Issy Barber

Development Executive | Playground Entertainment
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Isabelle spent several years in development at award-winning indie The Forge, before moving into production, assistant script editing the fourth series of Ackley Bridge for Channel 4. From there she worked on the C4 Screenwriting Course,  including being part of the course’s first mentoring scheme. After a stint at Netflix freelancing on writers’ rooms for two new dramas, Isabelle script edited a YA comedy drama for the BBC.

She has a passion for supporting new writers, and has run two shadow schemes, both for Channel 4 and for the BBC. Isabelle joined the Playground team in September 2021 and works alongside Head of Drama Daniel Gratton across the UK slate. She has just come to the end of script editing a new period drama for Channel 5, The Hardacres.

What we’re looking for:

We’re always looking for a fresh take on a genre, be it a rom-com with a high concept twist, a revisionist spin on a classic, or a thriller with an elevated and authored tone. We lean towards the darkly comic or more uplifting and warm rather than gritty or state-of-the-nation type premises, although we appreciate ideas with something to say.