Speakers

kateSpeakers added daily – expect 150 by late October.

The London Screenwriters’ Festival features over 150 professional speakers. Many have also agreed to intimate Script Chat sessions after their respective events so that you can get face time with them.


I still can’t quite believe what I’ve lived through these last few days – totally amazing

KT Parker, Screenwriter

KT Parker, Screenwriter

Headliners

Iain Smith

Iain Smith – Producer

Credits include: Wanted, The Fountain, The Fifth Element

Iain is an established and award winning international film producer with a credit list as long as your arm!
Iain Smith
Lynda La Plante, CBE

Lynda La Plante, CBE – Screenwriter & Author

Credits include: Prime Suspect

Lynda has created some of the most iconic and successful British TV series, including Prime Suspect, Widows and The Governor.
Lynda La Plante, CBE
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
William Nicholson

William Nicholson – Screenwriter & Novelist

Credits include: Gladiator, Les Miserables, Mandela: Long Road To Freedom

Twice Oscar nominated William Nicholson is a British screenwriter, playwright, and novelist.
William Nicholson
Julie Gray

Julie Gray – Script Guru and Story Development Consultant

Author: Just Effing Entertain Me: A Screenwriter's Atlas

Story analyst, Julie directed the Just Effing Screenwriting Competition for 6 years.
Julie Gray
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
David Reynolds

David Reynolds – Screenwriter

Disney and Pixar writer David Reynolds credits include; Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2 & 3 and The Emperor's New Groove.
David Reynolds

An outstanding and extremely well-run Lab and my writing has benefited enormously from it. Can’t thank you guys enough.

Eben Skilleter, Screenwriter

Eben Skilleter, Screenwriter

Screenwriters

Amma Asante

Amma Asante – Writer & Director

Credits include: A Way Of Life

Writer and Director Amma was recently announced as one of Variety's ‘10 Directors to Watch’ this year.
Amma Asante
Charlie Brooker

Charlie Brooker – Writer

Credits include: Black Mirror, Dead Set, A Touch Of Cloth

Charlie Brooker has worked across the spectrum of media, as a writer, producer, journalist, cartoonist and television and radio presenter.
Charlie Brooker
Claudia Myers

Claudia Myers – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Fort Bliss, The Long Road Back, Kettle Of Fish

Claudia is an Award winning Screenwriter, Director and Educator; her latest feature 'Fort Bliss' is released autumn 2014.
Claudia Myers
Danny Robins

Danny Robins – Screenwriter & Broadcaster

Credits include: Young Dracula, We Are History

Danny created the hugely successful BAFTA and RTS Award winning BBC children’s series Young Dracula.
Danny Robins
Daran Little

Daran Little – Screenwriter

Credits include: The Only Way Is Essex, Made In Chelsea

Daran Little is an experienced BAFTA and RTS award-winning and EMMY-nominated TV drama writer.
Daran Little
Dennis Kelly

Dennis Kelly – Screenwriter

Credits include: Utopia, Pulling

Dennis wrote and co-produced his most recent series Utopia and co-wrote the award-winning comedy series Pulling.
Dennis Kelly
Elly Brewer

Elly Brewer – Screenwriter

Credits include: The Story Of Tracy Beaker, The Dumping Ground

Elly is a multi-award winning writer who’s been writing TV for young people since the mid-80’s.
Elly Brewer
Ged Parsons

Ged Parsons – Screenwriter

Credits include: Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week

Ged Parsons is an award-winning writer of TV and radio and has written for some of the biggest names in comedy.
Ged Parsons
Jonathan Asser

Jonathan Asser – Screenwriter

Credits include: Starred Up

Jonathan was voted Best British Newcomer at the London Film Festival 2013.
Jonathan Asser
Jonathan Ruffle

Jonathan Ruffle – Writer & Producer

Credits include: Tommies, Never Mind The Buzzcocks

Jonathan created, writes and produces the a four-and-a-half year real-time drama - Tommies which airs on BBC Radio this autumn.
Jonathan Ruffle
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
Nathan Cockerill

Nathan Cockerill – Screenwriter

Credits include: M.I.High, Peter Rabbit, House Of Anubis

Nathan is a Scriptwriter with eighteen years experience writing for both children’s and adult television.
Nathan Cockerill
Tony Grisoni

Tony Grisoni – Screenwriter

Credits include: Southcliffe, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Tony joins us at the LSF to talk about his gripping BAFTA nominated CH4 drama Southcliffe.
Tony Grisoni
William Ivory

William Ivory – Screenwriter & Producer

Credits include: Made In Dagenham, Truckers, Common As Muck

Actor turned Screenwriter William Ivory is perhaps best known for the cracking 'Made In Dagenham'.
William Ivory
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
Kurti & Doyle

Kurti & Doyle – Screenwriters

Credits include: Going Postal, Primeval, Sinbad

Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle broke into the business by writing and selling a spec script, Newton's Law, which led to 14 further movie commissions.
Kurti & Doyle
Phil Ford

Phil Ford – Screenwriter

Credits include: The Sarah Jane Adventures, Dr Who, Torchwood

Award winner Phil has written hundreds of hours of classic TV including The Sarah Jane Adventures, Dr Who and Torchwood.
Phil Ford
Helen Jacey

Helen Jacey – Writer & Story Consultant

Credits include: The Woman In The Story (Author)

Helen is a writer and story consultant who has developed numerous features and projects for the UK and international film industry.
Helen Jacey
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
Robert Thorogood

Robert Thorogood – Screenwriter

Robert is the creator and lead writer of the 8 x 60' BBC 1 television series 'Death in Paradise', his first broadcast credit.
Robert Thorogood
Andrew Ellard

Andrew Ellard – Screenwriter & Script Editor

Credits include: The IT Crowd, Red Dwarf

“I wish Andrew came as an app” – Graham Linehan
Andrew Ellard
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
Daniel Martin Eckhart

Daniel Martin Eckhart – Scriptwriter

Credits include: Brother Grimm, Blood Eagle

These days Daniel works with some of Germany’s best networks, producers, directors and actors creating top-rated TV movies.
Daniel Martin Eckhart

Thanks for a transformational weekend – the table read was mind blowing – what an incredible resource and community this is!!

Ava Regal, Screenwriter

Ava Regal, Screenwriter

People who get stuff made

Gavin Poolman

Gavin Poolman – Financier

Credits include: Festival Express, The Zookeeper

Seasoned Producer and financier, Gavin is also co-founder of Apollo Media Ltd and heads up a $100m film fund.
Gavin Poolman
John Yorke

John Yorke – MD Company Pictures

Credits include: Shameless, Life On Mars, Bodies

John is Managing Director of Company Pictures, the UK drama independent producing Skins, Shameless and The White Queen.
John Yorke
Maggie Ellis

Maggie Ellis – Head of Artists’ Moving Image | Film London

Credits include: Shifty, Strawberry Fields

At Film London Maggie is responsible for overseeing the agency's commissioning of artists' moving image work and talent development.
Maggie Ellis
Simon Harper

Simon Harper – Series Producer of Holby City

Credits include: Holby City

Simon has many years of script editing under his belt and is now Series Producer on Holby City.
Simon Harper
Steve La Rue

Steve La Rue – TV Development Exec

Credits include: Buffy, X-Files, The Simpsons

Steve was instrumental in the development and production of TV classics Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, Millennium, King of the Hill, Battlestar Galactica, and The Simpsons.
Steve La Rue
Stephen Follows

Stephen Follows – Writer and producer

Credits include: Baseline, Sign Language

Stephen Follows is an award-winning writer and producer. 
Stephen Follows
Chris Sussman

Chris Sussman – Commissioning Editor BBC Comedy

Credits include: Not Going Out, Him & Her, The Peter Serafinowicz Show

Chris oversees development of new scripts and pilots for BBC Comedy.
Chris Sussman
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
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
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
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
Paul Ashton

Paul Ashton – Senior Film Exec | Creative England

Paul leads the BFI NET.WORK Talent Centre in Sheffield, supporting filmmakers towards their first feature via short film production and feature film development.
Paul Ashton
Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes – Producer

From 'Soft Top...' and 'Shooting Fish' to 'Eden Lake' and 'Resistance'

Prolific and tenacious British producer who gets films made where others fail...
Richard Holmes
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

The perfect balance between exhilaration and exhaustion

Andrew James Carter, Screenwriter

Andrew James Carter, Screenwriter

Directors

Marcus Markou

Marcus Markou – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Papadopoulos & Sons

DIY filmmaker Marcus wrote, directed, financed, produced and self distributed indie favourite Papadopoulos & Sons.
Marcus Markou
Debbie Isitt

Debbie Isitt – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Confetti, Nativity 1, 2 & 3

Debbie's unique improvisational methods have attracted the cream of UK comedy to her projects including Martin Freeman, Alan Carr, Jessica Hynes, Stephen Mangan and David Tennant.
Debbie Isitt
Eran Creevy

Eran Creevy – Director and Screenwriter

Credits include: Shifty, Welcome To The Punch

Eran wrote and directed the BAFTA nominated Shifty; his latest feature Welcome To The Punch was Executive Produced by Ridley Scott.
Eran Creevy

I had a blast… Brilliantly run, great events, it’s the best one I’ve been to…

Robert Popper - 'Peep Show', 'The IT Crowd', 'South Park'

Robert Popper -

Actors

Paterson Joseph

Paterson Joseph – Actor

Credits include: Peep Show, Green Wing

Paterson's TV credits include the award-winning Green Wing, Peep Show, Sex Traffic and Julius Caesar. His films include The Beach and In The Name of The Father.
Paterson Joseph
Phil Davis

Phil Davis – Actor

Credits include: Notes On A Scandal, Quadrophenia, Vera Drake

Phil is an Actor, Director and Writer perhaps best known for his roles in Alien 3, Vera Drake and Quadrophenia.
Phil Davis

The LSF was the perfect combination of the practical and the inspirational with just plain amazing on top.

Colleen Burn, Screenwriter

Colleen Burn, Screenwriter

People who know stuff

David Hanson

David Hanson – Head of London School of Drama, Film and Media

A successful screenwriter in his own right, David created and runs the Regent's School of Film, Media & Performance at Regent’s University.
David Hanson
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
Laurie Hutzler

Laurie Hutzler – Screenwriter & Story Consultant

Story and character consultant for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Aardman, Pixar University, Disney, and Dreamworks to name but a few.
Laurie Hutzler
Lee Jessup

Lee Jessup – Career Coach

Credits include: Getting It Write: An Insider's Guide To A Screenwriting Career

Lee is a career coach for screenwriters, with an exclusive focus on the screenwriter's professional development.
Lee Jessup
Nick Barron

Nick Barron – Agent

Prior to joining the The Writers' Company, agent Nick Barron worked at one of London’s leading literary agencies, The Agency.
Nick Barron
Shaun Kimber

Shaun Kimber – Author & Educator

Credits include: Controversies: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Shaun is a Snr Lecturer in the Media School at Bournemouth University; he's also a master of horror and extreme cinema.
Shaun Kimber
Helen Jacey

Helen Jacey – Writer & Story Consultant

Credits include: The Woman In The Story (Author)

Helen is a writer and story consultant who has developed numerous features and projects for the UK and international film industry.
Helen Jacey
Chris Jones

Chris Jones – Filmmaker and author

Credits include: Oscars shortlisted Gone Fishing, the Guerilla Handbooks and a bunch of feature films

Chris has spent his life making movies, writing books  and helping others make their movies.
Chris Jones
Craig Batty

Craig Batty – Senior Lecturer, RMIT University, Melbourne

The Creative Screenwriter, Movies That Move Us

Craig has a PhD in screenwriting, is a senior lecturer, screenwriter, script consultant and author.
Craig Batty
Joe Mefford

Joe Mefford – Director of Sales | Final Draft

Joe is our man on the ground at Final Draft.
Joe Mefford
Linda Aronson

Linda Aronson – Guru 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

It is THE event to go to as a screenwriter. I will be coming back next year and the year after, and the year…

Fiona Hunniset, Screenwriter

Fiona Hunniset, Screenwriter

Moderators

Nev Pierce

Nev Pierce – Journalist & Screenwriter

Nev is Editor-At-Large for EMPIRE, the world’s biggest film magazine.
Nev Pierce
Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams – Screenwriter

Former professional singer and drummer, Sarah now writes for the screen and brings her moderating skills to the LSF for the first time this year.
Sarah Williams
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
Nigel Floyd

Nigel Floyd – Film Critic and Broadcaster

Credits include: Time Out, Radio 5, Radio 4, Radio 3

Time Out film critic Nigel will be interviewing top speakers for the London Screenwriters Festival 2013.
Nigel Floyd
Mark Pallis

Mark Pallis – Screenwriter

Credits include: Garrow's Law, Iron Monk, Destination Saigon

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

It was a pleasure to engage with such a diverse group of passionate writers…

Kate Harwood, Controller Series/Serials, BBC Drama

Kate Harwood, Controller Series/Serials, BBC Drama