“WRITING IS A MARATHON, NOT A SPRINT.”

- Robert McKee
Dear Filmmaker

We’re dedicated to bringing out the best in your story. Whether you have a concept or a final draft of a script, we want to hear your ideas! We pride ourselves on our personal approach to development. We want you to feel supported and nurtured throughout the process.

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Meet The Team

CLIVE FRAYNE

Development Executive

Lucy V Hay

Development Executive

Byron McNally

In 2018, as an exec producer, Byron’s short film ‘Wren Boys’ was nominated for a BAFTA and selected at Sundance, BIFA, SXSW, and Hong Kong International Film Festival. ‘Wren Boys’ also won ‘Best Short Film’ at Oscar-qualifying – Galway Film Fleadh.

That same year, Byron produced ‘The Nightmare on Deskeeth Street’ – nominated at BFI Film Festival, London Film Festival, Aesthetica, and Dublin International Film Festival, and directed by ‘Jury Prize’ Sundance-winning Director, Dylan Holmes Williams.

Byron’s debut feature film ‘Butterfly Kisses’ was nominated at a host of illustrious film festivals worldwide before landing a ‘Crystal Bear’ Award at Berlinale International Film Festival.

More recently, Byron teamed up with Heyday Films development exec Anna Hargreaves to produce the rom-horror ‘Aftertaste’, starring Jessica Brown Findlay (‘Black Mirror’, ‘Downton Abbey’, ‘Harlots’) and Joe Dempsie (‘Skins’, ‘Game of Thrones’). The film premiered at Frightfest, was selected at Grimfest and Panicfest, and was also part of the London Short Film Festival programme.

Byron is currently co-producing a feature film with producer Andy Paterson (‘The Girl with the Pearl Earring’, ‘The Railway Man’) written by BAFTA Rocliffe-winner Roland Walters. The film is based on a short story by acclaimed British novelist Mark Haddon.

In addition to his achievements in the narrative world, Byron has produced high-end television commercials for the likes of Bentley, Under Armour, Square Payment, Selfridges, ITV, Peugeot, Volvic, HelloFresh and Volkswagen (to name a few), working alongside production companies including Ridley Scott Associates, Partizan, Park Village Studios, and FRIEND London.

In 2019, Byron was awarded ‘Rising Star of the Year’ by the South African Chamber of Commerce in London.

Roland Walters

Roland is an award-winning writer and director represented by Curtis Brown. Winner of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Award, his latest projects include a feature film about 17th Century scientist, Johannes Kepler, and his mother’s witchcraft trial. It is being produced by Andy Paterson (‘The Girl with the Pearl Earring’) and directed by Michael Hoffman (‘The Last Station’, ‘Soap Dish’).

Roland is writing several TV series. These include a thriller set in 1st Century Jerusalem about Saint Paul, for Tanya Seghatchian (‘Cold War’, ‘The Crown’) and Brightstar Film and TV; a military thriller for Playground Entertainment; and a 1920s Shanghai crime drama for Ink Factory (‘The Night Manager’).

Roland is currently developing his directorial debut feature with Andy Paterson and Byron McNally, based on a story by author Mark Haddon.

Lucy V Hay

Lucy V. Hay is a script editor, author and blogger who helps writers. She's been the script editor and advisor on numerous UK features and shorts & has also been a script reader for over 15 years, providing coverage for indie prodcos, investors, screen agencies, producers, directors and individual writers. She's also an author, publishing as both LV Hay and Lizzie Fry; Lizzie's latest, THE COVEN, is out now with Sphere Books and LV's debut crime novel THE OTHER TWIN is being adapted by the Emmy-nominated Free@Last TV. Lucy's site at www.bang2write.com has appeared in Top 100 round ups for Writer's Digest & The Write Life, as well as been a UK Blog Awards Finalist and Feedspot's #1 Screenwriting blog in the UK (tenth in the world!).

Clive Frayne

Clive is an award-winning writer and development consultant with decades of filmmaking experience. He specialises in script development for independent film, primarily as a development consultant and script doctor.

Clive’s book, ‘The Process of Screenwriting’, outlines a process-driven approach to script development. An approach where progress is made through rigorous analysis and the use of targeted development tools. Clive is a regular and popular speaker at the London Screenwriters Festival. He also designs and delivers professional development courses for NFTS.

LILI COOPER

Development Coordinator

ADAM LAVIS

Development Consultant

DREW HUBBARD

Development Consultant

Olivia Brennan

Development Consultant

Adam Lavis

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Adam is an award-winning writer, director, producer, and script consultant from Bristol, UK, probably best known as the co-creator of the comedy anthology web series, Sparebnb. Adam is also a BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing comedy winner, Nickelodeon International Writers Program finalist, and a Screenwriting graduate from Southampton Solent University.

Lili Cooper

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Lili is a filmmaker and writer based in London. She has an MA in Creative Writing from UEA for which she received a Distinction. While studying in Norwich, she gained expertise in poetry, screenwriting and adaptation.

Lili has performed and written extensively, working alongside producers at BBC Radio Norfolk to commission pieces for their programme ‘The Social', as well as being interviewed about her film poems as part of International Women’s Day in 2019. Her work has been published in several writing anthologies. For over a year, Lili has been working alongside Byron McNally, helping to develop a number of scripts. She also acted as a member of the screening committee for Norwich Film Festival and has worked as a reader for the London International Screenwriting Competition.

Olivia Brennan

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Olivia Brennan is a Life Coach, Writer, Podcast Host, Producer, Journal Therapist, Blogger and founder of Into The Script. She is also the founder of Script Naked Coaching. Since graduating with a BA Honours in English Literature, Creative Writing & Film and Television Studies in 2014, Olivia started her blog. Into The Script is a platform providing writing and filmmaking craft tips, how-to articles and Industry interviews.

Olivia also uses her platform to passionately support the voices of other BAME creatives and Women In Film.

Olivia has interviewed some of the most influential filmmakers and writers in the world; including award-winning screenwriters, producers, managers, directors and other industry professionals who have worked on projects such as the Jurassic Park franchise, Star Wars and Harry Potter and with studios such as Universal, Netflix, Disney and Marvel.

She has also been featured as a guest blogger on some of the most notable screenwriting and filmmaking sites such as Bang2Write, Stage 32 and Shore Scripts. Olivia previously worked as a feature writer in Entertainment & Research at Shore Scripts, a feature writer & interview host at Bang2Write (UK's No.1 Screenwriting blog), and as a script reader with the world's largest screenwriting event - The London Screenwriter's Festival.

Drew Hubbard

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Drew runs 'Pride Reads', a monthly newsletter that helps all writers write better lgbtq+ characters and stories. Every Pride Month, he also finds industry professionals (writers, producers, script editors, etc.) willing to read and give free feedback to lgbtq+ writers.

Drew is a credited writer who specialises in stories that aim to shine a light on queer issues. He enjoys connecting with other writers and strives to help all writers, across all mediums, to be more inclusive in their work and to avoid harmful lgbtq+ stereotypes and clichés.

MAGGIE

Ruff Drafter