John Rooney












John became a full-time screenwriter in 1996 when a serious illness forced him to give up his job as an advertising copywriter. In the space of five years he had three features optioned and three short films produced, the first of which was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award.

In 2001 he was selected for the prestigious Moonstone screenwriters lab – an intensive one-week workshop run in association with Sundance. There he received one-on-one mentoring from the likes of Troy Kennedy Martin (The Italian Job) and Susan Shilliday (Legends Of The Fall). In 2003 he was fortunate enough to be selected again, becoming the only writer to ever attend twice.

In 2004 he got his big break when STV commissioned High Times – a six part comedy-drama set in a block of high-rise flats. The show won Best Drama Series at the 2004 BAFTA Scotland awards, beating off competition from network shows such as Taggart, Sea of Souls and Monarch of the Glen. The following year, the show was nominated for the prestigious Rose d’Or and Prix Italia awards. A second series was commissioned which was also received well. It went on to be nominated for a Royal Television Society award.

To date, he has written seven feature-length scripts, five of which have been optioned at one time or another. He is currently working on his eighth – an adaptation of Robert Burns’ epic poem, Tam o’ Shanter. The project will be a co-production between two of the UK’s most successful comedy production companies – Baby Cow and Absolutely.

He has several other projects in various stages of development and recently sold a series format to CBS.