SCREENWRITER AND SCRIPT PRODUCER
Holly Lyons has over twenty years of experience as a screenwriter and Script Producer in both Australia and the UK. She has over 400 broadcast credits, and currently writes for Home and Away. Holly provides excellent advice when it comes to pitching. She’s pitched her original series ideas many times successfully – and unsuccessfully – throughout her career. She once pitched her original television series, Hamlette’s Diner at an EBU competition in Paris to several European broadcasters, and was awarded first prize of 15,000 euros. Her original series Help! I’m a Teenage Outlaw! was commissioned by ITV the same day Holly pitched the idea. Holly has participated in a Speed Pitching event ran by the BBC in London, and once gave a Commissioning Editor a pair of her son’s underpants as part of her pitch. Holly runs the annual Pitching Event at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (available on itunes, Australian Screenwriters Podcasts) and in 2017 she organised the VIVID Sydney Speed Pitching Breakfast in partnership with the Australian Writers Guild.
In 2017 Holly undertook a research project, “Pitching: A Biometric approach” in an attempt to scientifically analyse what techniques make a successful pitch.
Holly recently launched a script assessment service, Screenwriting Striptease.
Holly volunteers for the AWG NSW Committee, organising panels, Q & As, masterclasses and social mixers for members. She currently lectures Screenwriting at the Australian Film Television and Radio School.
Ready, Steady, Pitch!
Informed by the results of this research, Holly will provide you with instant feedback on your pitching style. Did your opening hook your listener? Is your premise clear? Is your tagline effective? Does your passion statement have maximum impact? As well as giving practical pitching advice, Holly will suggest ways forward for your project. This is an excellent opportunity to have one-on-one feedback on your pitching skills.
Screenwriter and Script Producer
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