Wild Words is a collaboration between Harriet Meier and Julie Hall. Both are award-winning stalwarts of the SA film and television industry. Both have worked in multiple aspects of film and television production but they are primarily writers and content creators at heart. Their experience in the content creation field encompasses years of writing, head writing, story and script editing and story lining, while they have also built a solid reputation in training (both of writers and audio describers in access media). They have also fought for the rights of creatives and screenwriters through the Writers' Guild of South Africa (WGSA) and the South African Screen Federation (SASFED), both of which were chaired by Harriet Meier for a number of years. Through Wild Words, Hall and Meier aim to create profitable and equitable working partnerships with creatives and producers to generate the high quality of creative content South Africa is capable of, yet is often unable to deliver due to unrealistic constraints and timelines.
Working with creatives
Hall and Meier act as creative producers for the company. They will create IP and in-source/option IP created by other writers, and oversee and guide the creative development of these selected projects. Working in close conjunction with the marketing division, they will find the right producing home and deal for such creative projects, ensuring that the rights and best interests of the writer are kept central to the deal.
Working with producers
For producers looking to develop their own projects to the highest potential, Wild Words will function as a development arm. We will work with your writer, or will source the best writer for the project, and will come in at any stage of the process, from inception to polishing.
For television series, Wild Words offers an outsourced script department service, which can include contracting of the writers and all the payment and administration functions. In full consultation with the producer, Wild Words will source the best writing team to suit the series. Wild Words will function as Executive Story Head overseeing the Headwriter and the team. Based on the series, Wild Words will create a schedule and system for the development process, and will make recommendations on how to make the team function at the most optimum level.
One of the benefits of the Wild Words system is the support that is given to Head Writers. Very often, head writers are saddled with an enormous amount of administrative work and also have to wrangle writers. The Wild Words system aims to keep things running smoothly and enable the Head Writer to oversee everything, but keep their main focus on the creative voice and excellence of the scripts.
Developing emerging talent
The creative producers will also oversee the Wild Words Incubator, a sponsored division of the company which will work with emerging creatives, helping them to develop their talent and projects to a point where they are ready for production and dispersion, both of which can be done in-house depending on the sponsorship agreement.
Create IP – either specifically for clients, or on a speculative basis.
Find and option/in-source speculative IP from other writers and creatives.
Shape and guide the development of all projects into world class entertainment in conjunction with the Content Heads.
Function as Showrunners on Wild Words projects during the production stage.
Oversee the Wild Words Incubator, a sponsored company division where emerging talent and projects are developed from initial idea to projects ready for marketing and broadcast.
Oversee development on various film, television, web series and corporate content projects.
Recruit and run teams of writers.
Conduct or facilitate training of writers as necessary for specific projects.
Conduct training and development for the Wild Words Incubator.
Meet The Team
Julie Hall is a screenwriter, story consultant, lecturer, creative producer and voice-over artist. Julie has worked extensively in television as a writer, storyliner or headwriter. In 2005, an invitation to train as a Story Editor with the Sediba programme saw her expand into feature films. Julie has worked as Story Editor on multiple projects, including commercial break-outs like Hard To Get, Happiness Is A 4 Letter Word, Keeping Up With the Kandasamys and Kandasamys: The Wedding. As a screenwriter she has written Zulu Wedding (Winner of best Narrative Film at the Pan African Film Festival and No 3 at the SA Box Office after its opening weekend), The Dam, and Magic & Mining. She is currently working on the script for an animation feature film called Hidden Star. As a lecturer and course facilitator, she has worked on the NFVF Sediba-SPARK programme since its inception, and has served as Discipline Chair of Screenwriting for AFDA Johannesburg from 2014 to date.
An award winning writer/producer/showrunner and published author who has had two of her motion picture scripts produced and sold 3 of her TV series internationally, Harriet Meier rides a thin line between being a creative and a business woman. She was treasurer of the Writers' Guild of South Africa for two years and chaired the organisation for another four years, and also chaired the SA Screen Federation for two years. She has always been in the forefront of the fight for writers' rights and fair remuneration, and is passionate about bringing Africa's stories to the world market. She is one of only two South Africans endorsed by Audio Description Associates in the USA to train people locally in Audio Description, an access medium which makes film and TV accessible to visually impaired persons.