WRITERS & DIRECTORS

We are developing projects with some of the most exciting writers in the UK and treasure these relationships.

We want to be the most creative production company in the industry and believe that a vibrant creative culture helps produce extraordinary projects.

In addition to launching the UK’s first ever TV Writer in Residence bursary scheme, we also hold workshops for new writing talent and for the last two years have ran a High End TV Mentoring Programme with Screen Skills; pairing A List writers with rising stars. To date Jimmy McGovern, Jack Thorne, Sally Wainwright, Levi David Addai, Kay Mellor, Paul Abbott, Jed Mercurio, Lucy Prebble and Amanda Coe have all agreed to be mentors.

An A-List Writers Marvel Avengers

For 2020-2021 our mentorship scheme is being supersized by ITV and BBC; eight more A-list writers will mentor a brand new TV writer from idea to finished script, and eight A-list directors will mentor a budding TV director, resulting in incredible directing experience.

We’re also taking part in the BBC TV Drama Writers’ Programme 2020, which sees us work with the amazing playwright and budding screenwriter Stef Smith on taking a new idea from outline to script.

We are currently working with Guy Hibbert (A United Kingdom, Eye in the Sky), Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Doctor Who), Caroline Bartleet (Operator), Dan Sefton (Trust Me, The Good Karma Hospital), Joe Barton (Our World War, Humans), Tony Marchant (The Secret Agent, Leaving), Jessica Ruston (Harlots), Cris Cole (Mad Dogs), Louise Doughty (Platform Seven), Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Prevenge), Simon Block (Home Fires, The Eichmann Show), John Donnelly (The Pass, Utopia), Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn (McMafia), Nathaniel Martello-White (Torn, Blackta), Camilla Whitehill (Porters), Lauren Sequeira (Kiss Me First), Helen Kingston (The Flood), Tony Schumacher (The Darkest Hour, An Army of One) Oli Lyttleton (Cheaters), Aaron Gillies (How To Survive at the End of the World, Life A-Bet), Lee Coan (Porters, Delicious), Stuart Heritage (Don’t be a Dick, Pete), Ursula Rani Sarma (Delicious, Joanne) and Alex von Tunzelmann (Churchill). In the US we are working with Faith Soloway (Transparent).

The mentees on our High End TV mentoring programme are (clockwise from top left) Anthony Schumacher, Grace Knight, Scott Mather, Yero Timi-Biu, Daniel Brierley, Sharma Walfall and Nicole Lecky. We have also recently welcomed Temi Wilkey & Rose Cartwright to the scheme.

We love our relationships with directors too and are already collaborating with some of the very best: Saul Dibb (Dublin Murders, The Duchess) Paul Andrew Williams (London to Brighton, Broadchurch), Jakob Verbruggen (Black Mirror, House of Cards, London Spy), Hope Dickson Leach (The Levelling), Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir, Archipelago), Vadim Jean (Hogfather, The Rebel) and Kristoffer Nyholm (Taboo, The Enfield Haunting, The Killing).