John Yorke

MD | Angel Station
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John Yorke is Managing Director of Angel Station where he works as a drama producer, consultant and lecturer on all forms of storytelling. A former MD of Company Pictures where he exec produced Wolf Hall, he’s the author of Into the Woods – the highly acclaimed book about how and why we tell stories.

As both Head of Channel Four Drama and Controller of BBC Drama Production John has worked on hugely popular shows such as Hustle, Spooks, Casualty and Holby City alongside award-winners such as Bodies, Omagh, Sex Traffic, Not Only But Always and The Curse of Steptoe.

His career began storylining EastEnders in its very first BAFTA-winning year – beginning a fourteen year association with the programme. As a commissioning Editor/Executive Producer, he championed Life On Mars, The Street, Shameless and Waterloo Road and in 2005 he created the BBC Writers Academy, a year-long in-depth training scheme which has produced a generation of successful television writers. He has also edited The Archers.

John is Visiting Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and lives and works in London.

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John Yorke is appearing at the following sessions:

2:00pm And so it begins… with John Yorke

2:00pm And so it begins… with John Yorke

LondonSWF365 takes a deep dive into the fundamental mechanics of what makes a story grab the reader and take them on a wonderous journey. John is a leading expert in this area, as well as a practitioner with BAFTA’s and Emmys under his belt. What better way to start… than at the beginning. FADE IN:

8:00pm 'Downton Abbey' Script To Screen with Julian Fellowes (recorded at LondonSWF 2018)

8:00pm 'Downton Abbey' Script To Screen with Julian Fellowes (recorded at LondonSWF 2018)

Join us for an extraordinary insight into the writing of the first episode of one of the biggest international TV hits, Downton Abbey, reading the screenplay and watching the episode with Julian Fellowes.

LSF Intensive: John Yorke... Create a TV Show in a Day (June 13th)

LSF Intensive: John Yorke... Create a TV Show in a Day (June 13th)

Spend a day with John Yorke, workshopping story ideas and refining the process with greater depth as you create a brand new TV show. Experience rapid idea execution as it would happen in a real writers room.

Talent Campus Day Two

Talent Campus Day Two

Talent Campus Day Two