Julian Friedmann - Literary Agent

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WHY SHOULD YOU LISTEN TO HIM…? Because he lectures all over the world on the business of screenwriting and is the brains and power behind Europe’s leading scriptwriting magazine -- suffice it to say, there’s not much this man doesn’t know about scriptwriting.

WHAT HE’S DONE… Published HOW TO MAKE MONEY SCRIPTWRITING and created twelvepoint.com.


Julian Friedmann represents both book and script writers across a broad range of subjects and formats. He started as an editor for two academic publishers in the early 1970s before setting up his own publishing company. He set up a literary agency in 1976, later merging with Carole Blake to establish Blake Friedmann.

He has lectured all over the world on the business of scriptwriting and has published a book called HOW TO MAKE MONEY SCRIPTWRITING.

He edited two volumes called WRITING LONG-RUNNING TELEVISION SERIES and is the Publisher and Editor of Europe's leading scriptwriting magazine, SCRIPTWRITER, now online as twelvepoint.com. He helped design PILOTS (an EU Media initiative to develop long-running television series) and the MA in Television Scriptwriting at De Montfort University.

Julian was born in South Africa in 1944 and came to live in London in 1961. He has degrees from the University of York (Philosophy/Politics BAs) and an MA from the School of Oriental & African Studies. He was thrown out of LSE while doing a PhD because he didn't tell them he also had a full-time job in publishing.

Q:  What was your favourite film as a kid?


Q: Who inspired you when you were starting out?

A: My mother, who was a writer and believed that words had power.

Q: What was your big break?

A:  I’m not sure I can think of any specific moment or event as a “big break”.  It was more  just the interesting people I seemed to meet through books and films.

Q: What was the best day in your career?

A: There have been far too many to select just one.

Q: What has been your most important lesson?

A: That you can always be wrong.

Q: If a niece or nephew wanted to be in the business, what would you advise them?

A: It is fun and stressful, so you better really believe in what you are doing.

Q: What is the hardest part of your job and how do you overcome it?

A: Saying no to people, especially when they have talent.  I don’t overcome it; it hurts.

Q: What do you feel is a writer’s or filmmaker’s key responsibility?

A: To entertain and make the world a better place.

Q: What mistakes do you see writers or filmmakers making over and over?

A:  Premature ejaculation.

Q: What advice would you offer a writer or filmmaker?

A: Don’t give up the day job.