Janet Fillingham Associates (jfa) was set up in 1992 and celebrates its 25th year as an independent boutique literary agency in 2017.
Our clients work across film and television drama, comedy drama and animation in the UK and overseas as well as theatre including musical theatre. We look after both well established and newer writers, directors and composers and are known for nurturing and career management. We’re as happy plugging a gap on an existing brand at short notice as we are working on a slower burn passion project, always aiming to match a client to the projects for which they’re best suited and vice versa.
Janet Fillingham has a passionate belief in the power of storytelling to inform, educate and entertain and loves being an ambassador and a broker for her writer and director clients. Before setting up jfa in 1992, Janet spent 13 years at Anthony Sheil Associates where she talent-spotted Sue Townsend whose iconic SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 ¾ started life as an audition piece. Delights from jfa years have included emotionally searing BUMPING THE ODDS; campaigning drama-doc STARDUST; thumbs-up-for-girls pre-school TILLY AND FRIENDS; the return of rumbustious and larger-than-life Sir Robert MERIVEL whose television journey is still to come; affirmative action radio/stage play DUSTY WON’T PLAY; and many compelling moments of continuing drama.
Projects in 2017 include: Lucy Burke’s GLITTER PUNCH at the Assembly Rooms/ Edinburgh Fringe; an original comedy series HOLD THE SUNSET from Charles McKeown for BBC1 starring John Cleese and Alison Steadman; Tina Pepler adapting Joy Chambers’ WW2 epic NONE BUT THE BRAVE as a tv mini-series; Rose Tremain adapting two of her novels THE ROAD HOME and TRESPASS for television; and Paul Walker Series Producing continuing drama RED ROCK (TV3, Ireland).
Kate Weston joined jfa as an agent in 2010 and is the principal agent in theatre and live performance. She is driven by a desire to speak up for the people who initiate the creative process – the innovative writers, directors and composers who develop ideas to energise and inspire. Prior to jfa for over 20 years she represented, managed or produced high profile musical artistes, notably Elaine Paige, and writers, creatives and presenters, including Anne Robinson, who were working on West End and Broadway productions, international tours and broadcast shows worldwide. Key moments included working with Elaine Paige and Marvin Hamlisch on WETA’s IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE (Showstoppers: A Salute to Broadway); and on the premiere of Western musical theatre in China with Elaine Paige (at The Great Hall of the People in Beijing) MASTERPIECE: THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER (concert & dvd).
Highlights with jfa are productions at Exeter Northcott Theatre directed by Paul Jepson and British musical theatre produced internationally such as TOMORROW MORNING by Laurence Mark Wythe and adaptations I CAPTURE THE CASTLE, book & lyrics by Teresa Howard, and ANGELA’S ASHES by Howell & Hurt. 2017 brings exciting projects: TALES OF BIRBAL (Mashi Theatre) by Sayan Kent, Pete Flood’s pioneering compositions (Platform 4), new musical productions DANGEROUS DAUGHTERS by Annemarie Lewis Thomas & Nick Stimson and CREATIVES (Irvine Welsh & Don De Grazia) with music and lyrics by Laurence Mark Wythe.
jfa are members of the Personal Managers Association and the Musical Theatre Network.