The Second World Conference of Screenwriters featured speakers on the cutting edge of new technologies and some of the most creative minds working in film and television, online and branded content, immersive and transmedia entertainment.
Have a look at the agenda (pdf) of the conference to see in which session the following speakers intervened.
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See some videos of the speakers’ presentations.
- Philippe Aigrain (France) CEO of Sopinspace and co-founder of La Quadrature du Net
- Nicolás Alcalá (Spain) producer, director, screenwriter, and founder of Riot Cinema Collective
- Bernie Corbett (UK) general secretary, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB)
- Andrea Gibb (UK) screenwriter, member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain’s film committee
- Jill Golick (Canada) writer-entrepreneur, Ruby Skye PI and president, Writers Guild of Canada (WGC)
- Enric Gomà (Spain) screenwriter, board member of Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE)
- Rubén Gutiérrez del Castillo (Spain) studies and research coordinator at Fundación Autor
- Professor Peter Henning (Germany) board member, Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren (VDD/German Writers Guild)
- Pablo Hernández (Spain), director of legal services in ONDA CERO
- Kristin Jones (USA) chief creative officer at Vuguru
- Christina Kallas (Germany/USA) screenwriter and president of Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE)
- David Kavanagh (Ireland) CEO, Writers’ Guild of Ireland (WGI); executive officer, Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE)
- Christopher Keyser (USA) screenwriter and president, Writers Guild of America, West (WGAw)
- Jamie King (UK) founder and CEO, VODO free-to-share content
- Paul Kontonis (USA) digital media strategist and chairman of the board of the International Academy of Web Television
- Claire Lemarechal (France) scriptwriter, board member, La Guilde Française des Scénaristes
- Susin Lindblom (Sweden) managing director, Writers Guild of Sweden
- Sylvie Lussier (Canada/Quebec) screenwriter, IAWG policy and research group chair, SARTEC president
- Susan Miller (USA) writer/producer Anyone But Me
- Inés Paris (Spain) screenwriter, board member of Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE)
- Josep Penya (Spain) screenwriter, vice-president of FAGA and board member of the Catalan Screenwriters Association (GAC-SIGC)
- Lowell Peterson (USA) executive director, Writers Guild of America, East (WGAe)
- Michel Reilhac (France) executive director of ARTE France Cinéma and head of acquisitions for Cinema with ARTE France
- Henrique Rivadulla (Spain) president of Foro de Asociaciones de Guionistas del Audiovisual (FAGA)
- Hans Rosenfeldt (Sweden) creator and head-writer of the TV series Bron/Broen (The Bridge)
- Liz Rosenthal (UK) founder and CEO of Power to the Pixel
- Charles B. Slocum (USA) assistant executive director, Writers Guild of America, West (WGAw)
- Robert Taylor (UK), screenwriter, FSE board member
- Timo Vuorensola (Finland) director/producer Iron Sky
- Andrew S. Walsh (UK) award-winning game and screenwriter
- Virginia Yagüe (Spain) screenwriter, vice-president, Derechos de Autor de Medios Audiovisuales (DAMA)
- David Young (USA) executive director, Writers Guild of America, West (WGAw)
Dr Philippe Aigrain is a software scientist. He is the CEO of Sopinspace (a company specializing in internet-based democratic processes) and a co-founder of La Quadrature du Net (a citizen group defending freedoms on the internet). He writes about the social and cultural stakes of the digital era and the financing of digital culture. His latest book is Sharing: Culture and the Economy in the Internet. Aigrain is author of Age (Amsterdam University Press, 2012), writes a blog (FR/EN, on information and common knowledge) and contributes to the blog Literary Workroom (FR, digital writing).
Twenty-five-year-old Alcalá has written the screenplays for several feature-length films, such as Noches Transarmónicas, and directed documentaries, short films and advertisements for his company Riot Cinema Collective. He likes to call himself a “story-teller”, meaning that no matter the medium, the important thing is to engage an audience. That is why his latest and more ambitious project, The Cosmonaut, is a transmedia project with a whole universe created around a science-fiction feature film. The movie, which has been crowdfunded, will be distributed via the internet for free at the same time as it is released on DVD, TV and at the cinema.
Bernie Corbett is a British trade unionist and former journalist. He has been General Secretary of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain since 2000. In his newspaper career Corbett was a chief sub-editor of The Guardian (London) and a chief features sub-editor of The Independent (London). These are the UK’s two most liberal progressive national daily newspapers. Throughout his journalistic career Corbett was an activist in the National Union of Journalists and was elected as national treasurer, editor of the NUJ journal Journalist, and organiser/chief negotiator for national newspapers. He also served as organiser/negotiator for freelance journalists. Corbett is an expert on the UK media and is an experienced negotiator with all the main newspaper and broadcasting organisations. In his role as General Secretary of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain he conducts extensive negotiations with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Independent Television (ITV), independent producers, theatre managers and others. He covers TV, film, radio, new media and print publishing.
Andrea Gibb is an award-winning Scottish film and television writer. She wrote the feature films Dear Frankie and Afterlife, which won her the Scottish Screen Filmmaker of the Year award and the Women In Film and Television script award in 2005. She was also nominated for a Scottish Bafta and the Carl Foreman award at the Baftas for Afterlife.
Since then she has worked on a range of projects, including adaptations of Rose Tremain’s The Road Home (BBC), Vikram Seth’s bestselling novel An Equal Music (Cuba Films) and an adaptation of The Boggart for the Henson Company. She is currently working on a feature-length drama for Sky, a film about Constance Wilde for BBC2 and another of Rose Tremain’s novels, Music and Silence, for BBC Films. Her big screen adaptation of Swallows and Amazons is due for production in next spring.
Gibb is an active member of several committees, including the Writers’ Guild film committee and Bafta Scotland. She was an actress for many years before starting to write and was a regular character on All Creatures Great and Small for three seasons.
Jill Golick has written for many television genres, including children’s TV, animation, soap, docudrama, hour-long drama and half-hour comedy. As a new media creator she has written and produced four original transmedia projects. She recently completed Ruby Skye P.I.: The Haunted Library (viewable at rubyskyepi.com), the second season of her multi-award winning digital detective series. Golick teaches television writing and transmedia storytelling at York University, speaks frequently at conferences and is president of the Writers Guild of Canada.
Enric Gomà is a screenwriter who graduated in Catalan studies from the University of Barcelona. His screenwriting credits include: the film Dalí (1991), directed by Antoni Ribas; the TV movie Camp (2006), directed by Luis Arcarazo, and the TV drama Mar de plástico (2011). He has also written numerous drama series, including: Tiempo de silencio (2001), with Gisela and Rodolf Sirera, a series based on the history of Catalonia in the 20th century; Amar en tiempos revueltos (2005-06), a historical soap opera based on the story of Spain in the 20th century, and Via Augusta (2007) with Joaquim Oristrell, a drama series set in Barcino (Barcelona) in the time of Caesar Augustus for TV3.
Pablo Hernández Arroyo has a law degree from the University of Alcalá de Henares, an MBA from ESADE and has studied European Law at the Master of the Free University of Brussels. He was professor of public law at the Catholic University of CEU in Madrid and at the Public University of Alcalá de Henares. In 1996 he joined SGAE, where he is director of legal services.
He has been director of legal services in ONDA CERO and member of the legal department of the first private television network. He has worked as independent counsel for six years, combining his services with academic life. He writes for many publications, has given numerous presentations and conducted seminars, mainly related to copyright. He also participates as a teacher in graduate programs in the field of cultural management, and has extensive experience in international copyright projects.
Rubén Gutiérrez del Castillo has co-ordinated the study area of the Fundación Autor of the SGAE since 1998. In this role he has participated in studies that have resulted in publications such as the SGAE Yearbook of the Performing, Music and Audiovisual Arts, the SGAE Report on cultural consumption habits, and the Report on Spain’s Cultural Action Abroad. He helped develop the study Cultural policies in Spain for the Council of Europe, and is part of the study group led by the Real Instituto Elcano on cultural policy abroad. He has made reports to other institutions such as the Instituto Cervantes, the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Real Instituto Elcano and the Economic and Social Council of Aragon. He was part of the management team of the Survey of Cultural Habits and Practices 2002/2003.
He has published numerous articles in magazines and journals and is editorial director of the Datautor collection, specializing in economics and cultural management. He led the study Los guionistas en España (The Scriptwriters in Spain), in 2004, and was part of the leadership of the work Los guionistas en la Comunidad Valenciana (The Scriptwriters in the Valencian Community), in 2010.
He has directed the following courses and seminars:
- El potencial de la cultura en el actual contexto económico (The potential of culture in the current economic context), Courses of El Escorial, UCM, July 2009
- Nuevos públicos para la cultura y las artes (New audiences for culture and arts), Fundación Autor/Drama Centre of Aragon, November 2008
- El acceso a la cultura. Políticas para el desarrollo de audiencias (Access to culture. Policies for audience development), Fundación Autor/UCM, July 2008
- Indicadores culturales en España. Usos, necesidades y estrategias (Cultural indicators in Spain. Uses, needs and strategies), SARC-Valencia Provincial Council, May 2007
- Divino Tesoro. Públicos jóvenes para las artes (Divine Treasure. Young audiences for the arts), Fundación Autor-SGAE, Valencia, November 2006
- Públicos, Políticas y Multiculturalidad (Audiences, Policies and Multiculturalism), UIMP, April 2006.
He has a degree in economics from the Autonomous University of Madrid (1996), a master’s in cultural management from the Universidad Complutense (1999) and market research specialist at the Complutense University of Madrid (2002).
Professor Peter Henning, a writer-director from Berlin, is professor for screenwriting at the HFF Konrad Wolf Potsdam and a member of the board of the VDD (German Screenwriters Guild). After graduating with an MA in media, literature and sociology at Osnabruck, Henning studied film at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie (German Film and Television Academy) in Berlin. His films, often developed and co-directed with Claudia Pritzel, are dramas and thrillers of deep psychological impact, such as Der Puppengräber (2003), Tatort – Scheherazade (2005) and Schattenkinder (2007). His film Schande (1998) won the Prix Italia in 2000 and the German TV award (1999) for best director.
Pablo Hernández has been director of legal services in ONDA CERO and member of the legal department of the first private television network. He has worked as independent counsel for six years, combining his services with academic life. He writes for many publications, has given numerous presentations and conducted seminars, mainly related to copyright. He also participates as a teacher in various graduate programs in the field of cultural management, and has extensive experience in international copyright projects.
Kristin Jones is chief creative officer at Vuguru, overseeing all aspects of multi-platform content creation for international distribution. Before joining Vuguru, Jones spent five years as senior vice president of production, international development, and acquisitions at Miramax Films where she oversaw more than 20 projects, including Academy award-nominated films Tsotsi, Gone Baby Gone and The Queen. Before joining Miramax, Jones served for six years as vice president of production and European acquisitions at Buena Vista International, where she created a production label for the Disney international subsidiary and oversaw all projects, including the worldwide hit Calendar Girls. She previously spent several years as a motion picture literary agent at International Creative Management.
Christina Kallas is a writer-producer for film and television, book author and professor for film, who works in three languages. Her screen credits include: Mothers (2010), selected as the Macedonian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards and for the Panorama at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival; The Commissioner (1998), starring John Hurt and Armin Mueller-Stahl, selected for the Official Competition of the Berlin Film Festival; I.D. (1994); Liebe Lügen (1997), winner of the First Film Award at the Munich Film Festival; the TV movie Männer sind wie Schokolade (1999); several episodes of the Best German TV-awarded series Edel & Starck (2001 – 2003) and of the German Television Award for Best Series awarded Danni Lowinski (2010).
In 2010, she founded the Writers Improv Studio in New York City. The studio focuses on the art of improvisation as a method for writing, and is an exploration space for immersive storytelling where actors and writers work together using Kallas’s method of blending improvisation and emotional structure theory. Kallas is presently working with Writers Improv Studio and Alliecine on improv-based multi-platform 42 Seconds of Happiness.
Kallas is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Film Division, and at the New School for Media Studies in New York City. She earned her BA, MA, and PhD in communication and media studies at Freie Universität Berlin, during which time she was a Daimler-Benz-Stiftung fellow. She has previously taught at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (1997-2007), the International Film School in Cologne (2002 -2007), the Scuola Holden per le Techniche Narrative in Torino, Italy, the Film Studies Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Kallas is the author of five books: Creative Screenwriting: Understanding Emotional Structure (Palgrave, London/New York, 2010); Kreatives Drehbuchschreiben (uvk, Konstanz 2nd edition 2012); Bio/pic or The Lives of the Few (Patakis, Athens 2009); Screenplay: The Art of Invention and Narration in Cinema (Nefeli, Athens 2006), and European Co-Productions in Film and Television (Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden 1992). Additionally, Kallas has contributed chapters in Confessions of a Screenwriter (Drehbuchautoren-Bekenntnisse, uvk, Konstanz 2007), European Media Governance: The Brussels Dimension (Intellect Books, Bristol/Chicago 2008), Insights (Script&Pitch, Rome 2007), and The Actor on Stage and on Screen (Kastaniotis, Athens 2008).
Kallas has served as commission chair for the German Federal Film Board (2003-2008) and as the artistic director of the Balkan Fund (2003-2010). She was a member of the presiding board of the German Screenwriters Guild (VDD) from 2005 to 2009, and since 2006 she has been president of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE). In 2006, she initiated and organized the First European Conference of Screenwriters, which produced the acclaimed European Screenwriters’ Manifesto; and, in 2009, the First World Conference of Screenwriters held in Athens, which is now taking place in its second edition in Barcelona.
David Kavanagh is the CEO of the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild and Executive Officer of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe, in charge of lobbying and European Policy issues. He has been Film Officer of the Irish Arts Council, Chief Executive of the Irish Film Institute, and General Secretary of the European Script Fund. David is also a board member of the Light House Cinema Exhibition and Distribution Company. He is a board member of the Federation of Scriptwriters in Europe and a member of the Policy Review Group of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds. He is a member of the Irish Film and Television Academy and the European Film Academy.
Writers Guild of America, West president Christopher Keyser is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. After graduating, he became a political speechwriter and served as the chief speechwriter for Governor Bruce Babbitt’s presidential campaign in 1988. Starting his screenwriting career in 1988, Keyser’s credits include Benefit of the Doubt for Miramax and the independent film Highland Park. He is currently preparing to direct his own script A Great Education. In television, he writes with a partner, Amy Lippman. Together, they have worked on series ranging from L.A. Law to Equal Justice and Sisters. In 1994, they created the drama series Party of Five, which ran for six years on Fox and won, among other honors, the Golden Globe for Best Drama and the Humanitas Prize. Keyser and Lippman went on to create such shows as Time of Your Life and Significant Others. Their latest series, Lone Star, premiered on Fox in 2010.
Keyser is also a partner in the political media company First Tuesday. He is co-chair of the board of Hollywood, Health & Society and serves on the boards of the Curtis School and of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues, as well as on the board of trustees of the I Have a Dream Foundation, Los Angeles.
Jamie King is founder of crowd distribution platform VODO, which uses P2P to reach a global audience of millions sponsoring creative works directly. King was formerly media evangelist at BitTorrent, and is director/producer of Steal This Film, the most pirated documentary of all time. He is currently developing PRSNL, a recognition platform.
Paul Kontonis is chair of the International Academy of Web Television, a professional organization founded in 2009 that is made up of leading figures in web television and digital entertainment. The academy hosts the annual IAWTV Awards at the International CES. Kontinis is lead advisor of Outrigger Media and OpenSlate, the leading platform and content quality score for connecting marketers with native digital video for advertising. As former vice president, group director of brand content for The Third Act, at Digitas, Paul helped establish the Digital Content NewFronts as the leading marketplace for connecting brands with original content opportunities and has produced dozens of original web series, including successful branded entertainment for Global 100 brands. Kontonis writes articles about online video, and is a regular speaker at industry conferences and seminars.
After studying international relations and media, Lemaréchal began to work as a petite main on documentaries, before moving to fiction. She has worked as a scriptwriter since 1997, writing for several TV dramas in all genres (PJ – France2, Le lycée – M6, Fais pas ci fais pas ça – France 2, Plus belle la vie France 3), short comedy shows (H Canal+, Le Train Canal+…), TV movies (Un petit mensonge – France 3, Moi et ses ex M6,…), and motion picture films (Sagan directed by Diane Kurys in 2008, La vie d’une autre directed by Sylvie Testud in 2012). She is currently writing a comic show for TV (12 x 26’) and a motion picture film.
Susin Lindblom has been managing director of the Writers Guild of Sweden since 1995. Her work is concentrated on strengthening professional writers’ economic and moral rights according to copyright laws and in individual and collective agreements. She is also interested in cultural policy and is a member of the board of the Swedish Joint Committee for Artistic and Literary Professionals.
Sylvie Lussier has been on the board of SARTEC since 1998, becoming president in 2008. She was named chair of the IAWG policy and research group in 2010. Lussier has worked in television since 1989, often alongside her partner Pierre Poirier. From 1989 to 2000, she co-hosted and co-wrote the award-winning scientific show for young viewers Bêtes pas bêtes plus, which was broadcast on Société Radio-Canada. In 1993, she began co-writing the sitcom 4 et demi, which lasted seven years and was one of the most popular series on French Canadian television.
She also co-wrote and hosted two series of 15 short documentaries on nature, Zoolympiques, aired during the 2000 Sydney and 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games, and since 2003 has been co-writer on the family saga L’Auberge du Chien Noir, for which she has contributed 275 hour-long episodes. Lussier’s other work has included: Les aventures tumultueuses de Jack Carter (2004), an eight-hour drama series half way between a classic private eye story and comic book; M’as-tu-lu (2005-06), a 30-minute magazine on literature broadcast by Télé-Québec, and the feature film script for L’Odyssée d’Alice Tremblay (2002).
Susan Miller is a Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting and two-time Obie Award winner as well as recipient of the coveted Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (best play by a woman in the English-speaking language) for her play, A Map Of Doubt and Rescue. A consulting producer/writer on Showtime’s The L Word and ABC’s Thirtysomething, Miller has written screenplays for Disney, Warner Bros., Universal and Fox. She is executive producer/writer of the critically acclaimed web series Anyone But Me for which she won (with Tina Cesa Ward) the 2011 Writers Guild of America Award for Original New Media. She is also the creator of the successful branded webseries Bestsellers.
Inés París is a film and screenwriter in television and film, who is currently director of the Instituto Buñuel-Fundación Autor and a member of the board of SGAE. Her films — Miguel y William (2007), Semen. Una historia de amor (2004) and A Mi Madre le Gustan Las Mujeres (2001) — have been screened internationally and received numerous awards.
París has created and directed documentary TV programs — Ellas son…Africa (2010), Igual-es (six documentaries for TVE, 2011) — and written screenplays for Spanish directors such as Fernando Colomo (Rivales) or Patricia Ferreira (S´ñe quién eres) as well as numerous television series. París teaches at ECAM (Madrid School of Cinematography and Audiovisual) and is a professor at the University Carlos III of Madrid. She was founder and president, for six years, of CIMA (Association of Women Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media), and is a member of its board of directors.
Josep Penya, screenwriter, is vice-president of FAGA and a board member of the Catalan Screenwriters Association (GAC-SIGC). Has written for many television genres, including sitcom, children’s TV, animation and talk shows. As a storyteller, he also writes for museums, exhibitions, audiovisual shows, interactive applications, online Games and web series.
Lowell Peterson has been executive director of the Writers Guild of America, East since 2008. Peterson’s vision is a guild that can be the center of writers’ creative and professional lives, even as the distribution, financial and artistic models continue to change. His digital media initiatives have included: seminars and other events to explore the financial, technological and artistic dynamics of new media; a digital media training program, and organizing creators in that sector. He worked to expand the skills of newswriters and ensure their continued relevance as broadcast news shifts to additional platforms. He has worked to increase opportunities for film and television writers. Under his leadership, the WGAE’s organizing and communications capacity has been greatly expanded. Peterson was partner in the law firm Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein where he represented a number of unions, including the Communications Workers of America, the Laborers, and the United Auto Workers. Representing laid-off workers in the Enron and WorldCom bankruptcies, he won tens of millions of dollars in severance pay, and in many other cases he defended unions from attacks on organizing and other activities. He also successfully litigated against employers for evading contract obligations.
Michel Reilhac is executive director of ARTE France Cinéma and head of acquisitions for Cinema with ARTE France. He directed All Alike, his first documentary (for Canal + TV), in 1998, and wrote To Be a Man in 1999 and Kenya Islands (for Arte) in 2000. In the same year, he created Melange, a film production company based in France. Reilhac has also produced three international feature films: Cry Woman, from the Chinese director Liu Bing Jian; 7 days, 7 nights by Cuban director Joel Cano, and The Good Old Naughty Days (which he also directed), which was presented at Cannes.
Arte France Cinema has been involved in more than 500 films and has worked together with over 300 different directors representing more than 50 different nationalities. The company focuses on talent renewal, efforts to boost European and world cinema, and steps to revitalize French cinema. ARTE is a Franco-German TV network focused on promoting quality programming in areas of culture and the arts.
Henrique Rivadulla Corcón has been chair of the Galician Association of Scriptwriters since 1999 and president of FAGA since 2009. Over the past 23 years, he has worked as producer, scriptwriter, director, actor and TV host. He also works in radio and theatre and as a writer. His background is primarily linked to the Galician regional channel TVG. As an author and theatre director, Rivadulla has released seven shows. He has published poetry, novels, children’s literature and the theory of screenwriting. In the past five years he has directed the programs Planeta Fantasía, Caravana de sabores and Salitre for TVG. On Radio Galega, Rivadulla directed A casa do Vagabundo. He also directed the documentaries Os andolios sobre a chaira; Coralia e Maruxa, as irmás Fandiño; Redeiras, un oficio galego e de mulleres and Manuel Curros Enriquez, na fronte unha estrela, and the short film A pequena serea. Rivadulla has taught film production, theatre and screenwriting.
Hans Rosenfeldt is an actor-turned-screenwriter. In 1992, he wrote his first script for SVT on a weekly soap called High Seas. Since then he has written more than 100 hours of television and four feature films. He has hosted TV shows and worked on radio weekly since 1995. He has co-written three novels with Michael Hjorth about the forensic psychologist Sebastian Bergman, the first two of which have been adapted for television; the third is due for release in Sweden in October. He is currently working on season II of the TV series The Bridge which will be broadcast next autumn.
Liz Rosenthal, Founder and CEO of Power to the Pixel
An early advocate and pioneer of digital distribution and filmmaking, Rosenthal is a digital film and media expert. She is the founder and CEO of Power to the Pixel (PttP), an organisation that supports the film and media industries in their transition to a digital age. PttP organises the annual ground-breaking Cross-Media Film Forum in association with the BFI London Film Festival. This event connects the film and media industries with key innovators of the digital revolution, pioneering new models of storytelling, finance and distribution, in a conference, a thinktank and a cross-media marketplace called the Pixel Market. The company also runs the Pixel Lab, a first of its kind project-focused business development course for cross-media properties. The company has just launched the Pixel Report, a new online resource devoted to showcasing new forms of storytelling, film-making and cross-media business development. Rosenthal also advises many international media organisations, including the UK Film Council, where she is digital distribution strategy adviser.
Charles B. Slocum is assistant executive director of the Writers Guild of America, West. His work focuses on financial and strategic analysis of the entertainment industry. Before joining the guild, Slocum worked for Paramount Pictures in finance, for NBC as a game show judge, and for ABC in audience research. Slocum received an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a BSc in public communications from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
Robert Taylor is a screenwriter who started his career writing episodes of the long-running BBC TV comedy ChuckleVision and joined the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain as soon as he had sufficient writing credits. A growing interest in creators’ rights led him to take courses in copyright law and then go to qualify as a lawyer. Taylor was chair of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain in 2009-12, during which time he was instrumental in establishing Writers’ Digital Payments, a collective management system that allows screenwriters to benefit from the online use of their work, and the Writers’ Foundation (UK), a charity committed to raising the profile of the writer and providing funding for training programmes for writers. Taylor is currently a member of the board of FSE and combines union activism with developing screenplays and writing projects and practising as a lawyer in the fields of media and labour law.
Andrew S. Walsh is an award-winning writer/director with credits across film, television, theatre, radio, animation and videogames. A man of many job titles he has appeared as writer, director, speech designer, narrative designer, narrative producer, story consultant, script editor, motion capture director, camera director, voice director, story producer, story liner, story editor and once mysteriously as ‘t – by’ something which he can only attribute to being a tea drinking Englishman.
To date he has worked on more than sixty videogames including Prince of Persia, Harry Potter, Risen, Dirk Dagger and the Fallen Idol, Medieval II: Total War, SOCOM, LEGO City:Undercover, X3 Reunion, and the new Need for Speed : Most Wanted. His film work includes the English version of Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, while in television he has learned a lot about accents having worked on projects involving Yorkshire men in woolly hats (Emmerdale), Geordie school kids (Byker Grove), a bunch of Canadians (Risk) and variety of others too diverse to mention. His latest play, an adaptation of the Wind in the Willows, was performed in London over the summer. He won the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Videogames Award for Prince of Persia in 2009 which made him very happy. He hopes to continue doing things like this because he appears to be good at them.
He is the Treasurer of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.
Virginia Yagüe (Spain) is executive producer of Shine Iberia (the Spanish subsidiary of Shine Group). She is the creator of the TV series La Señora and 14 de abril, la República and has participated in many more, including: Amar en Tiempos Revueltos, Arrayán, Calle Nueva, El Super or Plaza Alta. She also has written several movies, among them Para que no me olvides (2005) and Els nens salvatges (winner of the Festival de Cine de Málaga 2012 in the categories of best film, best script and best supporting actor and actress). She is vice president of the DAMA, Guild for Writers and of CIMA, the Spanish Association for Women in Cinema and Audiovisual. Yagüe has published several novels and teaches scriptwriting in universities around the world.
David Young is executive director of the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW). He was appointed to the position in 2006, after serving as the guild’s interim executive director in 2005. Before that, he was the guild’s director of organizing. Under the direction of the WGAW’s board of directors, he has led the effort to advance the guild into the digital age. A graduate of the University of San Diego, Young has devoted his professional career to working with labor organizations and is a highly experienced negotiator, union organizer and organizational leader.