Jim Hill (Course Tutor)
Jim is a freelance writer/producer/director. He is best known as the co-creator of the television series Boon. He has worked on popular shows including Minder, The Bill, Lovejoy, Casualty, and Pie in the Sky as well as directing a six part series about Subbuteo tabletop football for BBC Scotland. He has been employed as a producer/director for LWT on reality crime shows Coppers and Crime Monthly and has worked extensively in Europe for Fremantle Worldwide Drama as a story consultant on a daily serial drama.
Jim wrote the Directors’ Handbook for Lego’s Stephen Spielberg Movie Maker Set. He has been working for McCann Erickson and their client The Carbon Trust directing a series of case studies about the business community and the effect of climate change. He has been an adviser to Interaktív-Fiction (Hungary), which produces the prime-time soap opera Joban Rosszban for the commercial channel TV2.
Christopher Walker (Course Leader)
Chris is former head of the script unit of Central TV where he produced all seven series of the successful situation comedy The Upper Hand.
He was creative executive for Columbia TriStar Central Productions and subsequently developed comedy projects for Carlton Television and the BBC. He is also tutor for the undergraduate module on scriptwriting on the Media and Communication BA (Hons) at DMU.
For your final script you will be assigned a mentor drawn from the industry. Recent mentors include Jimmy McGovern (The Street, Cracker), Tony Marchant (Mark of Cain), Jed Mercurio (Bodies), Kay Mellor (Band of Gold) and Barbara Machin (Waking The Dead).