Henry SwindellDevelopment Producer | BBC Writersroom North
Henry is currently Development Producer, BBC Writersroom North where he works across Film, TV and Radio finding and developing writers for the BBC.
Henry’s background is as a TV, Film and Theatre
Producer. His 2011 award winning film All That Way For Love has been shown at film festivals all over the world. As a TV producer he’s worked for the BBC, ITV and Channel Four on shows including Casualty, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street.
For BBC Writersroom, working out of MediaCityUK and across the north of England, he oversees writer development, talent partnerships and development projects. He also gives seminars across the country on screenwriting and runs writers’ development residentials for all fiction departments of the BBC. He acts as an internal agent, connecting writers at any stage of their career with producers.
As a Feature Film Producer Henry is developing a slate of projects with Co-Producer Oliver Royds and Director Henry Mason. Their award winning short film, All That Way For Love by Thomas Martin, filmed entirely on location in Kenya. The film stars Andrew Simpson [Notes on A Scandal], Belinda Stewart-Wilson [The Inbetweeners] and Derek de Lint [Black Book]. Shown at film festivals all over the world, it premiered by opening the LA Short Film Festival, at The TriBeCa Festival it was named by CBS New York as one of the top 5 films to see at the festival [a list that included Joss Whedon’s The Avengers Assemble] and it won best actor for Andrew Simpson at The Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Thomas Martin has written a feature film off the back of the short called The Sex Life in Tel Aviv (WorkHouse Productions) due to start shooting early 2014. They are also co-producing with Charlie Hanson/Tantrum Films a film written by Sarah Solemani called Live Forever to be directed by Beeban Kidron which is currently being packaged.
Henry also co-produced Henry Mason’s next short film Water Song which was a winning entry of the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series and premiered at the 2013 TriBeCa Film Festival in New York.
Henry started his career as a founder member of Trident Theatre Company. He worked at the Edward Alleyn Theatre, Dulwich and as a freelance theatre technician. He read Film and TV Studies at The University of Surrey, Roehampton. Taught TV Studio Production at Thames Valley University.
He was a founder of DoubleJackFilms making several short films including the award winning Projection.
In 2003 he joined the BBC Documentary and Contemporary Factual department where he worked on a wide variety of shows.
In 2004 he joined the BBC drama department and worked as part of the script teams first on Casualty and then on the day time drama Doctors. Returning to Casualty in 2006 to work as a script editor on the BAFTA winning Season 21. And on Season 22, working with the then Series Consultant Barbara Machin, he headed up the script team as Series Editor where The Times described him as having “clearly torn up the previous Casualty style book and is busy making up a new look for primetime recurring drama that will rely on originality”.
From 2008 to 2010 he Produced the teen soap opera Hollyoaks made by Lime Pictures for Channel 4. In 2010 he returned to Casualty again, this time as a freelance producer and over saw several episodes of series 25 including the Christmas special.
In 2011 he script edited over 50 episodes of Coronation Street and oversaw their trial script scheme looking for new writers for the show.