan is the award-winning sole producer of four feature films and head honcho behind TEDxHolyLand.
Hanan Kattan
Jamie Campbell

Jamie Campbell – Producer & Creative Director | Eleven

Credits include: The Enfield Haunting, Glue

Co-Founder of Eleven Film, Jamie serves as Executive Producer for much of the company's output.
Jamie Campbell
Jeff Norton

Jeff Norton – Writer-Producer & Author

Credits include: MetaWars, Trucktown, Princess Ponies

Jeff is a writer-producer, and author of the award-winning thriller series MetaWars.
Jeff Norton
John Yorke

John Yorke – MD Angel Station

Credits include: Wolf Hall, Shameless, Life On Mars

John Yorke is Managing Director of Angel Station where he works as a drama producer, consultant and lecturer on all forms of storytelling.
John Yorke
Nik Powell

Nik Powell – Producer and Director of National Film and Television School

Credits include: The Crying Game, Mona Lisa

Virgin co-founder turned Producer, Nik is the man behind some of the most successful and acclaimed British films of all time.
Nik Powell
Robyn Slovo

Robyn Slovo – Producer

Credits include: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Former exec at BBC Films and head of film at Company Pictures, Robyn is now an independent producer.
Robyn Slovo
Sandy Nicholson

Sandy Nicholson – Screenwriter

Credits include: Cabu Cabu, Comfort Food

Sandy is a freelance screenwriter, dialogue consultant and the Head Writer at Box Room Films.
Sandy Nicholson

I’m currently rewriting a few scenes of my script in order to avoid possible legal issues flagged up in the legal clinic.

Bruno Catarino, Screenwriter

Bruno Catarino, Screenwriter

Directors

Jonathan Newman

Jonathan Newman – Writer & Director

Credits include: Swinging With The Finkels, Foster, Maria Mundi and the Midas Box

Jonathan most recently directed the $25m movie Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box.
Jonathan Newman
Adam Spinks

Adam Spinks – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Extinction, Survivors

As well as being a Director of film and TV, Adam also works with young people delivering workshops, seminars and lectures across all disciplines of filmmaking.
Adam Spinks
Kristoffer Nyholm

Kristoffer Nyholm – Director

Credits include: The Killing, The Enfield Haunting

Kristoffer was lead director on Danish phenomenon The Killing and more recently The Enfield Haunting for SKY.
Kristoffer Nyholm
Marc Price

Marc Price – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Colin, Magpie

Marc is an award winning Director, Screenwriter, Camera Operator, Editor & Producer.
Marc Price
Melanie Light

Melanie Light – Director & Production Designer

Credits include: The Herd, Wallander

Melanie's latest short film The Herd has played film festivals world wide including the Oscar qualifying Sitges. It has been watched online over 400,000 times.
Melanie Light
Phil Hawkins

Phil Hawkins – Director, Screenwriter & Producer

Credits include: The Women of Troy, The Butterfly Tattoo

Phil has directed five feature films including 'The Last Showing' and 'Four Warriors' as well as over 100 television commercials. 
Phil Hawkins

From this particular Jersey girl who took 24 hours and a 13.5 Force 7 sleepless, overnight ferry crossing to get there, A GREAT BIG THANK YOU!

Jan Caston, Screenwriter

Jan Caston, Screenwriter

Actors

Tiana Benjamin

Tiana Benjamin – Actress

Tiana Benjamin is a British actress best known for playing Chelsea Fox in over 300 episodes of the long-running BBC soap opera EastEnders.
Tiana Benjamin

‘I didn’t expect the friendliness, warmth and generosity of sharing time, ideas and experiences with other writers that I found at LSF’

Jenny Bayliss, Screenwriter

Jenny Bayliss, Screenwriter

People who know stuff

Linda Aronson

Linda Aronson – Practitioner and screenwriter

Author of: The 21st-Century Screenplay

Linda Aronson returns to dazzle LSF delegates with her game changing explanations of how to construct non-linear and multiple storyline films.
Linda Aronson
Hayley McKenzie

Hayley McKenzie – Script Editor

Credits include: Hollyoaks, Casualty, Blue Murder

Hayley McKenzie is an experienced Script Editor in UK television and feature films and the founder of Script Angel.
Hayley McKenzie
Jean Kitson

Jean Kitson – Agent

Founder: Kitson Management

Jean Kitson is an agent representing film, TV, theatre and radio writers and directors.
Jean Kitson
Angus Finney

Angus Finney – Educator & Production Finance Market Manager

Credits include: Disco Pigs, Candy

Angus is a leading international film and creative industry specialist.
Angus Finney
Charlie Winckworth

Charlie Winckworth – Lawyer | Hogan Lovells

Charlie has developed a wide-ranging and international practice at Hogan Lovells. He is widely recognised as a leader in the online sphere.
Charlie Winckworth
David Pope

David Pope – Filmmaker & Educator

David is a feature filmmaker, consultant and trainer. He is a regular tutor at London Film Academy.
David Pope
Dr. Dave Ranyard

Dr. Dave Ranyard – CEO: Dream Reality Interactive

Credits include: Ocean Descent, The London Heist, The Getaway

VR pioneer and the CEO of Dream Reality Interactive.
Dr. Dave Ranyard
Emily Perry

Emily Perry – PA | Cuba Pictures

Credits include: Suffragette

Emily started at Ruby Films working as a PA for Alison Owen and Paul Trijbits. She is now working at Cuba Pictures supporting Dixie Linder and Nick Marston.
Emily Perry
Jackie Malton

Jackie Malton – Story Consultant & Writer

Credits: Prime Suspect, Waking The Dead

Jackie is Ex Detective Chief Inspector Metropolitan Police and the role model for award winning series Prime Suspect.
Jackie Malton
Karol Griffiths

Karol Griffiths – Script Editor & Supervisor

Credits include: How I Met Your Mother, Friends

Karol has been Lynda La Plante's script and copy editor for the past 3 years and has Edited and Supervised many prime-time TV shows and films.
Karol Griffiths
Kira-Anne Pelican

Kira-Anne Pelican – Screenwriter & Script Consultant

Kira-Anne is an independent script consultant, a PhD researcher in Screenwriting, and visiting tutor at the Met Film School, London.
Kira-Anne Pelican
Lucy Raffety

Lucy Raffety – Producer & Script Editor

Credits include: Casualty, Eastenders

Lucy instigated a Writers’ Room system at Casualty which now commissions the majority of its writers in that way.
Lucy Raffety
Ludo Smolski

Ludo Smolski – Development Consultant

Credits include: Filth, Leave To Remain

Ludo is a development consultant and script editor, and is a co-Tutor of the National Film & Television School's Postgraduate Diploma in Script Development.
Ludo Smolski
Noel

Noel 'Razor' Smith – Novelist

Credits include: The Criminal Alphabet, A Few Kind Words and A Loaded Gun

Reformed convict Noel is now a best selling author.
Noel
Yalda T Uhls

Yalda T Uhls – Former movie executive and expert in child development

Credits include: My Family, Tree's Lounge

Former movie executive, Yalda is now an expert on child development and consults with Disney and Henson Pictures.
Yalda T Uhls

John Yorke’s session was hugely helpful, giving me an insight into serial structures, and what commissioners are looking for – plus as I was asking him for some advice on my TV drama he requested the script

Rachel Paterson

Rachel Paterson

Moderators

Mark Pallis

Mark Pallis – Screenwriter

Credits include: Garrow's Law, Iron Monk, Tales of Peter Rabbit

Barrister turned writer Mark served as story editor on Garrow's Law and has several TV and feature projects ready to go.
Mark Pallis
Karen Krizanovich

Karen Krizanovich – Writer, broadcaster, presenter and producer

Credits include: The Film Programme

Veteran LSF Karen brings her years in the media business to ensure insightful and entertaining sessions.
Karen Krizanovich
Guy Cocker

Guy Cocker – Broadcaster

Broadcasting credits: BBC 5 Live, Sky News, CNN

Writes regularly for Wired, T3 and Stuff, and is the resident video game expert on BBC 5 live, Sky News and CNN.
Guy Cocker
Maureen Hascoet

Maureen Hascoet – Agent & Director

Credits include: 50 Kisses ('Enough' segment)

Maureen is a veteran of the LSF production team, now working for Blueberry Creative Consultants. She is also a talented director in her own right.
Maureen Hascoet
Owen Jones

Owen Jones – Columnist

Author of: Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class

Guardian columnist Owen won the 2012 Stonewall Journalist of the Year and 2013 Political Book Awards Young Writer of the Year.
Owen Jones
Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams – Screenwriter

Professional singer and drummer, Sarah also writes for the screen and brings her impeccable moderating skills back to the LSF this year.
Sarah Williams
Tyrone D Murphy

Tyrone D Murphy – Filmmaker & Publisher

Credits include: Mad Frankie Fraser

Award winning film-maker and publisher Tyrone has a firm reputation for tackling some very controversial issues.
Tyrone D Murphy

A packed, intense, immersive rollercoaster ride

Paul Sukhija, Director

Paul Sukhija, Director