WRITERS & DIRECTORS

We want to be the most creative production company in the industry, believe that a vibrant creative culture helps produce extraordinary projects and that the key to that lies in mentoring.

So we’re thrilled to have ITV, the BBC and Screenskills as partners and funders for our new writer and new director schemes.

In April 2021, Dancing Ledge Productions and ITV announced eight A-list writers as mentors to eight new rising stars (chosen by their mentors) in the company’s New Talent Scheme established with Screenskills. The initiative is aimed at discovering and nurturing a new generation of TV writers. Confirmed as mentors for this year’s iteration are Abby Ajayi (How To Get Away With Murder, Four Weddings And A Funeral), Jesse Armstrong (Succession, Peep Show), Chris Chibnall (Dr Who, Broadchurch), Charlie Covell (The End of the F***ing World), Lisa McGee (Derry Girls, The Deceived), Paula Milne (The Politician’s Wife, Small Island) and Sarah Phelps (Agatha Christie, Dublin Murders). Each will choose a new writer whose work they have been impressed by and who will be given a non-refundable bursary and write a pilot episode for their own original series. The mentor will also help place the project with a production company and/or broadcaster. The timeframe is flexible for each partnership, but will take place throughout 2021. The mentees chosen so far are: Abraham Adeyemi (mentored by Jesse Armstrong), Alex Straker, Nessa Wrafter (mentored by Lisa McGee), Tina Pasotra (mentored by Charlie Covell), Victoria Ibitoye (mentored by Abby Ajayi). The remainder will be chosen and announced throughout the year.

 

The first generation of the scheme in 2018 paired A List writers Jimmy McGovern, Jack Thorne, Sally Wainwright, Levi David Addai, Kay Mellor, Paul Abbott, Jed Mercurio, Lucy Prebble and Amanda Coe with writer mentees Tony Schumacher, Daniel Brierley, Sharma Walfall, Nicole Lecky, Yero Timi-Biu, Grace Knight, Temni Wilkey, Rose Cartwright and Scott Mather.

 

 In addition to launching the UK’s first ever TV Writer in Residence bursary scheme, we hold workshops for new writing talent and also take part in the BBC TV Drama Writers’ Programme 2020, which currently has us working with the amazing playwright and budding screenwriter Stef Smith developing a new idea from outline to script.

We are also as a company developing projects with some of the most exciting writers in the UK and treasure these relationships.

We are currently working with Lauren Sequiera (Gangs of London), Tony Schumacher (The Darkest Hour), Richie Mehta (Delhi Crime), Oli Lyttelton (Cheaters), Lee Child (Jack Reacher), Nathaniel Martello-White (Torn, Blackta), Paula Milne (Small Island), Stephen Butchard (Five Daughters), Guy Hibbert (A United Kingdom, Eye in the Sky), Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Doctor Who), Caroline Bartleet (Operator), Dan Sefton (Trust Me, The Good Karma Hospital), Joe Barton (Our World War, Humans),  Louise Doughty (Platform Seven), Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Prevenge), Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn (McMafia), Camilla Whitehill (Porters), Helen Kingston (The Flood),Sarah Morgan (Intelligence), Aaron Gillies (How To Survive at the End of the World, Life A-Bet), Lee Coan (Porters, Delicious), Stuart Heritage (Don’t be a Dick, Pete), Ursula Rani Sarma (Delicious, Joanne), Nick Pettigrew (Anti-Social), Alex von Tunzelmann (Churchill), Jessica Ruston (Harlots) and Cris Cole (Mad Dogs). In the US we are working with Kevin Armento (Vigilante Grammy) & Faith Soloway (Transparent).

We love our relationships with directors too and are already collaborating with some of the very best: Saul Dibb (Dublin Murders, The Duchess), Richie Mehta (Delhi Crime), Tim Mielants (The Terror), Fien Troch (Home), Phil Barantini (Boiling Point), Paul Andrew Williams (London to Brighton, Broadchurch),Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo), Hope Dickson Leach (The Levelling), Paulo Sorentino (The New Pope) Joanna Hogg, (The Souvenir, Archipelago) and Vadim Jean (Hogfather, The Rebel).