Brendan Foley is an award-winning writer of TV Drama, Feature Films and best-sellers. He has also produced and directed feature films.
In TV DRAMA Brendan’s recent work includes Cold Courage, a Nordic Noir thriller series for Lionsgate, Viaplay and Luminoir, chosen as one of Variety’s top picks for MIPTV. The series was shot in Finland, UK, Ireland and Belgium in 2019 and was chosen for the Panorama selection at Series Mania 2020.
Brendan is also creating a new 1920s TV detective series, Inspector French, working with Free@Last TV, the producers of Emmy nominated hit series Agatha Raisin. Inspector French was developed with support from BBC and Northern Ireland Screen based on the rights to 20 bestsellers from the golden age of detective novels by Agatha Christie’s favourite crime author, FW Crofts;
Brendan recently also completed the pilot script for Tipping Point, a new contemporary eco-thriller series by his Finnish friends at Luminoir, Matila Rohr and pan-nordic streamer Viaplay; Also with Luminoir and Nordic streamer ELISA is a new series The Man Who Died, a dark comedy in the vein of the Coen Brothers with Brendan writing the series based on Antti Tuomainen’s hit black comedy crime novel.
Judgement Day, a legal-crime series set against the world of Death Row. Developed alongside Britain’s leading Media finance company Ingenious, and EP Patrick Irwin, it is now with Exec Producer Steve Pearlman (Once Upon a Time, ER) who is based at ABC in LA.
Brendan works regularly with China’s biggest TV producer, Croton Huace Media, including on Age of Heroes, a new international action-fantasy series based on Chinese and Celtic mythology; as well as a modern psychological crime series currently under wraps. Brendan has also worked in China with Alibaba Group’s streaming giant Youku. He is also a past Juror for the International Emmys in Shanghai and London 2017-2020.
Brendan’s project Fairytale Detective, a funny, quirky fantasy crime series, was developed with assistance from the UK High End TV Council and chosen as part of the MIPTV 2020 development showcase in Cannes.
Under the Wire, a mini-series on WWII POW ‘escape-artists’ developed with CBC, NI Screen and Canadian co-producer Dream Street, is based on Brendan’s own Random House bestseller.
Previously he wrote the pilot for drama series Dr Feelgood for Monday TV, Denmark and co-created hit international children’s animation Shelldon and Byrdland for NBC, Shellhut and others with Shelly Goldstein. They both ran for multiple seasons in more than 60 countries.
Brendan’s past FEATURE FILMS include multi-festival winning action drama Johnny Was (Sony), thriller The Riddle (Image Entertainment / Mail on Sunday) with 2.6 million DVDs, and TV movie Legend of the Bog (Lionsgate). They starred Sir Derek Jacobi, Vinnie Jones, Vanessa Redgrave, Roger Daltrey and others.
New Features in active development include WWII epic Soldier Bear, with FilmPolska, Umedia and Platige Image, and The Warrior with T&B Thailand. Brendan’s work has been backed for development and production by NI Screen (UK home of Game of Thrones), Irish Film Board, Danish Film Institute, Creative Europe and IDM Film Fund Italy.
In BOOKS, Brendan wrote the POW Great Escape bestseller Under The Wire (Random House) which reached Number one on Amazon UK’s War and Biography charts. His latest book is Archerfield (Caledonian Heritable), an epic spanning 16,000 years in one square mile of Scotland.
As well as working for leading production companies, Brendan sometimes PRODUCES features and TV under the banner of The Proper Picture Company, alongside exec producer Gavin James (Alexander) and line producer Ned Dowd (Apocalypto, King Arthur).
Prior to working in film, TV and books, Brendan’s award-winning features JOURNALISM covered business, the environment and conflict in 77 countries. He also ran his own corporate print and video consultancy which won the PR Week Award three times. Corporate clients included Texaco, Chevron, Hawker-Siddeley, Tata Steel and Coca-Cola.
Brendan is an Honorary Life Member of the National Union of Journalists; a Fellow and Life Member of the Institute of Internal Communications; and a full member of the Writers Guild GB. He is represented by Robert Kirby of United Agents, a recent UK Agent of the Year.
Check out some of Brendan’s past work below , featuring Roger Daltrey, Sir Derek Jacobi, Vinnie Jones, Vanessa Redgrave and more.
Below: Brendan on location by the River Thames with Sir Derek Jacobi on The Riddle.