Netflix and chill: Writing TV Drama

Room: Final Draft Hall
Time: Saturday 6:30pm

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with Adrian Hodges, Simon Duric, Hania Elkington, Justin Young, and Farah Abushwesha
moderated by Lisa McMullin

Netflix and chill: Writing TV Drama image

Drama is the backbone of story-telling. After all, what is a story without conflict? In this age, where binge-watching exists alongside traditional episodic fare, how does a writer craft a series to appeal to executives and audiences?

In this session you will learn:

  • How to maintain drama over many different seasons of the same series.
  • How to create characters audiences invest in.
  • The process of getting your series on TV.
  • Writing for and pitching to Netflix and Amazon…and how are they different from traditional broadcasters.

The Musketeers creator Adrian Hodges joins Hania Elkington and Simon Duric (launching their first series on Netflix – The Innocents – this August), and Justin Young (Ripper Street, Dickensian) as we dissect what makes an unmissable TV Drama in this age of fractured audiences.

Appearing in this session

Farah Abushwesha

Farah Abushwesha – Producer & Founder of Rocliffe

Credits include: Irreplaceable You

Farah is a BAFTA nominated producer, best selling author and founder of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writers Competition.
Farah Abushwesha
Hania Elkington

Hania Elkington – Screenwriter

Credits include: The Innocents

Hania's first project to his screens, 'The Innocents', co-created with Simon Duric premieres on Netflix this August.
Hania Elkington
Lisa McMullin

Lisa McMullin – Screenwriter

Credits include EastEnders, Doctors

Lisa writes continuing drama series for television and also writes Big Finish audio dramas, including Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Time War.
Lisa McMullin
Simon Duric

Simon Duric – Screenwriter, Director & Producer

Credits include: The Innocents, Later

Simon is the Co-creator, Co-writer and Executive Producer of new Netflix Original show 'The Innocents'.
Simon Duric
Justin Young

Justin Young – Screenwriter & Producer

Credits include: Holby City, Eastenders, Casualty

Justin Young is a screenwriter, playwright and producer. He’s written for a variety of drama series including Ripper Street, Dickensian and Death in Paradise.
Justin Young
Adrian Hodges

Adrian Hodges – Screenwriter

Adrian is the creator of 'The Musketeers' and 'Primeval', and has written several Brit films, including Ken 'My Week With Marilyn'
Adrian Hodges