The Writers’ Company represents writers, producers, directors and script editors across television, film, theatre and radio.
The agency was founded in April 2006 by Ligeia Marsh and Nick Barron joined in 2008. Both previously worked for a number of years at one of London’s leading literary agencies, The Agency. Bee Cecil joined as The Writers’ Company Assistant in 2012.
As a small agency, we have the time to take a hands-on approach with our clients, offering them a unique level of guidance and personal service. We always have time to read and discuss clients’ work and you will always be able to get one of us on the phone. We have excellent, productive and friendly relationships with producers, broadcasters, film companies and theatres.
Our aim is to be approachable, professional and efficient at all times when promoting our clients’ work and negotiating deals.
Ligeia set up the Writers’ Company in 2006 after working for some years as a literary agent at The Agency London Ltd. Previously, she worked as a learning support assistant at a small school in Wandsworth and in an actors’ agency where her primary responsibility was running the Richard O’Sullivan fan club. Armed with a rubber stamp and 10 x 8’s and less than adequate typing skills, Ligeia felt the pull of backstage show business and gathered many amusing and often inappropriate theatrical anecdotes during this time. In 1999, Ligeia went to work as an assistant to Bethan Evans to whom she owes her career and who also put up with her raw office skills and raucous laughter. Ligeia loves looking after her list and enjoys hands on personal management, which sounds much ruder than it actually is. She is always looking for emerging and experienced writers, producers and directors. She still has barely adequate typing skills.
Nick began his career at RDF before making the move into drama, joining Kudos Film & TV as their in-house runner. There, he specialised in making lots of tea and bulk buying Badoit for the people producing SPOOKS and LIFE ON MARS. As a trade off, they taught him a huge amount about production and especially about working with writers. It was there he learned about agenting – a job with a creative and a business side that didn’t involve standing in a field on location all day? Yes please. He joined The Agency in 2005, working first with Ligeia before moving to assist Bethan Evans and working with writers like Paul Abbott, Sally Wainwright and personal hero Russell T Davies. He was made a junior agent in 2008 and joined The Writers’ Company as an agent later that year. Nick looks after writers, producers and script editors in TV, film and theatre with a preference for drama, although he’s not averse to comedy if it is actually funny.
Bee joined The Writers’ Company in 2012 and is responsible for making sure the TWC train is running smoothly and efficiently both on and offline. This may include fixing Ligeia’s I.T issues which are often solved with a plug into socket and switch on. She is also the primary contact for play leasings, diary management and new submissions, and most importantly, making sure our clients get paid. Meticulous by nature, Bee often spends her nights endlessly making ‘to do’ lists in her mind for the day ahead from which she gets immense pleasure. In her spare time, you can find Bee playing piano or swinging from a trapeze.