Inspiring screenplay development
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.
Meet The Team
Byron McNally is a Film Producer who has achieved a Berlinale Crystal Bear win, a BAFTA nomination, and nominations at festivals like Sundance, SXSW, and the Hong Kong International Film Festival.
As a Development Producer, Byron has secured funding for various projects. Several of these have received financial backing from organisations like the British Film Institute (BFI).
Currently, Byron is in an exciting collaboration with Andy Paterson, whose previous films include The Girl with the Pearl Earring and The Railway Man. Together, they are co-producing a feature film adaptation of Mark Haddon's notable short story, Wodwo.
Additionally, Byron is a Co-producer for a behind-the-scenes documentary focused on Michael Mann's feature film, Enzo Ferrari. The documentary, with its A-list cast including Adam Driver and Penelope Cruz, is in post-production. He is also producing a feature-length documentary, a project that recently completed its first shooting block in Mongolia. It is slated for its next shooting block in London come November.
Outside the traditional cinema sphere, Byron produced the video game Unknown Number, which swept the NYX Game Awards last year, claiming titles for Best Indie Game, Best Storytelling, Best Innovation, and Best Performance. Metro described it as “an enticing puzzle adventure that tells a great story… a truly impressive feat for a tiny indie studio”.
Beyond his production work, Byron co-founded Script Compass in 2020, a development house that earned the title 'Best London Creative Start-Up' in the UK StartUp Awards this year. In 2021, the South African Chamber of Commerce in London recognised him as the 'Rising Star of the Year'.
Roland Walters is an award-winning writer and director, represented by Curtis Brown. He won 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 a Pearl Earring) and directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station, Soap Dish). Helen Mirren is attached to star.
He is writing several TV series. These include a thriller set in 1st Century Jerusalem about Saint Paul, for Oscar-nominated producer, Tanya Seghatchian (The Crown, Cold War, The Power of the Dog) and a drama about the Louisiana tugboating mafia, produced by Fred Berger’s company Automatik (La La Land) and and directed by Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders). His latest project Boombox - a crime drama set in a London record label - has been commissioned by Sky. Oscar-winner Aneil Karia (Surge, The Long Goodbye) is attached to direct. He is writing episode five for Season 2 of Channel 4 & Peacock’s espionage thriller, The Undeclared War
He is currently developing his directorial debut feature with Andy Paterson, based on a story by author Mark Haddon (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time). He has written and directed his first video game, Unknown Number, which was released in September 2022. It was Official Selection for the London Games Festival 2022, in the ‘Narrative Excellence’ category. Metro described it as “an enticing puzzle adventure that tells a great story… a truly impressive feat for a tiny indie studio”.
He is in post production on a feature documentary he is directing about legendary car manufacturer, Ferrari, for Michael Mann. He is also in production on his next directorial project: another feature documentary about cultural diplomacy set in Mongolia.
Clive is well-regarded in the industry for his innovative approach to development.
His ground-breaking contribution lies in the conception and implementation of process-driven development — a revolutionary methodology for nurturing screenplays. This approach has consistently demonstrated its effectiveness in translating the creative visions of writers and producers into successful cinematic productions. The projects cultivated under his guidance consistently attract high-level talent and financial investment. A significant number have also secured major international competition wins, with several of his projects attaching financial backing from organisations like the British Film Institute (BFI).
His debut book, ‘The Process of Screenwriting’, is the definitive work on process-driven screenplay development. Furthermore, Clive is currently engrossed in writing two new books on process-driven development and rewriting.
As a visiting lecturer at the National Film and Television School in London, Clive offers the industry valuable professional development and training. His focus encompasses screenwriting and script development, reaching various international broadcasters and professional organisations across Europe and the Middle East.
Expanding his horizons, Clive is presently integrating process-driven development into the realms of gaming narrative.
Tom has over twenty years of experience in script and story development. Formerly at Sarah Radclyffe Productions and the multi-Oscar winning Portobello Productions, he has worked on projects for writers such as John le Carré (The Night Manager, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) Jez Butterworth (Spectre, Edge Of Tomorrow, Black Mass). He has also worked on and developed film and TV projects for companies such as Phoenix Films, Fandango, ITV Studios, Fiesta Productions, Tomato and Head Gear.
His research interests are in the science and psychology of storytelling and creative learning. His other keen interests are in the late English Renaissance and early Enlightenment, and he is currently writing a book on the emergence of journalism, the criminal underworld and the “advancement of learning” in the early Eighteenth Century.
Alizée is a French script editor, writer, and translator based in London. Working internationally, she provides development support for writers in film, TV, and animation.
After studying film production at the Arts University Bournemouth in the UK and FAMU in the Czech Republic, she started working in development in 2015.
She went on to work on various projects with independent production companies and studios such as Entertainment One, Amazon Studio, Walt Disney, and Ardimages as a freelancer.
Alizée is also a graduate of Midpoint's Feature Launch and TorinoFilmLab Extended script editing labs, where she collaborated with international filmmakers on the development of their feature film projects.
She became a BAFTA Connect member in 2022.
Matilda graduated from the University of Oxford in 2020, where she achieved a 2.1 in English Language and Literature, with a first in her dissertation.
Since joining Script Compass in 2022, she has been Development Coordinator for more than forty projects, as well as Production Coordinator for the feature documentary The Making of Mongol Khan and the short film Demons.
Before joining Script Compass she worked at Sky, writing script reports for Sky Original Cinema and supporting in commercial operations. She has spent time producing short films and theatre, as well as being a runner both in the offices of Working Title and Recorded Picture Company, and on the set of James Bond's Spectre.
Adam is an award-winning Writer, Director, Producer, and Script Consultant probably best known as the co-creator of the comedy anthology web series, Sparebnb. He is also a BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing comedy winner, Nickelodeon International Writers Program finalist, and a Screenwriting graduate from Southampton Solent University.
As a script consultant he has worked with over 500 writers on a wide range of genres. Notable projects include Fire Over the Hills (top 1% of Drama Features on Coverfly) and Threestyle (top 1% on Coverfly TV drama).
Adam has spent 5 years working in HETV with top production companies on tv shows like Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror and films like The Imitation Game, Mission Impossible, and The Third Person.
Lucy is a script editor and author who helps writers develop their screenplays. She's been the script editor and advisor on numerous UK features and shorts and has also been a script reader for over 15 years, providing coverage for independent production companies, investors, screen agencies, producers, directors and individual writers. She has written several books on writing for film, television and fiction including Writing Diverse Characters for Fiction, TV or Film as well as Writing and Selling Drama Screenplays. She's also an author, publishing novels as both LV Hay and Lizzie Fry; Lizzie's latest novel, 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.
Maria is a Mexican writer, script and development consultant/executive, historian, and translator with 10+ years of international experience in film and TV.
She has a MSt in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford and has worked for some of the most internationally renowned production houses, such as Mantarraya in Mexico. Furthermore, she’s a consultant and reader for Netflix UK, Austin Film Festival, and the Athens Film Office, amongst others.
The films she has developed and produced have had huge success and premiered at festivals including Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Berlinale, and International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Emmanuel Imani is an actor, writer, and producer known for his upcoming role as "Wilbur Evan" in the Netflix series "Geek Girl," based on Holly Smales' popular book series. The show features him in a key supporting role throughout its ten-episode run.
Prior to "Geek Girl," Emmanuel appeared in the ITV/Amazon co-produced show "Riches," written by Abby Ajayi, who has credits on series such as "How To Get Away With Murder," "Four Weddings And A Funeral," and "Inventing Anna."
Emmanuel has also been part of several other notable productions, including the BBC's "DANNY BOY," Sky's "COBRA," and the BBC/Netflix series "BLACK EARTH RISING." He was featured in "Wheel of Time," a series scheduled to release its second season in 2023.
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.