Jenn Morgan has been working at Curtis Brown for over eight years, she is an agent working with emerging and experienced film, TV and theatre writers and directors. Her clients include Stella Corradi, Tianna Johnson, Joseph Charlton and Jim Loach.
Jenn is also one of the agents involved in the 18-week Writing an Original TV Drama Serial course from Curtis Brown Creative – the writing school run by the major literary and talent agency.
In this interview Jenn discusses what makes convincing dialogue in a script, the TV shows she’s enjoyed watching recently and the types of projects she’s excited about at the moment in the UK television industry.
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How did you get started as an agent? What was your path into the industry?
I worked in film & TV production and wanting to get a wider overview of the industry I joined Curtis Brown as an assistant in 2014.
When you receive a query from a screenwriter what makes project stand out? Is there anything you’d like to see drop into your inbox?
Agents get so many emails a personal approach is always best!
I’m a fan of pulpy genre and so it’s an exciting time to be working in the industry as the UK invests more in horror, sci-fi and elevated thrillers.
What do you think makes convincing dialogue for the screen?
I really enjoy conversational dialogue on the page that feels natural, and can be interrupted, trail off and have subtext just under the surface.
What TV dramas have you enjoyed watching recently? Are there any series that you would recommend for budding screenwriters to watch?
Industry, The Last of Us, The Baby, Lockwood & Co, Severance, Bad Sisters…
Finally, can you share one top tip for the aspiring screenwriters reading this?
Grow your network and keep other writers in your life as friends – they will be most able to relate to the peaks and troughs of the job.
Applications are open now for Curtis Brown Creative’s Writing an Original TV Drama Serial course. This is an elite course for 15 aspiring screenwriters to work on their high-end TV drama scripts with expert tuition from top TV professionals. The course will run from 13 Apr to 3 Aug 2023 with teaching in London. There is also one scholarship place available for a writer with limited financial means. Find out more and apply by 19 Mar: https://www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk/course/writing-an-original-tv-drama-serial-0423
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