with Tony Jordan
Many TV writers stumble when it comes time to joining a writers’ room; what has always been a passionate solitary pursuit becomes a collaborative undertaking. Whilst it can be creatively stimulating, there are also pitfalls the solo writer does not have to face. Politics, compromise, and unpredictable group dynamics can impact a writer in unfamiliar ways.
Ever wondered what it’s REALLY like inside the writers’ room? How does collaboration actually work and does everyone get a say? How do you crack a story or write characters that aren’t yours? What happens when the ideas dry up? Or when no one can agree? Get the inside scoop from TV legend Tony Jordan, experienced showrunner and creator of some of Britain’s best-loved shows (Hustle, Life On Mars), on what it’s ACTUALLY like to be in the room.
In this session, writers will learn…
- How to navigate the waters of multiple priorities.
- The specific challenges and rewards of writing to fulfill a showrunner’s voice and vision.
- How to get staffed in a room, and how to make yourself indispensable once you’re there.
Are you ready to go from God of your story’s reality to just one member of a team? Come and listen to Tony Jordan’s words of wisdom… and vault yourself into one of the most invigorating writing jobs out there.
Appearing in this session
Credits include Hustle, Life On Mars, Holby Blue, Death in Paradise
Screenwriting for Film & Television
The perfect blend of action, adventure and romance, Poldark was one of the most watched shows in Britain. Meet Debbie and the team and find out how it was written, why it was such a success and how to keep audiences coming back, season after season.
Would you like to know how original serials and procedurals are REALLY designed? If the “over the counter” stuff leaves you confused or wanting, you’ve come to the right place: There’s more to TV series development than the superficial five-act paradigm!
How to identify the elements that lead to getting sold and produced. Adaptations are so ubiquitous: about half of Hollywood movies are adaptations, which also includes movies based on real people. An interesting novel doesn’t always become an interesting movie, nor does an interesting life.
With the global video-streaming market expected to be valued at over $125 billion dollars by 2025, the trend is clear: the streaming market is not just for tech nerds anymore. Come to this panel for the best strategies to find your audience on Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, or elsewhere in the exciting world of streaming.
Get your TV project in the best shape it can be for both a competitive and exciting marketplace in 2020.
From Miss Marple to Dana Scully, numerous renditions of female TV detectives have always styled out the televisiual crime scene. This panel discusses why she holds such a fascination for the viewer, how writers have evolved her across the years, and where, in a post-Me Too landscape, she is likely to head next…
For the third straight London SWF, we bring this thought-provoking, mind-opening session to screenwriters. The Female Gaze returns. With some of the most groundbreaking and trailblazing wonder women in the industry, we continue the conversation that affects ALL of us.
We all do it. Imagine our favourite actors saying our lines, maybe even write roles for a specific actor – without any notion of how to make that fantasy a reality. In this session, you will hear directly from professional actors what they look for when a script comes across their desk, and what turns their “Maybes” into “Yeses”.
Hear how writer Barbara Machin, producer Jane Steventon and director Justin Molotnikov took the low-budget feature Susan Hill’s Ghost Story from inception to transmission on Channel 5 in only a year and the trials and tribulations they faced.