We have some amazing judges on our panel for WriterSlam on Tues 27 November.
Working with C21 WritersRoom and Content London, this judging panel draws drama execs from production companies, channels and studios from all over the world. We’ve got representatives from BBC Drama, HBO and Platform One Media, as well as writers and producers who’ve worked on shows such as Criminal Minds, Spooks and Heroes.
Check them out here and make sure you grab a ticket to do some serious networking!
Tickets are £15 and include a free drink!
As the SVP of Talent Development for HBO Kelly Edwards oversees all above and below the line program initiatives for series, films, Cinemax and miniseries.
Edwards brought an innovative new approach to HBO when developing their writing and directing fellowships that has become an industry best practice. By marrying the two programs, material created by the writers is shot by the directors with a fully inclusive crew for air on the HBO digital platforms. The presentations have garnered festival awards, and will have a home on HBOGo, HBONow, and On Demand.
Prior to HBO, Edwards was a key corporate diversity executive at Comcast/NBCUniversal for over five years where she oversaw over 20 divisions, launched employee resource groups, and introduced diverse creative talent to NBC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and Telemundo.
Edwards’ career has spanned both television and film having produced the movie of the week A Christmas Detour for Hallmark, the one hour series Sex, Love, and Secrets for UPN, serving as a network executive for UPN and Fox, and as a creative executive in features. As an executive she helped to develop series such as Girlfriends, The Parkers, Malcolm in the Middle, Clueless and The Wild Thornberrys.
In 2000, Edwards co-founded Colour Entertainment, a networking group for diverse creative executives in TV, Film, Digital, as well as assistants, all designed to connect current and future industry executives with one another.
Edwards graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater and serves on the Annenberg Inclusion Board, the Project Greenlight advisory board, a member of of NAMIC and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences having served for two years on the Television Academy Diversity Committee. She is also a former member of the Board of Trustees for NALIP, and served on the Los Angeles leadership council for the United Negro College Fund.
For the past 20 years, Katie O’Connell Marsh has held senior management positions covering all aspects of entertainment television programming. Katie is currently CEO of Platform One Media – a television production and distribution studio backed by TPG and Liberty Global. Prior to Platform One Media, Katie was CEO at Gaumont Television, where she was responsible for launching the studio operation from the ground up in 2010. While there, she developed/produced leading series, including the Golden Globe nominated series Narcos, as well as Hannibal, Hemlock Grove, and F is For Family.
In 2015, Katie was recognised in Variety’s women’s impact report, and in 2014, she was recognised in The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 100 power women in entertainment.
Prior to 2010, Katie spent four years at NBC Entertainment where opened the NBC NYC development office and was tapped as senior vice president, New York Development. Among the projects Katie developed were the Emmy Award-winning comedy series 30 Rock and Lipstick Jungle. In 2008, Katie was promoted to executive vice president, drama programming. Katie’s team oversaw series including Heroes, Law & Order: SVU, ER, and Friday Night Lights.
Katie came to NBC from Imagine Television where she was executive vice president of development and current programming where developed numerous comedy and drama projects, including the Emmy Award-winning Arrested Development, which was named Outstanding Comedy Series in 2005.
Liz Kilgarriff is a senior commissioning editor for BBC Drama in England and Scotland. Liz joined as a commissioning editor in August 2015 and has been responsible for work across the breadth and range of BBC Drama including BBC One’s Sunday night thriller Bodyguard, the adaptation of BBC One’s Strike series based on the novels by J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith, BBC One fan favourites Call The Midwife and Poldark, Mike Bartlett’s Doctor Foster (series 2) and the epic BBC One drama McMafia.
Liz’s upcoming dramas include psychological series The Cry, starring Jenna Coleman; six-part thriller Informer from upcoming writers Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani; a fifth series of award-winning Luther; Tom Rob Smith’s original drama series MotherFatherSon for BBC Two starring Richard Gere, Helen McCrory, Billy Howle and Sarah Lancashire; and Sarah Phelps’ brilliant adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders, starring John Malkovich. Also coming up from her Scottish slate is contemporary legal thriller, The Victim, written by Rob Williams and starring Kelly Macdonald.
Liz was previously Executive Producer for BBC in-house Drama working on titles including Luther, BBC3’s Thirteen, Cranford, Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Upstairs Downstairs. She was promoted to Senior Commissioning Editor for England and Scotland in May 2017.
Simon Mirren is a seasoned US Showrunner who has worked on Criminal Minds, Without A Trace, Spooks, Versailles and other leading franchises. Most recently he launched Atlantic Nomad with former president of film at Content Media, Jamie Carmichael. Atlantic Nomad will allow the two LA-based Brits to supply high-end, mainstream TV programmes and films to studios, networks, digital platforms and major independent distributors worldwide. The company plans to create a slate of between six and 10 original series over the next 12 months from both the US and UK, alongside one or two theatrical film projects each year.
Yule Caise is an award-winning writer, Director and producer of Film, Television and New Media. Caise is co-Founder of BTB (Behind the Billboards), a US-based international co-production company, creating premium content for global audiences. His contributions to the NBC television series Heroes won an Emmy Award for Interactive Media Programming for The Heroes Digital Experience. Recently, Caise served as a Writer-Producer on BET’s Tales, a scripted Hip Hop anthology series. Previous writing credits include Showtime’s Free Of Eden starring Sidney Poitier, as well as the film Way Past Cool. He is currently developing a limited series, The James Baldwin Project, with Red Arrow Studios International. Caise is a graduate of Harvard University and earned his MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA.