NEW SPEAKERS TO BE ADDED IN SPRING 2017
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 2017. Get updates by signing up below.
A massive thanks to the volunteers who were all polite, jolly and helpful… See you next year!
Hayley November, Screenwriter
Credits include: Die Hard, The Fugitive
Jeb has been a motion picture and television screenwriter, director and producer for over 30 years and is considered one of the great action screenwriters in film history.
Credits: 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan'
plus... 'Time After Time' and 'Star Trek: The Voyage Home'. And now Nicholas is writing the new Star Trek: Discovery. Seriously.
The best run, best organised and best attended writers’ fest I’ve ever seen…
Karen Krizanovich - Presenter, Writer and Journalist
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!
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.
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.
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
Credits include: Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes
Ashley is a veteran TV writer who has created and written several long-running series for the BBC and ITV.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
Credits include: The Vicar of Dibley, Miranda
Paul has worked for 35 years in Radio and TV as a comedy writer, producer, script editor and commissioning editor.
Credits include: My Hero, Losing It
Paul is best known for his work on 'My Hero', 'May to December' and 'Neighbours from Hell'.
Credits include: Fallen London, Imago
Rob is a game writer, narrative designer and voice director.
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’.
If I hadn’t come to the festival I wouldn’t have improved as a writer, got an agent, and now I have a meeting at Hollyoaks about writing the show!
Hayley November, Screenwriter
People who get stuff made
Credits include: Eastenders, Holby City
Yvonne has worked in script editing, story development and production for the BBC, Granada, Channel 4 and ITV.
Agent and great supporter of emerging talent.
Julian has years of experience as a literary agent and was the founder of ScriptWriter magazine.
Credits include: Baseline, Sign Language
Stephen Follows is an award-winning writer and producer.
Credits Include: The First Film, How To Change The World
David has been involved in the production/ distribution of over 100 British feature films with budgets from £20,000 to $16 million.
Credits include: 50 Kisses, Cancer Hair
Gail's short Cancer Hair won 'Best Fiction' and 'Best of Fest' at the Isle of Man Film Festival and won IMDb New Filmmaker of the Year at Bath Film Festival.
Credits include: MetaWars, Trucktown, Princess Ponies
Jeff is a writer-producer, and author of the award-winning thriller series MetaWars.
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.
Credits include: The Jason Byrne Show, French & Saunders
Julia produces comedies for Radio 2.
Credits include: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Former exec at BBC Films and head of film at Company Pictures, Robyn is now an independent producer.
Credits include: It's a Wonderful Life
Ruth runs JK Rowling’s Bronte Film and TV and won both an Oscar and BAFTA for 'It's a Wonderful Life' directed by Peter Capaldi
Credits include: Grabbers, Miss You Already
Samantha is a prolific Producer, freelance script and development consultant and a lecturer who creates and runs training courses for emerging filmmakers.
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
Credits include: Onegin, Chromophobia
Award winning, visionary director of sumptuous Russian period piece 'Onegin' and the powerful and contemporary 'Chromophobia'.
I’ve had a B-L-A-S-T over these past four days as a delegate. What a slick and shiny and stimulating Festival
Mark Wilson, Screenwriter and Media Consultant
Credits include: Little Britain, Peep Show, Marcella
Naomi Cooper-Davis is an actor, improviser and comedian and a regular on the improv circuit with her group 'The Petting Zoo'.
This festival helped create some amazing friendships that I already know will last a lifetime
Clara Emanuel, Writer & Actor
People who know stuff
Bionic blogger, script editor and the voice of new writers!
Legendary for her enthusiasm and knowledge which she shares with her community at Bang2Write. Core member of the LSF team.
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.
Founder: Kitson Press Associates
Jean Kitson is an agent representing film, TV, theatre and radio writers and directors.
Credits include: Doctor Who, Torchwood, Casualty
David is an accomplished Script Editor and Producer who has worked on many of the UK's most popular continuing drama series.
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.
Kira-Anne is an independent script consultant, a PhD researcher in Screenwriting, and visiting tutor at the Met Film School, London.
Credits include: Casualty, Eastenders
Lucy instigated a Writers’ Room system at Casualty which now commissions the majority of its writers in that way.
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.
Credits include: Tripped, Endeavour
Paul is a script editor for leading drama company Mammoth Screen.
I then sat at a small table with Stephen fricking Frears and chatted with him. I chatted with Stephen Frears!
Lisa McMullin, 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.
Credits include: Great American Pitchfest
Bob has been the Executive Director of the Great American Pitchfest & Screenwriting Conference (GAPF) for 13 years.
Credits include: The Film Programme
Veteran LSF Karen brings her years in the media business to ensure insightful and entertaining sessions.
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.
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.
Professional singer and drummer, Sarah also writes for the screen and brings her impeccable moderating skills back to the LSF this year.
I have taught at many events, but none as gorgeous as the LSF – the enthusiasm and smarts of the delegates was humbling
Julie Gray, Story consultant & writing mentor