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UK screenwriting agentsBelow is a list of UK screenwriting agents and literary agencies. Some agents are very approachable, while others deliberately make it hard for filmmakers to reach them. I have included Twitter and LinkedIn detail where I could.  LinkedIn is especially good for reaching people who you can’t just phone.

Note: I am not endorsing these agencies; merely letting you know they exist. They have been presented in alphabetical order. You should should always exercise caution when contacting new people and organisations and perform your own due diligence.

Alan Brodie

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. 

Berlin Associates

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. We also handle the sale of film, theatre, television and radio rights in books, and we specialise in negotiating intellectual property rights. Our other work includes advising producers on acquisitions, negotiating employment contracts for senior executives in the television industry, and advising on the setting up of new production companies.

We also administer residuals and royalties on behalf of London Management & Representation Ltd. 

Blake Friedmann

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. Our intention has always been to represent writers’ careers, rather than individual books or projects, and to sell those writers into as many markets, languages and media platforms as possible.

Our authors have won a wide range of prestigious prizes, including RNA Historical Novel of the Year, the Caine Prize, International Horror Guild Award, ITV People’s Bestseller Dagger Award, the Commonwealth Prize and PEN Awards; and been shortlisted for, among others, the Man Booker Prize, the IMPAC Prize, Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, the Costa Book Awards, Guardian First Book Award, the Orwell Prize and the Orange Prize. Our books have topped bestseller lists all over the world, and continue to regularly appear in the Sunday Times bestseller lists.

Our screenwriters and writer/directors have also garnered many awards, including BAFTAs, Emmys, Oscar nominations, Directors Guild Awards, Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Awards, Sony Gold Radio Awards, Special Mention at the Berlin International Film Festival, and a Palme D’Or at Cannes. 

Casarotto Ramsay

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. We are proud of our personal touch and see ourselves as a boutique agency. 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. Working alongside are Elinor Burns, Tracey Hyde, Lucinda Prain, Rob Kraitt, Mark Casarotto, Sophie Dolan, Anthony Mestriner, Abby Singer, Lotte Beasley and Charlotte Kelly (who works out of the Dublin office). The team represent film and television directors, writers, producers, estates and the film and television rights for a select number of books. We do not represent publishing rights to books, nor do we represent actors.

Head of the Theatre Department, Mel Kenyon, works as a leading theatrical agent alongside Rachel Taylor, who together represent a highly talented and prestigious list of established and emerging playwrights and theatre directors. Luke Holbrook handles the repertory, stock and amateur rights.
We like our client list to speak for itself.

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.

Member of the Personal Managers’ Association.

Associate Member of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain. 

Curtis Brown

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.

We also run a boutique production arm (CUBA Pictures) and a Creative Writing School (Curtis Brown Creative). 

Darley Anderson

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

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. Please browse the shelves of our website to find out more about what we do and who we represent.

Dench Arnold

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 aim to take a long term view of a client’s career and appreciate that as a creative individual a client may during the course of their professional life work across a range of different areas. With this in mind we work in association with a number of different partners on the books and talent side.

We are interested in finding and representing new original, distinctive voices. 

Independent

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. 

International Creative Management (ICM)

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.

JFL Agency

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. This ensures a consistent quality of career guidance, contractual expertise and promotion across our network of producer contacts. 

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.

Original company founder Linda Seifert remains involved as a consultant. Members of the Personal Managers’ Association (PMA).

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. Lisa Richards is your first stop for Irish voiceover talent, Irish acting talent, Irish directors and writers, for Irish presenters, designers and creatives of all sorts. Increasingly between the Dublin and London offices we can also provide access to some of the very best European acting talent and high profile actors and actresses in the US who have an interest in European film and television projects. 

Marjaq Scripts

Marjacq Scripts is a small, but growing, full-service literary agency.

Our staff have between them experience in all areas of the publishing industry, and we handle contracts and administration with as much confidence as selling rights. We’re small enough that you will get attention from our principals if you work with Marjacq, but large and varied enough to have contacts and experience in several fields.

We like to think we are flexible and friendly. We’ll look at new ways of doing deals, look positively at new media, and try new things. Publishing is changing. We aim to keep up. 

MBA Literary Agents

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

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. As a boutique agency, we provide a dedicated and personal service to each individual client.

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. 

Sayle Screen

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.

We also represent dramatic rights in books in conjunction with some of the UK’s foremost book agencies including Greene & Heaton, RCW, and The Sayle Literary Agency. 

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.

Different from the rest: Simply the Best

Tennyson Agency

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. 

The Agency

Founded in 1995, The Agency represents screenwriters, directors, playwrights, composers, and children’s authors & illustrators.

We also handle dramatic rights for a number of authors, working in association with the literary agencies Rogers, Coleridge & White, Luigi Bonomi Associates, Faith Evans, Gregory & Company, David Grossman, A.M.Heath, Lutyens & Rubinstein, Lavinia Trevor and The BIA 

William Morris Agency

William Morris Endeavor (also known as WME) is one of the world’s largest talent agencies, with offices in Beverly Hills, New York, Nashville, London, and Miami. The company was formed in 2009, following the merger of Endeavor and the William Morris Agency.

WME represents elite artists across every entertainment sector, specifically film, television, music, theatre, advertising, literature and digital media. It also advises top consumer brands and provides clients with unique marketing solutions across social media, mobile and gaming platforms. 

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