Ian Macdonald is Research Director, Louis Le Prince Centre, University of Leeds. He started his media career working in the information departments of the BBC, the Independent Broadcasting Authority and the British Film Institute. He worked in London Weekend TV’s Entertainment Department for seven years as researcher and Associate Producer, on such shows as Clive James on TV and The Trouble with Michael Caine (Gold Medal, New York Film and TV Festival). He was Head of Training at the North East Media Training Centre, Gateshead in the early 1990s; and Head of the Northern Film School at Leeds Metropolitan University from 1992 to 2001. A founder member of the Association of Media Practice Educators, which he served as Chairman from 2002 to 2004, Ian Macdonald is also a member of the Higher Education Academy. He now teaches and researches media practice, in particular screenwriting, and he has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as The Journal of Media Practice, and The Journal of British Cinema and Television.