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Chris Marcil

Along with his writing partner (and college roommate) Sam Johnson, Chris Marcil has written for some of the best-loved US comedies of the past 25 years, including HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, FRASIER and BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD. They also helped develop (and wrote the pilot for) animated series DARIA which is still considered one of the best female-centric cartoon series of all time.  His humour has also appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney’s, and The New Yorker.  From years of writers’ rooms he has acquired the habit of having to end everything with a joke, which is irritating.

 

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Jeppe Gjervig Gram

Jeppe Gjervig Gram was born 1976 in Odense, Denmark. After working for 6 years as a drama series consultant for Danish network TV 2 he enrolled in the screenwriting program at the National Danish Film School graduating in 2007. Gram was headhunted by public broadcaster DR and employed as a regular episode writer on the one-hour drama series SOMMER, one of the highest rating shows on Danish television the last twenty years.

Jeppe Gjervig Gram then teamed up with head writer Adam Price and Tobias Lindholm to create the three-man writer’s room that created the first Danish political drama series BORGEN. The three writers developed the storyline for all episodes together, and Gram served as an episode writer on 10 out of the 20 episodes in seasons 1 and 2. Adam Price and Jeppe Gjervig Gram continued their fruitful collaboration working closely together on the 3rd season, where Gram worked on stories for all episodes and wrote 4 of the final season’s 10 installments.

BORGEN was an international hit winning several prestigious television awards, including  the BAFTA for best foreign series, the ‘Danish Oscar’ Robert Award for best series. The writing team were also awarded the prestigious Peabody Award.

Currently Jeppe Gjervig Gram is writing a drama series FOLLOW THE MONEY, his debut as a showrunner. The series was selected for a Berlinale Special screening 2015 and has been sold to numerous countries. The remake rights have been sold to the team behind TRUE DETECTIVE at Anonymous Content, and a series is in development. FOLLOW THE MONEY took home the Robert for best series, the UK C21 television award for best foreign tv series and was nominated for both a Prix Italia and Prix Europa. The 3rd season is currently in production.

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Jacquelin Perske

Jacquelin Perske has worked extensively in television as a writer and producer.

Since 2016 Jacquelin has written and script produced SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY for which she received AACTA and Australian Writers Guild Award awards. She has written for upcoming series THE LEGEND OF MONKEY, script produced  DEADLINE GALLIPOLI and is the producer, co-creator and writer of the first and second series of  SPIRTED.

Jacquelin’s previous successes include acclaimed series  LOVE MY WAY, winner of 14 AFI Awards including Best Screenplay in a Television Series. She was also part of an international team of writers on George Lucas’ live action television series,  STAR WARS: UNDERWORLD. Her other credits include  BIG SKY,  RAW FM,  FIREFLIES  and AFI award-winning series, THE SECRET LIFE OF US.

Jacquelin was the writer of one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed films of 2005,  LITTLE FISH. The film starred Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Martin Henderson and received an astonishing 13 AFI award nominations. Reviews reserved special praise for Jacquelin’s complex, compelling script, consolidating her position as one of the country’s most gifted storytellers

In 2013, Jacquelin won the prestigious Foxtel Fellowship at the Australian Writers Guild Awards. She is the writer of THE CRY, a four-part drama series currently in production for BBC1 and is in development on a number of television projects. 

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Kirsty Fisher

Kirsty Fisher is co-creator, co-producer and writer of the award-winning comedy series LAID.

Kirsty began working in the script world almost two decades ago as a trainee script editor and quickly moved on to script editing, development, screen writing and script producing. She has written for both adult and children’s television shows such as THE FAMILY LAW, MR AND MRS MURDER, WANTED, MUSTANGS F.C., DANCE ACADEMY and HOUSE HUSBANDS. Her script editing credits include THE FAMILY LAW, LAST MAN STANDING, STINGERS and SOMETHING IN THE AIR.

Kirsty was in-house development coordinator at Burberry Productions for two years and more recently was part of the Screen Australia/Playmaker development initiative, Scribe.

Scripting aside, Kirsty has two small kids and is the co-creator/owner of International Girl Aerogrammes – an eclectic stationery range designed to get people letter-writing again.

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Debbie Lee

Debbie Lee is Matchbox Pictures’ Director of Scripted Development. Debbie provides creative leadership to the development of scripted content across a broad range of genres and markets. She also serves as an executive producer on a number of projects – most recently on SAFE HARBOUR, THE FAMILY LAW, MUSTANGS FC and THE HEIGHTS

Before joining Matchbox, Debbie was ABC TV’s Head of Comedy where she commissioned and executive produced shows including A MOODY CHRISTMAS, PLEASE LIKE ME, LAID, IT’S A DATE, UPPER MIDDLE BOGAN and THE STRANGE CALLS. She also was an Executive Producer for Arts and Entertainment at the ABC for a short stint. Prior to that she worked as a Series Producer at SBS, Australia’s multicultural Broadcaster and then as a Commissioning Editor for Drama and Comedy for SBS Independent.  At SBS she commissioned WILFRED, JOHN SAFRAN vs. GOD and THE CIRCUIT amongst many others.

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Fiona Samuel

Fiona Samuel writes screenplays, stage plays & television drama.

Her recent trifecta of female-driven dramas has won multiple awards, high ratings and audience acclaim – Fiona wrote and directed PIECE OF MY HEART and BLISS – The Beginning of Katherine Mansfield and wrote the screenplay for CONSENT – The Louise Nicholas Story. She was awarded a NZ Arts Laureate for her body of work in television, theatre and film.

Fiona currently has two features in development and for the first half of 2018 has been teaching the MA in Creative Writing for playwrights and screenwriters at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University in Wellington.

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James Griffin

James Griffin is New Zealand’s best-known creator of television drama and comedy having had a long and successful career as a writer, creator and developer of drama and comedy. He got his initial break in television as a university student, writing sketches for THE BILLY T JAMES SHOW and joined the Drama department of Television New Zealand in 1985 working as a scriptwriter on a number of shows including GLOSS, FUNNY BUSINESS and MARLIN BAY.

In 1994, Griffin had his first stint as Head of Development at production company South Pacific Pictures after a couple of years working in the soap-mines of early SHORTLAND STREET, as a script editor, story-editor and writer (100+ episodes.) Griffin was the co-creator/executive producer of local smash-hit OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE which went on to win numerous awards and ran for six seasons. Since then he has gone on to create or co-created five more television shows, THE BLUE ROSE, THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS, DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY, WESTSIDE and 800 WORDS. 

As well as his work in television Griffin has co-written two feature films SIONE’S WEDDING and SIONE’S WEDDING 2: UNFINISHED BUSINESS.  He has also written two plays for the stage SERIAL KILLERS and THEN COMES LOVE.  And for 12 years he also wrote a weekly humour/observational column in the New Zealand Herald. 

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Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Whakaue) is an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker and author. Michael’s second feature-length drama, IN DARK PLACES screens on TVNZ July 2018 and tells the story of the wrongful, shameful conviction of Teina Pora who was imprisoned for over 21 years for a crime he did not commit. The film is based on the book In Dark Places (also written by Michael in 2016) and is the winner of the Ngaio Marsh Award for best non-fiction book. In 2013 Michael wrote and directed the award-winning documentary THE CONFESSIONS OF PRISONER T about Teina’s story.  Michael has had short films screened at numerous film festivals including Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, London, New York and Melbourne, and his debut feature film MATARIKI premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and won awards in New Zealand and internationally.

Michael has written and directed for many television drama series, including OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE, MATAKU and MERCY PEAK. Michael devised the series KAITANGATA TWITCH and P.E.T. DETECTIVES, devised and wrote all 20 episodes of the comedy web series THE FACTORY, and has been head writer on several TV series.  Michael was script doctor of the last 2 series of the iconic US show XENA WARRIOR PRINCESS. Michael has won or been finalist in the NZ Film and Television Awards in the categories of Best Screenplay (Feature Film), Best Screenplay (TV Drama), Best Screenplay (Short Film), Best Screenplay (TV Comedy), Best Screenplay (Documentary), Best Director (TV Drama), and Best Director (TV Non-Drama).

As well as his own film and TV and book work, Michael works in communities around New Zealand with Script To Screen working with locals to tell their stories on film, he works with developing filmmakers through the NZ Film Commission and Nga Aho Whakaari, and is head of the screenwriting programme at South Seas Film School.

Michael’s second book, Helen and the Go-Go Ninjas (a post-apocalyptic time travel graphic novel co-authored with Ant Sang) was published by Penguin / Random House June 2018.