JFL Agency is always on the lookout for new and exciting talent, and currently represents the following up-and-coming writers:

Jasmine Ballard

Having completed an MA in filmmaking, Jasmine has worked as a floor runner, director’s assistant and third AD. After making several comedy shorts with small production companies, she received lottery funding for her short THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAIL with Creative England. Her work background includes copywriting and e-learning scripts. Jasmine is a British Indian woman who is passionate about representation in the industry, and is currently working on original comedy ideas.

Luke Gray

Luke studied Comedy: Writing & Performing, at Southampton Solent University before working on set construction for films including INCEPTION, MUPPETS MOST WANTED and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION. Returning to TV comedy writing, he has, since 2020, written gags for the pilot of Channel 4’s STEPH’S PACKED LUNCH, and now has an original sitcom project in development with Fulwell 73. His YouTube channel features an array of self-written and directed comedies, interviews and impressions and has received a nomination for a ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY AWARD.

Ryan James

Ryan is a script writer with a background in stand-up comedy and corporate events. He has recently received his second comedy commission from Channel 4, with the first in development (alongside writing partner Jonny Leigh Wright). Starting his comedy career in stand-up in Los Angeles, 2012, Ryan pursued his passion for comedy writing, receiving awards and screenings for his comedy shorts, and also reached the semi-finals of the Musical Comedy Awards with the original song “Size Matters”. Ryan is presently working as a producer on formats for UK TV channels.

Paul Read

Paul is a new comedy writer who has written for NEWSJACK and is currently working on original comedy scripts. A two-time runner up in the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition, he has placed highly in various other competitions and initiatives including BBC Writersroom, BAFTA Rocliffe, PAGE International Screenwriting Awards and Final Draft Big Break. Paul recently won a place on The Comedy Crowd’s Sports Sketch Show currently being pitched to broadcasters.

Samia Rida

Samia is a London-born screenwriter of Saudi/Welsh heritage who has been selected in recent years for both the WFTV Four Nations Mentoring Scheme and the BBC Writersroom London Voices group. Her writing and performing often explore her complex heritage and mine, to darkly comic effect, autobiographical material including her kidnap as a child by her father and later membership of a British cult. She has been mentored as an actor/writer by comedy producer Gareth Edwards, with whom she has also developed scripts; and recent work has been optioned by Fulwell 73 and Vox Pictures. Samia also performs stand-up and is represented for her acting by Noel Gay.

Steve Whyley & Michael Wheeler

Steve and Michael won the BAFTA Rocliffe Award for Comedy in 2019 and went on to further develop their winning script with Fudge Park Productions for both the BBC and UKTV.  Other recent co-written projects have been optioned by companies including Spelthorne Community and Hat Trick.  In addition to developing solo-written comedies in the past, Steve has created the character of Harry Ham, who can be found across social media as well as on the stand-up circuit with performer Rich Keeble.  Michael studied film at both undergraduate and post-graduate level and completed his screenwriting MA at LCC at the same time as he began performing stand-up. They currently have a number of projects in with broadcasters.