Sarah Beardsall Producer

A BAFTA and RTS nominated producer and development executive with over 20 years of experience in the industry. Sarah works in all areas of film and television production as well as scripted development. A former casting director and head of development, she has excellent relationships within the creative community with A list and emerging talent, agents, commissioners, distributors alike. With a gift for talent-spotting, her film THE SCAPEGOAT gave Sheridan Smith her first drama role; she also has strong editorial skills and an excellent eye for creative development as well as in-depth knowledge of UK writing and acting talent and Pact / Equity Pact / WGGB contracts and BBC Editorial Guidelines.

PRODUCER BBC STUDIOS

Working with both new and established writers, interviewing & hiring directors on Casualty.  Attending script and story meetings, giving extensive notes on all drafts of scripts / storylines. Active Creative Lead in all episodes from original idea, through script development, casting, production and post production.  Experience of managing production on diverse locations and in studio; stunts including falls, fights, explosions and crashes and managing cast & crew during the Covid crisis and crewing shortages.

ISLAND PICTURES

‘THE SCAPEGOAT’ for ITV with Charles Sturridge (Writer / Director). Working with emerging and established writers to create, develop and produce a slate of commercial television drama and film projects. Writers included Dominic Minghella, Mick Ford, Lisa Holdsworth, Shaun Duggan, Simon Burke, Rachel Flowerday, Sasha Hails, and Chris Murray. Experience of the entire scripted process from original idea, through development, commission, financing, production, post & delivery. Raising and managing budgets of up to £2m. Gained a commission and produced an acclaimed film for ITV. Scouted a writers room for high-budget US TV series; identified, acquired, packaged and pitched many drama ideas, and negotiated options, script deals & shopping agreements. Detailed notes given throughout development process for all scripts on the slate. Played an active script-editing role in addition to a strong creative lead on all projects as a Development Exec. As a short film producer, has experienced all aspects of production and enjoys spotting and supporting emerging talent.

PLAIN VANILLA

Chief administrator of the company and reported regularly to BBCW. Managed a team developing a slate of drama & comedy series for television with a range of established and emerging writers. Negotiated deals and attached writers and talent to each project. Created pitch documents & pitched our slate to commissioners. Developed a strong relationship with broadcasters, authors, writers, agents, and distributors. Also developed script editing skills.

CASTING

Working extensively on high-profile films, theatre and television series for leading independent production companies, broadcasters and studios. Liaising with agents and actors to bring talent into the room, and then working closely with producers and directors to make casting decisions. Negotiating deals and managing cast budgets on a range of projects, whilst continuing to have excellent relationships with talent agents and actors in the UK and USA.

THE SCAPEGOAT

90'

Island Pictures
ITV

Writer / Director: Charles Sturridge

Starring: – Matthew Rhys, Sheridan Smith, Eileen Atkins, Andrew Scott

CASUALTY

13x40'
Nominated - RTS and BAFTA Nominated, 3 Episodes

BBC Studios
BBC One

Series Producer Loretta Preece
Writer: Kellie Smith
Writer: Hillary Frankland
Writer: Dana Fainaru
Writer: Stephen McAteer
Writer: Simon Norman
Writer: Katie Douglas
Writer: Lydia Marchant
Writer: Rachel Harper
Writer: Naomi Soneye-Thomas
Writer: Kevin Rundle
Dir: John Howlett
Dir: Michael Lacey
Dir: Matt Hilton
Dir: Eric Styles
Dir: Hildegard Ryan
Dir: Piotr Szkopiak

STAND STILL

Short Film
Official Selection - London Film Festival

Island Pictures

Writer: Michelle Bonnard
Writer: Zoe Tapper
Dir: Isabella Wing-Davey

RUN

Short Film
Nominated - Best Producer, Underwire Festival

Island Pictures

Writer / Director: Emma Miranda Moore

A MORAL MAN

Short Film
Starring Toby Jones

Island Pictures

Writer / Director: Paul & Simon Wade

KNIGHTFALL

Series I Consultant
10x60'

Island Pictures
A&E Network / History
Midnight Radio

Prod: Michael Wray
Prod: Gideon Amir
Showrunner: Dominic Minghella
Dir. Douglas Mackinnon
Dir: David Petrarca
Dir: Metin Hüseyin

SUCKA PUNCH

Short Film
Associate Producer

Slick Films

Writer: Ibrahim Salawu
Dir: Iggy London

JACKSON

Short film
Associate Producer

Jackson

Writer / Director: Emma Miranda Moore

DO AS I SAY

Short Film
Associate Producer

Do As I Say

Writer / Director: Ana Pio