When I’m not writing novels under my pseudonym James Wilde, most of my current work under my own name is screenwriting for TV, developing shows for both the UK and the US. I have several currently in different stages of development (more on these projects soon).
The nature of the industry is changing so fast you can almost feel the land moving under your feet. Terrestrial broadcasters – the BBC, ITV, NBC, ABC – are in steep decline. They’re fighting to get eyes on screens and talent to make their shows. Streaming providers are winning. Netflix, Prime, soon Disney and Apple, with a whole lot more in the pipeline.
It’s a great time to be a screenwriter.
Netflix has just taken over a massive new building on the lot of Sunset Bronson Studios on Sunset Boulevard. If you want to get a sense of how they’re changing things up, this piece in Wired is a great read.
On January 7, 2018, Netflix had its biggest ever day of streaming, with users collectively watching 350 million hours of TV shows and movies. (Netflix puts this down in part to an increase in viewers around holiday periods.) It’s planning on spending $8bn on its video content in 2018; by comparison, Fox spent the same amount in 2017 on non-sports content.