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Paul Mendelson

Screenwriter
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After gaining a double-first in law from Cambridge, Paul squandered it by leaving his law firm after six months to work as an award-winning copywriter and creative director in several top ten London ad agencies, one of which still exists.

When puberty hit he left advertising to create primetime comedy for BBC1: May to December (6 seasons – BAFTA nomination best comedy), So Haunt Me (3 seasons – best Jewish-mother-ghost comedy) and My Hero (6 seasons – best residuals). All shown in the US and over 70 countries.  Even today in Slovenia.

Paul’s acclaimed ITV/Clerkenwell drama Losing It, starring Martin Clunes as an adman who discovers he has testicular cancer, was shortlisted for several Best Writing Awards.  He is currently developing major comedy series for Sly Fox, with whom he has a development deal, and DLT with whom he hasn’t.

With Paul Alexander he created Dreamworks Animation’s Annie-nominated series Neighbors From Hell, starring Steve Coogan as Satan, broadcast on the TBS Channel in the US.

Paul has several features in development in the UK and LA, including an adaptation of his much-repeated radio play A Meeting in Seville. With Paul Alexander he wrote Zenda and Powercut  (optioned by The Film Factory). He is developing rom-com movie GSOH with acclaimed Irish stand-up Keith Farnan.

Paul is the only screenwriter to have had six semi-finalists simultaneously in a Top Ten US competition. (The  Screencraft Comedy Script contest). One of these made the Final cut.

A live-action/animation movie Losing Arthur, based on his children’s novel, was a Finalist in the 2015 Screencraft Family Script Competition and was selected for a LSF Masterclass with David (Finding Nemo) Reynolds. It is currently with a major company in LA.

For BBC Radio 4 he has written six original plays, the comedy series Snap and adapted six Chief Inspector Dover novels, now being developed for TV. In 2014 he dramatised CS Forester’s classic London Noir trilogy.. (‘Chillingly well-written crime stories’ Daily Mail). Most recently he dramatised ‘The African Queen’ with Toby Jones and Samantha Bond (‘script deft, acting superb, production a delight’ – Gillian Reynolds,Telegraph)

He is just completing his first novel for grown-ups: In the Matter of Isabel.

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