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JAB is a London, UK, based Film and TV agency representing screenwriters and filmmakers across all media and around the world. With over 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.

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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Recent news

  • Deborah Davis' THE FAVOURITE won Best Screenplay at the BAFTAs, a record 10 BIFAs and was nominated for the Best Screenplay Oscar and Golden Globe 2019
  • We have closed option and development packages for major new TV dramas on a blog, two novel series, a radio play and twelve original high concept pitches in 2019/20
  • Rebecca Pollock’s script for BETTY came in at number 7 on the Black List, Jan 2020, Ryan Murphy/Sarah Paulson attached. Her script BOOK OF RUTH announced at EFM 2020 with Ruth Wilson attached
  • Malachi Smyth is directing his feature script THE SCORE, Sep 2020, starring Johnny Flynn, Naomi Ackie and Will Poulter and James Nunn will bring JETSKI to a cinema / beach near you, shooting Autumn 2020
  • Eric Styles is directing eps 1-3 of new BBC thriller THE PACT, shooting Sep-Dec 2020
  • Matt Wilkinson’s latest as producer, YESTERDAY (Richard Curtis / Danny Boyle) was released Summer 2019
  • Jesse Quinones’ second feature CAGEFIGHTER will have a theatrical release, October 2020, starring Gina Gershon
  • (DKW) Caroline O’Donoghue has optioned her YA novel ALL OUR HIDDEN GIFTS to a major international indie and is adapting it for TV series drama 2020
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Salim Allybokus

Salim is a new writer based in North London, a graduate of the BBC Writersroom’s ‘Comedy Room’ development scheme and also placed on the BBC’s ‘New Talent Hot List’. His dark TV comedy DEATH OF A LADIE’S MAN won ‘Best Scene’ at the Wildsound Writing And Film Festival Review Competition and is under option to LA Productions. Salim was one of only 6 writers chosen by the BBC to write a monologue on ‘The Transformative Power of Music’ for Radio 3’s Music Day – THE BOXER’S EPIPHANY starred Kayvan Novak. In addition, Salim collaborated with Beano Toons and The Connected Set to write the animated children’s cartoon EVIL DEPUTY HEADMASTER and was also selected by Racine Media to write two development scripts for the web-series RON OF THE ROVERS. He recently wrote and produced seven sketches for BBC Bitesize’s ADULTING series. Salim is currently developing a horror feature and two TV comedies having previously practiced in Criminal Law after graduating with a Masters’ Degree in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice in 2010.

Max Benitz

Max is a writer and executive producer working with a growing list of producers in Britain and America. Recent television commissions include BAROQUE and VILLA PAZ, both for Garrick Street Productions (UK), and CONVICTIONS, for the Vespucci Group (USA). Spec projects include STRICTLY BEGINNERS, a web series that has won pitching awards at both Marseille WebFest and London Short Series Festival. He is also developing a number of feature film scripts. Max’s first book SIX MONTHS WITHOUT SUNDAYS was an account of his time spent embedded with the British Army in Afghanistan, described as ‘unusually well written’ by The Times. His journalism has been published in The New Statesman, The Daily Telegraph, The Scotsman and elsewhere. Max is a member of the Creative Industries Advisory Group, a committee invited by UK Research and Innovation to critically evaluate how it invests in Britain’s creative economy.

Siofra Campbell

Síofra is developing her second feature as writer/director, THE PRICE (IRL/BE), produced by Conor Barry, Patrick Campbell and Benoit Roland, developed with Screen Ireland. Her 12-part scripted comedy podcast THE BRITISH ARE COMING! starring David Ganly, Clint Dyer, Saskia Reeves and Barry Ward debuted in 2017 and has been downloaded in over 100 countries. Siofra’s debut feature was MARVELOUS (Ewen Bremner, Martha Plimpton, Amy Ryan, Annabella Sciorra, Michael Shannon), which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival ’06 and subsequently sold to the Sundance Channel. Her pilot, GONNA START A RIOT, co-written with Clint Dyer, was selected for the DIRECTORS UK/ALEXA Anamorphic Challenge and screened at BAFTA in March ’13. She has written and directed many short films including EASTER MONDAY (starring Michael Shannon), MEMORIAL DAY (starring Brían F. O’Byrne, Amy Ryan), LOVELESS BASTARD (starring Ewen Bremner, Amy Ryan) and REFUGE (starring Nemi Basri, Barry Ward). She was a founding member of CATALYST ARTS, Belfast, which remains one of the most vibrant, cutting edge artist-run organizations in Northern Ireland and is a member of the Time’s Up UK Writers Group.

Amy Coop

Amy has directed four blocks DOCTORS, having completed the BBC mentoring scheme and is currently on her second block of HOLLYOAKS. Her first short film THE FAIRWEATHER GIRL (2010) was in official selection at TIFF KIDS and won several awards internationally. A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY and EPITAPH followed and iShort THE TREEHOUSE (2014, BFI / Creative England) screened at over 40 film festivals and won many awards. Amy has also produced and directed more than 20 short films in creative collaboration with kids aged 6 – 18, including BOY SOLDIERS (Best Film, 2013 Limelight Film Awards). Amy has AD’d on Kudos’ GRANTCHESTER and FLOWERS and CBBC’s WORST WITCH along with other high profile shows like END OF THE FUCKING WORLD and the new Dawn French series, THE TROUBLE WITH MAGGIE COLE, and many big budget features.

Chris Crow

Chris’ latest feature THE LIGHTHOUSE was released by Soda pictures supported by Ffilm Cymru, S4C, BBC Films, BFI, produced by Dogs of Annwn and earned 5 Bafta Cymru nominations. His first feature DEVIL’S BRIDGE was picked up by EOne for a theatrical release; PANIC BUTTON premiered at FrightFest in 2011 and enjoyed multinational distribution; VIKING: THE DARKEST DAY was released in 2012. Chris has a number of projects in various stages of development including CONQUEST, a dark ages epic, 44, a WW2 actioner and is attached to direct Chris Hyde’s FINLEY’S DARK, Autumn 2018.

Imogen Dall

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 Havard Davies

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.

Deborah Davis

Deborah Davis is the BIFA/BAFTA winning, and Oscar/Golden Globe nominated screenwriter of THE FAVOURITE (which she created and executive produced), starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman. Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) directed; Element, Scarlet Pictures and the BFI produced. It won a record 10 BIFAs and the Venice Grand Jury Prize. Other broadcasting credits include contemporary and historical dramas for BBC Radio 4 including GUILTY UNTIL PROVED INNOCENT, starring Dan Stevens and Maxine Peake, now in development with Independent. She has been commissioned by CAPA DRAMA and CANAL+ (producers of VERSAILLES) to create, showrun and write a TV drama series on MARIE ANTOINETTE. Her stage play, COURT PASTORAL, is in development with Emmy award winning and Olivier nominated US director, Rob Ashford. She is developing a further original idea, THE OTHER, a romantic comedy set in Jaffa. Balance of Power (now The Favourite) was originally broadcast on Radio 4 as a five-part drama and COURT PASTORAL was selected for the International Playwriting Festival. Deborah has an MA in scriptwriting from the University of East Anglia and has written features for The Guardian, The Times, Vogue, Screen International and Women’s Art Magazine. She originally qualified and practised as a lawyer.

Rob Green

Rob will direct his second feature SNARE in mid-2020. He wrote for Tiger Aspect’s RIPPER STREET, series 3 and is developing original TV dramas as well as working on continuing drama series. His original screenplays THE BEAUTY OF SHARKS, FUTURES, EDGE OF EMPIRE are all in active development. 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.

Jane Gull

Jane’s second feature will shoot late 2019. Her debut film MY FERAL HEART became the UK’s most successful ‘cinema-on-demand’ film of all time, in partnership with OurScreen. It earned Jane a BIFA nomination for debut director and won best director and film at the Lift-Off Awards. The world premiere was at Cinequest in the US and picked up the audience choice award for best drama and lead Steven Brandon won several awards worldwide. It was included in Mark Kermode’s 2016 Film Review, describing it as “richly rewarding” and “beautifully directed”. Having started her career as an actress, the UK Film Council helped Jane to write and direct her first film TOGETHER ALONE. She has written, directed and produced several acclaimed shorts including the multi award winning SUNNY BOY, acquired by CH4 and ARTE TV. Jane is a graduate of the EIFF Talent Lab, Berlinale Talent Campus and the BFI London Film Festival’s Think-Shoot-Distribute. Jane also works in theatre and recently directed Kevin McNally in EXPLODING MAGGIE at the Tabards Theatre in London. She has several feature films in development.

Debbie Howard

Debbie was an actor for twenty-five years before moving into writing and directing when she founded Big Buddha Films. Her award winning short films have screened at film festivals worldwide, including PEEKABOO starring Lesley Sharp and Shaun Dooley. She made the critically acclaimed, award winning and BIFA long listed feature documentary, STILL LOVED and was then commissioned to make her documentary ABSENT FROM OUR OWN WEDDING by Real Stories. Debbie is currently directing her eighth block of DOCTORS for the BBC (2020) and is in production on a feature doc THE COWBOY FROM NEWCASTLE. She is in development on two feature films WAITING, which received early development funding from the BFI Network and COLD. She is also in development on TV a comedy TV series, HITCHED. Debbie was selected for the Women in Film and Television Mentoring Scheme in 2014 and completed Filmonomics with Mia Bays of Birds Eye View. She is keen to champion other women in the film industry and is an influencer for Reclaim the Frame.

Chris Hyde

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. He is currently commissioned to write three new US feature screenplays including for Fox/Disney. His original project SECOND RIVER is in development with Komixx as both a feature and TV series along with feature ONE PREVIOUS OWNER. 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 currently working on TV show with a US studio.

Mustapha Kseibati

A Screen International Star of Tomorrow, Mustapha has directed 5 short films funded by UKFC, BBC, SKY, BFI and the Met Police. He has a slate of features in development including SUPER G’s (Comedy Drama), DANGER CLOSE (Action Comedy) and WILD BOYS (Supernatural Horror). He was selected for BFI’s NET.WORK@LFF and Guiding Lights, mentored by Paul Andrew Williams. He has directed various television shows inc COCONUT and OI, PUSSY for BBC Three, APPLE TREE HOUSE for CBeebies, Jason Manford’s LITTLE CRACKER, Humza Arshad’s XMAS and THREE KINDS OF STUPID for SKY. Mustapha grew up in West London consuming endless hours of American and British television, when he fell in love with genre, Marvel, action figures and cartoons. After completing a BA in Media Production Mus worked at urban music channel Channel U as a Director before moving on to directing content for MTV. His favourite film is Back to the Future.

Jenny Lecoat

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 on 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. Jenny has recently sold her first novel, a Jersey-set love story, in the UK, Australia, Argentina, and after an auction for US rights.

Jo Lewis

Jo is an award winning writer, director & producer. She is directing feature documentary OWEN through 2020. Short films WHISPER won three awards and 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.

Lines & Bogdanovich

Dean Lines & Ray Bogdanovich are a genre-loving writing partnership with a variety of projects in active development for film and TV. Haunted house movie THE BANISHING is set for a 2020 release, produced by West End Films, directed by Chris Smith and starring Jessica Brown Findlay and Sean Harris. Their first feature THE HATTON GARDEN JOB was released theatrically by Signature Entertainment in 2017. UK-set survival movie HOUNDED is with Signature Entertainment and set to shoot late 2020. They also have sci-fi chase movie ESCAPE THE NIGHT currently set up with TEASHOP & FILM Co, and their supernatural serial killer movie PAST LIFE is with Grimmfest Films.

Leon Lopez

Leon is an actor turned writer director. He is currently directing for the ITV soap EMMERDALE and has previously directed many episodes of C4’s flagship soap HOLLYOAKS. Leon’s previous work includes his feature film SOFT LAD which was acquired by Peccadillo Pictures and Netflix UK as well as ALMOST SAW THE SUNSHINE, a film about violence towards Transgender women of colour, also acquired by Peccadillo pictures now available on Amazon Prime. He is developing several original projects.

James Nunn

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 three features for WWE Studios/Universal/Sony Pictures – ELIMINATORS, MARINE 5: BATTLEGROUND and MARINE 6: CLOSE QUARTERS, high octane action films released in 2017/18. James has directed commercials for VIRGIN and TOSHIBA. He has several features in development as creator / director in the UK and US with two to shoot in 2020 including JETSKI (Altitude).

Debo Oluwatuminu

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.

Ben Parker

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 script GONE has sold to Dark Sky Films and he is working on his second feature, a WWII thriller with producer Matt Wilkinson (DOUBLE DATE, KALEIDOSCOPE) and Altitude which will shoot late Spring 2020.

Claire Peate

Claire has been awarded a place on the 2020 BFI NETWORK/ BAFTA talent development programme. She is a BAFTA Rocliffe winning screenwriter, whose winning feature film script THE COLOUR ROOM is in development with Caspian Pictures, a spirited biopic on the Art Deco designer Clarice Cliff. The film has been awarded development funding from Ffilm Cymru and Film Birmingham. Her second feature, PREDECEASE, a psychological thriller, is in development with Ed King and Farah Abushwesha. Claire’s short THE GRADUATION was broadcast on BBC2 in 2019 and it won a BBC short film competition and a people’s choice award. Claire is currently developing a TV comedy with VOX Pictures. She has an MA in Scriptwriting from the University of South Wales and won their coveted Creative Industries award for her work. As an author, Claire has had four novels published and she has been nominated for Wales’ BOOK OF THE YEAR.

Nev Pierce

An award-winning filmmaker and award-losing journalist. Pierce’s shorts have been selected for festivals worldwide including Fantasia, FrightFest and the London Short Film Festival. Directorial debut Bricks was described by David Fincher as a “classy take on a morbid classic”, while Mark Romanek labelled fourth short Promise “superbly done”. He has various feature films in development and is a consultant for short film fund The Pitch. He is also a contributing editor for Empire, the world’s biggest movie magazine.

Rebecca Pollock

Rebecca Pollock is a writer, theatre practitioner and lecturer at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. Her screenplay for BETTY was on the 2020 Black List with Ryan Murphy and Sarah Paulson attached. RUTH is also in late development with Ruth Wilson attached. Other features: MAY SAVIDGE is with Pathe Productions and WOKEN is in development with Fantastic Films/IFB. ‬Rebecca is a founding member of Shady Dolls Theatre Company whose work has been performed at the Arcola, 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) that 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 with partners including Wiip, Netflix and EOne. She co-writes with Kas Graham.

Jesse Quiñones

Jesse is developing a slate of projects through his production company Woolfcub Productions including feature film CAGEFIGHTER, in postproduction Jan 2020 starring Gina Gershon. Jesse’s first feature film was CALLOUSED HANDS, starring Andre Royo (The Wire), which screened at more than 20 film festivals and won numerous awards. It was released by Kino Lorber (US) and FilmDOO (UK). EL MAR, a Cuban Irish love story is in development with Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta attached and he is producing 300 YARDS TO HOME, a feature length documentary about former world champion boxer Glenn McCrory. Jesse is a Patron of the British Urban Film Festival, a senior tutor at Met Film School and lectures on filmmaking across the UK. In his down time he enjoys spending time with his son and he holds a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

David Reilly

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.

Jake Rowlands

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 projects in development including action thriller REACTION / Boxfly and original material.

Avril E. Russell

Avril is developing projects for both film and television on both sides of the Atlantic, including an adaptation of a major book with a US studio. Her original series 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. She has recently written for BBC’s CASUALTY.

Jamie Russell

Jamie’s 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 2020 with David Fincher as EP. His original thriller feature RUN is under option and he co-adapted a major novel for Riverstone Pictures. 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 (Signature Ent) and his first novel has just sold to a stellar YA publisher for world English language!

Mark Salisbury

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 Smyth

Malachi‘s GATEWAY 6 (Sentinel / Stigma) for director Tanel Toom topped the Brit List 2015, and is due to shoot mid 2020. BEACH BOYS is in active development with the Tohill brothers attached as directors, and Malachi is about to direct his own screenplay THE SCORE, Autumn 2020. NOCTURNE, produced by Bona Fide, was made in 2015 directed by Konstantinos Frangopoulos. His short films include the multi-award winning THE ARCHITECT and BIFA winner SCHOOL OF LIFE. His first short as director, LIGHT OF THE WORLD won the Special Jury Award at the Houston Worldfest.

Tracy Spottiswoode

Tracy is an award winning writer, director and animator, graduate on Media Xchange’s Advance Television Writing Course (Jan ’18) and Ffilm Cymru are supporting her first Welsh-Language feature. Her radio plays have featured on BBC Radio 4, 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. Tracy was 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.

Ben Steiner

Ben’s short film THE STOMACH has won 25 international awards (including Best Horror Short at Fantastic Fest 2014) and screened at over 170 festivals worldwide. He is now developing a slate of four features including a feature version of THE STOMACH with Kaleidoscope and Creative England (shooting mid 2019) and a new horror movie with Fox/Disney. Liberated by a disregard for genre tropes and boundaries, his ambition is to make films that horrify, not horror films. Ben also writes and directs solo projects and commercials.

Eric Styles

Eric has directed John Hurt in THAT GOOD NIGHT, which premiered at EIFF, 2017 and he directed for CRAITH a #WelshScandiNoir TV drama for BBC / S4C (screening Feb ‘18). He is directing his fourth block for CASUALTY, Winter ’19. 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 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 Trefgarne

Justin has recently written and was showrunner on a new YA animation series for YouTube Red called SHERWOOD. He 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 has also written for Q POOTLE 5 and DIGBY DRAGON. Justin 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.

Matthew James Wilkinson

Matt’s latest as producer, YESTERDAY, with Working Title, written by Richard Curtis and directed by Danny Boyle, released Summer 2019. 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 a writer Matt is currently adapting GRINNY, a Nicholas Fisk novel for Met Film / BFI and is under commission to Working Title, and his feature SIDE BY SIDE screened in the family section of BFI’s London Film Festival 2013. In 2005 he wrote the New Line feature THE SICK HOUSE. Screenplay THE INTREPIDS featured on the Brit List 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.

Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency

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, or feel free to ask for a rights guide!

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