Screenwriting agents in the UK range from the giant corporate types embodied by United Agents and Independent Talent, through to boutiques and one-man bands. There are more UK screenwriting agents than you might imagine, and we’ve divided the list below into 3 types:
- Major Screenwriting Agents: big companies with proper infrastructure, staff numbers and associated businesses (i.e. acting/talent management, production arms)
- Boutique Screenwriting Agents: medium sized companies with infrastructure, staff and offices
- Lone Wolf Screenwriting Agents: one or two-man band companies that often have low overhead
Now, it’s very important to stress at this point that there is no one-size-fits-all rule when it comes to literary agents. Whilst the bigger fish have some advantages over the minnows, this works the other way too – the smaller agencies can be nimbler, and sometimes offer a more personal service.
It’s incredibly important to do your due diligence on screenwriting agents BEFORE approaching them. Buy an IMDbpro subscription and begin to study their lists, who they represent. Do they mainly rep thriller writers? Is their list mainly TV sitcom writers? There’s no point sending a horror script to an agent who specialises in primetime comedy writers and directors. Your email/script will just go in the bin.
Major Screenwriting Agents
Independent is Europe’s leading talent agency. Our client base encompasses actors, directors, writers, producers and their production companies, below-the-line talent, models, casting directors, presenters, comedians, voiceover artists and others involved in all aspects of the media business.
Casarotto Ramsay & Associates / Casarotto Marsh Ltd
Casarotto Ramsay & Associates was founded in 1989 and represents many of the best known writers and directors of film, theatre and television in the world. Our clients range from newer talents to very well established names, which means we operate across the complete spectrum and internationally. Jenne Casarotto heads up the film and television department, with senior agents Rachel Holroyd (who is also Managing Director) and Jodi Shields. The team represent film and television directors, writers, producers, estates and the film and television rights for a select number of books.
We are a London-based literary and talent agency founded in 1899 by Albert Curtis Brown, an American newspaper correspondent based in England. Today Curtis Brown Group is a vibrant full service agency, with over 80 staff led by led by joint CEOs Jonny Geller and Ben Hall under the chairmanship of Jonathan Lloyd. Nick Marston (Chairman, Media) Sarah Spear (Managing Director, Talent) and Jacquie Drewe (Managing Director, Presenters) comprise the main board. In addition to representing many of the world’s best-selling and award-winning authors, we also represent talent working in the film, television, theatre and radio industries through our highly successful acting, media and presenting departments.
United Agents works across all areas of film, television and theatre representing playwrights, screenwriters, directors, composers and producers. The department is headed up by Natasha Galloway.
Twitter: @UnitedAgentsBoutique Screenwriting Agents
Lone Wolf Screenwriting Agents
Collective Talent is run by agent Steven Russell, representing writers and directors for film and TV. With a range of experiences in script editing, development, production, financing and sales, he works directly with his clients to focus on bringing both new and experienced voices to the screen.
Imagine Talent is a small and friendly talent agency representing Writers and Directors across the creative industries. We offer a bespoke and personal approach to all our clients and their projects, and seek original ideas and lovely people to work with.
Julia Tyrell Management
Julia Tyrrell Management is a literary agency whose clients are writers and writer/directors for film, television, radio and theatre. Our bespoke list represents a range of experience from established award-winning writers and writer/directors to young emerging talent.
– Elaine Steel
– FRA, Futerman Rose Associates
– The Sharland Organisation
Alan Brodie Representation
Alan Brodie Representation is a literary agency whose clients are writers, writer/directors and composers working in theatre, film, television and radio. While we have particular expertise in advising and representing significant literary estates we are equally excited by working with newer writers who will become the voices of the next generation.
Andrew Mann Literary Agency
Founded in 1975, Andrew Mann Literary Agency is a small literary agency always looking for exciting projects. We represent fiction, general non-fiction, children’s books, television, radio and theatre scripts.
Based in London’s vibrant Bermondsey Street area, Berlin Associates is one of the UK’s best known boutique agencies for film, television and theatre creatives. We represent writers, directors, producers, designers, composers and below-the-line talent across the creative industries.
Blake Friedmann Literary Agency
The Blake Friedmann Literary Agency was founded in 1982 by merging the Julian Friedmann Literary Agency with the Carole Blake Literary Agency; Carole handled book rights and Julian handled film and television rights. Since then, the agency has grown to include four agents and one associate agent in the literary department, and three film and TV agents and one associate agent in our media department. Our focus is on representing the most talented, dynamic and exciting writers and directors across all genres.
Cecily Ware Literary Agents
Cecily Ware Literary Agents was established in 1971 specifically to look after television and radio writers, and producers. As a boutique agency, our primary concern is to offer a personal service to our clients and, to this end, we keep our client base small but perfectly formed. With an experienced and dedicated team we provide an individual service to meet the needs of our clients.
Specialising in drama and comedy for television, film, radio, digital platforms and theatre, Culverhouse Associates has outstanding experience placing writers on continuing dramas such as Hollyoaks, Emmerdale, Pobol y Cym, EastEnders, Casualty, Doctors, and on drama series including Moving On, Dr Who and The Mill… and generating original series, for example Bedlam and Mobile. Writing for children and young adults features favourites like Wolfblood, Evermoor, Worst Witch, House of Anubis. Our agency works closely with our clients on their scripts and original pitches, with success in the UK and international markets.
Darley Anderson Literary Agency
The Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency specialises in a broad range of commercial fiction. A market leader in adult fiction, our lists include thrillers, mysteries, crime, horror, fantasy, accessible literary, romantic comedy, chick-lit, women in jeopardy, sagas and historical. The Agency was founded in 1988 by Darley Anderson and has its head office in London, with a regional office in the book town of Hay-on-Wye.
David Higham Associates
Established in 1935, we represent an outstanding range of writers across all genres, in all media and languages throughout the world, and are the leading agency for children’s authors and illustrators. Our Film, TV and Theatre department looks after talented writers originating and scripting material for stage, screen and new media, as well as selling screen and stage rights to the books we handle.The agency’s longevity and track record speak for themselves.
Elizabeth Dench and Michelle Arnold are renowned, both domestically and internationally, for their carefully selected client list of award winning Writers, Directors and Heads of Department (Directors of Photography, Production Designers, Costume Designers, Editors and Make-up Designers) – a pool of talent at the helm of the British Film and Television Industry. The Team also includes Matthew Dench, Fiona Grant and Davinia Andrew-Lynch.
Gemma Hirst Associates
After 14 years as a Media Agent Gemma Hirst founded GHA in June 2010. The agency represents a broad, eclectic mix of writers, directors, producers and script editors working on projects ranging from children’s animation to feature films, original and returning drama series television, radio drama and theatre. As a boutique agency we pride ourselves in being able to offer a personal, dedicated service to our clients with the experience and media contacts that ensure their interests are well served both in the UK and international market places. We are interested in finding and representing new original, distinctive voices.
ICM (International Creative Management)
ICM Partners is one of the world’s largest talent and literary agencies with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and London. The agency represents creative and technical talent in the fields of motion picture, television, books, music, live performance, branded entertainment, and new media. ICM was formed in 1975 through the merger of Creative Management Associates and International Famous Agency. In 2005, the company raised equity financing to fund strategic growth, and in 2006, ICM acquired the literary agency Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann. In 2012, the agency completed a management buyout and formed a partnership with the new name, ICM Partners.
Janet Fillingham Associates
Janet Fillingham Associates (jfa) was set up in 1992. We represent writers and directors working in television and feature films in the adult and family markets as well as a growing list of librettists, lyricists and composers in musical theatre. We are a boutique business, known for nurturing and career management. We’re as happy plugging a gap for a writer, director or composer on an existing brand at short notice as we are working on a slower burn passion project, always aiming to match a client to the projects for which they’re best suited and vice versa.
We represent writers and writer-producers working across television, radio, film and theatre. Our clients’ names are associated with some of the most successful original drama, comedy and entertainment shows of recent years, together with the full spectrum of television soaps and continuing series. JFL Agency was formed in 2011 to continue representing the clients from Jill Foster Ltd and to recruit the best new writing talent. The company is jointly managed by its three agents – Alison Finch, Dominic Lord and Gary Wild – who have worked together for over a decade, combining their knowledge and industry experience. Alongside the relationship with their individual agent, clients benefit from an integrated approach, whereby each of the agents is actively involved in working on behalf of the client list as a whole.
Ki Agency is a dynamic agency and management for writers in all media and most genres. We take an innovative and fresh focus on what will increase the profile, success and career satisfaction of each client.
Kitson Press Associates
Kitson Press is a creative talent agency representing writers, directors, producers and technicians working in Television, Film, Theatre and Radio. As a boutique agency we work closely with our clients on an individual basis to nurture their talents, manage their careers and make the right contacts for them in the industry. We are always ensuring we do the most to promote them and their work, in the UK and internationally.
Knight Hall Agency
The Rod Hall Agency was formed in May 1997 and renamed as Knight Hall Agency in May 2011 to represent playwrights and screenwriters, writers who also direct, directors and stage and screen rights in selected novels. We wanted the company to reflect the best aspects of both small and large agencies. So, we have a dedicated office in Shoreditch, and maintain a network of contacts worldwide – but also aim for the personal touch. We keep our business highly specialised, our client base small but perfectly formed, and staff numbers to a minimum so as to provide maximum continuity in all our dealings.
Linda Seifert Management
Our agents Edward Hughes & Nicolas Turner have an extensive knowledge of the film and television industries and offer a thorough and individual service, representing both established and emerging talent. The agency is highly regarded for its proactive approach in developing relationships with both UK-based and international producers, financiers and broadcasters.
Lisa Richards Agency
The Lisa Richards Agency was founded in 1989 by Lisa and Richard Cook. Originally established as a theatrical agency, Lisa Richards now provides representation for actors, comedians, voiceover artists, authors & playwrights, directors, screenwriters, designers, composers and presenters The company employs a staff of 15 people across the different departments between Dublin and London. Based in Dublin’s city centre, Lisa Richards has been at the heart of the Irish arts and entertainment industry for over 24 years and represents some of the finest creative talent in Ireland.
MBA Literary Agency
In 1971 Diana Tyler and Michael Bakewell formed MBA Literary Agents Ltd to promote the work of writers for television, radio, film and theatre, the media in which they both worked following a period in BBC drama departments. The agency flourished through their excellent contacts and soon expanded into fiction, non-fiction and children’s. Michael left the firm in 1974 but steady growth under managing director Diana Tyler has enabled a wide range of writers in all fields, more recently including children’s books, to work on cross-media projects. MBA’s ethos is exemplified by the absolute commitment of all members of the agency to nurturing and building long-term successful careers for each client.
Micheline Steinberg Associates
Micheline Steinberg Associates is a literary agency, representing new and established writers for theatre, opera, television, film, radio and animation, as well as writer-directors.
Nick Turner Management
Nick Turner Management Ltd is a London-based creative talent agency representing a broad mix of writers, directors and producers working across feature-film, television drama, comedy, children’s, continuing-drama and radio. We offer a fresh, proactive approach in seeking out opportunities and forging relationships with producers and broadcasters, both domestically and internationally, to develop the careers of our writers and directors. As a boutique agency, we provide a dedicated and personal service to each individual client. We offer a fresh, proactive approach in seeking out opportunities and forging relationships with producers and broadcasters, both domestically and internationally, to develop the careers of our writers and directors.
Rochelle Stevens & Co
Rochelle Stevens & Co is a literary agency offering personal and dedicated representation to each of our writers and directors. In 2014 we celebrate our 30th anniversary year! The company was formed in August 1984 and has always been based in Islington. We work on an individual basis with our broad and eclectic mix of clients on projects ranging from children’s animation to feature films, original and episodic television, radio drama, theatre and books. We are naturally drawn to original voices and those with passion and ambition and are respected within the industry for our thoughtful and targeted submission.
First established as a literary agency in 1896, Sayle Screen has evolved into one of London’s leading and longest standing independent agencies, now representing writers, directors and producers for film, television and theatre. We work alongside Sara Putt Associates the leading UK agency for below-the-line talent. We have close relationships with the major film and television agents and managers in the U.S.
Sheil Land Associates
Sheil Land Associates is a long established literary, theatrical and film agency dating back to 1962. We have twelve staff including six agents and their assistants, all of whom are strongly supported by friendly and experienced finance and administrative staff, making us one of the top five literary agencies in the UK.
We are a new boutique agency focused on representing authors, scriptwriters and game writers and editors. Here at SMART, we ensure personal and unique coverage of your talent. Based in Birchington and Chatham. With over thirty years combined experience, including ten years in training new writers, we take great pride in being an agency that works alongside its clients – offering support, creative feedback and guidance at every step of the way.
The Tennyson Agency specialises in Theatre, Radio, Television and Film scripts, and also related material, on an ad hoc basis. Maintaining a high-quality client list, we represent and advise both experienced writers and those new to the business.
Founded in 1995, The Agency represents screenwriters, directors, playwrights, composers, and children’s authors & illustrators. An agency is only as good as its clients and our clients’ reputations speak for themselves. We represent all manner of writers and directors working in drama across film, television and theatre; from those at the peak of their careers to those at the very beginning. Our support team is the best, with a strong legal department and a meticulous accounts division. What binds us all is our enthusiasm for our clients, great drama and the deal-making that facilitates it.
The Writers Company
The Writers’ Company represents writers, producers, directors and script editors across television, film, theatre and radio. The agency was founded in April 2006 by Ligeia Marsh and Nick Barron joined in 2008. Both previously worked for a number of years at one of London’s leading literary agencies, The Agency. As a small agency, we have the time to take a hands-on approach with our clients, offering them a unique level of guidance and personal service. We have excellent, productive and friendly relationships with producers, broadcasters, film companies and theatres. Our aim is to be approachable, professional and efficient at all times when promoting our clients’ work and negotiating deals.
Valerie Hoskins Associates
Back in 1983, Valerie Hoskins started VHA, in true authorly fashion, from a humble kitchen table, She had one writer back then and has gone on to build the business into a highly respected, Hollywood-admired agency. We now represent some of the best TV and Film writers in the country, promoting their work across the globe and nurturing long, varied and successful careers
Victoria Lepper Associates
The boutique talent agency. VLA represent an exclusive list of award-winning actors, writers and creatives. We offer our clients individual service and creative opportunities across all media platforms, in particular film, television and stage.
Vivienne Clore Talent Agency
We offer a complete management service to our hugely exciting and wildly diverse client list. Covering everything from traditional broadcast deals with television and radio networks, actors agreements, literary contracts, voiceovers, theatre & live tours, corporate appearances and endorsement deals we have built a solid reputation as a dynamic, pro-active, fun agency.