Thais M. Sher - Screen-Writer/ Gagwriter/ Sketch writer/ Comedy Writer / Broadcaster.
She is member of Equity, Writer's Guild GB/WGGB, Sound Women, The Radio Academy and is Senior Associate Member of the RSM/ Royal Society of Medicine.
Thais'/ Ms. Sher's main focus in her Writing Work/ Work is Comedy/ Ent. related... esp. Comedy.
She has so far Written roughly 4-5000 +(approx) Original Gags/ Gags for various Shows/ Formats (BBC, mainly), various Sketches, both Satirical as well as Non-Topical/ Non-Satirical, Screenplays, other Comedy Formats, incl 'One-offs', various Treatments for Comedy/ Ent. Show Formats, Original 'Musical Theatre' ideas/ Treatments, and is now trying her hand at Writing Sitcom...
(In Negotiation / Progress with BBC, ITV, C4, C5, Sky)....
This is all 'good Practice' and she's been told by various within the Industry- various Mentors to 'Hone my Gags, to Write for as many different Shows as possible + as many different - She sometimes wishes 'Gagwriting' was slightly better Paid, however !-
Alongside this, she also Works as a Broadcaster/ Presenter / Producer/ Executive Producer....
She heads her Production/ Distribution Co. (Epoch Ent. / Logos Prods).
Thais / Ms. Sher is also arranging a slate of quite exciting 'Production Projects' on the Theme of 'Comedy' alongside.... These include:
- A Documentary Project / Series - Looking at various aspects of Comedy-- The 'Scientific aspects of Comedy / Laughter' + Philosophic, too.... with a 'Special emphasis' on 'The Healing aspects of Comedy/ Laughter'....
She now has over 250-300+ very leading individuals and Organisations 'on -board' as Interviewees or Consultants and has already been able to carry out a number of Interesting Interviews (as Broadcaster).
(In Negotiation with BBC, ITV, C4, C5, Sky, Dave, Gold, etc)-
- A Documentary Project / Series- looking at various Satirical Aspects of Comedy-
- A Entertainment Show/ Format idea - Panel Show / Talent Show Contest- with a 'Comedy ' Theme to it, rather than Music or Pop- -- with special 'emphasis' on 'The importance of 'Freedom of Speech' through Comedy....
(In Negotiation with BBC, ITV, C4, C5, Sky, Dave, Gold, etc)-
- A 'Woody Allen' Themed Prom (In Negotiation)/ A possible 'Barbra Streisand' Themed Prom.- BBC.
- Possible Recorded 'Stand-up' Shows (Recorded) and this relates more so to her Work as Producer/ Exec. However, she has also offered to Write Material/ Gags/ Show Script for these Shows.
..... All 'In Working Progress'...............
Having has always loved Writing from a very young age, as well as having always been an avid reader and digester of all sorts of books from youth......Everything from Fairy Tales to Philosophy.....
Becoming a Professional Writer of some kind, was always inevitable for her.....
Throughout life, from Childhood, she would also immerse herself in Classic Film/s and Comedy and now realizes that all these Great scenes viewed in Childhood, whether that have been Fawlty Towers or The Pythons, or Pete and Dud, such forth, or Films by for instance, Powell and Pressburger, Polanski or Woody Allen, must have highly influenced her Writing, now, slightly later on in life!...
She started writing Screen-plays from the age of around 21yrs, when she first developed and adapted Tolstoy’s short Story, ‘Ivan the Fool’ for Feature Animation – She had read Tolstoy’s Short Stories as a Child and was so taken with these Fables/Fairy Tales, she used to keep a copy of them by her bed-side! This is currently in Production/ early Production, with quite a ‘starry’ Cast and Artistic line up!....
Michael Gambon had agreed to Narrate the piece more or less as soon as the Script had been finished and she is also in talks with the Talented French Animator, Slyvain Chomet to help Direct and ‘Bring it to life’….
She has since Written for Documentary Projects and has been asked to try her hand at Writing Gags/ Has been asked by the HIGNFY (Have I got News for you) team to 'hone' her 'Gagwriting'- That is a 'great show' to write for and since putting her energies and focus towards writing for that particular show, It is now the Gagwriting and Satirical Comedy that she now places a large proportion of her ‘Writing Life’, towards. She will also hopefully continue to be asked to write more and more additional material for other Chat Shows here in the UK-
She has also been asked to write more and more additional material for other Chat Shows here in the UK- e.g. for The JR (Jonathan Ross Show) and GN Show (Graham Norton Show)- .
As far as Writing for Satirical TV Shows, she has also been asked to Write for other 'Satirical' based vehicles , incl. the Publication, 'Private Eye'.
Alongside, she has been busy conjuring up various other ideas, concepts, Treatments, Gags, Sketches and Screen-plays for both BBC Radio and TV Comedy, Drama, Feature Film and Documentary.
Probably Comedy/Comedy Writing does ‘come as a Major Priority’ for Thais, but as far as Documentary goes, the main Project she is focusing in upon is
Alongside this, being an Epilepsy sufferer and having gone for far too many years without proper diagnosis (continual seizures and near 3 years of total sleep deprivation, until she was more formally diagnosed, she feels it important that she at some point contributes towards a documentary (either for Radio or Television on Epilepsy and De ja vu and indeed how the Condition can be wildly mis-understood)!.... Saying that, this Project is very much 'later down the list' as it is.... Thais'/ Ms. Sher's main focus is her Work in or relating to Comedy/ Ent. ....Esp. her Documentary Project/s relating to looking at the various Scientific + Philosophic aspects of Comedy / Laughter, particularly the 'Healing aspects of Comedy and Laughter'.!...
She has many aspirations for the future- she would love to not only realize the majority of all the various projects she is further developing, but also perhaps have the opportunity to write for some of the other Shows in the Industry- Though she focuses most of all on her Comedy Writing, She’d love to further develop and realize those Hollywood Screen-plays, Ideas for Disney (which she has been busily working on, various outlines for which!- one Original Screenplay idea she ironically originally came up with around 20yrs ago!).-Possibly some more 'Grown up' or non 'Children's Themed' Screenplays, also. She’d also love possibly having the chance to write for an American Comedy show such as ‘The Simpsons’. Other UK Shows, such as the UK Muppet Show/Puppet Game show, if the opportunity arises (strangely enough, that particular show and it’s format was an idea that came to Thais’ mind many years back, with many of the same games on display- “It was rather Surreal when I saw the 1st episode…..It was exactly what I had in my mind, but I’ve learnt to Copyright ideas, here on!...at least I’m on the ‘right wavelength’/ ‘same wavelength’ as much of the Ind.!”….She would also be thrilled to at some point have the chance to help a Screenplay of one of the future ‘Narnia’ Film Franchises/ The Chronicles of….! ….... Perhaps some of her favorite books within all of Literature, even if it is a Children's series!.....
She works extremely diligently/ hard- In-fact, leaves herself no time nor energy to either properly socialize!- But enjoys writing beyond belief and feels a constant (but healthy) compulsion to continually get ideas and Gags esp. down onto paper!- Gag writing is in itself quite a 'discipline'!. She feels she has an enormous amount of work to ‘catch up’ on/with/to fulfill, etc!.....
Work to Date Includes:
2005- Adapted ‘Ivan the Fool’ for Feature Animation- Currently, Michael Gambon shall be Narrating this project. Written 3x versions- at 30mins, 60mins and 90mins. In Negotiation with various TV Networks/Studios- Incl. BBC/ ITV/C4/ Disney, etc.
2005- ‘ Adapted Colin Wilson’s ‘Spider World’ for TV– Co-Writer with Colin. Series length. (In Discussions!).
2008- Continues developing other ideas for Radio, TV, Film and Writing various Treatments for all these Mediums. Both in the Fields of Documentary, Drama and Comedy.
Writing Gags, Sketches, Satire, Sitcom ideas/Dialogue. (In Progress/ Negotiation).
-Completed an adaptation for Radio and Stage of Tolstoy’s ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’- Originally written for R3. Edited/Written at 60mins and another version at 90mins. (In Negotiation with various Networks).
2011- Asked to write Gags by HIGNFY/ Starts Writing Gags for this Show- 2011- Present...
2012- Written and Presented a Documentary for BBC World Service, ‘Heart and Soul’, entitled ‘Etty’, which had a very good listening/listeningship and good feed-back/response by Ind. and Audiences. (Broadcast Nov 2012, WS)-
2013- Continues developing other ideas for Radio, TV, Film.
2014- Gagwriting for various UK Shows.
-Has begun development work on a few Hollywood Screen-play outlines- These incl. a few Treatments and Script outlines for Disney/Pixar. ( In Development/ In Negotiation). Approx. 90-120mins.
-Possible other adaptation of a Novel, also with a WWII Theme,- 'Winter' by Len Deighton (?) (In Development Negotiation). Full Cast+Crew TBC.Approx. 90-120mins.
-An Adaptation of ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’ for TV (Various Channels are options)(In Development/Negotiation). Good Cast Line Up- . Michael Pennington (attached), Alex Jennings (attached), Thais Sher (attached). Sacha Puttnam to Compose (In negotiations), Full Cast+Crew TBC. Approx. Version Written at 90mins and 120mins.
-Continues to develop other ideas and Treatments for the World of Comedy+ Entertainment, alongside a few others for Documentary +Drama.
-Developing another Radio Concept for either R3 or R4,/R2,3,4,4Extra,WS. or possibly another channel- This is a concept I wrote a Treatment for in 2006, but hopefully now have a chance to more 'fully' develop!-given time, and the right opportunity and 'slot' in a schedule---'Dinner Party Guests'/'The Dinner Party'(Working Titles)- similar to 'Desert Island Discs'/'Private Passions' format but with participants choosing their 'ideal' dinner party guests, (either 'dead of alive', if that makes sense (!)), up to six guests- anyone from Freud, Menuhin, Yo Yo Ma, Henri Matisse, Ghandi and Charlie Chaplin- so either from history of their Contemporaries!.(In Development/ In Negotiation).
-Documentaries in Development cover subject matter from Comedy, to more Scientific topics.
- Comedy Documentaries in Development, include Programs to examine, 'What is Comedy', 'The possible Healing Effects of Comedy', 'How Comedy Differs in Different Parts of the World',
(In Negotiation with various Networks).
For the more 'Scientific' related Documentaries, am also in Talks with 'The Wellcome Foundation.
Possible Documentary on Satire/ - Other aspects of Satire not already mentioned here.
Possible Documentaries on other aspects of Comedy- Not already mentioned here (!)- For further down the line, WTS!
.......-Another possible Documentary for Radio- 'A Clinical/MedicalCaseStudy of various Cases of Wine/Why Wine so much?/Wine no more?/ Stop your Wining!? /Wine-An international 'Case Study'.. .(TBC)- This Documentary rather a 'jokey' one (for 'Comic effect'!) but may have some Medical Validation--(This idea will more than likely not be going ahead-- Thais' main focus is her Documentary Work and Work looking at the 'Scientific aspects + Philosophic aspects of Comedy/ Laughter'- esp. The 'Healing aspects of' Comedy....
-Also, possibly a Documentary on/for the current state of the UK Psychiatric system- it’s major ‘pitfalls’, etc. (Treatment for this was originally outlined in 2008). (In Development).
-Writing Various Comedy / Treatments+ Outlines for Sitcom, for instance, an idea for James Corden- A Sitcom idea with a Tattoo Parlour / Circus Theme, (In Development/In Negotiation) (various channels are options).
Also, a ‘Cruise Comedy’, Written for BBC Radio and for Jack Dee. – Inspired originally and also by ‘The Shipping Forecast’. As well as other Comedy ideas. R2/R4/R4.Extra/ WS/R4- (In Negotiations). Radio Comedy Draft- Approx. 60-90mins
-She has been asked to continue writing various other Comedy Sketches- and also, to keep Writing Satirical based material for Rory Bremner+ Colleagues- hopefully some of it will be usable in time /series to come!.... /Vera/ Approx. Material Written thus far:120mins or so.
Rory Bremner-An hour of Satire (x2 at 120mins). ,'25yrs Satirical_Retrospective in_Politics'
'Looking_back_25yrs in Politics,A Generation in Politics','Taking a Satirical Look Back at25yrs AGeneration
of Politics,etc.(TV/Radio)( In Development + Negotiation)(Possibly another Impressionist/RoryB).
Continues to write many Gags- e.g. HIGNFY- Hattrick/ BBC1 etc….Has been asked to write Gags for this show and also invited to write some additional Material / Gags for the JR show and GN Show, UK....
She has penned now well over 4-5,000+ 'usable' Gags......
Alongside her Writing Work, she also works as an Executive Producer and Actress/ Presenter.
She is London Based.
Agent: TBC Representative: Epoch Ent. Ltd: www.EpochEntertainment.co.uk
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