Wishing wonderful @FestivalDinard screenings to @NevPierce (@GhostedTheFilm) and @Eric_Styles (THAT GOOD NIGHT with John Hurt) this wknd!
JAB is a London, UK, based Film and TV agency representing screenwriters and filmmakers across all media and around the world. With fifteen years experience across feature and TV productions, we work with a range of talent from their early short films onwards to international motion pictures.
We are not often able to take on new clients, but if you think your work might find a home with us feel free to get in touch. Please note that we are currently only able to consider approaches from 'underrepresented' voices and are especially keen to hear from female talent.
See below for an idea of who we're currently working with and some recent news from clients and projects ongoing.
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Shekhar directed award winning ‘The Fairy who Stole Eyes’ and ‘Faux Départs’ which won the Best One Shot Movie, 2012. He was one of the five winners of the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series Competition with the screenplay ‘THE MRS’ co-written with his brother Shalinder. In 2013 he directed short ‘No Love Lost’ which screened at 70+ festivals and won over 20 prizes. Entrenched in visual-story-telling, twice shortlisted for the Satyajit Ray Short Film Prize, Shekhar aspires to make feature films that travel the globe – FIREFLY and ETHER are in development.
Amy worked extensively as an AD on features & drama before her first short film THE FAIRWEATHER GIRL (2010), an official selection at TIFF KIDS and went on to awards success during an international run. A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY and EPITAPH followed and iShort THE TREEHOUSE (2014, BFI / Creative England) which screened at over 40 international film festivals and has won 8 awards. Amy has also produced and directed more than 20 short films in creative collaboration with kids aged 6 – 18, including BOY SOLDIERS (2012) which won Best Film, 2013 Limelight Film Awards. Amy most recently AD’d on Kudos’ GRANTCHESTER and FLOWERS and has ADd CBBC’s new show WORST WITCH, Summer 2016. She is preparing to shadow on a major UK soap.
Chris’ latest feature THE LIGHTHOUSE was released by Soda pictures, July 2016 and was supported by Ffilm Cymru, S4C, BBC Films, BFI, produced by Dogs of Annwn. After making numerous shorts Chris’ first feature DEVIL’S BRIDGE was picked up by EOne for a theatrical release; PANIC BUTTON premiered at FrightFest in 2011 and has enjoyed multinational distribution. Next came VIKING: THE DARKEST DAY in 2012. Chris has a number of projects in various stages of development including CONQUEST, a dark ages epic and 44, a WW2 actioner and is attached to direct Chris Hyde’s FINLEY’S DARK, Autumn 2017.
Imogen got her start as a writer-director with a BAFTA Rocliffe shortlisted comedy, an LA Web Fest award-winning web series and a Best Screenplay nod at the Sydney 48 Hour Film Contest. She has recently signed on to write two features, based on the Channel 4 Shooting Gallery winner Happy Birthday Cindy Wei for Big Rich Films / Pinewood Studios, and adapting the best-selling memoir GNARR! for Same Name Productions. Imogen has also written and directed cabaret Major Bombshell for the Camden and Edinburgh Fringe, worked in the writer’s room for upcoming adventure game Objects in Space, provided writing and edit direction for nature documentary The Mystery of the Gnaraloo Turtles, and is developing her own debut feature.
Gwilym’s short script THE HINDSIGHT BIAS was produced by Milkwood and screened at festivals including the BFI London Film Festival and LA Shorts Film Festival. A feature version of THE HINDSIGHT BIAS is currently in development, and Gwilym is now working on several other feature projects, including THE EXISTENCE OF LIBERTY WHITE for Milkwood (with development support from Ffilm Cymru, and selected for Frontieres 2017). A short film based on this project has been running the festival circuit.
When he had a proper job, Jeremy was the co-Creative Director of a major London-based advertising and communications agency, which he left to become a screenwriter. His first script was ROTTEN for Rhino/Warners and GRAND THEFT PARSONS, starring Johnny Knoxville and Christina Applegate was his first produced feature, distributed worldwide through MGM/UA and an official selection for Sundance Film Festival. Jeremy pitched and sold a romantic comedy called A WHOLE NEW YOU to Wes Craven and wrote the worldwide bestselling video game BATTLEFIELD 2: MODERN COMBAT which made over two hundred million dollars for Electronic Arts. He wrote BAD SANTAS for prime-time Channel 4 and has just completed the bible and pilot for a TV drama set in 1950s London which is in development with Sprout Productions. Jeremy’s spec action thriller script LIVE! is in pre-production with The Solution and will shoot in New Orleans in 2018. He has just sold another action-thriller feature called BLANK to SND/BELGA, which is also expected to shoot in Kowloon in early 2018. His first novel, CLOWN WARS was published last year.
Writer/Director Richard Fenwick’s award-winning portfolio of work includes BBC comedy short ALBERT’S SPEECH and Jaime Winstone starrer, LOVE LETTER. He is also the director of many music videos for Timo Maas, Death in Vegas, Muse and more. His work has screened at over 100 film festivals worldwide, won numerous awards and he was chosen as a Screen International ‘Star of Tomorrow’. Richard is currently packaging his debut feature films, the indie sci-fi, SLOWLIGHT (Sophie Venner / Creative England) and a psychological thriller called SILENCE.
Rob’s second feature SNARE will shoot late 2017/2018. He wrote for Tiger Aspect’s RIPPER STREET, series 3 and his original screenplay THE BEAUTY OF SHARKS will shoot in 2018 for Royal Road Ent, to be followed by FUTURES (Brit List 2013) and JIGSAW MAN for Starchild Pictures. Rob wrote and directed THE BUNKER, 2002, and rewrote Lionsgate’s HOUSE (Namesake / Fox) in 2008. He has also written BALEFIRE for Cinescope and OBSESSION for Corona Pictures and co-wrote SCINTILLA, 2013 (Liquid Noise / E1). His short films include the award winning ‘The Trick’ and Edgar Allan Poe’s classic ‘The Black Cat’ rereleased by Arrow Films, Autumn 2014. Several of Rob’s screenplays are in active development as features and TV drama.
Emily is currently in production on her second feature CARMILLA (Sep ’17) as writer / director, adapted from a Sheridan le Fanu story. She works across film, theatre and exhibition and has won international awards, appeared in museums and festivals worldwide, and on television. Emily co-directed feature LOVE IS THICKER THAN WATER starring Juliet Stevenson, Henry Goodman and Johnny Flynn in US and UK cinemas, Summer 2017. Prior features PARAGRAPH played at The Barbican in 2015 and BORGES & I won at the London Independent Film Festival. Emily’s shorts MACHINE and THREE TOWERS won prizes around the world. As writer / producer / editor her feature docs include 17 NOT REQUIRED INDIANS, LOVE ARRANGED, and TOVARISCH, I’M NOT DEAD. For long-time collaborator Bentovim she edited the Israel Documentary Filmmakers Forum ‘Film of the Year’ nominee ’17 Beginnings of Talia’ – long-listed for the Israeli Oscars 2016. Emily is head of Film Production, Theatre and Performance at the V&A where she has created film installations and touring film adaptations of exhibitions including 2017’s You Say You Want a Revolution and David Bowie is in the Making (2012). She has toured three plays as director, adapted Internationally renowned playwright Yosef Bar Yosef, is a graduate of NFTS, Glasgow School of Art, Berlinale Talent Alumnus and London Film School.
Justin’s THE GIRL IN THE CORN is in development with director Laura Smith and Producer Cassandra Sigsgaard and SOUTH OF THE RIVER is being written for producer Mark Harris. He wrote NUMBER 13 (from the M R James short story), THE SLAVERY BUSINESS and THE HANGED MAN all as stand-alone dramas for BBC TV and has developed feature scripts with Working Title, Little Bird, Ecosse and Aiminage. He is a graduate of the NFTS and has also had plays broadcast on Radio 4 his latest was DOG DAYS.
Chris was nominated for a BIFA for best screenplay for his first feature I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, adapted from the YA novel. It launched at SXSW and LFF 2016. His original project SECOND RIVER is in development with Komixx as both a feature and TV series along with feature ONE PREVIOUS OWNER. Original horror screenplay FINLEY’S DARK is in development with Blind Monkey / Ingenious to shoot late 2017, and he made his first short RED ZONE in 2014. Chris also co-adapted a YA novel for Random House Screen. His TV series FAR FROM NORMAL, a comedy drama, was optioned and developed by World Productions. He is developing other original features and TV.
A Perrier-nominated stand-up, Jenny’s first feature film, ANOTHER MOTHER’S SON, a true-story set in WW2 Jersey was released March 2017 for Bill Kenwright Ltd, starring Jenny Seagrove, Amanda Abbington, John Hannah and Ronan Keating. She wrote YOUNG DRACULA for CBBC and is currently developing various UK and European TV series including a Battle of Britain drama. Recent projects include a feature for Oscar-nominated Polish studio Akson and co-creating a new soap for Russian TV. Jenny has written for a wide range of shows including THE CATHERINE TATE SHOW, EASTENDERS, HOLBY, BIRDS OF A FEATHER, DANGERFIELD and the docudrama DEATH OF A PRINCESS. Her own sitcom SOMETIME NEVER was made for ITV.
Jo is an award winning writer, director & producer. WHISPER won three awards and her DH Lawrence adaptation THE ROCKING HORSE WINNER won eight. Jo is producing stop-motion animations FLOWER AND THE GIRL, which she created and wrote (Film London) and TOGETHER ALONE. She recently directed documentary SUGARWATER following the first ever National Theatre performance by a deaf and disabled company (Graeae). Jo is producing forthcoming VR feature film HOPELAND with Ben Okri, Welsh comedy LLARDO and is UK producer on WINTERLAND, a Co-Production with Nomadic Pictures (Fargo). She is Co-Producing and directing the feature film FORCE 10 and is attached to direct feature films BEACH BOY, WORDS FAIL ME and PANDION. Jo has worked in TV production for companies including Talkback, Endemol, IWC, ITV, BBC and feature-length documentary co-productions for Discovery Channel. Her production work includes films by Mike Leigh, Anthony Minghella, Ridley Scott and Andrea Arnold’s OSCAR winning short film WASP.
Owen’s first feature script is now under option to Oscar-winning Bedlam Productions and he is developing an original sit com and other feature projects. A former cinema projectionist turned film & television writer (NME, Empire and Total Film), Owen earned an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. He was a top-ten finalist in Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope competition, 2016.
James’ debut feature film TOWER BLOCK (‘The best British film of 2012’ – heDD magazine) headlined Film4 Frightfest, starring Jack O’Connell, Sheridan Smith, and won the ‘Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film’ at Sitges 2012. In 2013 James directed his first studio movie and USA theatrical release, GREEN STREET 3: NEVER BACK DOWN for Lionsgate. His skills in elevating genre movies have cemented him as a rising star in action/thriller cinema having shot two features for WWE Studios/Universal/Sony Pictures – ELIMINATORS and MARINE 5: BATTLEGROUND, high octane action films released in 2017. James has directed commercials for VIRGIN ATLANTIC and TOSHIBA. He has several features in development as creator / director in the UK and US.
Debo is a poet, writer, director, facilitator and collaborator, whose plays have been performed around the world, from the Arcola and Soho Theatre, to Israel including in 2007 alongside Conflict Zone Arts Asylum’s Artistic Director, Michael Ronen, a collaboration with writers from Palestine, Pakistan, Kosovo and Israel’s renowned Joshua Sobol, supported by the Jerwood Foundation. The resulting production Closing Time, featured at Soho Theatre, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2007. More recently, Debo was the Head Writer, Script Editor and Creative Consultant on Desperate Housewives Africa, writing eight of the episodes for EbonyLife TV adapted from the popular ABC/Disney series. He has three further series in development in Nigeria and his first feature film in pre-production. He is associated with the Institute of the Imagination, Theatre and the Arts (IITA), and the African Theatre Association (AfTA), based at Goldsmiths College, London.
After the successful short film SHIFTER in 2011 (“Superbly crafted with a killer twist”, ScreenDaily) Ben directed his debut feature, THE CHAMBER (2017), which was released theatrically in the UK by STUDIOCANAL and described as a ‘fitfully suspenseful four-hander’ (Sight & Sound) and ‘a tense thriller’ (HeyUGuys). The film played at Frightfest 2016, Glasgow International Film fest and Brussels Int’l Film Festival to critical acclaim. His upcoming script GONE has sold to Dark Sky Films and he is working on his second feature, WEHRWOLF, a WWII thriller with producer Matt Wilkinson (DOUBLE DATE, KALEIDOSCOPE).
Martyn is a British animator and Director recognised for his distinctive fusion of live-action and animation, and the fluid, painterly style of his film-making. He has recently been the ‘animation department’ on Walter Murch’s latest doc ‘Coup 53’. Credits include the 2009 film The Age of Stupid as animation director; the promotional film for the 2012 Olympics; BBC promotional trailers for Euro 2004; the Budweiser 2001 NBA commercials; the Channel 4 commissioned short film “PLAZA” (2000); and the feature films “Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie” 2010 and “Evil Never Dies” 2014. Martyn studied film and fine art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and since then his work has been driven by the crossover of painting and cinema. Short live action BLUE MOON screened at Screamfest, Nov ’16 and he has produced animation sequences on the award winning US feature documentary “Women of 1915” using his digital painting technique. Martyn is developing a UK/China animated series and currently directing a series for Netflix (Sep ’17).
Nev directed his first three short films in 2015 – BRICKS, GHOSTED and LOCK-IN under the Creative England iShorts strand. His first feature, thriller PACKAGED will shoot late-2017 (David Fincher exec producing). THREADS, the ‘Enter the Pitch’ Winner is his latest short. Nev has adapted a major novel for Riverstone Pictures with Jamie Russell (see below). Their original script DRUG TUNNEL is under option to Mint Pictures / JLB Productions, with Mat Whitecross (Fleming) to direct in 2018. Alongside various spec and commissioned work, Nev is a contributing editor to Empire, the world’s biggest movie magazine.
Rebecca Pollock is a writer, theatre practitioner and lecturer at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. Her first feature film, WOKEN, is in development with Fantastic Films and the IFB. She is a founding member of Shady Dolls Theatre Company whose work has been performed at venues including the Arcola Theatre, the Courtyard, Covent Garden, C Venues Edinburgh, Sala El Granero, Valencia and Greenwich Playhouse. Rebecca recently wrote, directed and performed a new sci-fi play for the company – 252AM (After Man) which premiered at VAULT Festival, London 2016 and received funding from Arts Council England. She currently has projects for TV, Film and Radio in active development.
David has developed sit-com YE OLDE BENT FLUTE with Jelly Legs and has written for the nightly topical comedy show ‘Tonightly’ (Objective for C4) and most recently for ‘Tumble’, ‘The Jump’, ‘Rude Tube’, ‘Take Me Out’ and ‘Big Star’s Little Star’. He has been scripting live shows, reality TV and formats for companies including Renegade, Dragonfly, Sony, Victory, ITV, Jim Henson Co., Disney, MTV, Celador, Princess and VH1 and on shows including Don’t Tell the Bride, Celebrity Big Brother’s Little Brother, Top of The Pops, Popworld, The MOBOS and Strictly Come Dancing for over ten years.
A graduate of the London Film Academy, Jake was Development Executive at Elstree Studio Productions for four years, collaborating on a range of projects. He has written the live action feature adaptation of the classic DC Thomson character, BANANAMAN (Elstree Studios), and DESPERATE JOURNEY, a WW2 feature from the biography of a holocaust survivor. He is currently supporting the development of VIVIEN a Vivien Leigh biopic (EP: Tarquin Olivier, DIR: Michael Radford), and has several original projects in development.
Emma’s debut feature film, PAPAGAJKA, premiered at SXSW in March 2016, a UK/Bosnian co-production made during an MFA at Bela Tarr’s film.factory in Sarajevo (mentored by three Palm D’Or winners), and she continues her collaboration with her cohorts through the collective Bistrik7. She is currently developing her second feature ALGEBRA (a black comic horror) with Sodalite Films, for production in 2018. Emma’s short films, music videos and edgy fashion films have been selected for over 130 festivals worldwide and won several awards including THE STORYMAKER (2009, Best Short WiFTV LA) and CAMPERS (2012, Silver Palm, Mexico International). She is an alumni of the Berlinale Talent, the BT Short Film Station and the Reykjavik Talent Lab.
Avril is developing projects for both film and television on both sides of the Atlantic. Her original series THE OATH is under option and RIVALS is being supported by the BBC for Greenacre Films. PAO, adapted from the Costa shortlisted first novel recently had a Sky Table read. As a director she has made numerous shorts which have been shown on TV and at film festivals around the world, DISTINCTION now regarded as an underground classic. She has adapted novels and contributed to TV series such as Babyfather, Silent Witness and Waterloo Road. Her latest short THE PURPLE PLAIN was developed through London Calling Plus, 2016, launched at London Film Festival and is in active development as a major feature.
Jamie is currently adapting a major novel for Riverstone Pictures. Short films BRICKS, GHOSTED and LOCK-IN were all made in 2015, the latter as part of iShorts. He co-wrote PACKAGED with Nev Pierce which will shoot late 2017 with David Fincher as EP. Romantic comedy DIVORCE PARTY is in development with Fox Cub Films. Jamie is also the author of BOOK OF THE DEAD (Titan, 2014, John Landis: “the definitive history of the living dead”) and GENERATION XBOX: HOW VIDEOGAMES INVADED HOLLYWOOD (“fascinatingly detailed and revealing” – the Guardian). He is developing original feature projects including THE POUND with director James Nunn (The Fyzz).
Mark is currently scripting the true story of a female WW2 American spy in the French resistance for LA producers Nancy and Sid Ganis. He is a former editor of Empire magazine and author of more than a dozen film related books and developing several original screenplays. He also writes together with Simon Furman, including the horror films V3 (Fantastic Films / IFB), DOWN and psychological thriller THE HEATH. Their horror script DEVIL’S DUE was optioned by Gold Circle Films and they have adapted Kazuya Kudō’s and Ryoichi Ikegami’s manga Mai: The Psychic Girl for Tim Burton. Mark also adapted Beverley Birch’s novel Rift for Asif Kapadia and is writing spec scripts.
Malachi‘s GATEWAY 6 (Sentinel / Stigma) for director Tanel Toom topped the Brit List 2015 and will star Rhys Ifans, Sofia Boutella and Ed Skrein, shooting mid 2018. TWO GRAVES with producer 42, and director Luke Watson, will be shooting late 2017. NOCTURNE, produced by Bona Fide, was made in 2015 directed by Konstantinos Frangopoulos. Also in development is BORDER POST (Generator, director Chris Hartwill) and GRASS (Focus Feature). His short films include the multi-award winning THE ARCHITECT and BIFA winner SCHOOL OF LIFE. He is writing an original TV series.
Tracy is an award winning writer, director and animation producer. Her radio plays have featured on BBC Radio 4 and Radio Wales, including series STATION ROAD and SOLO BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN, to critical acclaim. Tracy’s first model animation CODENAME CORGI won the Sgrin/S4C Animate It award, two Welsh BAFTAs, Gold in Chicago and was runner up to Nick Park in the British Animation Awards. She followed it with a 36 episode series COLIN AND CUMBERLAND for BBC, winning a BAFTA Cymru. Live action short DING DONG won a Screen Gem Award and she wrote on Red Planet / BBC Wales series CRASH. Most recently Tracy has been Development Exec at Film Agency Wales and Manager of BFI Talent NET.WORK. Her original feature scripts: MEDUSA is in development with Big Bad Wolf Productions, selected for Guiding Lights 2013; SPY ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD is in development with Faber Productions.
FUME FILMS is writer/director Ben Steiner and producer Dan Dixon. Their short film The Stomach has won 25 international awards (including Best Horror Short at Fantastic Fest 2014) and screened at over 170 festivals worldwide. Ben and Dan are now developing a slate of four features including a feature version of THE STOMACH with Kaleidoscope (shooting late 2017). Liberated by a disregard for genre tropes and boundaries, their ambition is to make films that horrify, not horror films. Outside of FUME FILMS, Ben writes and directs solo projects and commercials and Dan is a freelance film and visual effects producer.
Eric has directed John Hurt in THAT GOOD NIGHT, which premiered at EIFF, 2017 and he is currently directing a new TV drama for BBC / S4C. His debut feature was DREAMING OF JOSEPH LEES starring Samantha Morton & Rupert Graves, distributed by 20th Century Fox to critical acclaim. RELATIVE VALUES followed starring Julie Andrews, Colin Firth, Steven Fry; TEMPO with Melanie Griffith, Hugh Dancy, Rachel Leigh Cook (Universal Pictures); Comedy MISS CONCEPTION starring Heather Graham, Mia Kirshner for Blue Angel Films, released in over forty five territories; Psychological thriller TRUE TRUE LIE, starring Jaime King, for The Weinstein Company, July 2009; LEGENDARY, a 3D family-friendly adventure story, starred Dolph Lundgren, Scott Adkins, 2014. He is currently in development on HUNTED, a UK based thriller which he has adapted from Emlynn Rees’ novel, and THE WIFE OF BEDLAM, a UK/Australia thriller set in 1840‘s Tasmania. Eric also recently filmed a documentary in Qatar about the armed forces and has made several hours of TV.
Justin was series story editor on series 2 of Carnival / Sky’s LUCKY MAN. He wrote and directed sci fi thriller NARCOPOLIS, which launched at the 2014 London BFI Screenings, Altitude / XYZ released theatrically in 2015. DESIRE starring Damian Lewis and featuring music by Lana Del Ray opened the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in London. Chosen as a Screen International ‘Star Of Tomorrow’ in 2008, Justin has written screenplays for Film4 (Best Short Film BAFTA 2012), Ruby Films, Material Entertainment and UK Film Council. In 2014 he was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the reimagined PETER RABBIT for Nickleodeon, which has been a hit all over the world. He is currently developing a slate of films including ‘Legend’, an undercover police thriller, is attached to direct a new thriller and a family movie and continues to write animated TV including a new series for Blue Zoo and is showrunning an animated YA series for YouTube.
Matt is currently adapting GRINNY, a Nicholas Fisk novel for Met Film / BFI and is under commission to Working Title. As producer, DOUBLE DATE and KALEIDOSCOPE both launched at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017, the latter nominated for the Michael Powell award. THE CALL UP was released in May 2016 and Matt’s short SLR was Oscar nominated. As writer his feature SIDE BY SIDE screened in the family section of BFI’s London Film Festival 2013 and he wrote the 2005 New Line feature THE SICK HOUSE. His screenplay THE INTREPIDS featured on the Brit List, he has adapted ‘The Computer That Ate My Brother’ for SMG Children’s and short films INSEPARABLE, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, screened at LA Shorts and the BFI London Film Festival and WORM aired on Channel 4. Matthew is developing a slate of projects as producer and continues to work as a writer.
DKW is a dynamic and creative boutique literary agency providing a personal and professional management service to authors of outstanding fiction and non-fiction. DKW was founded in 2012 by Ella Diamond Kahn and Bryony Woods who were part of the Bookseller’s prestigious ‘Rising Stars’, 2013. They were joined by Elinor Cooper in early 2015.
• David Owen’s PANTHER is under option for a feature film to Element Pictures.
• Laura Jane Williams is co-creating a new TV drama with Wall to Wall, with Sarah Powell.
• Virginia Macgregor’s new novels BEFORE I WAS YOURS and WISHBONES were published Aug ‘17 to rave reviews.
• Chris Lloyd’s Catalonia set female-detective thriller trilogy is being published by Canelo. Book three available now!
• The second WW2 set YA novel from Vanessa Curtis was published in January 2017, THE ONE WHO KNOWS MY NAME. THE EARTH IS SINGING was on the Carnegie long list along with PANTHER (see above).
The full list of their titles can be found at http://dkwlitagency.co.uk, or feel free to ask for a rights guide!