Jessica BrookmanScreenwriter

Jessica Brookman is a writer based in Melbourne. Most recently, Jessica wrote and script edited the first season of Rock Island Mysteries (Network 10 / Nickelodeon / Fremantle Media). Rock Island Mysteries was nominated for Best Children’s Program at the 2022 AACTA awards. She has written and script edited for the International Emmy Award and BAFTA-winning series Nowhere Boys for Matchbox Pictures and the ABC, and was script editor on the Nowhere Boys feature, The Book of Shadows. Jessica also wrote for The Secret Daughter, which was nominated for a Screen Producers Award for Best Drama Series Production of the Year in 2018 and first and second season of YA series Itch, produced by Komixx International.

Jessica got her start as a writer on the long-running television drama series Neighbours with Fremantle Media, working as storyliner, story editor and script writer. While writing for Neighbours she also script edited the independent feature film The Caretaker, which won Best International Feature at Buffalo Screams Horror Fest, Best Feature at Seattle True Independent Film Festival and Best Feature at DC Independent Film Festival, Washington in 2012.

In 2019 Jessica was selected to take part in Scripted Ink’s Showcase of Australia’s Best Writers to Hollywood and in 2018 Jessica won a placement in the highly competitive Scripted Ink/Screentime Hothouse Initiative. Alongside the slate of television projects Jessica has developed, she regularly collaborates with fellow writer Eloise Healey. Together they are developing numerous projects including Dead Horse Well with Screen Australia funding and their unproduced pilot script Black Creek is supported through the Australian Writer’s Guild Pathways Initiative and Shane Brennan’s Scripted Ink.

Jessica graduated from UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting in 2012 and was nominated for the Nate Wilson Award for Most Promising Student. She is also working on her debut novel in her spare time.

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