James Silver is a writer and editor specialising in tech, media & business. He writes and creates content for leading technology brands and VCs including Index Ventures. As a journalist, he has written 500+ articles for UK national newspapers, magazines and websites including, most recently, WIRED, The Observer, The Guardian and Informilo. He has also written for The Times, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Spectator, Total Politics, The Independent, The Evening Standard, Press Gazette, Media Week, BBC News Online and Sky News Online.
He has presented more than 100 documentaries and features for Radio 4, 5 Live, the World Service and American Radio Works. From 1995-2002, he worked for the BBC as a current affairs radio producer. In 2000, he was part of the Radio 5 Live team which won the Sony Gold Award for News. Interviewees in broadcast and print include: Kofi Annan, Sir Richard Branson, Norman Mailer, Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone, Michael Gove, Alistair Darling, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Christiane Amanpour, Carl Bernstein, Clive James, Ian Rankin, Irvine Welsh, Reed Hastings, Robert Peston, Piers Morgan, Kelvin MacKenzie, Jeremy Kyle and Richard & Judy.Away from journalism, James is a screenwriter. He has written seven screenplays including: Monkey Slam, a feature originally developed by BBC TV Drama, currently in development with lo-fi, the low budget Scottish film initiative; World of Weird, a series of 10 micro comedy/dramas for the Channel Flip YouTube channel The Multiverse, which have been viewed a total of 160K+ times; The Ridge, a thriller, formerly in development with ITV Studios; Skivvy, a feature film based on a true crime story, now in development with Fablemaze. He is represented by Sean Gascoine at United Agents.
From my archive: ‘I had no idea what a news story was’ Peter Oborne, former Spectator political editor, has abandoned the office and become one of New Labour’s most feared political commentators. James Silver meets him Monday 30 October 2006 10.37 GMT One of the greatest anecdotes ever to appear in Street of Shame, Private Eye’s Fleet Street gossip column, concerns the rightwing political commentator Peter Oborne, affectionately known to Eye readers as...Read More
In a production office a few metres from the designer boutiques and tourists on the Rue Royale in Paris, Pascal Breton, a veteran French TV-drama producer, shifts restlessly in his chair as he describes his vision for his latest series, Marseille. An eight-episode Netflix Original series, due in late 2015, Marseille will be the US video-on-demand service’s first foray into French-language production, as it bids to replicate the success of the David Fincher-directed House...Read More
The TV channels thought streaming would never work. Now, as Netflix tries for world domination, its CEO Reed Hastings tells WIRED’s James Silver how your viewing data is helping him win Marseille, an eight-episode Netflix Original series about power and corruption is due in late 2015. It will be the US video-on-demand service’s first foray into French-language production, as it bids to replicate the success of the David Fincher-directed House of Cards and is just the sort...Read More
From accommodation to cars, the internet is turning us from consumers into providers and challenging established business models. We talk to Martin Varsavsky, founder of Fon – the largest Wi-Fi company in the world –...Read More
Submitted by James Silver on June 6, 2013 The fast-growing P2P lodging marketplace is clearly eating into the business of hotels and, according to some arguments, is even starting to impact property values. It should come...Read More
From my archive: ‘I had no idea what a news story was’ Peter Oborne, former Spectator political editor, has abandoned the office and become one of New Labour’s most feared political commentators. James Silver...Read More
In a production office a few metres from the designer boutiques and tourists on the Rue Royale in Paris, Pascal Breton, a veteran French TV-drama producer, shifts restlessly in his chair as he describes his vision for his...Read More
Beppe Grillo has achieved a stunning success in the Italian elections with the performance of the new citizens’ protest network – the Five Star Movement. He is its guiding star, a comedian-turned politician....Read More
Designer Tom Ford has become a brand in his own right. Running his own label, producing and directing the film ‘A Single Man’ and dressing the stars are just some of his successes. Now as he prepares his first...Read More
By James Silver, July 8, 2013 Competition from online commerce will force highstreet stores to cut back dramatically on physical space as the retail industry struggles to reboot itself for a new era, predicts David Roth,...Read More
A New Twist On The Sharing Economy: Peace And Quiet On Demand Submitted by James Silver on June 6, 2013 Zigzagging the stage at Le Web London 2013 as he pitched his new startup Breather, Julien Smith said that for all their...Read More