The Writer's Room
The Writers Room is a creative think tank of very smart writer/directors that have a desire to write within the branded arena as well as their day to day job of entertaining on stage, TV and Film. The diverse roster of talent spans all areas from satirical talk shows, BAFTA winning sitcoms, to TikTok superstars. Should you have a pitch or campaign that could do with a little comedic sparkle please keep The Writers Room in mind. Whether it be for a development session, pitches, commercials, short & long form or even a department team building exercise, we are here to collaborate with you.
Leon Mayne is an acclaimed, up and coming writer. As one of the creators behind the ingenious Brothers With No Game series, Leon has tackled the complex task of morphing a viral hit (blog) into a visual sensation. Broadcast on London Live, the show enjoyed an overwhelming critical reception, going on to win several awards in the UK and abroad. In 2015 he was named future rising star in Powerlist Magazine’s ‘Britain’s Most Influential People of African & African Caribbean Heritage’, BBC’s 2017 New Talent Hotlist and won a Screen Nation Digital Vanguard Award in 2020. He has collaborated with Netflix, Channel 4 and BBC, to name a few, where he has developed and written content including The End Of The F*cking World and Binge Watching. Leon is known for his natural dialogue, rich characters and compelling storytelling. He has brought visibility and diversity to a variety of screens, championing narratives that showcase and embrace all cultures. He has several works currently in development with brands including Converse and Facebook.
A rarity amongst writers, Sue Perkins’ face is as familiar as her sound. Half of a successful presenting duo, Sue has been a household staple for seven series of The Great British Bake Off and recently on the reboot of the BBC gameshow The Generation Game. Some of her writing credits include the iconic Absolutely Fabulous series (BBC), Heading Out (BBC2) a sitcom she also stars in, and an upcoming episode of Urban Myths, dramatising Joan Rivers' recollections of an off Broadway play she starred in with Barbra Streisand.
Johnny Vegas is a talent of all functions, working as an actor, writer, director and comedian. Bringing his surreal humour and unique husky voice to every project, Johnny has written gems like Moving On (Series 4 and 5) and an episode of Little Crackers.
Steve Stamp is the multitalented writer, creator and star of the BAFTA award winning comedy series People Just Do Nothing. Along with this critically acclaimed (BBC Three) show, Steve has established his comedic strengths with projects including Peacock (Sky), Turn Up Charlie (Netflix), The Reluctant Landlord (Sky) and The Curse (Tiger Aspect).
Iain Morris is one of the masterminds behind E4’s hugely popular and award-winning television series The Inbetweeners. The comedy series transitioned to two massively successful films and landed itself amongst British pop culture canon. But Iain’s legacy extends even further with credits including HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Channel 4’s Peep Show.
Marysue Masson’s clever writing ranges across both advertising and broadcasting. An award winning writer with a passion for comedy always with a touch of nerve. Perhaps most known as the brains behind the Haribo commercials, her creative skills extend beyond the page to behind the camera. Her recent short, Who’s The Daddy, is making the festival rounds this year!
Mark Watson is an acclaimed comedian and author. He has written six books and a graphic novel, Dan and Sam, which was released in 2015. A former Cambridge Footlighter, Mark has won many awards since his introduction to the comedy circuit in 2002. He is especially known for his Edinburgh shows, but has written for TV as well as a radio series, Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better (BBC Radio 4).
As former Head of Creative at ITV, Laurie Smith is an expert at positing creative campaigns and executing them with directed clarity. His unpretentious nature compliments his naturalistic style and helps achieve those authentic performances often performed by the biggest names in sport. An esteemed talent, Laurie brings a sense of humour that always translates brilliantly from the page to the screen.
Gary Delaney is a prolific stand-up comedian and comedy writer. Known for his hilarious one-liners and cheeky schoolboy charm, his success has led him to writing material for comedians including, Jason Manford and Ivan Brackenbury. His sharp wit is apparent amongst his many television broadcast credits, including major shows from Russell Howard’s Good News to 8 Out Of 10 Cats and A League Of Their Own.
Simon Evans is a treasured and established comedian with a prolific career. Wonderfully intelligent, Simon tackles socio-political topics with witty insight and clean sharp phrasing. His writing credits include, Not Going Out (BBC), Argumental (Dave), TV Heaven, Telly Hell (Channel 4), and 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4). Most recently he can be heard on his BBC Radio 4 series Simon Evans Goes To The Market.
Andy Milligan is an exceptionally celebrated talent within narrative, comedy and entertainment writing. He has created several shows from No Man’s Land (Channel 4) to Undercover (Dave). His most recent co-creation Man Like Mobeen (BBC3) is in its third series. In 2018 the show was nominated for Best Comedy Series at the Asian Media Awards, while Andy won Best Writer at the RTS Midland Awards. Most notably though, Andy has been Ant and Dec's only full time writer for twelve years and also co-wrote their best-selling autobiography. For his work on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Andy won the BAFTA Craft Award (2014).
Alan Connor is a man of innumerable talents. A writer, journalist, and part-time presenter, he has brought his wit and love of general knowledge to panels including The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Have I Got News For You and 8 out of 10 Cats along with topical programmes and game shows. He has worked as question editor for the successful BBC 2 quiz programme Only Connect and writes crosswords for the Guardian. He has written comic material for Charlie Brooker, Caitlin Moran and Sue Perkins, while also providing narrative writing for TV dramas like, A Young Doctor's Notebook (starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Hamm).
Madeleine Brettingham is a writer of impressive range. A lead writer on the shows Newzoids (ITV) and The News Quiz (Radio 4) to children sitcoms 4 O'Clock Club and All At Sea, she can address any audience. Her plethora of experience also includes contributions to the Michael McIntyre's Big Show, The Kumars, That Mitchell and Webb Look, and Harry Hill’s TV Burp, along with co-creating the original sketch series What the Future for BBC radio 4.
Les Keen is a sharp and talented writer and comedian. Highly accomplished, his dry yet unpretentious wit can be found in an array of shows including Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Celebrity Juice, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Take Me Out, Top Gear, Comic Relief 2019 and My Favourite Sketch. More recently he has been writing the third series of comedy game show CelebAbility, which he created.
Award-winning stand-up and comic writer, Henry Paker is one of the most sought after comic brains in the UK. He has starred in BBC Three’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live, Russell Howard’s Good News and Comedy Central at The Comedy Store. Recently he has appeared in the BBC sitcom JOSH alongside Josh Widdicombe. Henry also writes, and stars in the critically acclaimed BBC Radio 4 sitcom ReincarNathan and sketch show Small Scenes. As one of the most in demand writers in the industry, Henry has written for TV shows including Mock the Week, Top Gear, Cats Does Countdown, Hypothetical and Ultimate Worrier. Henry’s most recent projects include work on School of Rock, Royal Variety Performance, Comic Relief and Michael McIntyre’s Big Show.
Dan Beckett attributes his comedic charm to his large South-East London family, where humour (and volume) guaranteed listeners. Over the years, stand-ups have heard him too, acquiring his skills for their tours/Edinburgh shows. With an expertise in television comedy, Dan’s writing credits include Savage Socials, Head Hunters, 8 out of 10 Cats and Rob Beckett's Playing For Time. Most recently, Dan has joined the team behind BBC One’s The Hit List.
Amelia Getting is a young burgeoning talent, boasting a 7 million follower count on TikTok and over 300 thousand on Instagram. Discovered by the BBC, Amelia was able to create and write her own female-led sketch show The Amelia Gething Complex. Inspired by Monty Python and The Mighty Boosh, she brings a quirky and spirited energy to her sketches. A star on the rise, she currently has a recurring role in the series The Spanish Princess 2.
Steve Parry is a reputable comedy writer, with credits in a variety of shows including Love Island (ITV2), The Rob Rinder Verdict (Channel 4), Vocal Heroes (Sky 1), Celebrity Juice and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here–Extra Camp! (ITV2). Along with shows, his talents are found in the jokes and sketches he provides to comedians from Rob Beckett to Miranda Hart. Steve has several shows under option and has developed a number of them as well, including the award winning gameshow Distraction (Channel 4/Comedy Central USA).
George Lewis began as an advertising copywriter, completing his tenure at BBH London. Now a comedian and comedy writer, George contributes to the weekly 'funny old game' football column in The Times as well as providing his talents towards TV, radio and other comedians. His early success in comedy was quickly recognized and acclaimed through several awards including the Amused Moose National New Comic Award, Nando’s New Comedian of the Year, along with being runner up in the prestigious Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, to name a few. More recently he completed his debut UK tour of A Man, a Plan, a Girl With Fake Tan after his successful month-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe. As a presenter, George was named as the new host of Top Gear: Extra Gear in 2017. His recent credits include Have I Got News For You, 8 out of 10 Cats, Comic Relief, and is a regular writer for BBC Radio Comedy.
Dax Martinez-Vargas’s middle name is Armand, 1 letter short of his Peruvian dad’s name, and DMV is a shaman of comedy. He finds the heart, soul and engine to a concept and creates it within a realm of relevance with the built in elements added to enhance the success of the resonance of the message and intent regardless if it’s via the medium of short ads, short films, long films, song, holiday card, public display piece or whatever slice of the market out there. If bold creative writing is needed, Dax brings his 15 years of professional experience to the table and never phones it in. Even when the client hand cuffs his creative hands behind his back, his feet continue typing and figuring out a way around luddites and byzantine thinking. His initial approach will always be bold and provocative because life’s too short to stay on the slow track. Though comedy comes very naturally to him, it is simply one tone in his tool box. He can just as quickly be tender, grim, inspirational, to supernatural. You can’t go wrong bringing Dax on your team, the only question is will you allow him to take you beyond right.
Wayne Holloway is an award winning commercials director, working as a writer and creative director globally across all platforms. His first novel 'Bindlestiff' was published by Influx Press in 2019 to rave reviews and critical acclaim. He is currently working on his second novel 'Our Struggle' as well as writing and directing series and content ideas for broadcast and digital platforms.