Our Team

Passionate about helping writers.
Contact Us
Hayley McKenzie

Hayley McKenzie

CEO & Founder

Hayley has extensive film and television experience, script editing in development and production for over fifteen years. She was Development Executive at ITV Studios and has script edited UK shows Casualty (BBC), Blue Murder (ITV), and Hollyoaks (Channel Four) and feature films including Papadopoulos & Sons and The Watcher Self.  As a producer, Hayley’s short film Love in the Afternoon secured a distribution deal with Shorts International.

Hayley is an international speaker, having presented masterclasses and appeared on panels at the London Screenwriters’ Festival, Craft of Comedy UK, Raindance Film Festival (Digicreators Writers Room) and at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. 

James Gillam-Smith

Screenwriter Coach

James is an experienced television script and story editor. He has worked in both drama and comedy, most recently script editing Silent Witness (BBC Studios). James has script edited on hit drama series such as EastEnders, Holby City (both BBC Studios) and The Bill (Talkback Thames) as well as series such as Apparitions (Lime Productions), Stella (Tidy Productions) and Rev, The Job Lot and Youngers (Big Talk Productions).

With a passion for helping develop new writing talent, James has also helped run the Shadow Writing Scheme for Holby City and been a Script Consultant for Screenwriting Goldmine. As well as script editing, James has written on The Dumping Ground (CBBC) and a shadow scheme script for Doctors (BBC1).

Gwen Gorst

Screenwriter Coach

Gwen is an experienced script editor and joins us from Mainstreet Pictures where she script edited all three series of the hugely successful ITV1 drama Unforgotten, working with series creator Chris Lang. Gwen also script edited I Want My Wife Back and HIM, both also for ITV1. Prior to this, Gwen worked in production and script development at award-winning production company World Productions where she script edited The Bletchley Circle and Code of a Killer.

Karol Griffiths

Karol Griffiths

Screenwriting Coach

Karol is a successful script editor and development consultant with over twenty years of experience – her recent clients include BBC Writers’ Room, SKY Arts, Footprint Films, The Literary Consultancy and the London Screenwriters’ Festival Talent Campus.

She has worked as a script editor for numerous studios including: Warner Brothers, Universal, Disney, Paramount, Fox Studios, Amblin Entertainment, The Coen Brothers, Working Title, BBC, ITV and La Plante Productions. Her feature film credits include: Under Suspicion and The Big Lebowski. Her television credits include: Above Suspicion, Roseanne, Friends, Louis and Clark and How I Met Your Mother.

 

David Pope

David Pope

Screenwriting Coach

David is a filmmaker and script consultant, and the annual moderator for the Rotterdam Lab. He has worked as a script consultant with Oscar and BAFTA nominated producers and screenwriters. David is the director of Advance Films with whom he has a slate of projects, including The Belonging. Directing credits include award winning film Miles From Nowhere.

Script development clients include: BFI, BBC, BAFTA, National Theatre, Cannes Cinefondation, Warp Films, Stowe Story Labs, Edinburgh International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival and London Film Academy.

David is a member of the British Councils Creative Economy Pool of Experts and a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Kay Stonham

Kay Stonham

Screenwriting Coach

Kay is an award-winning scriptwriter and performer.  Kay has worked for BBC TV Comedy,  BBC Radio Comedy, Hat Trick Productions, Aardman Animation, Channel X, Baby Cow, Tiger Aspect, Vera, Channel 4,  Kindle Entertainment, CBeebies and CBBC.

She has been on award winning writing teams, receiving a Writers’ Guild Award, British Comedy Award, International Children’s Emmy, BAFTA Children’s TV Award and her radio work has been nominated for the Prix Italia Award.

She is an experienced screenwriting tutor and has taught at Bournemouth University, the London Film Academy and Worcester University. Kay has mentored BA and MA Screenwriting students at Royal Holloway University of London, City University, Bournemouth University and RMIT Melbourne. Kay is an international speaker including at The London Film Festival, Craft of Comedy, Panama Film Commission Storytelling Lab and the WHEXT Festival in Sao Paolo.

 

Sally Lewis

Sally Lewis

Client & Operations Manager

Sally has a wealth of experience in the creative industries, including as Creative Development Co-Ordinator at BBC Worldwide and as Executive Assistant and later Development Producer at Aardman Animations.

Screenwriter Coaching

6 or 12 Months

One-on-one coaching to help you elevate your scripts and develop a strategy for advancing your screenwriting career.

Script Development

3 Months

One-on-one script consultations on multiple drafts of your film or television script.

Script Consultation

One-off

Consultation (via Skype) providing feedback on your film or television script.

Script Notes

One-off

Constructive written feedback on your film or television script.

Get In Touch

We’d love to help you elevate your scripts and advance your screenwriting career.

Get in touch to find out more about our services, rates and availability.