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Dan Whitehead

Dan is the founder and managing director of Word Play. A twenty year veteran of the specialist gaming press, where he has written for Official Xbox Magazine and Eurogamer amongst many others, he has been playing games since 1981 and writing about them professionally since 1991. As well as contributing to leading games magazines and websites, he has been a video games consultant for Guinness World Records and is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, where he sits on several juries for the organisation’s annual video game awards.

Dan also specialises in the use of licensed characters, having managed major publishing projects for Lucasfilm, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros and Viacom. These include two official Star Wars books, international poster magazines for the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, as well as comics and magazines based on the Looney Tunes and Rugrats brands.

As a narrative writer, he has three graphic novels to his name, including the Edgar Allen Poe anthology Nevermore and an adaptation of Jason and the Argonauts. He also provided cutscene dialogue, plot development and mission scripting for the 2011 video game Air Conflicts: Secret Wars, and is currently working on a novel for children about slavery and the cotton trade, as part of the Time Travellers series.

Mark Wheaton

Mark is a multi-talented writer with extensive experience in film, comics and gaming. His video game credits include scripting on an entry in the F.E.A.R. franchise for Vivendi and developer Day One.  In 2010, he was hired by A2M (now Behaviour) to concept and script the sequel to an action-adventure franchise title.

As a screenwriter, Mark has written or co-written scripts for Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, Miramax, New Line, 2929 Films, Legende Films, HBO Films, the Syfy Channel, Lifetime, and several independent houses while working with filmmakers as varied as Michael Bay, Sam Raimi, George Tillman, Jr., Clark Johnson, Florent Emilio-Siri, Steven Soderbergh, Oprah Winfrey, Gavin O’Connor, Oliver Stone, David Nutter, Janusz Kaminski, John Carpenter, Dean Zanuck, and Xavier Gens.

Outside of film, he co-created and scripted the comic book series The Cleaners in 2009 for Dark Horse Comics.  His original short story, The Judgment of the People, is set to appear in the western comics anthology Tall Tales from the Badlands this fall.

Additionally, Wheaton has self-published a number of internationally bestselling horror novels and novellas for download to the Amazon Kindle beginning in 2009 with Sunday Billy Sunday and Bones: The Complete Apocalypse Saga.  His stories Sunday Billy Sunday, Mrs. Beeke, and Adversary have all been optioned for films.  He has most recently set up a YA action-adventure series to be published in 2013, details forthcoming.

Ian Edginton

Ian Edginton is the British writer and creator of the series Stickleback, Leviathan, Red Seas and Ampney Crucis Investigates for the renowned science fiction comic 2000AD. He also wrote Scarlet Traces and Scarlet Traces: The Great Game, the Eisner Award nominated sequels to HG Wells, The War of the Worlds for Dark Horse Comics.

He has written for Judge Dredd, Batman, Wolverine, X-Force, Uncanny X-Men and Blade as well as Aliens, Predator, Terminator, Star Trek, Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Torchwood and Doctor Who.

He has adapted all of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novels into a series of graphic novels for Self Made Hero, as well as The Picture of Dorian Gray and Pride and Prejudice.

In addition, he has worked on the Kane and Lynch and Hellgate:London video game properties, as well as the story ‘bible’ for Ultra Arena, a futuristic Gladiators style TV game show for Simon Cowell’s SYCO Productions that sadly never saw the light of day.

Most recently he has adapted The Recruit for Hachette Books, the first in the CHERUBS spy series by best-selling novelist Robert Muchamore and written the original audio adventure Torchwood:Army of One for the BBC. He is currently working on graphic novel biographies of the performer & civil rights activist Josephine Baker and the American artist Joseph Cornell.

Tim Neenan

Tim is a sketch writer and actor for the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, founded by Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, and Ian Roberts. He is also a producer for the theatre’s digital short team, Pantsuit, and has written and produced in-house videos for CollegeHumor and Funny Or Die, as well as work for Ben Stiller’s educational charity for children, The Stiller Foundation. Tim’s punch-up work includes Adult Swim’s NTSF:SD:SUV::, Children’s Hospital, and the upcoming show Newsreaders.

Joelle Sellner

Joelle specializes in TV animation, and has written episodes for Ben 10, Marvel’s Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Teen Titans and Adult Swim’s Shin Chan. She’s also written animation for the web, including Mattel’s Monster High. In addition, Joelle has written comics for DC (Secret Saturdays) as well as Marvel’s holiday issue featuring Thor.

She began her career as an advertising copywriter, writing award-winning print, broadcast and digital campaigns for brands including Lexus Automobiles, Kleenex, and Mattel. This marketing background has led to branded entertainment work including the animated series Zevo-3 for Skechers shoes and a game for Starwood Hotels.

She most recently worked on Alloy Entertainment’s upcoming web series Samurai! Daycare starring Matthew Lillard.

Tim Clague

Tim Clague is an award winning and BAFTA nominated writer who has worked in both the interactive and traditional media for 15 years.

Clients have included BBC1, ITV1, RKO Pictures, Working Title and EA. He was Senior Creative Designer on the RealTime Worlds online game APB. A gamer since the 8 bit era he is an advocate for quality narratives where ever they are found. He has twice been on the BAFTA Games judging panel and is a regular guest speaker across the UK. He is a graduate of Bournemouth University and the Berlinale Talent Campus and was mentored by David Yates, director of the final four Harry Potter films.

Gavin Jurgens-Fyhrie

A seven-year veteran of Blizzard Entertainment, Gavin worked in world building, story and character development for Diablo III, including over 2,200 lines of in-game dialogue. Gavin also contributed short stories and lore for World of Warcraft and Starcraft.

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