Alan Gilbey is a freelance screenwriter, show developer and script consultant specialising in comedy and animation.
Over the last twelve years he has created original content for major studios on both sides of the Channel and Atlantic, including Aardman, Cosgrove Hall, Disney, Universal, Planet Nemo, Studio 100 and Impossible Kids, as well as show running several series of his own.
Shows that he scripted have won many awards, including two from the Royal Television Society, a Pulcinella, an Annie, the Canadian equivalent of an Emmy, a British Animation Award and two Baftas.
Well known in the U.K. industry, Alan is a member of Bafta and script consultant to Channel Four's 'Animator In Residence', and 'Mesh' schemes. He regularly runs screen writing workshops for the National Film School, The National Media Museum and at many festivals.
Previous to his TV work he was a stand-up comic, a lyricist and radio dramatist.
He also worked in community drama and his experiences there led him to develop a unique group devising approach to story creation. So far he has run four successful retreats for the writers, producers and broadcasters of several new series, including Hit, Red Kite and the BBC.
He's writing books now too.
"Alan is one of the best animation writers in town. And also one of the best writers who take the time out from writing to teach other writers how to write, thereby putting himself out of a job. Selfless to a fault. Having said that; I can't wait to work with Alan again! A true star!"
Tony Collingwood - Collingwood O'Hare Productions.
"I have worked with Alan on The Pinky & Perky Show and the Channel 4 short film schemes. He is an amazing writing talent as his award winning credits will show, but Alan is also very skilful at leading creative workshops, script editing and nuturing new talent."
Ruth Fielding - Lupus Films/C4
"If I'm asked for a recommendation of a writer for animation, be it script, bible or concept, I never really look beyond Mr Gilbey's name. Alan was integral in helping us realise exactly what our show was about, what made the characters and episodes ticked. Wouldn't have been the same show without him, and I'm truly grateful we had him on-board."
Curtis Jobling - creator of Frankenstein's Cat.
"Alan is a pleasure to work with - always creative, knowledgeable and 100% committed. He brings a unique vision to every show he works on. I can highly recommend him as a writer, script editor and creator of original children's television shows."
Camilla Deacon - Lupus Films/C4
"Hired Alan as a writer on Foxbusters, a Cosgrove Hall Films production. The series won a Children's BAFTA. Nuff said!"
Oliver Ellis - Target Distribution.