Comedy, drama and animation writer.
A full-time, freelance writer of scripts and published children’s books with over 25 years' experience.
Ian was born in Zimbabwe and lived both there and in South Africa for several years before moving to the UK.
After training as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, he worked professionally for some time appearing on stage, TV, radio and in numerous voice-overs. He then switched direction and became a stand-up comedian working in clubs in Manchester and on Live TV before realising that he enjoyed writing jokes a lot more than delivering them. He therefore became a full-time writer - creating his own series, in animation, comedy and drama as well as working on long running programmes both in prime time and for children. He is looked after by Laura Rourke at Independent Talent for script work.
He very occasionally returns to acting (last seen removing his trousers on Mike Bassett Manager on ITV) and can occasionally be heard on a number of Southern African voice-overs. Some years ago he branched out into production and direction and he is currently in demand for corporate writing work. In a bid to escape his desk, he frequently delivers workshops and lectures on scriptwriting and drama across the world,
His work with the International Schools Theatre Association has seen him visit just about every corner of the globe, working with young people and their teachers as well as spending ten years on the board of trustees and standing as Vice President. He was subsequently appointed an honorary life member and served as the Assistant Executive Director for five years.
He has worked with students at a number of British universities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and now travels the world delivering teacher and student workshops and has developed a series of online, screenwriting training.
When not working or spending time with his family he runs a lot and plays far too much tennis.
Ian was recently selected as one of 10 writers from 1000 applications, for a TriForce Creative Network Have I Got News For You workshop, and from this selected as one of only 3 writers for a paid commission on the next series.
His short film That you Shirley? was recently shortlisted for Kickitdown Production's Screen to Screen callout from over 700 submissions.
Past work has included:
An original comedy drama, written in development with Ben Miller for Toff Media/Hat Trick. This was later developed by Lime Pictures.
A sitcom written for Channel X.
A sitcom commissioned by Noel Gay TV and Carlton Television which resulted in a rehearsed reading at ITV with Stephen Graham and Angela Griffin, directed by Ed Bye.
And a sitcom which was co-produced by STV and The Comedy Unit. This was performed live at the Citizen's Theatre.
Ian's earliest work was a series idea selected for the Channel 4/Assembly TV 1998 sitcom Festival and he began by writing spec sketches for Hale and Pace and The Jack Docherty show on Channel 5.
He is a regular contributor to NewsBiscuit and The Kickabout With Johnny Vaughn on Radio X.
Ian's work has seen a number of original drama commissions and work in soap and continuing drama.
Several years on Hollyoaks, writing over 50 episodes, the late night special In Too Deep, as well as for the spin off series Let Loose and the Penguin novelisation Fame Game!
A daytime drama serial commissioned by Kindle Entertainment and BBC Learning that tackled adult literacy.
Two original series ideas commissioned by BBC Drama North.
Co-creating a spin off series to Hotel Babylon set in an airport and a teen drama series for Carnival Films.
Co-writing an episode of Waterloo Road.
Commissioned to write an episode of EastEnders.
An original teen series developed for Leopard drama.
And writing an original multi-platform series idea for the BBC.
As well as writing all the adaptation episodes for the BBC3 series The Fear. A Noel Gay production starring Nick Moran, Sadie Frost, Samantha Morton, Ray Winstone, Sean Pertwee, Neve Mcintosh, Jason Flemyng and Ramon Tikaram.
Children's and animation
Ian's work in children's TV has included being selected for a CBBC residential, from which his original studio sitcom idea was commissioned by Channel X and developed for CBBC.
Writing an episode of Dennis and Gnasher for Red Kite and CBBC.
Working on the development of a Moshi Monsters TV series for Mind Candy and being part of the development writing team for Bob the Man in the Moon for Wish Films.
Writing a number of episodes of the CBBC teen comedy series Yo Diary for the Comedy Unit.
Developing a number of animation series ideas for the Dave Edwards’s Animation Studio - Project X (a part live action/part animation) original series idea. And The Wiltons and JP Jones Adventures in the future.
As well as developing an interactive animation comedy called the Wellington Family for BBC Fictionlab.
Ian began writing books after his Hollyoaks novelisation Fame Game was published by Puffin.
He then went on to work on two books for the series Me and My Monsters – Monster Mess and Monster Manners, also published by Puffin.
This was later followed by two pick your pathway books based on the hugely popular Moshi Monsters website; for Ladybird.
He is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers who shortlisted Me and My Monsters for their 2012 Scribe Awards in the Young Adult category.
He is currently working on a number of original novels for teenagers.
Schools, Universities and workshops.
Ian has been called into a number of schools in the UK to discuss his writing and deliver workshops to every age group from primary through to sixth form.
For the International Schools Theatre Association, he has travelled the world working at theatre festivals in just about every continent and with every age group, as well as delivering specialist workshops to teachers. These include a number of scriptwriting master classes for International Baccalaureate film teachers in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Kuala Lumpur. He was heavily involved in the governance of ISTA for a long time and served on the board of trustees for ten years as well as standing as Vice President and working for a number of years as the Assistant Executive Director. He is an honorary life member.
He has also worked extensively in further education. Running modules and delivering master classes at the Universities of Oxford, MMU, Edge Hill, Leeds Trinity, Chester, Staffordshire and Salford. He has been a professional advisor for a number of MA final script projects and has steered a large number of student scripts from initial concept to final draft, in both creative writing and animation departments. As a project leader on Salford’s final year short films in Media City, Ian has seen many of his students go onto success at festivals.
He has had numerous articles on scriptwriting published in various magazines.
Online screenwriting workshops.
In response to recent requests, screenwriting and narrative structure workshops are now available to purchase. These are in the form of two roughly 45 minute long filmed workshops and a follow up Q & A via Zoom. For further details, costings and to discuss options please email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian branched into production a few years ago and was the driving force behind the advert for an innovative new App - Qjacker. Writing the script, exec producing and co-directing the shoot at the Ethiad Stadium for both Qjacker and a tailor-made version for Manchester City FC. Shot on a highly competitive budget and attracting a huge number of hits on YouTube, as well as through the Man City social media feeds.
He then exec produced the filming of the 'Northern Rocks' teacher's conference in Leeds, interviewing a number of delegates and keynote speakers including Dominic Cummings.
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