You’ve written a draft of your screenplay, short film or TV series and you’re not sure what to do next. Perhaps something isn’t quite working yet?
Need someone to help develop your narrative slate? From initial concepts to fully realised series, Vanessa has extensive experience working as a script editor and development producer.
Vanessa Haynes is a film and TV professional with over 17 years’ experience working in script development for some of the most influential production companies in the UK .
Your feedback is tailored to whatever is needed to take you to the next stage of your project’s development and will include detailed notes.
Who is Scriptness
Vanessa Haynes is a film and TV professional with over 17 years’ experience working in script development for some of the most influential production companies in the UK including Kudos Film and TV, Baby Cow Productions, CPL (formerly Celador) and Talkback Thames.
She has developed, produced and edited projects for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Comedy Central, BBC NI, TG4 and CBBC. She is known for finding, developing and producing new talent.
Vanessa began her career in LWT Comedy where she worked with legendary producer Humphrey Barclay (I’m Sorry, I'll Read That Again, Desmond's, No Problem!) and Gareth Edwards (Spaced, Mitchell & Webb). As a trainee comedy person, she had an eye for the funny and was soon an early champion of Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong and Sacha Baron Cohen before moving to The Bill to become a script editor. Vanessa became THE BILL’s first ever storyliner, over-seeing the series transition from stand-alone episodes to serialised story.
As Head of Comedy Development for Celador Productions, Vanessa continued to support new talent, including Beth & Emma Kilcoyne, whose first series, BBC3’s Live! Girls! Presents Dogtown, received critical acclaim; Skin Deep for C4 Comedy Lab by Mark Oswin & James Griffiths; and Angel Cake, starring Sarah Lancashire, a comedy-drama for BBC1 – also by new writer, Keith Temple. She went on to work with Assembly TV, Baby Cow, Kudos Film & TV and Generator Entertainment, where she was tasked with finding the next wave of writing and writer-performing talent for TV and film.
In 2012, Vanessa started her own script development/production company, Mighty Sprite. Based in Northern Ireland, Mighty Sprite’s primary focus has been promoting local talent and developing projects based in Northern Ireland. In 2012-13, Mighty Sprite hosted a comedy table-writing scheme with support from the Arts Council of NI’s Creative Industries Innovation Fund and Creative Skillset. Mighty Sprite recently produced a short drama, Thumb Wars by writer-director Lisa Keogh with support from Northern Ireland Screen and the Arts Council of NI. Mighty Sprite is currently in development with CPL on a new comedy series.
Vanessa continues to works as a freelance TV and film script consultant. Most recently, she was the script-editor on two Irish language drama series Scúp (series 1 &2) for BBCNI/TG4 and An Bronntanas for TG4 and The Sparticle Mystery for CBBC. Vanessa also works on scripts for the big screen and had been involved in projects for Generator Entertainment, DeFacto Films, Wall of Sleep Productions and Magamedia.
She loves the big screen and thinks romantic comedies and horror are the two hardest genres to get right (and is always on the look out for The One in both).
Her passion to champion new talent continues and she frequently runs screenwriting workshops for Northern Ireland Screen.
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Vanessa Haynes is a film and TV professional with over 17 years’ experience working in script development for some of the most influential production companies in the UK including Kudos Film and TV, Baby Cow Productions, CPL (formerly Celador) and Talkback Thames. She has developed, produced and edited projects for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Comedy Read more about Who is ScriptNess?[…]
Here’s part one of my top 10 tips to pitch scripts to a producer or channel commissioner. From staying positive to being choosy about what you send in, these pointers are aimed to help you in what is a highly competitive and, sometimes, challenging market place. If you are thinking of sending a script to Read more about 10 Tips To Pitch Scripts By: Part One[…]