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 three types:
The 3 Different Types of Screenwriting Agents:
- 1. Major Screenwriting Agents: big companies with proper infrastructure, staff numbers and associated businesses (i.e. acting/talent management, production arms)
- 2. Boutique Screenwriting Agents: medium sized companies with infrastructure, staff and offices
- 3. 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 and screenwriting 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. To put it simply, you need to know the broad temperature of the landscape of screenwriting agents before you wade into the waters.
So let’s take a brief look at the best and most notable screenwriting agents operating in the UK to give you a better idea of who to potentially approach.
1. Major Screenwriting Agents
Independent is Europe’s leading talent agency. Their 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. Their clients range from newer talents to very well established names, which means they 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.
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, they also represent talent working in the film, television, theatre and radio industries through their 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.
2. 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. They 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. Their bespoke list represents a range of experience from established award-winning writers and writer/directors to young emerging talent.
Elaine Steel practised as a solicitor before becoming an agent and was General Secretary of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain in the late seventies. In 1995 she produced a four-part drama serial for the BBC, Signs and Wonders, written by Michael Eaton and starring James Earl Jones, Prunella Scales, Jodhi May and David Warner. She was also a founding board member of the Script Factory. She represents writers and directors across film, TV and theatre and her clients include the likes of Penny Woolcock and Terry Eagleton.
FRA, Futerman Rose Associates
FRA was established in 1984 by Vernon Futerman and is run by Guy Rose.
They have a strong reputation for non-fiction, especially books about show business, the music profession and politics. They also represent screenwriters across film and television.
3. Boutique Screenwriting Agents
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 they have particular expertise in advising and representing significant literary estates they say they 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. They 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. They 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 the media department. Their focus, as they say, 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. In their words, as a boutique agency, their primary concern is to offer a personal service to their clients and, to this end, they keep our client base small but perfectly formed. With an experienced and dedicated team they provide an individual service to meet the needs of their 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 credits also include shows for children and young adults such as favourites like Wolfblood, Evermoor, Worst Witch and House of Anubis. Their agency works closely with their 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, their list 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, David Higham Associates 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. Their 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 they handle. The agency’s longevity and track record speaks for itself.
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 they pride ourselves in being able to offer a personal, dedicated service to their clients with the experience and media contacts that ensure their interests are well served both in the UK and international market places. They also specify that they’re 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. They 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. They’re known for nurturing and career management and say they’re as happy plugging a gap for a writer, director or composer on an existing brand at short notice as they 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.
They represent writers and writer-producers working across television, radio, film and theatre. Their 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. They 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 they 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. They say they are always ensuring to 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. They wanted the company to reflect the best aspects of both small and large agencies. So, they have a dedicated office in Shoreditch, and maintain a network of contacts worldwide – but also aim for the personal touch. They keep their business highly specialised, client base small but perfectly formed, and staff numbers to a minimum so as to provide maximum continuity in all their dealings.
Linda Seifert Management
The 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. They 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 their writers and directors. They 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 their writers and directors. In 2014 they celebrated their 30th anniversary year. The company was formed in August 1984 and has always been based in Islington. They work on an individual basis with a 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. They say they are naturally drawn to original voices and those with passion and ambition and are respected within the industry for their 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 and script editors for film, television and theatre. They work alongside Sara Putt Associates the leading UK agency for below-the-line talent. They also 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. They have twelve staff including six agents and their assistants, all of whom are strongly supported by friendly and experienced finance and administrative staff, making them one of the top five literary agencies in the UK.
Smart are a new boutique agency focused on representing authors, scriptwriters and game writers and editors. At Smart, they aim to ensure personal and unique coverage of client’s talent. They’re based in Birchington and Chatham. With over thirty years combined experience, including ten years in training new writers, they 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, they 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 their clients’ reputations speak for themselves. They 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. Their support team is the best, with a strong legal department and a meticulous accounts division.
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, they say they have the time to take a hands-on approach with their clients, offering them a unique level of guidance and personal service. They have excellent, productive and friendly relationships with producers, broadcasters, film companies and theatres. In their words, their aim is to be approachable, professional and efficient at all times when promoting their 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. They 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. They offer their clients individual service and creative opportunities across all media platforms, in particular film, television and stage.
Vivienne Clore Talent Agency
Vivienne Clore Talent offer a complete management service to their 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 they have built a solid reputation as a dynamic, pro-active, fun agency.
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