It was a small but perfectly formed gathering for August. Ten of us got together for drinks, with faces old and new in the mix.
We raised a glass to writer/producer Piers Beckley, fresh from his five star success at Edinburgh Fringe. His children’s show ‘The Just So Stories’ came away with a profit after its festival run at The Pleasance. Continuing on a children’s theme, it was great chatting with writer and script consultant Danny Stack, currently writing for ITV’s latest kids' show, (ITV’s first new kids' commission in quite some time). He’ll be joining us as an official guest before too long, but we had a chance to chat about all things kids' TV and share our recent experiences in this particular corner of development.
We met new members; director Makalla McPherson and producer Akua Obeng Frimpong, currently making moves into script development. It was nice to be able to welcome them into such a relaxed and friendly group.
Amongst these, we enjoyed catching up with director Peter Chipping, screenwriter Catherine Skinner and the man behind the stills camera – writer/director Jeremiah Quinn. The premiere of Jeremiah’s new short film, 'The Strange Death of Harry Stanley' will be the focus of September’s In Development gathering. Hope you can join us for this showcase of the work of one of our most longstanding members. Invites on the way shortly.