Founded in early 2010, Industrial Scripts consists of a small full-time team and a range of freelance workers who support the company in various areas.
EVAN LEIGHTON-DAVIS // Owner
Previously employed by: Warner Bros, Paramount, Universal, Scott Free, BBC Films, Ealing Studios
Evan is the Owner of Industrial Scripts. An ex-Ealing Studios executive and former full-time industry script consultant, he analysed material for a range of producers, funding bodies and Hollywood studios. His script consulting credits include: Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Universal, Scott Free, Working Title, BBC Films, Pathe, See-Saw Films, StudioCanal, Dan Films, TalkbackThames, Intermedia, Mirage Enterprises, CinemaNX and Screen South. For 3 years he worked in development at Ealing Studios, reporting to Head of Development Sophie Meyer, and during his time there the studio produced films including ST. TRINIAN’S, EASY VIRTUE, DORIAN GRAY, ST. TRINIAN’S II and BURKE & HARE. In 2008, Evan was credited script editor on the first feature film financed exclusively out of Dubai (the $7m CITY OF LIFE starring Natalie Dormer & Alexandria Maria Lara) and he was also a story analyst for PEEP SHOW creator Andrew O’Connor, stress-testing at length the screenwriting theories of Save the Cat! author Blake Snyder. In total, Evan assessed over 3,000 projects for Britain’s leading film companies and funding bodies. In early 2010 he established Industrial Scripts to offer writers and filmmakers high-level, industry-trusted script development, training and promotion services, successfully brokering sponsorship deals with Paramount Pictures and talent agency Curtis Brown. Through Takedown Pictures Evan is producing several projects including sports drama WAR GAME with Bedlam Productions, producers of THE KING’S SPEECH. Evan on IMDb.
VICTORIA CARRINGTON // General Manager
Previously employed by: BBC, ITV
Victoria has worked in broadcasting and high-end TV production for 14 years, through a variety of roles across radio, TV and online. She has covered both hard news and entertainment throughout her career – predominantly developing and writing for live programmes, managing high-level celebrity interviews and large “on-air” events. After moving into the film industry, Victoria now oversees the day-to-day running of Industrial Scripts and leads the company’s events, training and OVERDRIVE programmes, as well as managing our team of script consultants.
GEORGE HARDY // Assistant to Evan Leighton-Davis
George works as a full-time assistant at Industrial Scripts. With a background studying cinema and fine arts, George uses his not inconsiderable web skills to handle much of IS’ digital presence.
Our Script Consultants
Industrial Scripts is the only script development company with over a thousand testimonials that are verified as genuine by 3rd party reviews websites. With that, comes pressure, and you can be sure that only the most consistent script readers make it on to our roster, and manage to stay there.
Like most script development companies of note, we protect the identities of our consultants.
There are many reasons why we choose not to do this, and we won’t bore you with all of them.
Instead, here are three:
Believe it or not, in the US story analysts have actually been tracked down by irate writers who didn’t respond too well to criticism of their screenplays. One writer, if the tale is to be believed, even turned up at a script reader’s home when he was having dinner with his wife and kids. As far-fetched and exceptional as circumstances such as this may be, we have a duty of care to our hard-working analysts and protect them accordingly.
The Company (not the individual) as Star
As in any trade or profession, story analysts are not available indefinitely or on an absolutely exclusive basis (although some of our readers do the lion’s share of their work for us). As in any freelance trade, consultants sometimes move on, and at Industrial Scripts we strive for the company name, logo and image to be the star, not any individual. The Industrial Scripts name must stand for excellence and it’s vitally important to us that whoever works on a specific job is simply the temporary custodian of the overall company name.
Retention of Talent
Truly great story analysts are so few and far between, and as in any field of business it’s important to us to retain our top talent, wherever possible.