We have an incredible panel of judges: agents, commissioning editors, producers and other senior executives from organisations including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and HBO.
If you’re one of our five finalists, every one of them will read your screenplay. And you’ll be able to meet with three of them.
The judges marked with a star are the judges who will be available to meet our finalists. Subject to their availability, you’ll be able to choose exactly which three you’d like to meet in person.
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Development Producer, STV
Adrian started his career at Central Films, producers of Morse, Sharpe and Soldier Soldier. He got his first script editing job on the Carlton series Thief Takers and now has over 20 years’ experience as a script editor and development producer, having worked on over 150 hours of produced television drama for BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and international broadcasters.
He’s previously worked for indies such as Ecosse Films, Company Pictures and Zeppotron and is currently a development producer at STV, working on a range of projects for all the terrestrial broadcasters. His credits include the ITV 2-parter The Poison Tree, Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, and series of Wild At Heart, Mistresses, Cape Wrath, Monarch of the Glen, In Deep and Peak Practice.
Series Producer, EastEnders, BBC Drama
Sharon began working at EastEnders over 20 years ago. Starting out as a Script Secretary, she soon moved on to be the show’s Archivist, before becoming a Script Editor in 2003. In 2007 Sharon became Script Producer under Diederick Santer and moved on to become Series Producer when Dominic Treadwell-Collins joined the show in 2013.
Founder, Kindle Entertainment
Kindle Entertainment was founded in 2007 by Anne Brogan and Melanie Stokes. Currently in pre-production is the company’s first primetime commission, Kiss Me First, a sci-fi thriller for E4/Netflix, which is being co-produced with Balloon Entertainment, and being written by Bryan Elsley; also in pre-production is feature film, 4 Kids and It, with Michael Caine and Bill Nighy attached. Recent shows include the third series of Hank Zipzer starring Henry ‘The Fonz’ Winkler, (with a TV movie currently in production); a third series of BAFTA award-winning Dixi, an interactive mystery set in the world of social networking (with a fourth series currently in production); and a second series of Jamillah & Aladdin, a magical action adventure series, the first ever CBeebies/CBBC co-commission.
Previous productions include:Miniseries Treasure Island, starring Eddie Izzard; TV movie Some Dogs Bite which premiered at Woodstock; Dustbin Baby, a TV movie based on the novel by Dame Jacqueline Wilson, which won both the International Emmy for Children & Young People and the Children’s BAFTA for Best Writer in 2009; Leonardo, an action adventure series about the young genius as an apprentice and Nick Nickleby a modern telling of the Dickens’ classic. Pre-Dschool shows include; Dinospaws an animated comedy for preschoolers about a trio of dinosaurs; Minibeast Adventure with Jess, preschool fact-ent and Get Well Soon, with Dr Ranj.
Development Producer, Douglas Road Productions
Jyoti has nearly 30 years experience in script development. She helped set up C5’s Family Affairs, followed by work as series/script editor on Grange Hill, Casualty and Silent Witness. She worked in development for Sony Pictures International as a development producer, and as creative consultant for Rialto Films. Script associate on Sky One’s comedy drama, Stella, and most recently as script producer on, You, Me and the Apocalypse.
Julie Gardner, MBE
Prior to this, Julie is best known for her work as Head of Drama, BBC Wales. Alongside Russell T Davies, Julie spearheaded the revival of Doctor Who, as well as Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Julie also brought an unparalleled string of hit dramas to the BBC, including Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Being Human, The Girl in the Cafe, Stuart: A Life Backwards, Dad, Mistresses and Casanova. In LA, Julie headed up the scripted division of BBC Worldwide Productions, executive producing a range of US-based titles, including Torchwood: Miracle Day, Us & Them, Da Vinci’s Demons, Getting On and Intruders. Over the past six years the pair have produced more than 850 hours of scripted and unscripted programming for the U.S. and international television markets.
Julie is an honorary fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Drama and Music and the University of West Glamorgan. She is the recipient of a M.B.E, and the Sian Phillips Award by BAFTA Cymru for her work in network and international television.
Creative Director, Chrysalis Vision
Sue started out in theatre working for the award-winning company, Complicite. She then freelanced in theatre before embarking on her career in television, firstly as a Music Supervisor for the acclaimed Channel 4 series, As If. Sue then worked at Shine (Drama and Comedy) in script development and BBC Comedy before joining Emmerdale as a Senior Script Editor. She went on to work at Granada/ITV Studios script editing and developing various dramas including Lightfields. She was also the Development and Assistant Producer on Marchlands.
Most recently Sue has worked at Keshet UK, CPL and Big Talk as a Development Producer and as Head of Development at Hillbilly Films and TV.
Sue joined Chrysalis Vision as Creative Director in March 2015.
Script Executive, The Crown, Left Bank Pictures
David is currently working as script executive and staff writer on The Crown, the first UK show from US on-demand streaming giant Netflix. The show is created by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon), with episodes directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours). Season One will be released on Netflix on 4th November, and Season Two is already in production.
Development Executive, World Productions
Alexis joined World Productions in 2016. Currently, she is working on Born to Kill, a 4 x 60′ drama for Channel 4, which shoots November 2016, as well as a range of shows in development.
Previously, Alexis was at Fifty Fathoms/Tiger Aspect, where her credits included Marvellous, the multi-Bafta-winning television film for BBC2, (written by Peter Bowker and directed by Julian Farino), the second series of Fortitude, the 10 x 60′ series for Sky Atlantic, (written by Simon Donald). She developed projects with distinguished writers like Ronan Bennett, Robert Jones, John Ridley, Bill Gallagher and Lucy Kirkwood, as well as finding and championing new rising star writers.
A former journalist and documentary producer, Alexis specialises in factual and factually-inspired drama. She began her TV career at Channel 4 Drama and FilmFour, and has worked across the industry for both broadcasters and indies.
Executive Producer, Holby and Casualty, BBC Drama
Oliver’s first producing job was on EastEnders in 2002; he left briefly in 2003 to work as Producer on Westway, a radio soap for the BBC World Service. In 2004 he returned to television and joined the Holby City team as Producer.
In 2006 he was appointed Series Producer on Casualty and remained in that position until 2011, after which he re-joined Holby City as Senior Producer. Oliver has been Executive Producer of Holby City and Casualty since 2013, and on 2105 he was Executive Producer of From Darkness, a BBC1 four parter. He also runs a small development slate alongside Holby and Casualty.
Development Executive, BBC Drama Commissioning
Jonathan joined the BBC Drama Commissioning team in 2014. Before the BBC, Jonathan worked as a script editor and story producer for leading British drama production companies in the UK and Los Angeles, with credits including The Bill, Shameless, The Musketeers and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. He holds a first-class degree from Oxford University and qualifications from UCLA and the UK’s National Film & Television School, trained as a criminal barrister, and had a prior career as an international rock drummer.
Head of Development, World Productions
Kirstie began her career as a script editor in 1999 when she was a trainee on the BAFTA-winning second series of The Cops. Since then she has script edited and produced various shows including The Bill, New Tricks, Family Affairs, Outlaws,The Innocence Project, Line of Duty and The Fear.
Most recently she has executive produced Dark Angel written by Gwyneth Hughes and starring Joanne Frogatt and In Plain Sight by new writer Nick Stevens. Both will air on ITV1 this autumn.
Colin McKeown, MBE
Founder, LA Productions
Colin is primarily known as a drama and film producer but has also produced factual, comedy, documentaries and light entertainment programmes. Colin started his career as a trainee Broadcast Engineer at Granada Television’s Manchester studios. Colin was awarded the MBE in 2016 Queen’s New Years Honours List for his services to drama and the community in and around Liverpool. He is the founder of LA Productions and The Liverpool Film Academy Educational Trust both based in Kirkdale, Liverpool.
Executive Producer, Drama Development, HBO Europe
Steve was Consulting Producer on all three series of Neil Jordan’s series The Borgias for Showtime Networks, and produced four series of RTE’s award winning Dublin gangster series Love/Hate. He was formerly Head of Development at Ray Winstone’s Size 9 Productions. He worked as a script editor at the BBC on Silent Witness and was co-creator and producer of Channel 5’s late night horror series Urban Gothic.
Steve has been a guest lecturer at NYU’s Tisch School of Arts, and was an external examiner for the screenwriting degree course at Bournemouth University. He is currently Executive Producer, Drama Development at HBO Europe.
Development Exec, Tiger Aspect
Catherine is a development executive at Tiger Aspect and is currently cooking up the next generation of shows beyond Peaky Blinders, Ripper Street and My Mad Fat Diary. Catherine began her career at the BBC as a script reader before moving on to script editing and then producing. She has over sixty hours of prime time drama credits including, Burton and Taylor, Lark Rise to Candleford and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. Catherine also produced a series of short films for iPlayer featuring new writers and directors.
Development Producer, BBC Writersroom
Simon oversees the ScriptRoom submissions, the TV Writers’ Programme, the CDS Directors’ scheme and the annual TV Writers’ Festival. He liaises with all the BBC’s drama departments in the development of new writing talent. Over the years he has worked as a script reader, script editor, director and producer for BBC Drama, CBBC Drama, Thames, Carlton, ZDF, Pearson and Freemantle.
Executive Producer, BBC Drama
Lorraine began working on BBC soap opera EastEnders as a script secretary and was the first executive producer on EastEnders to occupy every editorial role on the show. Since leaving the BBC in 2015, Lorraine has been developing new drama. She is currently Exec’ing a BBC1 90 minute single drama, Babs, a co-venture between Red Planet and the BBC.
Development Executive, Hat Trick
Oliver Rance is a Development Executive at Hat Trick where he is working on new projects. He was recently a Development Producer for ITV Studios and before that the Script Editor on Bentley Production’s Midsomer Murders. He has clocked over 150 broadcast credits as a Script and Story Editor on Holby City and Waterloo Road. His career in TV began as Script Development Assistant for Ray Winstone’s Size 9 Productions, prior to which he worked in new writing for the Royal Court Theatre and as the Programme Coordinator for the Pleasance Theatre.
Head of Development, Bentley Productions
At Bentley, Aimee developed and was the Script Exec on the original 2 hour film Harry Price: Ghosthunter for ITV and is Script Exec on Eps 1 – 3 of Midsomer Murders Series 19. Prior to this Aimee developed and script edited The Bletchley Circle, an original 3 x 60′ thriller for ITV before script editing series 2 and 3 of critically acclaimed show Call The Midwife for BBC1. Aimee lives in East London with her husband and 18 month old baby.
Script Editor, Emmerdale
After specialising in Script Writing at Directing and the Northern Film School, Adam started his television career working as a runner on a variety of ITV Yorkshire productions before settling on Emmerdale. Adam worked his way up in production based roles before stepping into the position of Script Editor in 2013. Since then, Adam has edited hundreds of episodes of the popular Northern soap opera. Emmerdale produces more episodes a week than any other British drama and it’s currently riding high as the country’s top soap.
Head of Development, Sky Drama
Lindsay Salt joined Sky Drama as Head of Development in February 2016. Lindsay oversees all development for original drama for Sky, running the slate for both Sky One and Sky Atlantic.
Prior to joining Sky, Lindsay spent eight years at Left Bank Pictures. In her latest role there, Lindsay worked as a Development Producer, working across the development slate as well as on production, including shows such as Strike Back for Sky One/Cinemax, the BAFTA-award winning Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh for BBC1 and Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This starring David Threlfall for ITV.
Series Script Executive on Britannia for Vertigo Films/Neal Street/Sky 1.
Ben began his career as an in-house reader at BBC Films and Singles before becoming a script editor on The Bill (ITV) and Attachments (World Productions and the BBC). His worked for several years in development at Channel 4 Drama, and then was Head of Development for Tandem Productions.
He has worked as a Development Producer for Maverick TV and TwoFour Television and has a wide range of experience as a freelance script editor and development executive.
Development Producer, BBC Writersroom
Angus has script edited a broad spectrum of television drama, from continuing serials and returning series to self-contained mini-series and single films.
He’s worked for the BBC, LWT, TalkbackThames, Bentley Productions and Power and most recently on The Dumping Ground and Wolfblood for CBBC.
Development Coordinator, Channel 4 Drama
Lisa Walters worked in documentary production at the BBC before joining Channel 4 Drama to support the then Heads of Department. Today she’s Development Coordinator and part of the development team; keeping a keen eye on emerging talent and sourcing ideas for compelling, bold, ground-breaking Channel 4 Drama.
She also facilitates new talent initiatives including Coming Up and the 4Playwright Scheme and has championed and shadow script edited for 4Screenwriting -one of the Channel’s most successful schemes for new writers.
Producer, BBC Drama
Nikki started her career as script editor to Lynda La Plante where she gained a gruesome knowledge of crime, forensics and pathology which stood her in good stead for a stint as storyliner on The Bill. After a brief dip in the torrid pool of Family Affairs she moved to Manchester to script edit and assistant produce 2 series of New Street Law with Red Productions. Returning back down south, she found a home in Cardiff where, after a year as Head of Development, she went on to produce, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Doctor Who and Upstairs Downstairs. After 2 years as Series Producer on Casualty where she oversaw the show’s move from Bristol to brand new studios in Cardiff Bay, Nikki returned to the world of sci-fi to produce more Doctor Who alongside Exec Producing Wizards Vs Aliens and producing Russell T Davies’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Literary Agent, The Writers’ Company
Nick is an agent at The Writers’ Company where he represents a select list of writers for TV, film and stage, as well as script editors and producers.
Prior to joining the company in 2008, he worked at The Agency and at Kudos Film & TV.
Literary Agent, Sayle Screen, London
Matthew Bates trained as a solicitor and has worked as a literary agent at Sayle Screen since 1995. His clients are writers of film and television drama, but he also represents drama directors and writer/directors, and handles film rights in books on behalf of various literary agents.
Matthew says, “I aim to work closely with my clients, helping to nurture new talent through the early days of their career, and to support and guide more established writers and directors. My strong relationships with producers, managers and agents in America mean that I’m able to help clients maximise opportunities outside the UK.”
Literary Agent, Ki Agency
Meg is an established agent, representing authors and scriptwriters, as well as film/TV rights for some other agencies. Having set up her own company, Ki Agency Ltd, Meg’s clients include bestselling authors Anne Perry and Simon Scarrow, and author/scriptwriters Mike Carey, Daniel Depp, and Claire North. She was joined by agent Daniel Bouquet in 2014, and acquired Burkeman & Clarke Ltd in 2015.
Career highlights include serving as external examiner for the MA Scriptwriting course at Sheffield Hallam, and as co-Chair of the Dramatists’ section of the PMA. Currently she is on the committee of the Association of Authors’ Agents and Chair of the Writers’ Organisations Advisory Group.
Literary Agent, Sheil Land Associates Ltd
Lucy runs the film/tv/theatre department at Sheil Land, representing all dramatic rights in the agency’s books (including authors Peter Ackroyd, Chris Ewan, Susan Hill and the estates of Catherine Cookson and Barry Unsworth) and her own list of writers, directors and producers including Sally Abbott, Dan Berlinka, The Brothers McLeod, Sandra MacIver, Keith Saha and Sue Teddern. Prior to joining Sheil Land she worked at dramatist and directors agency Rochelle Stevens & Co.
Literary Agent, Linda Seifert Management
Edward has run Linda Seifert Management since Spring 2009, having worked as a media agent for almost 15 years. The agency represents an eclectic mix of writers, directors and producers working in areas including feature films, television drama, radio drama and theatre.
Literary Agent, The Agency
Jonathan is a film, television and film agent. He joined in 2010 after graduating from UCL’s English Literature BA course. His list covers an eclectic range of writers and directors across stage and screen; he also represents the dramatic rights for a variety of fiction and non-fiction writers.
Literary Agent, Kitson Press Agency
Julie Press represents writers in film, television and theatre. She started her career as a script editor working on a diverse range of series and serials including The Forsyte Saga, Byker Grove and Hope and Glory. She has also worked on drama-documentary films. These include D-Day which was BAFTA-nominated and the Emmy Award-winning Hiroshima.
She has worked for the BBC and ITV and many independent production companies. Before becoming a literary agent she was a producer on EastEnders and Missing for BBC 1.
Literary Agent, The Agency
After a degree in literature at Oxford Tanya started her career in production and script development. She then worked as an assistant at Knight Hall Agency in 2006 while completing a part time post graduate diploma in Script Development with the NFTS. Shortly after she began to build a list of writers across TV, film and theatre as well as looking after dramatic rights for a number of authors. She joined The Agency in 2015 where she continues to look after an expanding and diverse group of writers as well and dramatic rights in books.
Literary Agent, Julia Tyrrell Management
JT Management is a boutique agency, which offers an individually tailored personal management service in which clients can always speak directly to their agent and producers can be guaranteed to be offered a carefully considered selection of the right people for the right job.
Over the years, Julia has gained a reputation for representing and developing the careers of writers with an independent vision and original voice. Her list is an eclectic mix of playwrights, feature film writers and writer/directors, and television writers, many of whom work across several media.
Judge for the qualifying rounds: Phil Gladwin
Writer, Editor, Founder of Screenwriting Goldmine
Founder of Screenwriting Goldmine, Phil Gladwin started off as a script reader for BBC Single Drama in 1995, where he very quickly demonstrated a sharp eye for a story by discovering and championing the Richard Hawkins script that became the Kenneth Branagh/Helena Bonham Carter movie The Theory of Flight.
He then worked as a script editor for the BBC and ITV for the next five years, doing full terms on several big popular mass-market UK TV shows such as Casualty and The Bill. He also did long periods of development script editing for the BBC and World Productions, a multiple BAFTA-winning indie production house.
In 2000 he moved into writing full time. imdb.com has details of his produced work, and behind the scenes he’s been commissioned to write scripts and treatments for many different shows and most genres of television drama over the years.
In the last few years he has had roles as Acting Head of Development at Bentley Productions, script doctor on the IFTA nominated An Brontannas, series script editor for the BAFTA-winning CBBC drama The Dumping Ground, and script editor on the legendary BBC detective show New Tricks!
Other broadcast credits include writing episodes of Trial & Retribution for Lynda la Plante, and two episodes of the new Doctor Who spin-off show The Sarah Jane Adventures, plus many episodes of The Bill. Since 2007 he has been working more and more on building Screenwriting Goldmine, which now gets over 150,000 unique visitors a year from all over the world, and is a truly international community.
This year Philip will read and assess the first 500 entrants. If we have more than 500 entries then he will continue to be heavily involved, but we will also begin to bring in a selection of readers hired because of their strong industry experience in reading screenplays. As they are appointed we will add their details to this page.
I’m still in contact with the industry figures I met and hope to keep talking to them about new ideas. And that’s only because of the Screenwriting Goldmine prize.
Tom Nash, Finalist 4th Awards, 2015-16