It can be tough to make it as a screenwriter. There are lots of sites and 'gurus' out there, all promising to put aspiring writers in the limelight. Few truly have the expertise – and the connections – to help you succeed.
For years, we’ve helped talented writers to make it in the industry. As well as helping them develop their skills, we put them in front of the right people: producers and agents. Priceless connections we’ve built over years in the industry. Through our work, talented individuals can succeed, and the whole industry can thrive.
And we don’t just work with writers who are already signed to agents. We work with absolute beginners too. In fact, finding new writers is the most exciting part of our job.
Screenwriting Goldmine was set up in 2007 by Phil Gladwin, a successful writer and script editor. Phil started a small website to give advice about screenwriting. Quickly, the site grew into a large forum, with a massive blog containing much free advice – but he felt he could do more to help, so in 2012 he created the Screenwriting Goldmine Awards to support new writing talent, the Open Door monthly screenwriters' magazine in 2016, and The Tribe in depth training program in 2017.
Over the years since it began, the Goldmine site has been responsible for hundreds of thousands of individuals sharing ideas and supporting each other, and many of our Goldminers who have come through the contest and the Tribe have begun to make their mark in the industry.
Phil Gladwin has been a professional screenwriter and script editor working in the UK television industry since 1995. He has been hired by (and sometimes been fired by) the BBC, ITV, and many different independent production companies to write or edit TV shows such as New Tricks, The Dumping Ground, An Bronntanas, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Grange Hill, Holby, Trial & Retribution, The Bill, Casualty, Murder City, Bugs, Red Cap, Crossroads, and Berkeley Square, plus a good few others that never made it to broadcast.
He has also worked as a cycle courier in central London, a researcher in Artificial Intelligence at Cambridge University, a waiter in London, Brighton and the East Village, and a technical writer for an IBM systems software house. He loved being a cycle courier, but possibly his least favourite job of all was being the man who sat outside a massive freezer keeping tally of the movements of tons and tons and tons of frozen fish. He now lives by the sea in Brighton.
Abby Reynolds has been an Event Manager for the last 20 years specialising in corporate incentives. In the last year her projects have taken her to Dubai, LA, Las Vegas, Berlin, Lisbon, Malaysia, Kenya, Canada, New York and Croatia.
Without an ounce of TV/Scriptwriting experience under her belt (unless kissing Worzel Gummidge counts) she is here to dot the i’s and cross the t’s at Screenwriting Goldmine. Abby does dates and times. Do not ask her to write a story.
In just the last few years we have been honoured and privileged to work with so many of the people across the British TV drama industry.
These are just some of the story-telling experts who have helped judge our script competitions, met with writers on our recommendation, or even worked one-on-one with writers we have introduced to them to develop their script.
Currently working with us in the Tribe in 2018:
- Simon Curtis (Script Editor: Doctors)
- Abigail Dennis (Script development, Euston Films)
- Kiren Dhadwall (Script Editor: Riviera/Strike Back/EastEnders)
- Jyoti Fernandes (Development Script Producer, Douglas Road Productions)
- Hilary Frankland (Writer: Hollyoaks/Doctors, Script editor/Story Consultant: Hetty Feather, Brief Encounters, Suspects, Crime Stories, Death in Paradise, Papadopoulos and Sons, Fresh Meat, Waterloo Road, Missing, etc)
- Nicole Fitzpatrick (Freelance script development: Left Bank Pictures for SKY/HBO, EastEnders, Father Brown)
- Luke Fresle (Development Exec: Mainstreet Pictures, Script Editor: Casualty, EastEnders)
- James Gillam-Smith (Script Editor: Silent Witness, Rev, Youngers)
- Adam Leatherland (Script Editor: Viva LA Madness/Britannia/Riviera/ Tin Star/Guerilla)
- Sophia Morphew (Script Editor: Casualty/Eve/Kiss Me First/The Miniaturist)
- Sarah Linton (Script Editor: Killing Eve, The Halcyon, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Downton Abbey)
- Jess Ratnasapathy (Script Editor: Holby City)
- Charlotte Rutherford (Script Editor: Humans, Loaded)
- Liam Stratton (Script Editor: Casualty)
- Lina Stroud (Script Editor: Holby City)
- Danny West (Script Editor: Holby City/EastEnders)
- Vicky Wharton Producer, Red Water, BBC Drama)
- Joe Williams (Head of Development, Vox Pictures)
- Tom Williams (Script Executive: Free Rein, Script Editor: The Man in The High Castle, EastEnders, Doctors, Waterloo Road)
People who have worked with us, either as guests/editors at the Tribe, contributed columns to Open Door, or helped judge our annual script contest the Screenwriting Goldmine Awards:
- Paul Ashton (Senior Film Executive, Creative England)
- Janet Awe (Scripted comedy development, currently freelancing for Sky and Talkback)
- Adrian Banyard (Development Producer, STV)
- Nick Barron (Literary Agent, United Agents)
- Matthew Bates (Literary Agent, Sayle Screen)
- Sharon Batten (Series Producer, Eastenders, BBC Drama)
- Stuart Blackburn (Series Producer, Coronation St, ITV)
- Matthew Bouch (Independent Producer, “Being Human”, “My Mad Fat Teenage Wedding”, "Da Vinci's Demons")
- Sholla Coker (Script editor - Holby City/Death in Paradise, Producer - Holby City)
- Tom Collins (Producer/Director DeFacto Films)
- Anna Davies (Senior Drama Development Producer, CBBC Productions)
- Meg Davis (Literary Agent, Ki Agency)
- Sarah Deane (Script Editor, LA Productions)
- Charlotte Essex (Script Editor, Mainstreet Pictures)
- Lucy Fawcett (Literary Agent, Sheil Land Associates Ltd)
- Surian Fletcher-Jones (Head of Development, Channel 4)
- Michelle Frances (Head of Development, BBC Wales, BBC Drama)
- Julie Gardner (MBE, Co founder, Bad Wolf Productions)
- Sue Gibbs (Creative Director, Chrysalis Vision)
- Elliot Grove (Founder and Head of The Raindance Film Festival)
- David Hancock (Script Executive, The Crown, Left Bank Pictures)
- Roxanne Harvey (Story Producer, Casualty, BBC Drama)
- Alexis Hood (Development Executive, The Ink Factory)
- Edward Hughes (Literary Agent, Linda Seifert Management)
- Oliver Kent (Executive Producer, Holby and Casualty, BBC Drama)
- Jonathan Kinnersley (Literary Agent, The Agency)
- Jonathan Lewsley (Development Executive, BBC Drama Commissioning)
- Jake Lushington (Head of Drama, World Productions)
- Kirstie MacDonald (Director of Development, Expectation)
- Steve Matthews (VP Executive Producer, Drama Development, HBO Europe)
- Clova McCallum (Senior Drama Development Executive, Warp Films)
- Colin McKeown (MBE, Founder, LA Productions)
- Catherin Moulton (Development Exec, Tiger Aspect)
- Sarah Muller (Head of CBBC Acquisitions, Animation & Drama Development, BBC Drama)
- Simon Nelson (Development Producer, BBC Writersroom)
- Lorraine Newman (Executive Producer, BBC Drama)
- Denise Paul (Producer, Harry Price Ghosthunter, Bentley Productions)
- Julie Press (Literary Agent, Kitson Press Agency)
- Justine Potter (Head of Development, LA Productions)
- Oliver Rance (Development Executive, Hat Trick)
- Fraser Robinson (VP, Scripted ITV Studios Global Entertainment)
- Aimee Rowling (Head of Development, Bentley Productions)
- Lee Saczac (Script Editor, Doctors, EastEnders)
- Adam Sales (Script Editor, Emmerdale)
- Lindsay Salt (Head of Development, Sky Drama)
- Georgie Smith (Assistant agent, The Agency)
- Ben Stoll (Drama Development Executive, C4)
- Bria Thomas (Script Editor, EastEnders)
- Richard Thompson (MD Fusion Pictures)
- Tanya Tillett (Literary Agent, The Agency)
- Angus Towler (Script Editor, Stan Lee's Lucky Man)
- Roberto Troni (Commissioning Editor, Channel 4 Drama)
- Diana Tyler (Literary Agent, MBA Literary Agents)
- Julia Tyrell (Literary Agent, Julia Tyrrell Management)
- Julia Walsh (Head of Development, ITV)
- Lisa Walters (Development Coordinator, Channel 4 Drama)
- Nikki Wilson (Producer, BBC Drama)
- Stephen Woolley (Director/Producer, Number 9 Films)