Holly Lyons, Presenter
Holly Lyons is a writer and script producer with extensive experience in Australia and the UK. She has worked for Home and Away (Network Seven) as script producer and script editor, and is currently a freelance writer for the show. Other credits include: Neighbours (Fremantle), The Skinner Boys and Sam Fox Extreme Adventures (SLR Productions), Dani’s House (The Foundation), Bananas in Pyjamas (Southern Star), My Parents are Aliens (ITV), Fireman Sam (HIT), Buzz Bumble (Blue Rocket) and Kuu Kuu Harajuku (Moody Street Productions). Holly’s play Space Virgins was a finalist in the Australian Theatre For Young People Foundation Commission.
In the UK, Holly co-created the action comedy, Help! I’m a Teenage Outlaw (ITV). She also script edited Emmerdale, an ITV prime time soap, and later became staff writer. Holly’s worked on Crossroads (ITV) as series script executive. She wrote the pilot script for the animated series, Hana’s Helpline (Five UK) and wrote the pilot for Horrid Henry (Novel Entertainment), based on the books by Francesca Simon. Holly was selected to attend an European Broadcasting Union course, where her original series was awarded the prize of €15,000 and a development deal with the BBC. Holly also worked as a development executive for Granada Kids in London.
Holly loves supporting emerging writers – she lectures in screenwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and is the founder of the script assessment service Screenwriting Scriptease. Holly volunteers on the Australian Writers’ Guild NSW Committee. Holly conducted a biometric study into what key elements makes a successful pitch, and since then she has delivered pitching workshops all over Australia. Holly often acts as a juror for numerous Australian Writers Guild competitions. Recently Holly harnessed her flair for public speaking and became a marriage celebrant.
Holly teaches Screenwriting for Television.