John Yorke

MD Angel Station
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John Yorke is Managing Director of Angel Station where he works as a drama producer, consultant and lecturer on all forms of storytelling. A former MD of Company Pictures where he Exec Produced Wolf Hall, he’s the author of INTO THE WOODS – the highly acclaimed book about how and why we tell stories.

As both Head of Channel Four Drama and Controller of BBC Drama Production John has worked on big popular works such as Hustle, Spooks, Casualty and Holby City alongside award-winners such as Bodies, Omagh, Sex Traffic, Not Only But Always and The Curse of Steptoe.

His career began story-lining EastEnders in its very first BAFTA winning year – beginning a fourteen year association with the programme. As a commissioning Editor/Executive Producer, he championed Life On Mars, The Street, Shameless and Waterloo Road and in 2005 he created the BBC Writers Academy, a year-long in-depth training scheme which has produced a generation of successful television writers.  He’s also edited The Archers.

John is Visiting Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and lives and works in London.

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John Yorke is appearing at the following sessions:

'Filthily Funny': In Conversation with Paul Abbott

'Filthily Funny': In Conversation with Paul Abbott

We’ve been after him for years and finally the scheduling stars have aligned and we are absolutely delighted to welcome Paul Abbott to the LSF17. Join us as we finally get inside the brilliant writing mind of this brilliant writing man.

Advanced Structure: From Procedural to Longform, terrestrial to Netflix and beyond… With John Yorke

Advanced Structure: From Procedural to Longform, terrestrial to Netflix and beyond… With John Yorke

In one day, shift your project from a great idea that is well executed into one that meets the needs of the emerging long story form machine that is Netflix and other online platforms.

Advanced Structure: From Procedural to Longform, terrestrial to Netflix and beyond… With John Yorke

Advanced Structure: From Procedural to Longform, terrestrial to Netflix and beyond… With John Yorke

In one day, shift your project from a great idea that is well executed into one that meets the needs of the emerging long story form machine that is Netflix and other online platforms.

Book Signing: John Yorke at the Bookstore

Book Signing: John Yorke at the Bookstore

Join John Yorke at the Bookstore in the Refectory where he will be signing copies of his book Into The Woods.

The BIG Guns of TV

The BIG Guns of TV

Four of TV’s heaviest hitters gather to discuss the past, present and future of British TV. What can we learn from their success and how can we partner with them in the future?

The Infinite Character Arc: Writing Continuing Drama

The Infinite Character Arc: Writing Continuing Drama

Take a peek behind the continuing drama curtain in this mega-session with the top Producers, Writers and Consultants from Casualty, Doctors, Eastenders and Holby.