Oriane Messina and Fay Rusling

Writers for television

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Biography

Fay and Oriane are a prolific and successful comedy writing partnership and are part of teams behind the multi-award winning comedies Green Wing and Smack the Pony and Campus for Victoria Pile and Channel 4.

Fay and Oriane have created and written new ITV drama Brief Encounters, produced by CPL. The series is based in part on elements of Ann Summers CEO, Jacqueline Gold's memoir: Good Vibrations, and launches on ITV in July 2016. 

Their original comedy for Hartswood/BBC - Me and Mrs Jones aired on BBC One. They wrote their first film, Floating Brothel for Atlantic Films, and their original half-hour comedy, Semi-Detached was produced by Hat Trick Productions for ITV.



There is a strong undercurrent of female empowerment and friendship here, and the cast is excellent

Victoria Segal
The Sunday Times on Brief Encounters

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“ITV have a new gem though, and it’s a perfect antidote to everything else on the small screen – a comedy-drama about the lingerie business in the Eighties”

Ben Travis
Evening Standard on Brief Encounters

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“As a depiction of a very British sexual revolution, it was as soapy as scented bubble bath, as light as gossamer knickers (that’s enough, ed). And, like a 1982 playlist on shuffle, the era-reminding hits kept on coming: Human League, Modern Romance, a moody climax of Ultravox’s ‘Vienna’... Now that’s what I call an ITV drama”

James Jackson
The Times on Brief Encounters

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CV

TV

Writer & Creator

Producer Jo Willet
Director Jill Robertson
Starring
  • Sophie Rundle
  • Angela Griffin
  • Penelope Wilton
  • Sharon Rooney
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    Drama series

    CPL for ITV
     
    Producer Serena Cullen
    Director Nick Hurran
    Starring
  • Sarah Alexander
  • Neil Morrissey
  • Nathaniel Parker
  • Robert Sheehan
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    Comedy

    Hartswood Film and Television for BBC1
     
    Producer Rob Bullock /Jimmy Mulville
     

    Comedy pilot

    Hat Trick Productions for ITV
     

    Writer

     

    Comedy sketch show performed by a cast of children.

    Leftbank Pictures for E4
     
    Producer Richard Webb
     

    Comedy sketch show. Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson portray a host of well-known stars.

    BBC for BBC1
     
    Producer Richard Webb
    Director Angie de Chastelai Smith
     

    Comedy sketch show. Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson portray a host of well-known stars. The series has 23 impressions, including Anne Robinson, Ricky Gervais and Gene Hunt.

    BBC for BBC1
     
    Producer Caroline Norris
    Director Dominic Brigstocke and Steve Connelly
     

    CBBC series introducing children to gruesome events and ghastly characters from British and international history.

    Lion TV for CBBC
     
    Creator Victoria Pile
     
    Channel 4
    In Development
     
     
    BBC
     
    Producer Victoria Pile
     

    Pilot for Channel 4

    Channel 4
     
    Producer Barry Josephson and Jonathan Davis
     

    Pilot. Live action script for Fox Network

    Fox Studio for Fox Network
     
    Producer Clelia Mountford
     

    Pilot script for ITV

    RDF
     
    Producer Jonathan Davis
     

    Pilot animation script

    Fox Studio for Fox Network
     
    Producer Phil Clarke
     
    Objective
     
     

    Treatment option to script

    Freemantle/Channel X
     
    Director Ben Wheatley
     

    Comedy sketch show set in a surreal parallel universe where film and TV special effects are part of everyday life. In this world, superheroes, wizards and dinosaurs are commonplace in the daily merry-go-round of car chases, explosions and disasters.

     
    Big Hedz
    Winner Best Children's Comedy - BAFTA 2008
     

    Children's sketch show

    CBBC
     
    Producer Jim Poyser
     

    Treatment option to script

    BBC3
     
    Producer Arabella McGuigan
     

    Original sketch show

    Channel 4
     
    Producer Candida Julian Jones
     
    BBC1
     
    Producer Saurabh Kakkar
     
    Granada for Channel 5
     
    Producer Saurabh Kakkar
     
    Granada for BBC4
     
    Producer Laurence Bowen
     

    Optioned format and script

    Feel Good Fiction
     
    Producer Anne Mensah
     
    BBC1
     
    Producer Victoria Pile
    Director Dominic Brigstocke and Tristram Shapeero
     
    Talkback for Channel 4
     
    Producer Richard Webb
    Starring
  • Kevin Bishop
  • Matt King
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    Comedy sketch show

    Objective Productions for E4
     
    Green Wing: Series 2
    BAFTA Pioneer Award 2005
    Producer Victoria Pile
    Director Dominic Brigstocke and Tristram Shapeero
     
    Talkback for Channel 4
     
    Producer David Collier
     
    ITV
     
    Campus
    6 x 60'
    Producer Victoria Pile
    Starring
  • Andy Nyman
  • Joseph Millson
  • Sara Pascoe
  • Will Adamsdale
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    Comedy pilots

    Monicker Pictures for Channel 4
     

    Film

    Writer

     
    Dan Films
     
     

    Feature adaptation of award-winning book by Sian Rees.

    Atlantic Film Group