Participant profile: Julian Friedmann

It’s to the UK now to meet agent and consultant Julian Friedmann.

Julian Friedmann

Julian Friedmann

Julian is the joint Managing Director of Blake Friedmann Literary Agency in London which represents 200 book and script writers worldwide.

He created and was Head of Studies of PILOTS (Programme for the International Launch of Television Series), one of the European Union MEDIA 1 projects, concerned with the writing and developing of long-running television series.  He has also been an advisor to the European Film College at Ebeltoft, Denmark, and to the Northern Film School in Leeds. He designed and set up the MA in Television Scriptwriting at De Montfort University, Leicester.

He was the first UK Coordinator of MEDIA 1’s EAVE producer-training programme (1990), where he was responsible for the pitching training.  He has been an expert at Euro Aim workshops and has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Brussels, the Munich Film School, the Masterschool Drehbuch and ScriptForum in Berlin, John Moore’s University in Liverpool, the London College of Printing MA in scriptwriting, Oxford University Film Society, Movie Makars in Scotland, the Royal College of Art, the National Film & Television School, the Northern School of Film and Television in Leeds, Napier Universsity, Guiding Lights and De Montfort University in Leicester.  He has also worked with to SOURCES workshops around Europe and for Screen Training Ireland. He also taught at Global Negotiations, a MEDIA Programme training people in the skills of negotiating in the audio-visual industries. He has advised broadcaster BRTN Belgium and YLE Finland on long-running series.

He has been on both the European Jury for EMMY nominations and the jury for the Grierson Documentary Award, and has been an expert at the Script Clinic at the Berlin Film Festival’s Talent Campus several times. He lectures on the business of scriptwriting, on writing treatments and on pitching, and has published a book called How to Make Money Scriptwriting. He edited two volumes called Writing Long-running Television Series. He is on the Skillset Working Party allocating funding to scriptwriting training and is on the Board of the Cheltenham Screenwriters’ Festival.

In November 2001 he launched Britain’s only scriptwriting magazine, ScriptWriter. The magazine has now gone online at and has become Europe’s most influential scriptwriting magazine.


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