Julian Friedmann

Film, TV and literary agent

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Julian Friedmann represents both book and script writers across a broad range of subjects and formats. He started as an editor for two academic publishers in the early 1970s before setting up his own publishing company. He set up a literary agency in 1976, later merging with Carole Blake to establish Blake Friedmann.

He has lectured all over the world on the business of scriptwriting and has published a book called How To Make Money Scriptwriting. He edited two volumes called Writing Long-running Television Series and created Europe’s leading scriptwriting magazine, ScriptWriter which became TwelvePoint.com.  He is also co-author of The Insider’s a Guide to Writing for Television.

He helped design PILOTS (an EU Media initiative to develop long-running television series) and the MA in Television Scriptwriting at De Montfort University. In addition to agenting he also acts as an Executive producer.

Julian was born in South Africa in 1944 and came to live in London in 1961. He has degrees from the University of York (Philosophy/Politics BAs) and an MA from the School of Oriental & African Studies. He was thrown out of LSE while doing a PhD because he didn’t tell them he also had a full-time job in publishing.

Julian also served as Exec Producer on Birthright, War Wolf, Over Africa, Burning Road, The Swinger, Nancy’s Boy, Benedict’s Brother and Girl Made of Dust.  

He is also grandfather to six smashing kids.

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Julian Friedmann is appearing at the following sessions:

Gatekeepers: Building relationships with key influencers

Gatekeepers: Building relationships with key influencers

Script Readers, Assistants, and Interns have their own career objectives: to become the big players of tomorrow. Learning to connect to them is an integral part of a long-term career strategy. And you can kick it off with this eye-opening session.

New Frontiers: Writing for the Chinese Market

New Frontiers: Writing for the Chinese Market

Industry experts predict that by the year 2020, China will surpass the USA as the biggest market for cinema and television entertainment. With a panel who are currently writing series and features for China, this session will provide the most up-to-the-second insights into this exciting opportunity.

The Truth About A Writer's Career

The Truth About A Writer's Career

What does an actual writers’ career look like, and what sort of money might you earn at what stage of your career?