Speakers

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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.


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

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
Julie Gray

Julie Gray – Story consultant and writing mentor

Director, Just Effing Entertain Me Screenwriting Competition

Hollywood screenwriter and script guru
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

Brilliantly organized, loved the pre event phone call too

Michelle Margherita, Writer, @mishmags

Michelle Margherita, Writer, @mishmags

Screenwriters

Jonathan Asser

Jonathan Asser – Screenwriter

Credits include: Starred Up

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

Tom Bidwell – Screenwriter

Credits include: My Mad Fat Diary

Playwright turned screenwriter Tom created and wrote the BAFTA nominated E4 series My Mad Fat Diary.
Tom Bidwell
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
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
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

Energising! I have a great sense of direction now, of being included, of real potential…

Felicity McCall, Writer, Northern Ireland

Felicity McCall, Writer, Northern Ireland

People who get stuff made

Brandy Rivers

Brandy Rivers – Agent | The Gersh Agency LA

Brandy is looking for TV, and in features: contained thrillers, elevated horror, big world action movies and broad comedies. Also, books for film/tv.
Brandy Rivers
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
Simon Harper

Simon Harper – Senior Script Editor & Producer

Credits include: Holby City

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

Stephen Follows – Writer and producer

Credits include: Baseline, Sign Language

Stephen Follows is an award-winning writer and producer. 
Stephen Follows
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
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 is a Senior Film Executive at Creative England.
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

BlueCat’s experience with sponsoring LSF was a walk in the park. We received great exposure at the event and our brand was greatly enhanced by our association with such a top flight organization

Gordy Hoffman, CEO Bluecat

Gordy Hoffman, CEO Bluecat

Directors

Amma Asante

Amma Asante – Writer & Director

Credits include: Belle, Brothers and Sisters

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

Sarah Gavron – Director

Credits include: Brick Lane, This Little Life

Director Sarah is best known for the award winning Brick Lane.
Sarah Gavron
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
Lance Nielsen

Lance Nielsen – Writer & Director

Credits include: The Journey

Lance is a writer, director and producer who often tackles social and political issues.
Lance Nielsen

The LSF is unparalleled in terms of opportunity to network, pitch, learn and propel your career forwards.’

Stephan Burn, Writer

Stephan Burn, Writer

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

You have transformed the very idea of a Screenwriters Conference into an event FOR and BY writers… I suspect you are also transforming the industry as you go

Tanya Lees, Screenwriter, Holdfastfilms

Tanya Lees, Screenwriter, Holdfastfilms

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
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

Well constructed, beautifully presented – a rollercoaster of emotions with a quality cast of supporting acts – the SWF is everything a movie and a festival should be.

Inga J. Sempel, Screenwriter

Inga J. Sempel, 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

The result for me was 5 script requests, 4 treatment requests and a “call me”. These opportunities are all down to the LSF

Dee Chilton, Screenwriter

Dee Chilton, Screenwriter