Diane Whitley

Diane is an experienced scriptwriter, showrunner, script editor and producer. She worked as development producer and head writer/showrunner on Series 1 and 2 of the RTS and BAFTA nominated hit gothic teen drama, HOUSE OF ANUBIS, which Lime Pictures and Studio 100 produced for Nickelodeon US & UK, spun off from the top rating Belgian series. She also wrote a feature length special of the show along with episodes for Series 3. She has worked with Studio 100 on a number of other feature and TV series ideas. Her previous work includes writing and producing for Granada Kids on shows such as GIRLS IN LOVE, THE WORST WITCH and 24 SEVEN as well as writing on BAFTA nominated series TOPSY AND TIM. Di has a number of original series ideas in development and recently won development finance from Creative England to develop a book to film adaptation of GIRL, MISSING by Sophie McKenzie, which she will write and produce. She co-created CBBC’s drama series WORLD’S END, and teen mystery series HOTEL EVERMOOR for Lime Pictures/Disney. Diane has written multiple episodes across all series of the BAFTA-nominated CBBC drama JAMIE JOHNSON, and has recently worked on popular pre-school animated series PJ MASKS.

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TELEVISION
Production
Company
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Production
JAMIE JOHNSON Series 3 (2018)
Company
Short Form Film Company /CBBC
Notes
Commissioned to write 3 x 30’ episodes for new series
Production
RUBY & REX (2017-18)
Company
Mickey Rogers Media/CBBC
Notes
Commissioned to write a 30’ live action script based on Diane’s original idea
Production
PJ MASKS Series 3 (2017-18)
Company
Frogbox/eOne/Disney
Notes
Commissioned to write 2 x 11' episodes.
Production
THE WORST WITCH Series 2 (2017)
Company
CBBC
Notes
Commissioned to write 1 x 30' episode.
Production
JAMIE JOHNSON Series 2 (2017)
Company
Short Form Film Company /CBBC
Notes
Commissioned to write 2 x 30' episodes for new series
Production
JAMIE JOHNSON (2016)
Company
Short Form Film Company /CBBC
Notes
Commissioned to write 2 x 30' episodes for new ten part kids drama series.
Production
WORLD'S END Series 2 (2016)
Company
CBBC
Notes
Development work for new series
Production
REALLY WEIRD REMOVALS (2015-16)
Company
CBBC
Notes
Treatment commmission
Production
WORLD'S END (2013-15)
Company
CBBC
Notes
Original drama series commission of 36 x 15 minute episodes broadcast in April and May 2015.
Co-devised and co-written with Danny Spring.
Production
TOPSY AND TIM (2013)
Company
Darrall Macqueen
Notes
Commissioned to write one script of this new pre-school live action show.
*Nominated for Children’s BAFTA and Broadcast Award 2015
Production
HOTEL EVERMOOR (2012-13)
Company
Lime Pictures/Disney
Notes
Co-created teen mystery drama which ran for two series on the Disney Channel.
Production
UNTITLED (2012-13)
Company
Lime Pictures
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Kids/teen comedy/drama projects under option and developed.
Production
HOUSE OF ANUBIS (2009-12)
Company
Lime Pictures/Studio 100
Notes
Development Producer and Head Writer/Showrunner on Series 1 and 2 of the hit rating new gothic teen drama series which Lime Pictures/Studio 100 have produced for Nickelodeon US & UK. Commissioned to write five scripts for series 3 as well as a feature length special episode.
Based on the Belgium and the Netherlands hit series which has run for six seasons.
*2011 BAFTA Children’s Awards Nominee – Best Drama Programme
*2011 RTS North West Nominee – Best Children’s Programme
*2012 Kids Vote BAFTA Nominee
Production
GALAXY PARK (2010)
Company
Studio 100
Notes
Development Work.
Production
BEAR BEHAVING BADLY Series 2 (2008)
Company
Darrall Macqueen
Notes
Pre-school series script commissioned.
Production
KATIE'S PICTURE HOUSE (2008)
Company
New Moon TV & Channel 5
Notes
Pre-school series script commissioned.
Production
JINX (2006-7)
Company
Kindle Entertainment /Nickelodeon
Notes
Producer of pilot episode for new children's series. Later Development Producer for CBBC series.
Production
GROWING PAINS (2007)
Company
Granada TV
Notes
Adult drama series developed with Kieran Roberts.
Production
GIRLS IN LOVE (2005-07)
Company
Granada Kids
Notes
Writer on Series 1 & 2. Series Producer Series 2.
*RTS award winner
*BAFTA nominated
Production
THE NEW WORST WITCH (2005-07)
Company
Granada Kids
Notes
Writer on series 1 and 2
Production
24SEVEN (2002-04)
Company
Granada
Notes
Series Producer series 1. Writer series 1 & 2. Shortlisted for Prix Jeunesse.
Production
BIG MEG LITTLE MEG (2000-02)
Company
Granada
Notes
Co-creator, writer and Series Producer.
Production
CHILDREN'S WARD (1998-99)
Company
Granada Kids
Notes
Series Producer. (Series 12 and 13)
*BAFTA Nominated
Production
GRANGE HILL (1992-96)
Company
BBC
Notes
Writer of several episodes
FILM
Production
Company
Notes
Production
GIRL, MISSING (2013-18)
Company
Creative England
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Di has optioned the film rights to this book written by Sophie McKenzie and the film is in active development with funding from Creative England. She is writing the screenplay and will produce.
Production
PROTECT ME FROM WHAT I WANT (2007)
Company
UKFC/Screen Yorkshire
Notes
Producer of short film.
Production
BOSTON KICKOUT (1995)
Company
Boston Films
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Co-writer. Cinema release in 1996.
*Winner of Valencia Film Festival.
THEATRE
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Company
Notes
Production
VEGETABLE (2007)
Company
24/7 Festival
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Stage Play
*Winner - Best of the Fringe
*Nominated for Manchester Evening News Theatre Award
Production
LEADBELLY BALLING THE BLUES (1995)
Company
One-Step Theatre Company
Notes
Stage play - Producer/Director.
Production
TEECHERS (1995)
Company
Leicester Haymarket Theatre
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Director
Production
OUT IN THE CITY (1992)
Company
Contact Theatre
Notes
Helped the Youth Theatre to devise the play and co-directed.
Production
CASTLEHILL (1992)
Company
Contact Theatre
Notes
A stage play specially written for Youth Theatre.
Production
A QUESTION OF GUILT (1990)
Company
Lyric Hammersmith
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Wrote this stage play for a professional rehearsed reading.
RADIO
Production
Company
Notes
Production
CRIMEWAVES (1994)
Company
BBC Radio
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Children's six part thriller. Commissioned, produced and broadcast by BBC Radio 5, then repeated by Radio 4.
Production
CASTLEHILL (1994)
Company
BBC Radio
Notes
Radio 4 Play.
Production
FLIGHTS OF FANCY (1991)
Company
BBC Radio
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Radio 4 Play
TELEVISION
Production Company Notes
JAMIE JOHNSON Series 3 (2018) Short Form Film Company /CBBC Commissioned to write 3 x 30’ episodes for new series
RUBY & REX (2017-18) Mickey Rogers Media/CBBC Commissioned to write a 30’ live action script based on Diane’s original idea
PJ MASKS Series 3 (2017-18) Frogbox/eOne/Disney Commissioned to write 2 x 11' episodes.
THE WORST WITCH Series 2 (2017) CBBC Commissioned to write 1 x 30' episode.
JAMIE JOHNSON Series 2 (2017) Short Form Film Company /CBBC Commissioned to write 2 x 30' episodes for new series
JAMIE JOHNSON (2016) Short Form Film Company /CBBC Commissioned to write 2 x 30' episodes for new ten part kids drama series.
WORLD'S END Series 2 (2016) CBBC Development work for new series
REALLY WEIRD REMOVALS (2015-16) CBBC Treatment commmission
WORLD'S END (2013-15) CBBC Original drama series commission of 36 x 15 minute episodes broadcast in April and May 2015.
Co-devised and co-written with Danny Spring.
TOPSY AND TIM (2013) Darrall Macqueen Commissioned to write one script of this new pre-school live action show.
*Nominated for Children’s BAFTA and Broadcast Award 2015
HOTEL EVERMOOR (2012-13) Lime Pictures/Disney Co-created teen mystery drama which ran for two series on the Disney Channel.
UNTITLED (2012-13) Lime Pictures Kids/teen comedy/drama projects under option and developed.
HOUSE OF ANUBIS (2009-12) Lime Pictures/Studio 100 Development Producer and Head Writer/Showrunner on Series 1 and 2 of the hit rating new gothic teen drama series which Lime Pictures/Studio 100 have produced for Nickelodeon US & UK. Commissioned to write five scripts for series 3 as well as a feature length special episode.
Based on the Belgium and the Netherlands hit series which has run for six seasons.
*2011 BAFTA Children’s Awards Nominee – Best Drama Programme
*2011 RTS North West Nominee – Best Children’s Programme
*2012 Kids Vote BAFTA Nominee
GALAXY PARK (2010) Studio 100 Development Work.
BEAR BEHAVING BADLY Series 2 (2008) Darrall Macqueen Pre-school series script commissioned.
KATIE'S PICTURE HOUSE (2008) New Moon TV & Channel 5 Pre-school series script commissioned.
JINX (2006-7) Kindle Entertainment /Nickelodeon Producer of pilot episode for new children's series. Later Development Producer for CBBC series.
GROWING PAINS (2007) Granada TV Adult drama series developed with Kieran Roberts.
GIRLS IN LOVE (2005-07) Granada Kids Writer on Series 1 & 2. Series Producer Series 2.
*RTS award winner
*BAFTA nominated
THE NEW WORST WITCH (2005-07) Granada Kids Writer on series 1 and 2
24SEVEN (2002-04) Granada Series Producer series 1. Writer series 1 & 2. Shortlisted for Prix Jeunesse.
BIG MEG LITTLE MEG (2000-02) Granada Co-creator, writer and Series Producer.
CHILDREN'S WARD (1998-99) Granada Kids Series Producer. (Series 12 and 13)
*BAFTA Nominated
GRANGE HILL (1992-96) BBC Writer of several episodes
FILM
Production Company Notes
GIRL, MISSING (2013-18) Creative England Di has optioned the film rights to this book written by Sophie McKenzie and the film is in active development with funding from Creative England. She is writing the screenplay and will produce.
PROTECT ME FROM WHAT I WANT (2007) UKFC/Screen Yorkshire Producer of short film.
BOSTON KICKOUT (1995) Boston Films Co-writer. Cinema release in 1996.
*Winner of Valencia Film Festival.
THEATRE
Production Company Notes
VEGETABLE (2007) 24/7 Festival Stage Play
*Winner - Best of the Fringe
*Nominated for Manchester Evening News Theatre Award
LEADBELLY BALLING THE BLUES (1995) One-Step Theatre Company Stage play - Producer/Director.
TEECHERS (1995) Leicester Haymarket Theatre Director
OUT IN THE CITY (1992) Contact Theatre Helped the Youth Theatre to devise the play and co-directed.
CASTLEHILL (1992) Contact Theatre A stage play specially written for Youth Theatre.
A QUESTION OF GUILT (1990) Lyric Hammersmith Wrote this stage play for a professional rehearsed reading.
RADIO
Production Company Notes
CRIMEWAVES (1994) BBC Radio Children's six part thriller. Commissioned, produced and broadcast by BBC Radio 5, then repeated by Radio 4.
CASTLEHILL (1994) BBC Radio Radio 4 Play.
FLIGHTS OF FANCY (1991) BBC Radio Radio 4 Play