Julian represents both book and script writers across a broad range of subjects and formats. He started as an editor for two academic publishers in the early 1970s before setting up his own publishing company. He set up a literary agency in 1976, later merging with Carole Blake to establish Blake Friedmann. He is not currently taking on new book clients, but his book agent colleagues may be.
He has lectured all over the world on the business of scriptwriting and has published a book called HOW TO MAKE MONEY SCRIPTWRITING: 'This wonderful and accessible book fills in all the gaps. It's full of insights that help writers in the business of screenwriting - a great help to actually get a script sold.' Linda Seger (author of MAKING A GOOD SCRIPT GREAT). His second book - THE INSIDER'S GUIDE TO WRITING FOR TELEVISION - is co-written with Christopher Walker.
He edited two volumes called WRITING LONG-RUNNING TELEVISION SERIES and was the Publisher and Editor of Europe's leading scriptwriting magazine, SCRIPTWRITER. He is Senior Advisor to the London Screenwriters' Festival, and is also acting as an Executive Producer on several feature films.
He was born in South Africa in 1944 and came to live in London in 1961. He has degrees from the University of York (Philosophy/Politics BAs) and an MA from the School of Oriental & African Studies. He was thrown out of LSE while doing a PhD because he didn't tell them he also had a full-time job in publishing.
Book clients include: Paul Ashton, Andy Briggs, Caroline Buchanan, Estate of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Andrew Cartmel, David Docherty, Daniel Martin Eckhart, Paul Finch, Lucy Hay, Muriel Macleod, Estate of Netta Muskett, Patrick Nash, Garry O'Connor, Stephen Oppenheimer, Simon Passmore, Alex Scarrow, Jeremy Scott.
Film/TV clients include: Charudutt Acharya, Estate of Gilbert Adair, Paul Ashton, Andy Briggs, Ross Devenish, David Docherty, Daniel Martin Eckhart, Paul Finch, Steve Hawes, Lucy Hay, Tom Kinninmont, Greg Latter, Paul Mousley, Simon Passmore, Smoking Guns Productions, Jessica Townsend, Paul Usher.