In the midst of end of year top ‘fives’, ‘tens’ or more, and as we face the next few months of award ceremonies, the question of whether we truly ever need to rank what, is at its heart a creative endeavour, was at the front of our minds when Nick Jaspan of Prolific North first knocked on LA Productions’ door.
His idea? To create the first ever compilation of writers working in TV, Film or Radio in the North of England.
What was the point, we asked ourselves, in comparing a blockbuster to an online series? A radio play to an episode of a continuing drama? However, Prolific North’s idea felt much more in keeping with how we really should look at the industry and its contributors.
Fundamental to the whole idea would be that rather than simply creating a personal rundown or X-Factor style vote, this should be a record of the impressive wealth of talent creating the shows and programmes we love. We approached different people working within the industry and asked them to talk to us anonymously about whose writing they have appreciated. Their only threshold being that the writers in question must have a credit in Film, TV, or Radio within the last five years.There are names that spring to mind that are not on the list of course but once again in the spirit of what Prolific North hopes to achieve, this is not a judgement on the absent writer’s ability but rather that in our conversations with various professionals a limit was imposed on how many names each individual could put forward. That, combined with the encouragement to think about writers outside of their own professional relationships, meant that some very talented writers are not included here.