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David Bloom

David grew up in London and after studying at Leeds, a Fulbright award took him to the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. His career started as an Editorial Assistant at
Picador in New York. In his spare time he also produced and presented his own public access cable TV show, “Publisher’s Lunch Box”. When his visa ran out he returned to England, working as a Semiotic Consultant before joining Ogilvy Advertising. Over four years he helped create some of Britain’s best-loved ads, culminating in winning a D&AD pencil and Unilever Global Campaign of the Year
for the Comfort ‘Cloth Family’. He left advertising to follow his first love, comedy, and spent the next few years travelling the UK as a stand-up comic. He was a finalist on ITV’s ‘Stand Up Britain’ 2001, ‘Take the Mic’ 2002, Paramount Comedy ‘Gift of the Gag’ 2003 and performed in sell-out Edinburgh shows in
2002 and 2003.

In 2004 he was on the writing team of one of the highest-rated and critically-slated sitcoms of recent years, BBC1’s Mad About Alice. In 2005 his one-man show ‘Taken In’ was translated into French for
a production at the Theatre La Bruyere in Paris. In 2007 David graduated from the screenwriting MA at the NFTS, where he was awarded The Christie Prize for Outstanding Contribution.

Whilst at the school, David developed a TV series about a family of paparazzi, a sitcom about over-zealous secret service agents ‘M19.2.5’ and three feature films; But Seriously about two stand-up comics in love, Motherland about an adopted man confronting his birth mother, and the thriller Donkey Punch which was immediately optioned by Warp X Films.

His NFTS comedy short film about two divorced dads who think they have kidnapped the Prime Minister’s son, has been entered into several film festivals. Donkey Punch has now been produced
by Warp X Films (producers Mark Herbert and Robin Gutch, Director Olly Blackburn). It had its world premiere at The Sundance Film festival 2008.

Other projects in development include Clever, a feature which he has rewritten for producer Angus Lamont with Jim Gilespie attached to direct, a comedy feature entitled Black Runin development with the UK Film Council and a second feature with Olly Blackburn in development with Littlebird Films.
 

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