Gem Copping

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Gem writes for BBC One’s EastEnders and has an original animated YA comedy / drama series in development with Consec Industries. They were commissioned to adapt and write the pilot script for a YA television drama based on an Andy McNab book series and also participated in the Stolen Picture YA Incubator project working on the development of two drama series. In addition, they were the winner of the Soho Young Writers’ Award in 2013 for their play In Your Image.

After gaining a first class degree in Creative Writing and Drama at The University of Northampton Gem went on to focus on TV Fiction Writing for their masters at Glasgow Caledonian University which was supported with a scholarship from the Warner Bros. Creative Talent programme. In addition to pursuing their own projects, they have since worked on Holby City in the story department before moving on to EastEnders working as a storyliner for just over two years and then joining the writing team.

Television (broadcast):
EastEnders BBC Studios / BBC One
Writer for the flagship BBC One continuing drama from 2020
2 episodes commissioned
Television (in development):
Camp Consec Industries
Writer and creator of a new original animated YA comedy / drama series
Treatment and pilot script optioned
Recruits Liam Scott Limited
Commissioned to adapt and write the pilot episode for a YA drama series based on an Andy McNab books series – with co-writer Jane Langford
Treatment and 60′ minute script commissioned
YA Incubator Stolen Picture
Member of the writers’ room for Stolen Picture’s (Simon Pegg / Nick Frost) team project developing new scripted dramas We Never Sleep and Chemistry for a young adult audience – scripting a 60′ pilot episode and bible:
In Your Image Soho Theatre
Tim looks after Chloe who won’t leave her bedsit, as we glimpse into their past we learn how much of a part he played in her self-imprisonment.
For which Gem was awarded the Soho Young Writers’ Award 2013.
Television (other credits):
EastEnders BBC Studios / BBC One
Storyliner on the BBC One continuing drama (2017 – 2020).
Holby City BBC Studios / BBC One
Story Assistant on the prime time medical drama (2016 – 2017)
Awards & nominations:
Soho Young Writers’ Award 2013 – awarded by Soho Theatre for In Your Image
Warner Bros. Creative Talent Scholarship
Professional training:
Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, MA in TV Fiction Writing
The University of Northampton, First Class BA (Hons) in Creative Writing with Drama