Johnny Smith

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Film, TV & Theatre

Film, TV & Theatre

Johnny Smith is an experienced animation and live action screenwriter.

He has recently adapted the Cornelia Funke novel DRAGON RIDER for Constantin Films. He has also recently completed a new animated feature film for FunnyFlux.

Working alongside Rob Sprackling 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. They 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 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.

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 recent revival of the classic series DANGER MOUSE 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.

Johnny is represented by Charlie Ferraro at UTA in the USA. He is a member of the WGA (West).

 

In Development

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THE INVISIBLE BOY

2019

Unstoppable Film and Television/Sony

DRAGON RIDER

2017

Constantin Film

Film

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THE QUEEN’S CORGI

2019

nWave Studios

UK release on July 5th 2019

GNOMEO & JULIET

2011

Disney

Original screenplay and story for feature-length animation. Worldwide release in February 2011, the film has taken $200m worldwide.
* 2011 BAFTA Children’s Awards – Kids’ Vote Nominee

MIKE BASSETT: ENGLAND MANAGER

2001

Hallmark

UK Number 1 British hit, starring Ricky Tomlinson.
“This sports satire is arguably the best football film ever made, and unarguably the funniest." Radio Times.

Television

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THE HAPPOS FAMILY

2016

Spider Eye Productions

4 x 2 min scripts for new animated children’s show on Boomerang

DANGERMOUSE

2015

CBBC

Showrunner of the new series reviving the orginal

WANDA AND THE ALIEN

2014

Wish Films/ Komixx

Two ten minute scripts for this animated pre-school
series on Channel 5

BRADLEY AND BEE

2014

Red Kite Animation

Two episodes, series bible and additional ‘punch up’ material for the series

WIBBLY PIG

2010 - 2014

CBeebies/Wish Films

10 episodes
Based on the popular books by Mick Inkpen

DENNIS AND GNASHER

2009

Red Kite Animation for CBBC

Three episodes for series 4

MUDDLE EARTH

2006

BBC

Lead writer on CBBC animation series – edited and polished scripts for all 26 episodes and wrote a core block.
Based on the popular books by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell starring David Jason.
*2011 BAFTA Children’s Awards Nominee – Best Animation Programme

MIKE BASSETT: MANAGER

2005

ITV

Wrote and produced six part TV spin-off from the feature film.

CAPTAIN BUTLER

1997

Channel 4

Conceived and wrote six part comedy series.

LOGGERHEADS

1996

Absolutely Productions

1 episode of Animated comedy series.

THE ANIMAL SHOW

1994

Jim Henson Productions

Series contributor

Books

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 2015.