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The Greatest Online Roster of Screenwriting Speakers EVER

Speakers are joining the LSF lineup daily! Due to the current global situation and technology, we cannot guarantee every speaker scheduled will have a session. But hot damn, we will move heaven and earth to make it so!

Christopher Vogler – Hero's Journey Story Consultant

Credits include: The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Storytellers

Story consultant to the biggest names in Hollywood.

Robert McKee - Author, Educator, Consultant

Credits include: 'Story' and 'Dialogue'

Robert McKee is THE most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world.

HEADLINERS

Mark Gatiss – Screenwriter, Producer, Actor

Credits include Sherlock, Doctor Who, Dracula

Mark is co-creator/writer of Sherlock and Dracula and has had a long and varied career on many critically acclaimed shows, both on and off

Steven Moffat – Screenwriter, Executive Producer

Credits include Dracula, Doctor Who, Sherlock

Steven was lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who as well as being co-creator, writer and executive producer of both Sherlock and Dracula.

Sue Vertue – Producer & Board Director | Hartswood Films

Credits include Dracula, Sherlock, Mr Bean

Sue was the series producer for the multi-award-winning hit drama Sherlock and recently executive producer on the acclaimed miniseries Dracula.

Michael Arndt - Screenwriter

Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The first screenwriter ever to be nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (Little Miss Sunshine) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Toy Story 3)  for his first two screenplays.

Frank Spotnitz – Screenwriter and Producer

Credits include: The X Files, Hunted, Millennium

Frank Spotnitz is an award-winning writer and producer best known for his work on The X-Files.



David S. Goyer - Screenwriter

Man Of Steel, The Dark Knight, Blade, Constantine, Dark City

The mind behind modern incarnations of Superman, Batman, and other epic heroes.

Scott Beck & Bryan Woods – Screenwriters

A Quiet Place, Haunt, A Quiet Place Part II

The creators of "A Quiet Place"

Iain Smith - Producer

Wanted, The Fountain, The Fifth Element, Mad Max Fury Road

Iain is an established and award winning international film producer with a credit list as long as your arm!

MJ Bassett – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Strike Back, Ash vs Evil Dead

MJ Bassett is a feature film and television writer/director. 

David Reynolds - Screenwriter

Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2 & 3 and The Emperor's New Groove

Dave began his writing career in 1993 as one of the original writers on NBC’s, Late Night With Conan O’Brien. 

Ande Parks - Writer, Comic Book Artist

Comic books: Daredevil, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Ciudad. Movies: Extraction

Writer of Netflix's EXTRACTION following 30 years in comic books

Joey Tuccio - CEO Roadmap Writers

Roadmap Writers aims to bridge the gap between fresh, talented voices and the industry execs who can make things happen.

Linda Aronson - Practitioner, Screenwriter

Author of: The 21st-Century Screenplay

Linda Aronson returns to dazzle LSF delegates with her game changing explanations of how to construct non-linear and multiple storyline films.

Pilar Alessandra - Script Consultant, Educator

Author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter

Pilar's students and clients have written for Lost, Prison Break, Nip Tuck, House of Lies, CSI and Family Guy.

Scott Myers - Screenwriter, Producer, Educator

K-9 with Jim Belushi, Trojan War with Jennifer Love Hewitt

Scott is head honcho and scribe at Go Into The Story, official screenwriting blog for the Black List.

Christopher Lockhart - Script Editor at William Morris Endeavor

Reader of over 60,000 scripts, treatments, articles, and pitches

Curator of scripts for the likes of Denzel Washington

Scott Marshall Smith, Screenwriter, Men of Honor

Scott Marshall Smith - Screenwriter, Director

Men of Honor, When the Game Stands Tall, The Score

Writer of true stories and action thrillers.

Stephany Folsom - Screenwriter

Toy Story 4, Thor: Ragnarok, Lord Of The Rings (Amazon Prime)

Oscar winner for Toy Story 4, and writer for Amazon Prime's Lord of the Rings

Julie Gray - Script Guru and Story Consultant

Author of: True Adventures of Gordon Lev Audio Book 

Story analyst, Julie directed the Just Effing Screenwriting Competition for 6 years.

Tony Jordan - Screenwriter, Producer

Hustle, Life On Mars, Holby Blue, Death in Paradise

Tony has created and written for some of Britain’s most iconic and successful TV series, including Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes and EastEnders.

John Patrick Shanley - Screenwriter / Playwright

Doubt: A Parable, Moonstruck, Joe Versus The Volcano, Congo

Winner of an Oscar (Moonstruck), a Tony, and a Pulitzer (Doubt: A Parable)

Dara Marks - Script Consultant, Seminar Leader, Author

Author of Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc

Dara has nearly 30 years of script consultation experience in Hollywood.

SCREENWRITERS

Stuart Hazeldine – Screenwriter, Director
Credits include The Shack, Exam, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Knowing

Stuart wrote the TV movie Riverworld for the Sci-Fi Channel and directed The Shack, starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer.

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Alison Flierl – Comedy Writer and Performer
Bojack Horseman, School of Rock, Conan

Comedy Writer And Performer

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Anoushka Warden – Screenwriter, Actress
Credits include My Mum's a Twat

Anoushka was selected for Channel 4's 2018 Screenwriting course. In 2019 her play, My Mum's a Twat, had a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

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Chris Lang – Screenwriter
Credits include The Tunnel, Unforgotten, Primeval, Amnesia

Chris is the writer of over 100 hours of prime time British drama. He also created and co-executive produced the award-winning Unforgotten.

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Clive Frayne – Screenwriter, Script Editor, Author
Author of The Process of Screenwriting

Clive Frayne is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with thirty years' experience writing professionally.

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Danusia Samal – Actress, Writer, Singer
Credits include Ghost in the Shell, Out of Sorts

Danusia won the Theatre503 International Playwriting Award for her play Out of Sorts and took Busking It, a gig-theatre piece based on her own experiences, to the Edinburgh Fringe.

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George Kay – Executive Producer, Writer
Killing Eve, Criminal UK, The Tunnel, The Hour

A writer on the cutting edge of thrilling crime television, writing on Killing Eve, and creating Criminal, on Netflix worldwide

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Helen Goldwyn – Writer, Producer, Director | Big Finish Productions
Credits include Doctor Who, Torchwood

Helen produced and co-wrote the WWII series ATA Girl and has written for Doctor Who, Torchwood, Star Cops, and The Tomorrow People.

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Henry Fitzherbert – Screenwriter
Credits include Slaughterhouse Rulez, Born a King

Henry co-wrote Slaughterhouse Rulez starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Michael Sheen and penned the historical epic Born a King.

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Henry Naylor – Playwright, Screenwriter
Credits include Spitting Image, Echoes
Henry is an award-winning UK playwright and the Fringe's unofficial star writer in residence. In 2016, he joined J.K. Rowling in having written one of the 10 Best Plays Of The Year according to The Times.
 
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Jeff Pope – Screenwriter, Producer
Credits include Stan & Ollie; Philomena; Dirty, Filthy Love; A Confession
Jeff Pope is an Oscar® and Golden Globe-winning British film and TV writer and producer, known for his scripts for Philomena and Stan & Ollie.
 
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Lisa McMullin – Screenwriter
Credits include EastEnders, Doctors
Lisa writes continuing drama series for television and also writes Big Finish audio dramas, including Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Time War.
 
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Lucy Watkins – Screenwriter
Credits include Merlin, Atlantis, Sugar Rush
Lucy has written many hours of prime time drama. She first learnt her trade as a Music Supervisor and Script Editor at Carnival Films on 56 episodes of Channel 4’s award-winning teen show As If. 
 
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Matt Fitton – Writer, Script Editor | Big Finish Productions
Credits include Doctor Who, The Omega Factor
Matt writes audio drama for Big Finish's Doctor Who range, including the continuing adventures of Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor.
 
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Michael Colleary – Screenwriter
Face/Off, Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Death Wish 5, Darkman III: Die Darkman Die, Firehouse Dog
Screenwriter, Instructor, Hollywood Kingmaker
 
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Michal Aviram – Screenwriter
Credits include Fauda, Project Orpheus
Michal Aviram is an award-winning Israeli screenwriter. She has created and written on hit shows for numerous platforms, including Netflix, Amazon and Israeli broadcaster, Keshet.
 
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Mike Werb – Screenwriter
Face/Off, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Mask
One half of the pair who created FACE/OFF, among others
 
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Pat Higgins – Writer, Director
Credits include TrashHouse, Hellbride, KillerKiller
After writing and directing three internationally distributed micro-budget horrors, Pat wrote the award-winning mockumentary, The Devil’s Music.
 
Session: Available on Demand, and More Still to Come!
Philip Lawrence – Screenwriter
Credits include EastEnders, Casualty
Philip was awarded the C21 Drama Script Prize with his black comedy drama Euthanasia in Suburbia and currently writes for EastEnders and Casualty.
 
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Sebastian Magiera – Screenwriter
Sebastian entered the Finish Line Competition in 2018 and won the Grand Prize, which secured him a manager in LA. He is currently developing TV projects with several producers and working on his own feature and television screenplays.
 
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Tony Burgess – Writer
Pontypool
For the journey to the town of Pontypool, we must travel within the mind of Tony Burgess whose unconventional word view permeates his stories like maple syrup through a short stack.
 
Session: May

People Who Get Stuff Made

Gub Neal – Producer
Credits include Prime Suspect, Queer As Folk, Cracker, The Fall
Gub is an award-winning producer who headed up the drama departments at both Channel 4 and Granada, and won an Emmy for Prime Suspect.
 
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Francesca Moody – Theatre Producer | Francesca Moody Productions
Credits include Fleabag, Baby Reindeer
Francesca is best known as the original producer of the multi-award winning and Olivier-nominated Fleabag by Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
 
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Jane Steventon – Development Executive, Producer
Credits include Tracy Beaker, Casualty, Susan Hill's Ghost Story
Jane has worked in adult and children's scripted drama at Disney, CBBC, BBC and Lime Pictures.
 
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Jeff Norton – Writer-Producer & Author
Credits include: MetaWars, Trucktown, Princess Ponies
Jeff is a writer-producer, and author of the award-winning thriller series MetaWars.
 
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John Yorke – MD | Angel Station
Credits include Wolf Hall, Shameless, Life On Mars, EastEnders
John is author of Into the Woods and a drama producer, consultant and lecturer on all forms of storytelling. He also executive produced Wolf Hall.
 
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Robert Jones – Executive Producer, Movie Financier
The Usual Suspects, Hard Eight, Gosford Park, Dirty Pretty Things, Vera Drake, 47 Metres Down
A prolific Executive Producer responsible for 30 years' worth of movies.
 
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Samantha Horley – Writer, Script Consultant, Lecturer
Credits include Executive Producer on Grabbers, Miss You Already
Sam has 20 years' experience in international film sales, development, production and marketing.
 
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People Who Know Stuff 

Linda Potgieter – Negotiation expert
Founder of Confidence.Red

An expert in human negotiation and behaviour, Linda will open your eyes to the blind spots in the way you negotiate everything

Lucy V Hay – Script Editor | Bang2write
Bionic blogger, script editor, author and the voice of new writers!
Lucy is legendary for her enthusiasm and the knowledge she shares with her Bang2Write community and is a core member of the LSF team.
 
Ellin Stein – Script Editor, Educator
Author of That's Not Funny, That's Sick
Ellin teaches screenwriting on the MA Script Writing programme at Goldsmiths and has worked in development for numerous production companies in the US and UK.
Dr Raj Persaud – Consultant Psychiatrist, Broadcaster and Author
Credits include Staying Sane: How To Make Your Mind Work For You
Eminent psychiatrist Dr Raj offers fascinating insights into the mechanics of characters.
 
Houston Howard – Chief Storyteller, Co-Founder of One 3 Creative, Producer, author
You're Gonna Need A Bigger Story, You're Gonna Need A Bigger Workbook
Viewing story through a transmedia lens, a thought leader and creator of the SUPER STORY method
Karol Griffiths – Script Editor, Supervisor
Credits include How I Met Your Mother, Friends; author of The Art of Script Editing
Karol Griffiths is a successful script editor, best-selling author and development consultant with over twenty years' experience in film and TV.
 
Kira-Anne Pelican, PhD – Writer, Researcher, Script Consultant
Author of The Science of Writing Characters (available soon from Bloomsbury)
Kira-Anne has 25 years of experience working in the British and American film and TV industries.
 
Louisa Caine – Founder | The Pause Before
Make Today Count, create your own Change!
Louisa is the Founder of the Pause Before, a mindfulness and coaching consultancy.
Michael Brooks, PhD – TV Consultant, Author, Quantum Physicist
Co-author of Hollywood Wants to Kill You: The Peculiar Science of Death in the Movies
Michael's latest broadcast role is as science adviser to YouTube’s The Edge of Science.
Nic Ransome – Script Editor, Screenwriter
Credits include Holby City, Shrooms
Nic has written for Holby City and Freefonix and has developed TV for Silver Pictures Television, Starz, Artists Studio and Bentley Productions.
Patti Good – Therapist, Teacher, Healer and Spiritual Mentor
Meditation Teacher, Doula, Hypnobirthing Practitioner and Reiki Master
Meditation Teacher, Accredited Journey Practitioner, a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, an EFT Practitioner
Philip Hughes – Screenwriter, Educator
Writing credits include Thunderpants, I Want Candy, The Queen's Nose
Phil is Course Leader for BA(Hons) Film & Screen degree at Regent’s University, London and is an experienced script editor for film and TV.
Rick Edwards – Screenwriter, Presenter, Author
Co-author of Hollywood Wants to Kill You: The Peculiar Science of Death in the Movies
Rick has written three books, and his debut feature film script is due to start shooting in March 2020.
 
Andrew L Schwartz – Final Draft Studio Liason
Final Draft's man in the studios
The Final Draft Master to help you master Final Draft
 
Steve Kaplan – Comedy Expert
The entertainment industry’s leading expert on comedy for more than 15 years, with clients such as HBO, Dreamworks, Disney, Paramount, and Touchstone
 
Ted Wilkes – Screenwriter, Educator
Co-author of The Beginning, The Middle & The End (available soon)
Ted teaches Screenwriting and Digital Media at Regent's University and is currently developing a TV series with producer Nick Agha.
Chris Jones – LSF Director & Founder, Filmmaker, Author
Credits include the Oscar®-shortlisted Gone Fishing; author of the Guerilla Handbooks
Chris has spent his life making movies, writing books and helping others make their movies.

Moderators

Bob Schultz – Writer, Producer, Professor, Instructor
Credits include Below Zero, Hitlersaurus!
Writer, producer, screenwriting professor and co-founder of ScriptFest.
 
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Guy Rowland – Screenwriter
Credits include Sam Jackson's Secret Video Diary
Screenwriter, composer and sound designer with a passion for storytelling in all of those forms.
 
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Elinor Perry-Smith – Writer, Poet, Proofreader, Editor
Elinor lives in South East London and in addition to all the above, she is a mentor for Talent Campus, as well as a reader for the C21 Drama Series Script Competition and the Nick Darke Theatre Award.
 
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Georgina Sherrington – Development Producer 
Georgina has worked in script editing for Harlots S3 (Hulu/Amazon) and Gormenghast (Fremantle), in commissioning for BBC Drama, and development for Euston Films.
 
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Liz Slade – Moderator, Screenwriter, Lawyer 
Liz has hosted Q&As with filmmakers at the Raindance Film Festival for the last three years and interviewed Christopher Hampton at LSF 2019.
 
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Michael Rosser – Film/TV Journalist 
Mike has worked for IMDb, Screen International and Broadcast magazine, covering every major film event including the Oscars, Emmys and BAFTAs and interviewing everyone from Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese to Steven Spielberg.
 
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Rachel Paterson – Screenwriter
Credits include Casualty
Rachel signed with Independent Talent in 2017 and started writing for Casualty in 2018. She has just finished her fifth episode as a core writer.
 
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Sarah Drew – Screenwriter
A screenwriter, musician and producer, the multi-talented Sarah brings her impeccable moderating skills back to the LSF this year.
 
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Toby Earle – Film/TV Critic, Journalist, Broadcaster 
Toby Earle was formerly TV & Entertainment Editor at London Live where he wrote and presented What to Watch, a weekly show interviewing TV and film talent.
 
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Vera Mark – Screenwriter, Multi-Format Storyteller
Driven by a life-long love of epic stories, Vera aims to write elevated entertainment – action/adventure stories about environmental and political issues, with occasional futuristic or supernatural elements.
 
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