Writing, Structuring, and Developing a Hit TV Show with John Yorke

A course dedicated to the nature and craft of storytelling. John Yorke has been behind some of the biggest hits in television (Inc. Wolf Hall, Shameless, Life on Mars) and has distilled that knowledge into a detailed step by step course for both Writers and Executives.


Storytelling for TV Screenwriters


Advanced Structure & Story Rules: May 4-8th, 2020

Advanced Character & Dialogue: June 22nd -26th, 2020

A structured modular course that explores all the key components of writing for television.  In fifteen sessions over five days, we’ll explore technique, structure and theory, as well as the methodology to transform knowledge into concrete application when writing, structuring and developing hit TV dramas.

For course details, cost, and registration please see our course Brochure

All Online Programmes will be conducted in English

Storytelling for Script Editors, Executives, and Commissioners


Advanced Structure & Story Rules: 11th-21st  May, 2020

Advanced Character & Dialogue: 8th-18th  June, 2020

Understanding the nature and make up of storytelling is essential for developing TV programming. John Yorke has been behind some of the biggest hits in television (Inc. Wolf Hall, Shameless, Life on Mars) and has distilled that knowledge into a detailed step by step course.

In fifteen sessions over two weeks we’ll explore all the key components of storytelling and how they apply to every format of scripted drama. We’ll analyse the history and theories of narrative structure and their application to contemporary TV dramas.

For course details, cost, and registration please see our course Brochure

All Online Programmes will be conducted in English

“This is a marvellous analysis of screenwriting and, with any luck, should help a great many people achieve their dreams

Julian Fellowes


“Love storytelling? John Yorke dissects the structure of stories with a joyous enthusiasm allied to precise, encyclopedic knowledge.  Guaranteed to send you back to your writing desk with newfound excitement and drive

Chris Chibnall


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THE FILM BUSINESS – Today and into the Future

Development and Production (4th August – 7th August, 2020)

Marketing and Distribution (28th September – 1st October, 2020)

International film expert – Executive Producer, Lecturer and Author Angus Finney delivers for the first time an exclusive opportunity to learn and discuss with him the core subjects of his renowned programme and best-selling book ‘The International Film Business’.  The sessions will reflect the fast-evolving changes in the Entertainment Value Chain, to in turn promote solutions and opportunities for those participating.

In a series all independent of each other (Film Finance, Development and Production,  Marketing and Distribution), Angus will introduce to participants the key aspects of  development, production, marketing and distribution.

There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of each session

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All Online Programmes will be conducted in English

“His in-depth knowledge of the international film business is highly respected. Any course designed, directed and delivered by Angus is a course well worth taking.”

Phil Hunt

Co-owner and founder of Head Gear Films, Bankside Films, Bohemia Media

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Dates: 30th June – 16th July, 2020

Gain key insights to navigate the opportunities offered by OTT Streaming Platforms

Six sessions starting Tuesday June 30th and ending Thursday, July 16, 2020

Scheduled from 10.30am – 12.00pm (BST) each Tuesday and Thursday

A Virtual Workshop for scripted drama producers, executives and content creators.

Providing analysis and examining the strategies for the development of original content, format adaptations and potential partnerships for OTT streamers including SVoD, AVoD and BVoD options.

6 x 90 minute interactive webinar sessions which will be led by media business and brand analysts, scripted drama content professionals and on-demand executives drawn from the international players focused on local and global streaming content.

An opportune time for producers, executives and creators to actively assess how to make the most of the evolving landscape and the competition between newly launched streaming services and existing broadcast and pay alternatives.

Briefed by our sessions, line up your strategies in preparation to advance your plans going forward.

Explore a wide range of issues for development, production and deal making, such as the evolving fortunes of AVoD compared to SVoD, the streamers need for high end originals balanced with lower cost dramas, the appeal of limited vs returning series, prospects for partnering with a major indie or studio to achieve a commission, review of deal making options including all rights deals, participation, distribution and IP retention, etc.

Our Speakers:

Tuesday 30th June – Analysis and Landscape

with Ben Keen, Senior Analyst, Non Executive and Chairman (MediaXchange)

The evolving Streamer landscape

 Thursday 2nd July – Perspectives of the “Big Streamers”

with Steve Langdon – Regional Director EMEA (Parrot Analytics)

Profiles of the usual suspects and likely future trends

Beyond the Big 7 – Additional Opportunities

with Wendy Bernfeld, Founder & MD (Rights Stuff)

A detailed overview on who else is out there in the international streaming sector, going beyond the usual suspects to the scores of other platforms buying -and sometimes funding – series and film.

 Tuesday 7th July – Creator and Writing Aspects

with Anna Winger, Creator/Writer/Producer, (Unorthodox), Daniel Lägersten, Producer (Brain Academy), Emmanuelle Guilbart, Joint-CEO, (About Premium Content) and Andreas Gutzeit, CEO/Writer (StoryWorld)

Being a writer producer in the Streamer world • Case Studies • Multiple versions of a project in parallel • International Coproductions and the Streamers • Creating brand defining original content • Development, packaging and pitching process • Working with the creative team

 Thursday 9th July – Deal making structures

with Jeremy Gawade, Partner (Lee & Thompson), Cathy Payne, CEO (Banijay Rights) and Justin Thomson, Exec. Producer (Dove Tale Media)

Principal terms – development and production agreements • Budgets and incentives • IP retention and profit participation • Distribution

Tuesday 14th July – Indie Production Companies

with Tim King, EVP Production (SF Studios), Heinrich Ambrosch, CEO (Satel Films) and Neil Duncan, Head of Development (The Lighthouse)

Getting a foot in the door as an indie producer • Programming strategy and development process • Handling early stage involvement by streamers • The demand for lower budget dramas series • Prospects for film • When to start pitching and what materials to pitch

 Thursday 16th July – Studios & Global Players

with Robert Franke, SVP (ZDFE.Drama), Jennifer Ann Anschütz, Lead Legal Affairs and Content (Joyn) and Marc Lorber, SVP International Co-productions and Acquisitions at Lionsgate

Best practices for international collaboration • Financing structures • Development in the studio system • Partnering benefits, e.g. collaborating with studio in-house production


Click links for: Brochure / Registration Form / Terms & Conditions 

Early Bird = £275 now through June 19, 2020

Standard =  £350 June 20 – June 29, 2020

Please contact us at: london@mediaxchange.com

All Online Programmes will be conducted in English

“You have to go for quality, not volume…The only path to success in the market today is to find a project that awakens curiosity in you. Then you and your team can discuss if it will work in the broader market.”

Christian Wikander

Managing Director, Twelve Town (Conspiracy of Silence, Viaplay)

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The Role of the Showrunner - Meet the Creatives

Dates: 1st July  – 12th August

The Role of the Showrunner – Meet the Creatives

A package of 7 x 90mins weekly sessions premiering on Wednesday July 1st and continuing through Wednesday August 12th, 2020

MediaXchange takes a step into the future and celebrates 21 years of its Showrunner Drama Exchange by introducing a new online format for connecting with experienced US showrunners

Each session will be led by US Showrunners who will be sharing their creative perspectives and management experience of the development and production process for scripted drama produced for broadcast, cable and streamers




 Liz Craft and Sarah Fain THE FIX, THE 100, DOLLHOUSE





Registration open now

Click here for: Brochure, Registration Form & Terms & Conditions

Contact us: london@mediaxchange.com

All Online Programmes will be conducted in English

Dates: September 7th for 6 weeks

European Showrunners – A Continent of Creative Models

Following the success of the inaugural Showrunner Online workshop series, MediaXchange are planning a European iteration, beginning September 7th  for 6 weeks

The European edition will focus on creative models and challenges faced by writer/producers working in European markets

Profiles of those participating will be released later this month

For priority Registration, please contact francis@mediaxchange.com

Dates: From October 6th to November 18th (more details below)

The Role of the Showrunner – Meet the Creatives

Women Showrunners – Forging a New Direction!

The MediaXchange team and the speakers contributing to our online webinars appreciate the enthusiastic response of the writers, producers and executives currently participating in our informative and insightful sessions delivered by US Showrunners

We are now pleased to announce the dates for a new weekly webinar series featuring leading women writers and executive producers which will review and debate the creative, management and business decisions involved in the drama series development process.


Tuesday October 6th

Wednesday October 21st

Wednesday October 28th

Wednesday November 4th

Wednesday November 11th

Wednesday November 18th   

Our next mailer will provide an update with more details regarding the opening date for registration, webinar session times, topics and speakers

To confirm your interest now, please email london@mediaxchange.com

“It’s important to have people who are absolutely willing to say you’re wrong or who have a totally different perspective than you do on everything. Fresh ideas are hard to come by, and good ones are even harder.”

Shonda Rhimes

“There’s nothing more powerful to a showrunner than a truly invested writer.”

Vince Gilligan

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In light of continually expanding opportunities provided by the international markets, please contact us to review your corporate interests and projects for coproduction to build business and creative strategies to expand your international presence