Script Angel continues to build its screenwriter coaching team with the addition of experienced script editor James Gillam-Smith.

Gillam-Smith joins Script Angel from BBC Drama Studios where he was most recently script editor on primetime BBC1 crime drama series Silent Witness.  He has over ten years experience as a professional script editor, spanning a range of television drama and comedy shows. Other script editing credits include flagship BBC1 drama series EastEnders and Holby City. He also script edited Missing (Leopard Drama for BBC1) and Joe Ahearne’s supernatural horror drama Apparitions (Lime Pictures for BBC1).

As well as extensive script development experience in drama, Gillam-Smith has also worked on a range of comedy series including Ruth Jones’s Stella (Tidy Productions for Sky One) and for Big Talk Productions on acclaimed BBC2 series Rev (starring Tom Hollander and Olivia Colman), The Job Lot (ITV) and Youngers (E4). 

James Gillam-Smith - Screenwriter Coach - Script Angel - headshot“Script Angel provides such a fantastic opportunity for new and emerging writers to fulfil their potential and I’m thrilled to be joining the team. I am very excited about the prospect of nurturing fresh talent with the aim of developing their work to industry standard. I am very much looking forward to working with my writers and can’t wait to read their scripts and discuss their ideas,” said Gillam-Smith.

Gillam-Smith has also been a judge for the Screenwriting Goldmine Awards, reading works by a huge range of new and emerging writing talent. While script editing on BBC1’s Holby City, he was also responsible for running their New Writing Scheme, discovering and developing the next generation of the show’s writers.

“James is a hugely experienced script editor with a passion for helping writers to develop their screenwriting skills and creative confidence,” said Script Angel CEO Hayley McKenzie. “His wealth of script development experience across both drama and comedy is superb. James builds fantastic, supportive relationships with the writers he works with, whatever their level of experience, and it’s an honour to welcome him onto our screenwriter coaching team.”

Script Angel is expected to announce a further addition to their coaching team in the coming months, as well as increasing their back-office team to enable them to support more screenwriters looking for help to develop their skills and career.

About Script Angel
Script Angel is a screenwriter coaching and professional development company. Founded by experienced film and television script executive Hayley McKenzie, Script Angel provides world-class coaching and script development services to screenwriters all over the world, at every stage of their career. Script Angel has built an international reputation for helping emerging screenwriters to elevate their craft to industry-standard and establish a career as professional screenwriters.


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