Jessica Ruston

Screenwriter
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Jessica Ruston began her writing career in feature films, before moving on to write and publish two works of non fiction and four novels, including the best selling Luxury, before moving to writing for TV after the birth of her daughter.

She has written for Casualty and on Harlots for Hulu, Young Wallander for Netflix, Around the World in 80 Days for the BBC. She has also written two episodes of the forthcoming Catch Me a Killer for MNET, including the feature length finale.

Currently, Jess is lead writer, co-creator and EP on the adaptation of Holly Smale’s bestselling series of novels Geek Girl for Ruby Rock/Nelvana/Netflix.

She has multiple book adaptations in development, including The Swimming Pool for Red Planet, Why not say what happened? for Little Island/Legendary, The Shelf for Monumental/Egeria TV, To the Lions for Character 7, Endell Street for Euston Films, Frontline for Wild Mercury, and the bestselling crime novels Raker for Company. She is also attached to write on Engleby for Freedom Scripted Entertainment, with Tom Burke and Noah Jupe attached to star, and Ryan Craig as lead writer. She is currently adapting the book One of the Girls into a feature for Monumental / Netflix.

Her original procedural crime drama Splinters is in active development with Expanded Media and was originally developed for ITV of which 2 episodes were commissioned. Other original development includes Lady Justice with Fired Up Films/ Channel 4, Killseekers with 42/Sky and Unfit Mother with 42/Lionsgate/Channel 5, and The One Who Got Away for Left Bank/Paramount.

She is developing her original scripted horror podcast Disappear Here set in the art world for STORY/VRSE. She recently took part in writers rooms for Kings and Country (Euston/Sky) and XIII (Anton/Federation).

She was previously commissioned by Keshet to write a US set medical pilot Family Business. She’s developing two projects with Square One including a V-Wars reboot with Ian Somelhalder and James Gibbs, and has numerous other projects in paid development (including but not limited to) with Carnival Films (original thriller A Place Without Safety with Joanne Frogatt attached to star), Malfi with Imaginarium, and Survive with Big Light/Elizabeth Kesses Productions, as well as Fortune and Masquerade with Monumental.

She is also attached as lead writer on a greenlit thriller for Two Brothers.

Jessica is represented by 42 MP.

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