Monday, January 25, 2010

EURO #ScriptChat Guest Speaker JULIAN FRIEDMANN - Sunday February, 7, 2010 8pm GMT

We are privileged to announce UK Literary Agent Julian Friedmann (@julianfriedmann) as our next Scriptchat Guest on Sunday 7th February, 2010. Julian will only be available at our EURO timeslot, so please feel free to join us from the other side of the pond if you normally take part in the US chat. This is a great chance to put your questions directly to an agent - and it's an open invitation to all!  (8pm GMT is 3pm EST)

#scriptchat TOPIC: Agent Representation. Does a writer really need an agent and if so what is the best way of getting one?

Julian Friedmann is co-owner of the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency ( and publisher of ScriptWriter magazine, now an online resource for writers at He has taught at universities and film schools all over the world, is the author of How to Make Money Scriptwriting and editor of two volumes on Writing Long-Running Television series. He is on the Board of the International Screenwriting Festival.

In an effort to have some order over the barrage of questions thrown at him (and to save his API so he doesn’t get slammed in Twitter jail), we’ve decided to ask people to leave a question in the comment section below.

Here's how it'll work:
- Leave your questions in the comment section below days before the chat, and we will post them Q&A style on this blog before the chat begins (if possible, post them in 140 characters... including "RT @yourname:" so we may easily post them live at chat). 

We are keen to maintain the chat vibe which is the main appeal for #Scriptchat, so we aim to pick out 10 questions for Julian to answer. We will make sure that these questions will cover the general interests of individuals. This will also mean that we will avoid repetition in the questions and have more room for spontaneous chat.

- Come to #scriptchat on 7th February, and we will have Julian discuss some of the ideas raised in the Q&A as well as take a  handful of follow-up questions.

So start thinking about what you would like to ask Julian. This is your chance to put it to the agent. Find out what you want to know and get yourself ahead of the game.  Julian's advice: "Do make them difficult: the questions you can't get answered anywhere else!" 

It would be great to give Julian some time to prepare the answers so he can focus on engaging with tweeps on the night, so please don't hesitate to post yours questions. Get them down now!

In the meantime, check out Julian's blog: Agent Provocateur for some great articles and interesting tips for screenwriters! 

Please, don’t forget to check the blog Q&A before the chat. So until 7th February! Good luck with your writing.


  1. RT @filmutopia: Just how bad is the UK Film scene these days and what impact can an agent really have on moving a project forwards?

  2. RT @DreamsGrafter With a small number of TV writers able to greenlight drama, where do you think the screenwriter should focus their work?

  3. What is the worst mistake you see new screenwriters make and how do we avoid it?

  4. RT @LisaFromNYC How many scripts should new #screenwriters have b4 trying to sell? #scriptchat

  5. RT @LisaFromNYC Does writing different genres help #screenwriters market themselves or it doesn’t matter? #scriptchat

  6. RT @KageyNYC Do spec dramas sell? Or write drama to learn, then write commercial com/rom-com/action/thriller when ready to sell? #scriptchat

  7. RT @Bang2write You often say screenwriters shld write novels too. Which is the *best* audience/story type to target?

  8. RT @veramark2010: Writers are storytellers. When I have a story idea, how do I decide whether to write it as film or as novel? #scriptchat

  9. RT @veramark2010: Are there specific genres that accommodate the “novel as script template” approach better than others? #scriptchat

  10. RT@chained could you negotiate a percentage of a films gross if a screenplay was white hot ie the next huge movie like avatar or starwars and going to make a ton of money?

  11. RT @jeannevb would you recommend a manager as well as an agent, and if so, who should we seek first?