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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Senior Film Executive, Creative England
Paul is a Senior Film Executive at Creative England, leading the talent team in Sheffield where they develop emerging directors, writers and producers towards getting their first features made as part of the BFI NET.WORK. Paul is execs on iShorts, Emerging Talent shorts and feature film development, and leads major schemes such as the iWrite partnership with regional theatres. In the first two years of operations, amidst the dozens of shorts produced and features in development, Paul exec’d Emotional Fusebox, Rachel Tunnard’s BAFTA and BIFA nominated short, and then her soon-to-be-released debut feature How To Live Yours starring Jodie Whittaker – with a steady stream of further projects now packaging and financing.
Paul was previously Development Producer at BBC writersroom, and has freelanced for various BBC departments, Film4, BFI/UKFC, Spice Factory, Arts Council, and lectured at numerous universities and festivals. Previous credits include OSCAR-nominated Wish 143, BAFTA-nominated Turning, a slate of BBC Cineast films with B3 Media, Mustapha Kseibati’s BFI Short Mohammed, and Eran Creevy’s BAFTA-nominated Shifty. His book The Calling Card Script: A Writer’s Toolbox for Screen, Stage and Radio is published by Bloomsbury.
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 nearly 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.
Series Producer, Coronation St, ITV
Stuart spent 10 years writing and directing for theatre, and then began in TV as Script/Story Editor for Emmerdale in the 1990s. He continued script editing for shows including The Bill, Dream Team Crossroads and Ballykissangel. He wrote for The Bill, Doctors, Crossroads and, amongst others, Ballykissangel before returning to Emmerdale and Coronation St as Series Story Editor.
Stuart then produced Emmerdale, including their hour-long live episode, before taking up his current post as Series Producer of Coronation St.
Development Producer, Company Pictures
Jonathan joined Company Pictures in August 2015. He script-edited Series 9 of Lewis for ITV, and prior to that was Head of Development at Dominic Minghella’s company, Island Pictures. Production credits at Island include The Scapegoat for ITV. He read Russian at Oxford University.
Acting Head of Development, BBC Wales
After three years in LA, studying at the AFI and then working in film development, Michelle returned to the UK where she worked as a Script Editor and Producer at Fremantle Media and then at Company Pictures, where she was Associate Producer on Shameless.
She has also worked as Development Producer at Wall to Wall Media and then joined BBC Wales as Development Executive, working across a number of in house shows and overseeing book adaptations. She is currently Acting Head of Development covering maternity leave.
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 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).
Prior to that David worked as a development executive at Headstrong Pictures/Warner Bros, and at Kudos Film and Television. He trained in BBC Scotland’s drama department, gaining experience in commissioning and development on shows like Peaky Blinders, Case Histories and Prisoners’ Wives.
Story Producer, Casualty, BBC
Roxanne graduated from Bournemouth University with a first in Scriptwriting in Film and Television. She was a reader at Momentum Pictures, Southwark Playhouse and The Arcola Theatre before going on to work as a Script Editor on Rock Rivals and The Bill.
She has written several episodes of Footballers Wives’ and Bad Girls, and is currently the Story Producer on Casualty.
Development Executive, Fifty Fathoms/Tiger Aspect
Alexis Hood joined Fifty Fathoms in 2012 as Development Executive, bringing expertise from the worlds of both drama and cutting edge documentaries.
Alexis began her television career in drama at Channel 4 and FilmFour, before working at Headline Pictures. She then changed lanes, qualifying as a journalist and becoming a documentary producer on a wide variety of programmes, from BBC Arts series to Dispatches. She has extensive experience in drama and factual development for companies including Slim Film and Television, Atlantic Productions, Hillbilly, Blakeway and the BBC.
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.
He is also developing new projects for Drama Production London with Christopher Aird. He has an Executive Producer role on From Darkness, working with Hilary Martin and the Drama Production North team. From Darkness is due for transmission on BBC One in late 2015.
Development Editor, BBC Drama
Jonathan is the Development Editor for the BBC’s Independent Drama Commissioning team. As a script editor and story producer, he has worked extensively 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, 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 and The Innocence Project.
Most recently she script edited two critically acclaimed shows for World Productions, Line of Duty by Jed Mercurio and The Fear by Rick Cottan.
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.
Head of CBBC Acquisitions, Animation & Drama Development, BBC Drama
Sarah Muller is currently Head of CBBC Acquisitions, Animation and Drama Development. Passionate about both drama and animation, commissioned projects include Danger Mouse, Strange Hill High, World’s End, Harriet’s Army, Wolfblood, The Dumping Ground, Tracy Beaker Returns, Dr Who – Dreamland, Muddle Earth and Just William.
Previously, she was Managing Director of Elephant Productions. As a producer, credits include 6 series of the multi-award winning, ratings success Grizzly Tales For Gruesome Kids (CITV), Animal School (CBBC), Pop Skool (BBC1), 3 Brothers Diamond (C4), and New Willo The Wisp (Disney) as well as developing the BAFTA-winning drama series The War Diaries of Alastair Fury (BBC1).
Executive Producer, BBC Drama
Lorraine first began working on the BBC soap opera Eastenders as a script secretary and is famously the first executive producer on Eastenders to have occupied every editorial role on the show. Since leaving the show in 2013, Lorraine has been developing new drama in-house at the BBC.
Producer, Harry Price: Ghosthunter, Bentley Productions
Denise is currently producing the new TV movie Harry Price: Ghosthunter, for Bentley Productions. Prior to that she worked as a Development Producer for ITV Studios and spent three years in Cardiff working as script producer, associate producer, and producer on Doctor Who.
Denise started her career at STV Productions in Glasgow where she worked in development and as script editor and series script editor on crime series Taggart and Rebus. She has also spent time lecturing in screenwriting at the AFTRS in Sydney.
Development Producer, ITV Studios
Oliver Rance is a Development Producer for ITV Studios where he is working on new projects. He was recently the Script Editor on Bentley Production’s Midsomer Murders, and 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, Tandem Communications
Ben is Head of Development for Tandem Productions where he is responsible for managing the slate as well maintaining an overview of shows in production.
He 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 last job was in development at Channel 4 Drama.
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.
Commissioning Editor, Channel 4 Drama
Roberto has been at Channel4 for a number of years and worked across a number of shows including This is England 86, 88 & 90, No Offence, Fresh Meat (Series 1-4), Complicit, Babylon, The Fear, Misfits, Hollyoaks, Shameless, Secret State & New Worlds, as well as shows in pre-production and production due to go out in 2016.
Producer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, BBC
Nikki started her career as script editor to the legendary 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. She moved to Manchester to script edit and assistant produce 2 series of New Street Law with Red Productions. Next 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, working with the wonderful Russell T Davies and Heidi Thomas as well as brand new writers on Sarah Jane.
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 Peter Capaldi’s first series as Doctor Who, alongside exec producing the third series of Wizards vs Aliens. She is currently producing A Midsummer Night’s Dream with BBC Wales for BBC1.
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 Catherine Webb. She was joined by agent Daniel Bouquet in 2014, and acquired Burkeman & Clarke Ltd in 2015.
Career highlights include serving as Secretary for the Association of Authors’ Agents, and as co-Chair of the Dramatists’ section of the PMA. Currently she is on the committee of the Association of Authors’ Agents, Chair of the Writers’ Organisations Advisory Group, and the external examiner for the post-graduate scriptwriting course at Sheffield Hallam.
Lucy Gannon, MBE
Lucy Gannon started as a writer in theatre but has gone on to become one of this country’s best and most respected TV dramatists, with an M.B.E. for her services to drama. Most recently she wrote and executive-produced the excellent BBC1 series Frankie.
Other acclaimed work includes: The Best of Men (BBC, winner of an RTS Best Writer Award), The Children (BBC), the hugely successful ITV series Bramwell, Soldier Soldier and Peak Practice.
Literary Agent at Kitson Press Associates
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
Tanya Tillett joined The Agency in September 2015. Prior to that she was at the Knight Hall Agency, having worked in script development and production on various film and TV projects. She studied English Literature at Oxford University and took two-year post graduate diploma in script development with the National Film and Television School.
Tanya represents writers and writer/directors both new and established across theatre, film and TV and also looks after book rights for adaptation on behalf of various publishing agents. Tanya specialises in finding and developing writers with unique voices who want to build a career focussed on their own original work.
Literary Agent, MBA Literary Agents
Diana worked in BBC Radio Drama before undertaking freelance work in film and stage productions, including co-organising the memorable Bedford Square Book Bang. She is a founding Director of MBA and especially interested in widening the range of her clients’ writing talents by encouraging them to work across several genres. Her clients include fiction and non-fiction authors and writers for film, TV, radio, and the stage. She is a member of the Council of the PMA and for seven years was co-chair of the Dramatists’ & Directors section.
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
Most recently Acting Head of Development for Bentley Productions, 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. Most recently he has been 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.
The Screenwriting Goldmine competition is the only screenwriting contest that has produced tangible results for me. I would encourage any up-and-coming writer to enter it.
Patrick Ryan, Finalist 2012 and 2014