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Three new judges

I’m genuinely excited to announce that Julie Gardner, Denise Paul, and Oliver Rance have joined the contest judging panel.

Julie GardnerJulie Gardner recently co-founded Bad Wolf Productions with Jane Tranter. Bad Wolf is a U.K./U.S. production company aimed at creating high-end TV and film for the global television market. They have just won a commission to make His Dark Materials by (Philip Pullman) with BBC One and New Line Cinema, and have a non-exclusive first-look deal with HBO in the USA.

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.

Julie moved to Los Angeles in 2009, where she worked with Jane and 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.

Denise Paul is currently producing the new TV movie Harry Price: Ghosthunter, for Bentley Productions. Before that she had two years working as script producer, associate producer, and producer on Doctor Who. She got her start as script editor on the Scottish police shows Rebus and Taggart, where she script-edited over 30 episodes of broadcast TV.

Oliver Rance is development executive for ITV Studios, and is looking for new projects and writers for the network. He just finished a nine month tour of duty as script editor on Midsomer Murders, and came to that from Holby City and Waterloo Road, where he was story editor and script editor, working on over 100 episodes of broadcast TV.

Along with the current judges, all three will be reading all five of the finalist scripts.

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