Hollywood script development company WriteMovies has appointed me as its new Director of World Wide Development. The new role will forge new partnerships between global writers and the international film industry, while helping oversee existing WriteMovies competitions and services based at our office in Los Angeles. Here is how WriteMovies have made the announcement.
I’m honoured to be offered this influential position at the heart of a global script development company based in Hollywood. I’ve been helping other writers develop their craft since before I became a professional writer, as Head Writer on an award-winning student radio drama. Since then I’ve been a professional writer for over ten years, and a professional script analyst for nearly as long, plus chairing a professional writers’ association for a year as well. This new role gives me a chance to help other writers on a much bigger scale. I’m looking forward to helping new generations of writers across the world to take their stories to the top of the industry.
I’ll be at the heart of things, overseeing WriteMovies’ relaunch (including creating the logos and idents you see here), its new-look screenwriting competition and its writer development and representation. We will welcome writers from across the world as we seek out the next stories, and writers, with global potential. There will be a special £500 prize for the best UK script received on top of our overall prize which is worth over $5000 to the winner.
With filmmaking technology and distribution channels improving all the time, today’s major studios can’t ignore global audiences and global writers. The next great story could come from anywhere, and they can’t afford to miss out or get left behind. I see this role as an opportunity to bring international and multicultural voices into mainstream filmmaking: the OscarsSoWhite controversy is just one symptom of a film industry that is often criticised for its lack of diversity and representativeness. But where I’m from, diversity and multiculturalism have been a natural and celebrated fact of everyday life for decades. I’m not sure the film and writing industries have kept pace with that. Caution is natural, but nothing is more important than having a great story and telling it well.