Who will YOU pitch?

Execs, Producers, Directors and Agents at PitchFest 2017

OK take a deep breath… and check out who you can pitch YOUR projects to this year at The Great British Pitchfest!

Execs will be added in late Summer.

Who came last time?

Sixty professionals from over fifty companies heard pitches in 2016 leading to hundreds of script requests. Execs, Producers, Directors and Agents attended from these companies in past few years.

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Confirmed Execs, Agents, Producers and Directors for 2017

Hollywood Pitch Execs (via Skype)

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Tanya Lees, Screenwriter, Holdfastfilms

Tanya Lees, Screenwriter, Holdfastfilms

Executives

Anna Mohr-Pietsch

Anna Mohr-Pietsch – Producer - Met Film

Looking for anything interesting and good! No specific genres. Film and TV.

Ariadne Kotsaki

Ariadne Kotsaki – Executive - DJ Films

We are looking for exciting and talented writers who can tell bold and innovative stories.

Charlie Bury

Charlie Bury – Acquisitions Manager - Bankside Films

Always looking for new material, as long as the story is doing something new and interesting that we can champion. We need to give buyers a choice of films. And this could range from an auteur-driven horror piece to a sophisticated period drama.

Charlotte Essex

Charlotte Essex – Development Executive

Looking for: Exciting stories told with that little bit of stardust. 

Edward Barlow

Edward Barlow – Development Producer - Artists Studio TV

 I am always on the lookout for original voices, interesting worlds, vivid characters. I am most excited by work which surprises me and has something to say.

Georgina Sherrington

Georgina Sherrington – Director of Scripted Development - Shire Oak Films

Shire Oak are looking for ambitious writers with big, purposeful stories to tell. International / cross-border storytelling a plus.

Giles Edwards

Giles Edwards – Head Of Acquisitions & Development

MPI (and in-house production entity Dark Sky Films) is genre-focused but "genre" covers a very wide arena, not just straight horror but the darkest thriller (STARRY EYES), blackest comedy (CATFIGHT) anything that combines genuine edge and potency.

Graham Smith

Graham Smith – Founder - Grand Scheme Media

Interested in scripts with mainstream ambition - think big! Aim high - take on the challenge of BBC1, ITV1 and Sky1!

Harry Arkwright

Harry Arkwright – Executive - DRG TV

Looking for commercial Drama that that can compete on the international stage and appeal across the globe. Open to drama in many forms from Series, Serials and Miniseries in all genres however we are always particularly interested in Crime and Thrillers.

Helena Murphy

Helena Murphy – Development Executive - Hartswood Films

Helena joined Hartswood Films in 2016 and works alongside the Development team with emerging and established writing talent across a wide slate of drama and comedy projects.

James Farrell

James Farrell – Head of Comedy Development - BBC

Looking for sitcom (multi & single-cam), comedy drama and dramedy writers.

Jay Taylor

Jay Taylor – Managing Director - Electric Shadow Company

Jay works across many genres but is especially keen on horror, comedy and family scripts for film and television.

Jaya Campbell

Jaya Campbell – Development Executive - Blueprint Pictures

We’re looking for intelligent, compelling stories with the scope and commercial appeal to find an international audience, whether they’re true stories, adaptations of existing IP, or original ideas.

Jolien Buijs

Jolien Buijs – Head of Development - MoliFilms

Looking for low-budget feature scripts/ideas that tell diverse stories with interesting characters. Particularly interested in grey-pound ideas but also open to genre films, romantic comedies, dramas, etc. as long as they can be made for less than 1 mil.

Julianne Ford

Julianne Ford – Executive - Tailored Films

Looking for writers who preferably have one distributed feature film made already and are interested in high concept low budget (1m euro) films in the sci-fi, comedy or horror genres. Looking for a feature film that is a magical adventure for children. 

Keith Kehoe

Keith Kehoe – Head of Production & Aquisitions - GSP Studios

Over the past two years, GSP Studios has become one of the most prolific production companies in the UK, having developed, financed and produced a total of ten independent feature films.

Kenneth O-Toole

Kenneth O-Toole – Executive - DJ Films

We are looking for exciting and talented writers who can tell bold and innovative stories. 

Lee Holmes

Lee Holmes – Project Manager - Capture

Lee is looking for innovative storytelling with a focus on dramas with a comic edge. Avoid clichéd scripts with formulaic characters please.

Luke Foster

Luke Foster – Development Executive | Iron Box Films

Currently seeking: Projects that tell a compelling story, are in an identifiable genre and would have international appeal, and ideally are in the £5m to £20m budget range.

Mark Pallis

Mark Pallis – Head of Development - Rainmaker Pictures

Looking for contemporary or period drama series/serials which have either a script and a strong authored voice, or unique access or experience of a distinct world.

Paul Sukhija

Paul Sukhija – Development - Aimimage Productions

Low-med budget film proposals: there is a wide range of things we would consider, from personal dramas with GREAT characters to genre ideas that don’t feel off-the-shelf and we are particularly keen to hear stories told from a female perspective.

Savannah James-Bayly

Savannah James-Bayly – Executive - Sly Fox Productions

She has a particular interest in telling fresh, bold stories from diverse perspectives.

Seng Pin Lee

Seng Pin Lee – Executive - The Media Pioneers

We are looking for Film and TV Drama scripts which happen in China or have Chinese elements. Alternatively, if the project is really strong and there is enough jeopardy, we would consider adapting it for a Chinese version.

Terhi Kylliainen

Terhi Kylliainen – Development - Midsummer Films

Midsummer Films is primarily looking for genre based films, including action, adventure, thriller and sci-fi.

Thembisa Cochrane

Thembisa Cochrane – Development Exec | Spier Films

Looking for entertaining stories with quality performance-driven drama supported by genre elements. We specialise in European co-productions.

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Karen Krizanovich - Presenter, Writer and Journalist

Karen Krizanovich - Presenter, Writer and Journalist

Producers

Alex Lightman

Alex Lightman – Producer/Director - Cannibal Films

The Cannibal brand is all about intelligent genre films. This means that we are open to discussing ideas and scripts of any genre, but they must go beyond what already exists. Think along the lines of Darren Aronofsky and Christopher Nolan.

Andee Ryder

Andee Ryder – Producer

Producer Andee's debut feature Alleycats is distributed internationally by a Major International Studio in over 20 countries.

Damian Jones

Damian Jones – Producer - DJ Films

Damian is one of Britain’s most prolific film producers. A career that spans over 30 feature films he has collaborated with prestige directing talent to create a variety of award winning films.

Daniel-Konrad Cooper

Daniel-Konrad Cooper – Producer - Rather Good Films Ltd

Looking for screenplays that play to the strengths of Independent Cinema - high-concept character-driven stories that can engage and inspire international audiences.

Emily Compton

Emily Compton – Producer - Core Films

Looking to build up the slate and meet interesting new writers

Gary Sinyor

Gary Sinyor – Producer/Director

Interested in character driven films only with strong parts that will attract cast. Comedy, Drama and Thrillers. No green screen.

Helen Simmons

Helen Simmons – Producer - Aimimage Productions

Low-med budget film proposals: there is a wide range of things we would consider, from personal dramas with GREAT characters to genre ideas that don’t feel off-the-shelf and we are particularly keen to hear stories told from a female perspective.

James Heath

James Heath – Producer - Dresden Pictures

Currently seeking: High Concept Sci-fi Thriller Scripts.

John Jencks

John Jencks – CEO - Electric Shadow Company

John is currently working on a horror project and would like to be pitched mid-budget horror scripts where the protagonist's goal is not merely survival.

M J McMahon

M J McMahon – Director & Producer - Capture

Michael is looking for intelligent stories, no horror, rom-coms or clichés.

Nikolai Galitzine

Nikolai Galitzine – Producer - Advantage Pictures

Sci-fi, political drama, art house, European thriller, Experimental mixed drama/documentary (not drama-docs), historical, westerns.

Shirani Le Mercier

Shirani Le Mercier – Producer - Spring Time Films

Currently seeking: Live action - Adventure, thriller, sci-fi, comedy/romcom, family. Animation: Family/fantasy.

Stephanie Bamberg

Stephanie Bamberg – Producer - Kult Fiktion Ltd

Looking for a good “hero’s journey” that tells a human story. We are also interested in thrillers and stories with a lovely twist. Changing the audience’s expectations and getting them “off guard”.

Stevie Lee

Stevie Lee – Producer - Runaway Fridge

Runaway Fridge is a London based production company which develops and produces features and has a TV development deal with international TV distributor Fremantlemedia.

Tom Kerevan

Tom Kerevan – Screenwriter - Producer/Founder of Cannibal Films

Tom's feature debut 'Tear Me Apart' premiered at the Austin Film Festival and he is currently working on his second feature ‘Gun’.

Neil Thompson

Neil Thompson – Producer - Formosa Films

Looking for: Fresh, compelling, contemporary thrillers and high concept comedies.

Stewart Le Marechal

Stewart Le Marechal – Producer - MetFilm

Stewart is open to hearing most ideas although less keen on straight horror.

Ned Dowd

Ned Dowd – Producer

Apocalypto, King Arthur, Shanghai Noon and Last Of The Mohicans are a handful of films on Ned's resume - it reads more like our movie collection!

I got so fired up and enthused all I wanted to do was go away and write.

Lorren Boniface, Screenwriter

Lorren Boniface, Screenwriter

Agents

Cassie Barraclough

Cassie Barraclough – Agent - Blake Friedmann Literary Agency

Into 'originality and depth of character'. Excited about the golden age of television. Genres are drama, social realism, comedy/drama, quirky comedy, speculative fiction, romance and noir. Could also be tempted by horror, crime (and films too!)

Fiona Grant

Fiona Grant – Agent - Dench Arnold Agency

Entertaining stories, particularly interested in musicals, horrors and comedies. Film and television.

Frances Arnold

Frances Arnold – Agent - Rochelle Stevens & Co.

Frances has worked at Rochelle Stevens & Co for twenty six years. She is interested in new and experienced writers of drama, and particularly drawn to fresh and original stories told through engaging characters and a strong individual voice.

Lucy Fawcett

Lucy Fawcett – Agent - Sheil Land Associates

Lucy is interested in television drama series pilots or original feature screenplays from new or experienced writers and is particularly open to approaches from women and BAME writers.

Phil Adie

Phil Adie – Media Agent - Nick Turner Management

In addition to providing his business affairs expertise and managing the day-to-day business of the agency, Phil is building his own client list.

Gary Wild

Gary Wild – Agent - JFL Agency

We specialise in TV drama/comedy but have a growing interest in film. We value writers who demonstrate an awareness of the genres and markets for which they’re writing. General preference for scripts that have something to say about contemporary Britiain

Jean Kitson

Jean Kitson – Agent - Kitson Press Associates

Jean Kitson is an agent representing film, TV, theatre and radio writers and directors.

I learned so much, had my mind blown, my reality checked and my inspiration sent sky-high

Will Stubbs, Screenwriter

Will Stubbs, Screenwriter

Directors

Ben Mole

Ben Mole – Director/Producer - Core Films

Looking to build up the slate and meet interesting new writers

D R Hood

D R Hood – Director - Likely Story

Looking for Drama/Arthouse type films, I usually like things with a little humour. Interested in low budget arthouse sci fi. NO action/horror.

Ian Bonhôte

Ian Bonhôte – Director & Producer

Ian Bonhôte is an award-winning film Director and Producer. His first feature Alleycats was distributed in 20 countries.

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Adrienne Aiken, Screenwriter

Adrienne Aiken, Screenwriter