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Fay Davies (The Agency)

Fay started her career working for talent agents, Artists Independent Network, following which she worked in casting for Hubbard Casting before joining The Agency in 2002. Fay represents a number of both established and up and coming writers and directors for theatre, film and television as well as handling dramatic rights for a number of authors.


Annette Stone (Annette Stone Associates) 


Rob Kraitt (A.P.Watt)

As a freelance script editor and consultant, Rob Kraitt has worked for many of the top film production companies in the UK including Working Title Films, Pathé Productions, Miramax and Ruby Films. Prior to joining A P Watt as a media agent in September 2000, he was acting literary executive at Working Title Films, acquiring books for film development

Yasmin MacDonald (A.P.Watt) 

Yasmin McDonald joined AP Watt’s media department in February 2005 after graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in English Literature. She became an Associate Agent at the end of 2007, working alongside Rob Kraitt and Christine Glover.

Yasmin handles film, tv and radio rights for AP Watt authors, as well as public speaking engagements. She is also building a select list of screenwriters and directors.

Julian Friedmann (Blake Friedmann)

Julian represents both book and script writers across a broad range of subjects and formats. He started as an editor for two academic publishers in the early 1970s before setting up his own publishing company. He set up a literary agency in 1976, later merging with Carole Blake to establish Blake Friedmann.

He has lectured all over the world on the business of scriptwriting and has published a book called HOW TO MAKE MONEY SCRIPTWRITING. He edited two volumes called WRITING LONG-RUNNING TELEVISION SERIES and is the Publisher and Editor of Europe's leading scriptwriting magazine, SCRIPTWRITER (www.scriptwritermagazine.com). He is on the Board of the Screenwriters' Festival.


Katie Williams (Blake Friedmann)

Katie works closely with Julian and Conrad, as well as developing her own list of clients, and is involved in editorial, contractual and administrative areas across the film and television department. She studied English & Drama at Queen Mary, University of London, and worked for Elspeth Cochrane after graduating. She moved to The Agency (London) Ltd in 2004 and joined Blake Friedmann in 2007.


Tally Garner (Curtis Brown)

Tally Garner joined Curtis Brown in 2000. She represents writers and directors for film, theatre and television and also negotiates the sale of film and television rights for the book department. Tally worked previously in the industry with casting directors and on commercials in production.


Janet Fillingham (Janet Fillingham Associates)

Janet Fillingham Associates (JFA) represents a select 'boutique' list of writers and directors working in television and feature films in the adult and family markets. They also represent film and television rights in books for a small number of clients whom we look after as dramatic writers. Janet Fillingham Associates (JFA) was set up in 1992. Their clients span the range of adults' and young people's film and television drama and animation and include both very well established and newer writers and directors. JFA are known for nurturing and career management. They work in partnership with agents in other territories as required but always remain at the centre of the client relationship. Janet Fillingham is principal agent.


Gary Wild (Jill Foster Ltd)

Before joining JFL in 2003, Gary taught philosophy to undergraduates, worked in the Civil Service and rode motorbikes for a year. His partner is a screenwriter.

Simon Williamson (Jill Foster Ltd)

Simon worked extensively as an actor, primarily in the 80's and 90's, in the West End, Rep, Fringe, Radio, TV, Film and over 200 hours of audio books. He moved over to the script side of the business as a reader and freelance consultant, working for companies such as TVS, Scottish Television, Meridian, Festival Films, Fine Line, and competitions such as The Times Screenwriting Prize, The Jerwood Prize and Croydon Warehouse's International Playwriting Competition. He then joined Jill Foster Ltd (JFL) as an agent and added marketing and contracts to his repertoire, and was made a director of the company in 2008. Along the way he has won a pitching prize at The Raindance Film Festival, a Screenplay award in an American competition, and made a short film set in Wales, screened at domestic and international festivals.

Rochelle Stevens (Rochelle Stevens & Co)

Rochelle Stevens started the company in 1984. Having joined the National Theatre straight from school as Yolande Bird’s assistant and then working for Peter Stevens, the General Administrator, she was part of its move to the South Bank. In 1977 she became agent Clive Goodwin’s assistant. After marrying Peter Stevens in 1979, there followed 12 months in New York (running Judy Daish Associates Inc) and six months in Stratford, Ontario, where Peter was MD of the Festival Theatre. In 1981, Rochelle returned to the UK and as Verity Lambert’s assistant at Euston Films & Thames Television (and subsequently as a Story Editor) and in 1983 she was hired by Curtis Brown to build their list of dramatists.


Emily Hayward (The Rod Hall Agency)

Emily joined the agency in June 2007. She previously worked as an agent at PFD and Sheil Land Associates Ltd. She studied drama at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and still dabbles in a bit of cabaret. Peggy Lee's FEVER is a favourite. Emily has an established list of writers and directors across film, television and theatre. She is continuing to develop her list and likes to have a collaborative relationship with her clients. Emily has danced and skipped over puddles with Norman Wisdom, in Covent Garden.


Tanya Tillet (The Rod Hall Agency)

Tanya joined the company in March 2006 having worked in script development for Little Bird. After finishing a degree in English Literature at Oxford University she also worked as a production assistant in film and tv and is currently completing a post graduate course in script development with the National Film and Television School. Tanya is now the principal point of contact for New Client Submissions, Amateur & Play Leasings, Foreign Rights and General Enquiries, and is currently building her own client list. Tanya has appeared on national television dressed as Pokemon.


Matthew Bates (Sayle Screen)

Mathew is a literary agent based at Sayle Screen Ltd.  His clients are mainly writers of film and television drama.  He also represents drama directors and wrter/directors and handles film rights in books on behalf of various literary agents.  As an agent he submits projects to producers, negotiates deals on behalf of his clients, provides advice on career direction and feedback on scriots and treatments.


Sales Agents / Distribution


Will Machin - Head of Distribution (Ealing Studios)

Will was appointed Head of Distribution at Ealing early this year and works closely with managing director James Spring. He previously worked at Capitol Films where he was head of its specialist division, Thinkfilm International. Prior to Capitol Films he worked at UK production company, Carnaby Films where he launched the international sales arm, Carnaby International in March 2005. Additional duties included financing, business affairs and overseeing production on all Carnaby titles.

Helen Grace

Helen Grace has written, produced and directed her own projects, and co-produced author Irvine Welsh's directorial debut for TV. With a strong affinity to her film-making background, she set up Left Films to find new online distribution and viral marketing opportunities for very low budget films, that may not suit traditional distribution routes. Left represents a small catalogue of feature films and short films for video-on-demand and other sales. Helen is the sales agent for Colin, and is now working with Marc Price as producer of his next film. Helen, who's from Wales, studied Law at Cambridge, and came to film from TV News (she was once a Producer on ITN's News at Ten).

Samantha Horley
Managing Director of Salt

 Samantha Horley has more than 13 years' experience in international sales, working with prestigious companies including PolyGram, Summit and Myriad. She has handled sales for a diverse and impressive array of films including box office hits Fargo, American Pie, The Blair Witch Project, Memento and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Samantha has been Managing Director of Lumina Films (as Salt was formerly known) since September 2004.


Piers Nightingale - Head of Development (High Point)

As Head of Development Piers assesses all new film and TV scripts and submitted productions. Piers has also represents High Point at co-production markets such as SPAAMart in Australia and on script panels at various film events put on by producer's organisations such as the New Producers Alliance.