Johnny Smith is an experienced animation and live action screenwriter. As one half of Sprackling and Smith, the comedy screenwriting team, he has sold numerous original feature film scripts in the UK and in Hollywood, including Disney's box office hit GNOMEO & JULIET, nominated for an Annie Award in 2012. Sprackling and Smith also wrote the top 5 grossing UK feature film MIKE BASSETT: ENGLAND MANAGER, writing and exec-producing the TV series spin off for ITV.
They are currently working on the sequel MIKE BASSETT: INTERIM MANAGER in development with Riley Productions /BFI and a brand new, original feature commission for Aardman Animation. Johnny and Rob have recently completed development work on ANIMAL FARM for Andy Serkis at the Imaginarium Studios. They have also been commissioned to work on a family feature with Fox Animation, and are working on a feature rewrite for Mosvold Studios. They have just started work on a new animated feature based on their original script with nWave Studios. In a solo capacity Johnny is working with Constantin Film on a book-to-film adaptation as well as writing on an animated children's series with Spider Eye Productions. He has recently started development work on a new animated feature film for FunnyFlux.
For television, Johnny worked on the new series of DENNIS AND GNASHER for Red Kite Animation, for whom he has also written the pilot scripts for a new animated series. He also worked on the forthcoming revival of the classic series DANGERMOUSE for the BBC and has written scripts for Wish Film and Komixx. His previous credits include lead writer on MUDDLE EARTH and multiple episodes of WIBBLY PIG, both for the BBC.
On the book side, Johnny has a four book deal with Scholastic for JOHN SMITH IS NOT BORING!, a series of children's books. The first two books, CAP'N JOHN THE (SLIGHTLY) FIERCE and SIR JOHN THE (MOSTLY) BRAVE, were published in April 2015, and the second two, SHERIFF JOHN THE (PARTLY) WILD and SPACEMAN JOHN THE (NEARLY) BOLD, were published in July.
Johnny is represented in the UK by Gemma Hirst Associates and by Charlie Ferraro at UTA in the USA. He is a member of the WGA (West).
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