Jun 22 , 2020

Masterclass: The process of development- from light bulb moment to greenlight with Alexandra Arlango

  • When: 22nd Jun 2020, 11:30-12:45
  • Organised by: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Online
  • Price: Free
  • Age: 18+

This masterclass will offer career information and insight from Alexandra Arlango, Head of Development at Caryn Mandabach Productions.

Alexandra, who has also run The Brit List for over a decade, will be sharing the insights and top tips for writers and creatives that she has acquired over a long career in both film and television as one of the UK industry’s top development executives.

Alexandra will be talking through the three stages of script development:

  • the 'light bulb' moment – finding the writer and idea. As Jack London said “You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club”
  • wrestling with the story – the journey of bringing the idea to life. To quote Stephen King “To write is human, to edit is divine”
  • gift wrapping the project – tackling the last hurdle of finding a home for your story when as William Goldman understood, “Nobody knows anything!”

Time will be allowed for Q & A


Alexandra Arlango has co-produced four successful feature films including Oscar-winner The Duchess. She worked in film for 18 years before making the move into TV in 2016 and is currently Head of Development at Caryn Mandabach Productions (Peaky Blinders).

Throughout her career Alexandra has collaborated successfully with both established screenwriters and newer voices, and has sought to celebrate and champion their talents. Since 2007 she has run The Brit List, a platform for British screenwriting, and has overseen its growth into the industry’s recognised showcase for the best writing voices in the UK.

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

It is part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘get ticket’ to reserve your place: you must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. A booking confirmation with a joining link to the session will be sent to you via email.

If you are no longer able to use your ticket, we ask you to please contact support@screenskills.com so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration.